Temporal Displacement in Ulrike Ottinger’s Films

Thomas Love*

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Whether campy adventure films set in exotic locales, explorations of Berlin subcultures, or experimental travelogs in Asia, the work of German filmmaker Ulrike Ottinger is permeated with a sense of being out of synch with the flow of time. Contextualizing her depictions of temporal displacement within German debates about “the synchronicity of the non-synchronous,” I argue that Ottinger resists linking temporal displacement to particular minority groups, portraying it instead as a condition of modernity itself. I use this reflection as an occasion to question the potential essentialism in discussions of queer temporality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)310-323
Number of pages14
JournalGermanic Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2022


  • Displacement
  • exoticism
  • queer temporality
  • Ulrike Ottinger

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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