Dr. David Chisholm was born in New York State. He studied at Oberlin College (B.A.), the University of Erlangen, the University of Chicago (M.A.), and Indiana University (Ph.D.), followed by a year as a Postdoctoral Fellow in German at the University of Cincinnati. Before coming to Arizona, he taught at the University of Hamburg, Indiana University, the University of Cincinnati, and the University of Illinois. He has also taught seminars on a variety of topics at the Deutsche Sommerschule von New Mexico. His teaching and research interests include German literary-political cabaret, interrelationships between music and German literature, German lyric poetry, versification, and linguistic approaches to literature; he has given lectures on these topics at various universities in the United States and Europe. Honors and awards include Fulbright and Alexander von Humboldt fellowships for research in Germany (University of Bonn, National Literature Archive in Marbach, Academy of Arts in Berlin), and he currently serves on the board of directors of the Alexander von Humboldt Association of America. Among his publications are books on Goethe's Knittelvers, Konkordanz zu den Gedichten C. F. Meyers, and Verskonkordanz zu Goethe's Faust, Erster Teil, as well as articles on German literary-political cabaret, music and German literature, phonological and prosodic aspects of German and English poetry and prose, and methods of encoding German texts for linguistic analysis. He has also translated German poetry, prose and radio plays into English, and is a contributor to the Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics and the Columbia Dictionary of Modern European Literature. In his spare time he enjoys concerts and theater, piano, swimming, hiking, and tennis.
German 311 is an intermediate/advanced course, in which students explore the range of German expression through performative works, e.g. theater, television, and film. The focus is on spoken language use, social interaction, and the performance of speech. Taught in German.
The development of European literary-political cabaret from its origins in France to its most recent developments in Western and Eastern Europe.