Associate Professor of German
1997 M.A. German Literature - The Pennsylvania State University
1995 B.A. German Area Studies - Kenyon College, OH
Areas of Expertise
- Modern German literature and culture
- Nineteenth-century German culture
- German popular culture and film
- Language pedagogy
Courses Currently Teaching
|GM125 A||Elementary German I|
|GM125 B||Elementary German I|
|GM128 A||Intermediate German II: Readings in Cultural Contexts|
|GM237 A||The German Fairy Tale in Popular Culture (in English)|
|GM298B A||Business German|
|GM493 A||Seminar: Ideologies and Identities|
Another larger project began in 2009 with work on "Narrative Sequencing in the Liberal Art Curriculum" together with James Violette '11. It not only resulted in two presentations at the annual ACTFL convention in Boston (2010) as well as a co-written article with James Violette in the online journal Neues Curriculum, but also formed the foundation of another CBB-Mellon Foundation Grant with Craig Decker (Bates College), entitled Cultivating Reading Skills: The Colby-Bates Database for Reading Resources in German which ran from April 2010 through May 2011. The Colby-Bates German Virtual Library would not have been possible without contributions by six Colby undergraduate Research Assistants who can found on the VILLY site .
When I find time between my teaching, family, and these two bigger projects, I continue to pursue my interests in German film. Examples include presentations and article publications on Turkish-German filmmaker Fatih Akin (see my 2007 article in Glossen) and Michael Haneke (Kulturpoetik 2010). A separate article on the German Krautrock group Faust and on questions of national identity, written with Harris Sei '10, was published in 2009 in the journal Popular Music and Society). And in fall 2009, a new edition of Reinhold Solger's 1862 novel Anton in Amerika came out with Wehrhahn Verlag. It was completed in 2008 with the research assistance of Meredith Fast '11. Note the AWESOME cover with a Whistler image from the Colby Museum of Art. The Feuilleton section of one of Germany's leading national newspapers, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung,gave it two thumbs up in a July 2010 review. (NB: My affinity for the protagonist must have led the editors to rename me "Anton Koch" in this review. :)
Wehrhahn Verlag Info about the book[Reviewed: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Feuilleton (21. July, 2010).]For info on article publications, see my CV.
German Studies at Colby on YOUTUBE
German Studies on FACEBOOK
The Colby-Bates German Virtual Library
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