Associate Professor of German
Our German courses stress communication in all
modalities as the primary vehicle for developing useful and well-rounded
skills in German reading, writing and conversation. At the advanced levels,
a task-based approach informs my instruction. Our goal for students who
successfully complete NSU's German program is that you will feel comfortable
using German in many different contexts, professional as well as personal,
and will have a strong foundation in all aspects of the language and
culture. Add to this outstanding research techniques, an informed
appreciation of German humanistic and aesthetic accomplishments, and skills
you can apply in many professions, and you have a rich and meaningful
educational experience. Given the need for German teachers in schools
throughout the US, graduating German majors who will prove expert and
welcome classroom instructors is a key goal of our program. German is a
useful specialty that you can apply in many areas ranging from commerce to
non-profit work, as well as establish rewarding careers in teaching,
translating, interpreting, museum work, and publishing.
I have taught German at the university level
full-time since 1988. I have extensive experience teaching German literature
from the Middle Ages to the Twenty-First Century, and feel particularly at
home in the area of my research, Realism and Naturalism. In addition, I have
taught History of the German Language and Business German, and have
developed and taught several courses dealing with Hungarian and East
European Literature, and also the Holocaust. Throughout my teaching career,
I have introduced hundreds of students to the basics of German, an endeavor
that brings me great joy and reward.
My research on
Heimatliteratur has involved me in further study of the regional author
Heinrich Sohnrey pictured above. You can find my entry on Sohnrey in the
Literary Encyclopedia here:
The first 600 words of the article are available for viewing to non-subscribers, the full 2300-word text to subscribers only.
My publications include:
Schön kästnerisch verfahren. New Orleans:University
Press of the South, 2010.
Schön kästnerisch verfahren. New Orleans:University Press of the South, 2010.
An Exciting Family Novel
Eine aufregende FamiliengeschichteMit zwölf Jahren verlässt Andrea Heinrichsen ihre liebevolle, wenn auch etwas überbehütende Mutter, um an einem dreiwöchigen Orchesterfest teilzunehmen. Dort begegnet sie der ebenfalls zwölfjährigen, ihr schaurig ähnlichen Angela Heinrichsen, und die bequeme Familienwelt, die ihre Mutter um Andrea herum aufgebaut hatte, kracht mit einem Mal in sich zusammen. Um der ganzen Sache auf den Grund zu gehen, ahmen die Zwillinge die Mädchen in dem ihnen bekannten Kinderroman „Das doppelte Lottchen“ nach und tauschen die Plätze, ohne die Gefahren zu ahnen, die ihnen bevorstehen. Die Überraschungen häufen sich in diesem spannenden Roman.
Globalizing the Peasant: Access to Land and the Possibility of Self-Realization. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2007.
“Land, Self and Nation in
Rebreanu’s Ion: Commodification and the Dismantling of Meaning,” in Slavonic
and East European Review (April 2009)
"Breaking Stone: Agency and
Morality in the Age of Commodification as Seen in Saar's Die Steinklopfer,"
in Ferdinand von Saar: Richtungen der Forschung / Directions in Research,
Gedenkschrift zum 100. Todestag, edited by Michael Böhringer (Vienna:
Praesens Verlag, 2006), 101-113.
Critique of Enclosures in 'Romeo und Julia auf dem Dorfe,'"
in Neophilologus (2005)89:73-87.
Jewish Life.Tales From Nineteenth Century Europe,
by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, translated and with an afterword by Virginia
L. Lewis. Riverside:
Ariadne Press, 2002.
"The Other Face of Modernization: The Collapse of Rural Society in East
Central European Realism and Naturalism,"
Comparationis Litterarum Universarum (1995)XXII: 221-245.
"The Price of Emancipation: Peasant-Noble Relations as Depicted by Novelists
József Eötvös and Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach,"
Hungarian Studies Review (1993)XX: 3-23.
"Work and Freedom in the Minority Community: Ferdinand von Saar's Die
The German Mosaic: Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Society,
ed. Carol A. Blackshire-Belay (Westport: Greenwood Press, 1993), 11-20.
Flames of Passion, Flames of Greed: Acts of Arson in German Prose Fiction 1850-1900, New York: Peter Lang, 1991.