Department of German and Russian Studies
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451 Strickland Hall | Columbia, MO 65211-4170
email: | phone: 573-882-4328 | fax: 573-884-8456

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The German and Russian Studies Department offers BA and MA degrees in two cultures and languages of critical significance in the world today - German and Russian - and gives undergraduates the opportunity to study rich cultural traditions associated with several other languages of increasing importance in a global economy. We provide classes in Japanese, Chinese, and Korean language and civilizations, Israeli culture, and the Arabic language. Our internationally recognized faculty pursues research in the wider arena of German and of Russian cultural studies, including literature, film, media studies, philosophy, and the history of science.

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Department News and Information

You are invited to Jennifer Arnold’s retirement party!
Please join us on May 5, 3:30-5:00, in Memorial Union S016 to celebrate Jennifer’s 21 years of exemplary, award-winning service to our department. Help us send her off in style! Refreshments will be provided.

Congratulations to Huichun Liang, who has been awarded the Arts & Science Purple Chalk Award!

Congratulations to Russian grad student Kristin Torres, who has been selected to participate in the United States Department of State Critical Language Scholarship Program, a fully funded intensive Russian language program in Vladimir, Russia.

Congratulations to Brad Prager for winning the Excellence in Education award for making significant contributions to student learning outside of the classroom!

Congratulations to Gene Barabtarlo for winning the Gold Chalk Award for Teaching Excellence from the Graduate Professional Council!

Congratulations to Kristen Torres, who won the Title VIII scholarship from Arizona State University to study Russian with their Critical Language Institute summer program in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

Congratulations to Tim Langen and Chao Tang for being named Arts and Science 2016 recipients of the Purple Chalk Award and Green Chalk Award, respectively. The announcement from Arts & Sciences can be viewed on their website here.

On November 5 the department welcomed visiting scholar Simon Richter from the University of Pennsylvania for a talk called "Goethe's Wetlands: Soggy Texts & Permeable Selves." For more information, download the PDF flyer here.

Congratulations to Brad Prager who was chosen as the 2015 recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity in the Humanities & Performing Arts.

Congratulations to Nicole Monnier who was awarded the William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence on April 1, 2015. She is one of only five MU faculty to receive this award this year, along with a $10,000 stipend.

Carsten Strathausen was appointed the Catherine Paine Middlebush Chair in Humanities at MU for five years starting AY 2015. The position affords a $7,500 stipend per year.

New Scholarship opportunities for majors in the College of Arts & Science!
Scholarships are available for all MU-sponsered study abroad summer, semester, and yearlong programs. See the link above for moreinformation.

Olaf Schmidt in 1989
Olaf Schmidt raises a peace sign as he stands alongside the Berlin Wall at Brandenburg Gate in the aftermath of the wall's symbolic fall on Nov. 11, 1989.

Student News

Congratulations to: Millicent Wood, who won an A&S scholarship to participate in the MU China Study Abroad program this summer; Emma Vickers, who received a Project GO scholarship to study Russian in Kazakhstan this summer; Becca Moss, Stephanie Peecher, and Kate Herrington, who won A&S Week Scholarships to study Russian in the summer, fall, and for the full year respectively.

Congratulations to undergrads Kate Herrington, who received a Boren Fellowship, which will take her to Kazakhstan to study Russian; and to Josh Gilmer, who has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship for Russian.

Congratulations to junior Lindsey Pulse, who will participate in an eight-week internship in Berlin with the support of the prestigious Cultural Vistas Fellowship.

Congratulations to Joshua Gilmer (Russian) and Carey Souder (German) who are recipients of the inaugural round of A&S Study Abroad Scholarships. Josh received $4500 to study this summer at the MU GRINT program in Moscow; Carey Souder received $6500 to support study at the Universität Bonn for AY1516.

Congratulations to Katie Loscher, who has won the $500 MU undergraduate scholarship award.

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Faculty Books


Most recent publications by our faculty


Connected by the Ear: The Media, Pedagogy and Politics of the Romantic Lecture

Written by
Sean Franzel


Berlin School Glossary: An ABC of the New Wave in German Cinema

Edited by
Roger F. Cook,Lutz Koepnick,Kristin Kopp& Brad Prager


Heights of Reflection: Mountains in the German Imagination from the Middle Ages to the Twenty-First Century

Edited by Sean Ireton & Caroline Shaumann


Germany, Poland and Post Memorial Relations: In Search of a Livable Past

Edited by
Kristin Kopp
and Joanna Nizynska


A Companion to Werner Herzog

Edited by Brad Prager


Boris Groys' Under Suspicion: A Phenomenology of Media

Translated by
Carsten Strathausen


German Faculty

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Roger Cook
By the Rivers of Babylon: Heinrich Heine's Late Songs and Reflections
Roger Cook
The Cinema of Wim Wenders: Image, Narrative, and the Postmodern Condition
Roger Cook
A Companion to the Works of Heinrich Heine
Roger Cook
The Demise of the Author: Autonomy and the German Writer, 1770-1848
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Peter Altenberg: Ashantee. Afrika und Wien um 1900
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Stefani Engelstein
Anxious Anatomy: The Conception of the Human Form in Literary and Naturalist Discourse
Sean Ireton
An Ontological Study
of Death: From
Hegel to Heidegger
Kristin Kopp
Peter Altenberg: Ashantee.
Afrika und Wien um 1900
Kristin Kopp
(with Klaus Müller-Richter) Die Großstadt und das Primitive. Text, Politik, Repräsentation
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Brad Prager
Aesthetic Vision and German Romanticism: Writing Images
Brad Prager
The Cinema of Werner Herzog: Aesthetic Ecstasy and Truth
Brad Prager
Visualizing the Holocaust: Documents, Aesthetics, Memory
Carsten Strathausen
The Look of Things: Poetry
and Vision around 1900

Russian Faculty

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Gene Barabtarlo
Aerial View: Essays on Nabokov's Art and Metaphysics
Gene Barabtarlo
Anniversary Edition
Gene Barabtarlo
Cold Fusion: Aspects of the German Cultural Presence in Russia
Gene Barabtarlo
Phantom of Fact: A Guide to Nabokov's Pnin
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Gene Barabtarlo
Solzhenitsyn: What A Pity! and Other Short Stories
Gene Barabtarlo
Vladimir Nabokov: Time and Ebb
Gene Barabtarlo
In Every Place
of His Dominion
Gene Barabtarlo
A Shimmering Hoop. On the Movement of Nabokov's Themes
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Gene Barabtarlo
A Small Alpine Form: Studies in Nabokov's Short Fiction
Timothy Langen
Eight Twentieth-Century Russian Plays
Timothy Langen
The Stony Dance: Unity and Gesture in Andrey Bely's Petersburg

Asian Studies Faculty

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Martin Holman
The Old Capital
Martin Holman
The Book of Masks
Martin Holman
The Dancing Girl of Izu and Other Stories
Martin Holman
The House of Twilight
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Martin Holman
Palm-of-the-Hand Stories
Martin Holman
Shadows of a Sound
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