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Anton Kaes

After his 1973 Ph.D. from Stanford University, Professor Kaes taught Comparative Literature and Film at the University of California at Irvine, serving as Director of Comparative Literature from 1978 to 1981. In Berkeley since 1981, he was Director of the Film Studies Program from 1991-98 and Chair of the German Department from 2001-2006. He received a Distinguished Teaching Award in the Humanities at Berkeley in 2010 and is the recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation Humnities Research Grant (1978), an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellowhip (1984/85; 1986/87); a Guggenheim Fellowship ...

 

Chenxi Tang

Chenxi Tang studied comparative literature, German literature, and philosophy at Peking University, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, and Columbia University (PhD 2000). He taught at the University of Chicago before joining the Berkeley faculty in 2007. Professor Tang’s research and teaching interests include: German literature and intellectual history from the baroque to modernism, with an emphasis on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, especially the time around 1800; Early modern Europe; Law and literature; Legal and political thought; Literary and Cultural Theory. The first ...

 

Deniz Göktürk

Deniz Göktürk was born in Istanbul, graduated from Deutsche Schule Istanbul, studied in Konstanz/Germany, Norwich/UK, and Freie Universität Berlin, where she earned her Ph.D. in 1995. She joined the German Department at Berkeley in fall 2001, after having taught at the University of Southampton/UK for six years. Her publications include a book on literary and cinematic imaginations of America in early twentieth-century German culture: Künstler, Cowboys, Ingenieure: Kultur- und mediengeschichtliche Studien zu deutschen Amerika-Texten 1912-1920 (1998) as well as seminal articles on ...

 

Elaine Tennant

Elaine Tennant, James D. Hart Director of The Bancroft LIbrary, is Professor in the Departments of German and Scandinavian and affiliated with the Program in Medieval Studies. She did graduate work at Harvard and the University of Vienna. Her main areas of research are Habsburg court society in the early modern period, development of the German language in the late Middle Ages, and the Middle High German narrative tradition. Her teaching has been concerned primarily with the literary and cultural traditions of the Holy Roman Empire in the medieval and early modern periods, although she also ...

 

Irmengard Rauch

Irmengard Rauch. Ph.D. Michigan. Germanic Linguistics, historical (Gothic, Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Old/Middle/Early New High German) and contemporary (New High German, Modern German Dialects); Linguistic Fieldwork; Socio-cultural and cognitive approaches to language variation and language change; Contrastive Analysis and Linguistic Methodology; Linguistic Archeology; Paralanguage and Semiotics (how verbal and non-verbal languages signify). Since 1982 at Berkeley (previously at Wisconsin, Pittsburgh, Illinois). Author: The Phonology/Paraphonology Interface and the Sounds of German across Time ...

 

Jeroen Dewulf

Jeroen Dewulf is associate professor in the Department of German, where he teaches courses in both German Studies and Dutch Studies. He is the current director of Berkeley's Institute of European Studies. As the incumbent of the Queen Beatrix Chair, he is also the director of the Dutch Studies Program. He is the founder and chair of both the Executive Committee of the Designated Emphasis in Dutch Studies and the Executive Committee of the Designated Emphasis in European Studies for graduate students. As an affiliated member of the Center for African Studies and core member of the faculty board ...

 

Karen Feldman

Karen Feldman’s areas of specialization include hermeneutics and phenomenology, the Frankfurt School, German Idealism, literary theory and aesthetics. She received her B.A. from the University of Chicago (1989) and her Ph.D. from DePaul University (1998). Her current research concerns aesthetics and historiography from Kant to Benjamin. Prof. Feldman spent 2010-2011 in Berlin on a grant with the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. She was a Fulbright scholar at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel and in Berlin (1998-2000); and a postdoctoral fellow at the Graduiertenkolleg ...

 

Niklaus Largier

Niklaus Largier is the Sidney and Margaret Ancker Professor of German and Comparative Literature. He is affiliated with UC Berkeley’s Programs in Medieval Studies and Religious Studies, the Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory, the Designated Emphasis in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, and the Berkeley Center for New Media. Largier is currently working on two projects: a book on imagination, practices of figuration, aesthetic experience, and notions of possibility, tentatively entitled “Figures of Possibility;” and a book on the history of practices and the poetics of prayer ...

 

Thomas Shannon

Thomas F. Shannon, Professor of Germanic Linguistics, member of the Dutch Studies Program faculty, and former director of the UC exchange program in Germany, has been in our department since 1980. He holds Master’s degrees in German (SUNY Albany) and Theoretical Linguistics (Indiana) and a Ph.D. in Germanic Linguistics (Indiana). His areas of specialization are modern German and Dutch, particularly syntax and phonology, and he has published widely on a variety of topics, including naturalness, syllable structure, complementation and control, ergative phenomena, passivization, perfect ...

 

Winfried Kudszus

Professor Kudszus studied literature, philosophy, and psychology at the Universities of Zurich, Freiburg, and Munich. Ph.D. Berkeley, 1968. Following an appointment as Assistant Professor at Stanford, Kudszus joined the Berkeley faculty in 1968. He has been a visiting and a research professor at universities both in the U.S. and in Germany, and in a number of disciplines and interdisciplinary programs: Cornell (Society for the Humanities); Tübingen (German); Mainz (Research Professor at the Institute of Psychiatry); Frankfurt/Main (Sociology/Psychoanalysis). Guggenheim Fellow in 1984. ...