Dr. Steven Martinson was born in Washington State and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. He earned his B.A. in German and Political Science at Seattle Pacific University. That program of study included a year at the University of Heidelberg. He was awarded both the M.A. and the Ph.D. in Germanics with a minor in Linguistics from the University of Washington. Before coming to The University of Arizona, in 1988, he held appointments at Northwestern University and the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Martinson’s publications include numerous articles and books on modern German literature and culture. He has published five edited volumes and four single-authored books, among them a critical edition of J. E. Schlegel's Vergleichung Shakespears und Andreas Gryphius (Stuttgart: Reclam, 1984), Between Luther and Münzer: The Peasant Revolt in German Drama and Thought (Heidelberg: Winter, 1988), A Companion to the Works of Friedrich Schiller (Rochester: Camden, 2005), Projects of Enlightenment: The Work of Gotthold Ephraim Lessing. Cultural, Intercultural, and Transcultural Perspectives (Heidelberg: Synchron, 2013), and an edition of the poetry of Thomas Kunst, The Art of Kunst (2016). His book, Harmonious Tensions: The Writings of Friedrich Schiller (Newark: UP Delaware, 1996), received a "Choice Award" as an outstanding academic title in the United States (1997). He is a recipient of a research fellowship and resumptions from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (1990-1991 [Marbach], 1999 [Heidelberg], 2005 [Leipzig], and 2016 [Leipzig]. His book in progress is titled: Discordant Concord: The Young Friedrich Nietzsche. Words, Images, Music. Martinson received a Superior Teaching Award from the Humanities Seminar in 2016 for his course on "Faust." He is currently Director of the UA World Literature Program.
Introduction to major cultural figures of German speaking countries who have seen, imagined, or experienced what role religion may or can play in human life. Taught in English.
This course highlights a particular period in the history of German culture, featuring works from literature, philosophy, art, music and/or film. Possible periods include, but are not limited to, the Middle Ages, the Baroque, Classicism and Romanticism, the Enlightenment, the 19th and 20th Centuries, and Contemporary Germany. For details about the topic offered in a particular semester see course listings on the department web site. Taught in German.