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.
Development of conversational competence including speaking and listening skills and pragmatic awareness, with a focus on topics related to contemporary German-speaking societies.
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.