M, W: 2:00 – 3:00 pm and by appointment
Teaching interests: Twentieth-century German and Austrian literature and visual culture; German language; German-Jewish culture; theories of comedy and comic literature
Research interests: Twentieth-century German and Austrian literature and visual culture; German-Jewish modernity; theories of satire, comedy, tragedy and irony; the Frankfurt School/critical theory; Hegel and German Idealism
M, W: 3:00 – 4:00
Research and teaching interests: German and European visual culture and literature since 1700, intermedial encounters of literature and art, representation and narrative in museums, monuments, and tourist spaces, discourses of pathology, gender, and the body from Romanticism to the Weimar Republic
W: 2:00 – 4:00 and by appointment at the Max Kade Center
Teaching interests: the German transatlantic experience, German literature of the modern era, introduction to contemporary German-speaking Europe
Research interests: World War I Immigrant poetry published in the United States, immigrant identity formation, cultural transfer
Lecturers/ Academic Program Associates
T, R: 11:00 – 11:50 pm
Teaching interests: German for business and professional use
T,W: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Research and teaching Interests: German language and culture, applied linguistics, instructed second language acquisition.
Professor Denning's teaching and research focus on twentieth-century Europe, particularly Germany and France; Mobility; Environmental History; History of Technology; Leisure and Consumption; Transnationalism; and Empire and Global History.
Chris Johnson has been actively involved in the research program of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at KU. His primary focus has been the management of the Linguistic Atlas of Kansas German Dialects in conjunction with the digital humanities initiative at KU.
Dr. Straughn is Andrew W. Mellon Director of Academic Programs at the Spencer Museum of Art. Her doctoral dissertation at the University of Chicago examined Jewish art and expressionism in early twentieth-century Germany.