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College of Liberal and Fine Arts

Christopher Wickham, Ph.D

Professor Emeritus, German
Dept of Modern Languages and Literatures

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  • Biography


    Dr. Wickham received a B.A. in German and Linguistics and an M.Phil. in German from the University of Reading (UK). His doctorate was earned in German Literature at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He has served on the UTSA Faculty Senate and the national executive council of the American Association of Teachers of German. He is on the editorial board of Monatshefte für deutschsprachige Literatur und Kultur. Dr. Wickham was for many years a summer faculty member at the prestigious German School at Middlebury College and leads the study abroad program UTSA in Munich. He is the author of Constructing Heimat in Postwar Germany: Longing and Belonging and is co-editor of Framing the Past: The Historiography of German Cinema and Television and "Was in den alten Büchern steht . . .": Neue Interpretationen von der Aufklärung zur Moderne. His published articles include studies on Austrian and German cinema, German poetry, dialect, regional culture, German painters, and the writer, botanist and traveler, Adelbert von Chamisso.


    • 1968‑72: University of Reading, England, 1972: B.A.(Hons.) German and Linguistics

    • 1972‑74: University of Reading and University of Regensburg (Germany), 1974: M.Phil., German, University of Reading (with distinction)

    • 1976‑82: University of Wisconsin‑Madison, 1982: Ph.D., German Literature (magna cum laude)

  • Recent Courses

    • CSH 3823 - Tops: Germany in the 1920's

    • GER 3023 - Advanced Language Skills

  • Research in Progress

    Research Interests:

    • 18th and early 19th century literature and culture

    • 20th century literature and culture

    • Adelbert von Chamisso

    • Literature and science

    • Poetry

    • Film

    • Singer-songwriters

    • Dialect literature

    • Regionalism

    • German artists in the U.S.

  • Recent Publications


    • "Representation and Mediation in Edgar Reitz' Heimat" in German Quarterly 64 (1991), pp. 35‑45.

    • "The Business of Survival: Aspects of Economy in Pevny/Turrini's Alpensaga" Modern Language Studies 24:3 (Summer 1994), pp. 55-61.

    • "postmodern mundart: Zum Schnubiglbaierisch des Felix Hoerburger," Rüdiger Harnisch, Anthony Rowley, Ludwig Eichinger (eds.), " Gefüge der Sprachen": Studien zu System und Soziologie der Dialekte. Zeitschrift für Dialektologie und Linguistik, Beihefte 90 (1994), pp. 218-236. (Refereed)

    • "Oil and Water: The Development of the Portrayal of Native Americans by 19th Century German Painters" Yearbook of German-American Studies 13 (1996), pp. 63-106.

    • "Vom Wert der Worte: Zu Ernst Jandls 'oberflächenübersetzung'" Germanisch-Romanische Monatsschrift 57.3 (2007), pp. 365-370.