Department Chair and Professor of German
The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.” – Ludwig Wittgenstein
Gary Schmidt arrived at CCU in July 2016 after having served four years as Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Western Illinois University. In addition, he has taught at the University of West Georgia and several liberal arts colleges, including Mount Holyoke, Grinnell, and Knox College. He has published essays on German literature and film in The German Quarterly, Colloquia Germanica, Gegenwartsliteratur, and Modern Austrian Literature. He is the author of The Nazi Abduction of Ganymede: Representations of Male Homosexuality in Postwar German Literature (2003) and, more recently, the co-translator of What Makes a Man: Sex Talk in Beirut and Berlin (2015). He has presented his research at the German Studies Association Annual Conference, the Modern Languages Association Convention, the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, and the Modern Austrian Literature and Culture Association Conference.
Dr. Schmidt is interested in cultural constructions of identity, in particular in relation to gender and sexuality. He has taught over thirty different undergraduate courses in such areas as German language at the elementary, intermediate, and advanced level; film studies; humanities; critical theory; German literature in the original and in translation. He has led study abroad programs to Berlin, Vienna, Bayreuth, and Oldenburg.
Ph.D. in German, Washington University in St. Louis
M.A. in German, University of California, Santa Barbara
M.S.Ed. in Secondary Education, Northern Illinois University
B.A. Knox College, International Relations and German
Elected to the Executive Board of the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages in December 2015.
John Hallwas Liberal Arts Lecturer in 2015 at Western Illinois University
Fulbright German Studies Seminar Fellowship Recipient in 2005, Berlin and Leipzig.
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute Fellowship Recipient in 2006, Vienna.
“Queer Masculinity in Stephan Lacant’s Freier Fall.” Colloquia Germanica 46.1 (2013): 88-118.
Actual publication date December, 2015.
“Fear of the Queer? On Homosexuality, Masculinity, and the Auratic in Christian
Kracht’s Novels.” German Pop Literature: Contemporary Perspectives. Ed. Margaret McCarthy. Walter de Gruyter: Berlin, 2015.
“Writing, Reading, and Talking Sex: Negotiating the Rules of an Intercultural Language Game.” What Makes a Man?: Sex Talk in Beirut and Berlin. Joachim Helfer and Rashid al-Daif. Austin, Texas: Center for Middle Eastern Studies at University of Texas at Austin, 2015. 228-240.
“Childhood, Pedagogy, and Psychoanalysis from Der Tod in Venedig to Mario und der Zauberer.”
Thomas Mann: Neue kulturwissenschaftliche Lektüren. Eds. Stefan Börnchen, Georg Mein, and Gary
Schmidt. Wilhelm Fink Verlag: Munich, 2012. 299-321.
“Performing in Handcuffs: Leo Perutz’s Zwischen neun und neun.” Modern Austrian Literature 43.1 (2010): 1-22.
“Between Authors and Agents: Gender and Affirmative Culture in Das Leben der Anderen.” German
Quarterly 82.2 (2009): 231-249.
German language, literature and culture; film; interdisciplinary courses; gender and sexuality studies; the Holocaust
Queer studies; masculinity; twentieth-century and contemporary German and Austrian literature and film