Prof. Helga Schreckenberger joined the Department of German and Russian in 1986. She has been Chair of the Department since July 2009. From 2000-2007 she served as director of Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Vermont. She also served as the resident director of the Department's Junior Year Abroad Program in Salzburg, Austria (1996/97 and 1999/2000). As a faculty member she has been teaching courses in language, culture and literature. Her course offerings include The German Short Story after 1945, Fin-de-Siecle Vienna, German Exile Literature, The Modern German Novel, and The Legacy of the Holocaust.
Chair, Professor of German
Research and/or Creative Works
Prof. Schreckenberger's research activities focus on 20th century Austrian literature, particularly on post-1945 authors. She has co-authored a monograph on Gerhard Roth, and has published on Ruth Beckermann, Lilian Faschinger, Peter Henisch, Felix Mitterer, Elisabeth Reichart, Marlene Streeruwitz, and Vladimir Vertlib. Her second area of research is exile literature. Her publications in this area include articles on Joseph Hahn, Irmgard Keun, Erika Mann, Erich Maria Remarque, Egon Schwartz, and Arnold Zweig as well as two editions, Aesthetiken des Exils (2003) and Die Alchemie des Exils (2005). Her current book project analyzes the literary works of non-native Austrian writers such as Vladimir Vertlib, Dimitre Dinev, Anna Kim, Michael Stavranic, and Doron Rabinovichi.
Awards and Recognition
One of Prof. Schreckenberger's priorities is strengthening the visibility of Austrian Studies. In 2003, she organized the annual meeting of the Modern Austrian Literature and Culture Association on "Globalism and Multiculturalism in Austrian Literature and Culture" at the University of Vermont. Together with Prof. Maria-Regina Kecht (Rice University) she co-directed a NEH Summer Institute entitled "Melting Pot Vienna: Then and Now" in July 2006. The four week seminar focused on migration and multi-ethnicity in Vienna during the last century. She has also collaborated with Prof. Jacqeuline Vansant (University of Michigan-Dearborn) to translate works by Austrian authors (Gerhard Roth, Elfriede Jelinek) into English.