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Luke Wittingham
June 20, 2017
Luke Wittingham, Graduate Student in French and Italian Studies: I focus my research on mapping queer diasporas in West Africa. I plan to publish extensive literature exposing the inhumane social formations targeting queer communities in Senegal. As an undergraduate I studied Spanish and French while teaching myself Wolof. After acquiring fluency in both Dutch and Swedish I became very interested in Germanics. German has become an important element of my graduate education. I initially... Read more
New Faculty Publication:  Readings in the Anthropocene
June 20, 2017
Forthcoming: Editors: Sabine Wilke and Japhet Johnstone, Readings in the Anthropocene, Bloomsbury, 2017 See:    About Readings in the Anthropocene Readings in the Anthropocene brings together scholars from German Studies and beyond to interpret the German tradition of the last two hundred years from a perspective... Read more
Autumn 2017: English Language Courses
June 20, 2017
  GERMAN 385 A: Rhetoric and Social Justice Sympathy for the Devil: The Rhetoric of Compassion   Offered jointly with CHID 498 C/ PHIL 301 A / C LIT 357 A/... Read more
GERMAN 298 A: Topics In Literature And Culture
June 20, 2017
    GERMAN 298 A: Topics in Literature and Culture (Click to follow link) Fairy Tales and the Environmental Imagination   Offered jointly with CHID 270 B  /ENGL 242 F /... Read more
Delta Phi Alpha
June 19, 2017
On Friday May 26 the Iota Chapter of The National German Honor Society, Delta Phi Alpha, welcomed seven new members. Members from the previous year were on hand to welcome the new inductees and to decorate Maibäume (May Poles)—somewhat later than the traditional date of May 1st, but Spring also came later this year. Additionally, member Niki Sohnly had Delta Phi Alpha pencils made for the occasion. Many thanks to all those involved! Prospective members of Delta Phi Alpha can check out... Read more
Unglück und Zerstreung
June 19, 2017
In one of their creative adaptations in the fall 2015 seminar on German Enlightenment to Post-Classical Drama (GERM 421), students transformed the Austrian dramatist Franz Grillparzer’s gothic play Die Ahnfrau (The Ancestress) into a silent film. The play was first performed on the Viennese popular stage in 1817; the silent movie version from our course was posted on YouTube in 2015. Then it was blocked for a while due to a copyright claim. The copyrighted music has since been... Read more
Vienna 1900 Feuilleton Project
June 19, 2017
Students collaborated in groups on contributions to a feuilleton journal modeled on similar publications from turn of the century ViennaTheir completed projects featured their creative interpretations of the cultural, literary, social and artistic trends of fin-de-siècle Vienna.  Examples of the various articles from the six feuilletons produced: a theater critique of Kokoschka’s Murderer, Hope of Women, an editorial by Freud reflecting on Arthur Schnitzler, a review of a... Read more
Performing Schnitzler
June 19, 2017
For their Theater Project in German 351: Vienna 1900, students wrote and performed a 'lost scene' from  Schnitzler's Reigen, or presented a creative interpretation of Anatol.  Students were asked to draw on the themes and style of the plays and their knowledge of the social context of Vienna to demonstrate their insight into issues of sexuality and gender roles during this era.
new takes
June 19, 2017
In "Introduction to Literary Studies" (German 311), students have hands-on fun with German poems, stories, and plays. For their final project (winter quarter, 2017), students planned their own innovative productions of classic German plays. We were treated to reports from the director, dramaturg, set and costume designers, and a sample scene from the proposed production. Two groups decided to put on Lessing's Emilia Galotti, a timely 18th-century tragedy about the abuse of power over... Read more
Moritz Baßler
June 15, 2017
Professor Moritz Baßler was the Spring 2017 Distinguished Max Kade Visiting Professor in the Department of Germanics. While in the department, he offered a seminar on Contemporary German literature: Popular Realism. Interview with Professor Moritz Baßler, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität MünsterDistinguished Max Kade Visiting ProfessorBy Kristina Pilz and Vanessa SchmolkeSpring 2017 VS:  In the field of Germanics,... Read more