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Faculty Research

Along with their teaching expertise and their commitment to service, our professors of German and of Russian are very active in scholarly research. A sampling of their publications appear to the right, and some specifics of their research interests appear below, along with links to their curriculum vitae for full publication lists.

Dennis F. Mahoney is the author of numerous articles on Goethe, Novalis, Schiller, and others. His book on the Roman der Goethezeit is a seminal work and has brought him national and international recognition. This is also the case for his three books on the German Romantic writer Novalis, two written in German and one in English. His book on The Critical Reception of Novalis' Novel "Heinrich von Ofterdingen" is a model for the literary reception theory, and was named one of Choice magazine's "Outstanding Academic Books for 1995." Prof. Mahoney served as editor of The Literature of German Romanticism (2004), which is volume 8 in the Camden House History of German Literature series, the most detailed history of German Literature in English.

Kevin J. McKenna writes on Catherine the Great as well as other 19th-century women writers in Russia, and also conducts teaching and research on the topic of Russian satire. His book, All the Views fit to Print: Changing Images of the U.S. in 'Pravda' Political Cartoons, 1917-1991, comprises a content analysis of 'Pravda's' editorial caricatures and provides a lively study of the newspaper's agitational and propaganda missions to define and reflect the "American way of life" for Russian readers during the Soviet era. Professor McKenna also conducts research in the area of Russian lexicology and paremiology (proverbs). His interest in the latter area is reflected in a volume he edited, Proverbs in Russian Literature: From Catherine the Great to Alexander Solzhenitsyn. He is also co-author of an advanced-level textbook, Reading Russian Newspapers. Prof. McKenna's current research project is a book on "The Role of Russian Proverbs in Alexander Solzhenitsyn's Fiction."

Wolfgang Mieder is professor of German and Folklore in our Department of German and Russian. He is the author of many articles and has written or edited over 125 books which have been published in English or German (some also in Chinese and Hungarian) in Africa, Asia, Europe as well as North and South America. While his scholarship ranges from fairy tales, legends, folk songs, and nursery rhymes to philological and literary studies, Prof. Mieder's expertise lies above all in international paremiology, i.e., the study of proverbs. Many of his publications deal with the use and function of proverbs in literature, the mass media, art, politics, advertising, etc. He is also the founding editor of Proverbium:Yearbook of International Proverb Scholarship (1984ff.) which is published annually at the University of Vermont.

Helga Schreckenberger's research activities focus on 20th century Austrian literature, particularly on post-45 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.

Kathleen Scollins recently completed her doctoral dissertation on "Zdes' budet gorod': Logos and Golos in the Petersburg Text (on four central 19th-century "chapters" of the Petersburg Text: Pushkin's Bronze Horseman, Gogol's "Overcoat" and "Nose," and Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment). Research areas include the St. Petersburg literary tradition, cognitive metaphor theory, and performative language in literature.

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