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Rachel Halverson

Rachel Halverson

Department Chair, Professor of German

Office

314 Administration Building

Phone

208-885-8995

Mailing Address

Modern Languages & Cultures Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3174
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3174

Ph.D. in German Literature, University of Texas, Austin, Texas, May 1989. Dissertation: Historiography and Fiction: Siegfried Lenz and theHistorikerstreit

M.A. in German Literature, University of Texas, Austin, Texas, May1985. Thesis: “Stefan Heym’s ‘Das Wachsmuth-Syndrom’: A Text-Linguistic Analysis” and “A Re-Analysis of Gretchen’s Role in Faust I

B.A. in German and International Relations summa cum laude, Departmental Honors, Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota, May 1983.

Rachel Halverson specializes in post-war and post-unification German literature and culture and has published on the Historikerstreit, and the works of:

  • Siegfried Lenz,
  • Jurek Becker
  • Thomas Brussig
  • Günter de Bruyn
  • Martina Hefter
  • Wolfgang Hilbig
  • Tobias Hülswitt
  • Hanna Johansen
  • Hermann Kant
  • Judith Kuckart.

Narrative Theory 

In addition to journal articles and book chapters, she has co-edited three anthologies:

  • Textual Responses to German Unification (Walter de Gruyter Verlag, 2001) and Berlin
  • The Symphony Continues (Walter de Gruyter Verlag, 2004) co-edited with Carol Anne Costabile-Heming and Kristie Foell
  • Taking Stock of German Studies in the United States: The New Millennium (Camden House, 2015) co-edited with Costabile-Heming.

She is deeply committed to furthering the study of German in the United States on the secondary and post-secondary levels and was a member of the Goethe Institute Trainernetzwerk from 2001 until 2018 when this initiative was discontinued.

Books

Historiography and Fiction: Siegfried Lenz and the 'Historikerstreit.' Published in the German Life and Civilization series. Ed. Jost Hermand.  New York:  Lang, 1990.

Edited Books

Taking Stock of German Studies in the United States: The New Millennium. Ed. Rachel J. Halverson and Carol Anne Costabile-Heming. Rochester, New York: Camden House, 2015.

Berlin. The Symphony Continues: Orchestrating Architectural, Social and Artistic Change in Germany's New Capital. Ed. Carol Anne Costabile-Heming, Rachel J. Halverson, and Kristie Foell. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter Verlag, 2004.

Textual Responses to German Unification: Processing Historical and Social Change in Literature and Film. Ed. Carol Anne Costabile-Heming, Rachel J. Halverson, and Kristie Foell. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2001.

Select Articles and Book Chapters

“Follow-the-Leader: Tracing Male Influence on Leni Riefenstahl’s Triumph des Willens.” Realities and Fantasies of German Female Leadership: From Maria Antonia of Saxony to Angela Merkel. Eds. Patricia A. Simpson and Elisabeth Krimmer. Rochester, New York: Camden House, 2019. 225-242. 

“Narrating the Twenty-First Century: Tobias Hülswitt’s Exploration of Nonlinearity and Transmediality.” German Life and Letters. 71:1 (2018): 67-88.

“Becoming a Writer in the Digital Age: German Author Tobias Hülswitt’s Path from Published Author to Performance Intellectual.” Pacific Coast Philology 51.2 (2016). 177-194.

“New Media Texte für die Millenials im DaF Unterricht.” Co-authored with Dr. Pennylynn Dystra-Prium. Unterrichtspraxis 48.2 (2015): 255-274.

“EIKK: A Case for Professional Development.” Taking Stock of German Studies in the

United States: The New Millennium. Ed. Rachel J. Halverson and Carol Anne Costabile-Heming. Rochester, New York: Camden House, 2015.104-113.

“The New German Lesbarkeit in Action: Narrative and Context in Martina Hefter’s Zurück auf Los.” Symposium 64.2 (2010): 73-88.

“Living in the Moment, Reflecting on the Past: Exploring Loss, Language and Identity in Martina Hefter’s Zurück auf Los and Die Küsten der Berge.” “Wenn sie das Wort ich gebraucht”. Festschrift für Barbara Becker-Cantarino von SchülerInnen, KollegInnen, und StudentInnen. Eds. Jacqueline Vansant and John Pustejovsky. Chloe. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2013.

Interviews

Hülswitt, Tobias. “Über das Schriftstellerdasein im 21. Jahrhundert – Interview mit Tobias Hülswitt, Autor des Romans Dinge bei Licht, Blogger, und Performance-Intellektueller.” Interview  and one-page introduction by Rachel J. Halverson. Glossen 41 (2016). August 2016. http://blogs.dickinson.edu/glossen/glossen-41-august-2016/

Translations

Hülswitt, Tobias. “Granular.” Introduction and translation by Rachel J. Halverson. Delos 34:1 (2019): 21-27.

Hülswitt, Tobias. “Angel Pool.” Introduction and translation by Rachel J. Halverson. Delos 32 (2017): 152-160.

  • Checkpoint Charlie Foundation Postsecondary Teacher Award (National), 2016
  • Continuing Service Award, Washington Association of Foreign Language Teachers (State), 2009
  • Ray Verzasconi Pacific Northwest Postsecondary Teacher of the Year Award (Regional), 2008
  • Goethe-Institut/AATG Certificate of Merit (National), 2005

Modern Language and Cultures

Physical Address:
302 Administration Building

Mailing Address:
Modern Languages & Cultures Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3174
Moscow, ID 83844-3174

Phone: 208-885-6179

Fax: 208-885-5221

Email: MLC@uidaho.edu

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