School Director, Professor of German
314 Administration Building
School of Global Studies
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 the ‘Historikerstreit’
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.
- GERM 101: Elementary German I
- GERM 102: Elementary German II
- GERM 202: Intermediate German II
- GERM 301: German Reading and Writing
- GERM 302: German Listening and Speaking
- GERM 304: German Culture and Society
- GERM 307: German Film
- GERM 440: German Media
- Courses in German language from beginning to advanced; Courses in German culture, film, and post-war and post-unification literature.
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.
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.
Historiography and Fiction: Siegfried Lenz and the 'Historikerstreit.' Published in the German Life and Civilization series. Ed. Jost Hermand. New York: Lang, 1990.
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
Jakob’s Story in Fiction and Film: Narrating Truths and Lies in Jakob der Lügner (1974) and Jakob the Liar (1999).” Literature/Film Quarterly. 48:3 (2020).
“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 Millennials 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.
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/
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
- Curriculum Vitae pdf