Department of German and Russian Studies
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451 Strickland Hall | Columbia, MO 65211-4170
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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

On November 5 the department will welcome 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 junior Lindsey Pulse, who will participate in an eight-week internship in Berlin with the support of the prestigious Cultural Vistas Fellowship.

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.

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.

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.

Congratulations to Katie Loscher, who has won the $500 MU undergraduate scholarship award. The prize money will no doubt come in handy when Katie starts her German M.A. Studies in January 2015.

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.Dr. prager speaks at a panel

This August, Professor Brad prager participated in the Workshop Literary Responses to Genocide in the Post-Holocaust Era at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC.

Professor Monika Fischer will be leading 12 faculty members to Turkey for the 2014 Global Scholars program. Click here for more information.

Congratulations to Professor Nicole Monnier who was awarded with the inagural Ann K Covington Award! This award recognizes a member of the University's faculty or staff who has mentored an undergraduate applicant for at least one nationally competitive fellowship (e.g., Fulbright, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, Rhodes). Dr. Monnier was nominated by Oleksandra Gubina, a sophomore in International Studies.

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The "Challenges of the Digital Globe" Roundtable discussion is sponsored by the German Information Center, USA and the German Embassy

The blogging competition for MU students, in conjunction with "Germany in Europe" campus weeks, has announced its winners. The blogs entered were to address Germany's political, cultural, or historical role in Europe and the European union. Click here to see a list of winners and their blog topics, and congratulations to the winners!

Brent Goff, a '95 graduate in the German and Russian Department with a BA in German, along with a degree in Journalism and Political Science was interviewed for EUROKULTURE. Since graduating, he has become one of the best known faces at Deutsche Welle, and has his own talkshow, AGENDA. He was interviewed by MU German and Journalism student, Rachel Wittel, who will be studying abroad on the department's Leipzig program.

The German and Russian Department and School of Journalism are proud to announce the 2014 "Germany in Europe" Campus weeks. We will host Journalism Professor Marcel Machill from the University of Leipzig, and the journalist Ulrike Langer from Seattle/Cologne for various events and a roundtable discussion at the School of Journalism in April. (More)

Professors Brad Prager and Roger Cook have been awarded a $30,000 Mizzou Advantage grant for the next installment of their high impact conference Based on a True Story.

Congratulations to Professor Nicole Monnier, for being honored with her second Purple Chalk award for teaching!

Professor Monika Fischer led a group of students to Ghana during the Winter Intersession with Professor Valerie Kaussen. See Mizzou Magazine to read about the study abroad trip and to see the video produced by the students.

Congratulations to Professor Brad Prager, who was appointed to a three-year term to the Program Committee of the Modern Language Association.

Christoph Hochhäuseler
Berlin School director Christoph Hochhäusler holds his copy of Berlin School Glossary, edited by Roger F. Cook, Kristin Kopp, Lutz Koepnick and Brad Prager.

Professor Monika Fischer has accepted appointment as Associate Director of the Honors College this year and will divide her time between the Honors College, organizing and promoting MU Global Connect, the new undergraduate certificate in digital global studies and our department.

Each semester, a growing number of graduates and majors in German and Russian are named to A&S Dean's List. The list is can be seen at, in the drop-down menu under "Current Students".

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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 Ky Kessler, who received and Austrian Fulbright Teaching Fellowship and will be spending 2014-15 in Klagenfurt.
-Congratulations to Lauren Bartshe, who will be pursuing a Ph.D. in German Studies at Washington University starting this fall.
- German graduate student Lauren Bartshe will be presenting at the University of Pennsylvania's conference "Where East Meets West?: Encounters between 'Germans' and 'the Other" on February 21. (more)
- Congratulations to Sasha Gubina and Samantha Hentschke, both of whom were awarded A&S scholarships as part of A&S Week 2014!
- Congratulations to Lanard Green who has been awarded a Gilman study abroad scholarship. He is studying in Moscow, Russia for the Spring 2014 semester .
-We are pleased to announce that Jeremy Hart and Lisette Rossman are the 2013 co-winners of the MU Stipendum for German Studies, a $500 scholarship co-sponsered by the Department of German Studies and the College of Arts and Science. (more)
-Andrew Scheperle was selected to participate in theCongress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals. More information about the program is available at (more)
-We are pleased to announce that Sally French is the 2012 winner of the MU Stipendum for German Studies, a $500 scholarship co-sponsored by this department and the College of Arts and Science. (more)
-Congratulations to Kasandra Bienhoff, whose paper "The Existential Dilemma of Josef K.: A Literary Exemplification of Heidegger’s Being and Time" has been selected out of a large pool of submissions by Indiana University for its upcoming German Studies Undergraduate Conference on Nov. 30th to Dec. 1st.--

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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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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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