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.
What innovations can a moment of extreme crisis bring to a society? From the radicals and reactionaries of Weimar Berlin to the student movements of the 1960s and the fall of the Berlin Wall, German society has born witness to unprecedented traumatic and regenerative moments of social crisis and creative rebellion. Focusing on the economic, aesthetic, moral, and political transformations of one particular moment of crisis, this course explores how deep collective uncertainty can lead to booms of creativity across boundaries in music, literature, fine arts, pop culture, architecture, and film. Taught in English
Examination of individual texts in relation to theories of genre, with attention to shifting definitions of genre and resistance to generic categories.