1851 335th Ave.
Goose Lake, IA 52750
(563) 659-1418
German Department
Augustana College
Rock Island, IL 61201-2296
(309) 794-7606
Fax: 7443

      B.A., M.A., Ph.D. in German Language and Literature: University of California, Santa Barbara

Teaching Experience:
      Augustana College: Professor of German
Guilford College: Assistant Professor of German
University of Nevada, Reno: Visiting Assistant Professor of German

Courses Taught:

Beginning and Intermediate German, Advanced Conversation, Composition, Civilization (Beginnings to 1750, Enlightenment to Young Germany), Survey of German Literature (Medieval and Renaissance, Baroque, Storm and Stress, Classicism, Romanticism, Realism, Naturalism); Young Goethe, Faust, Literature in Translation (Fairy Tales, Medieval, 19th-Century German and Austrian Literature, Goethe, Romanticism), Beginning and Intermediate Russian.

College Service:
      Faculty Senate
Foreign Studies Committee
Coordinator, Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Chair, German Department
Director, Semester Program in Munich (1985, 1987)
Coordinator, Exchange Program with the University of Passau
Director, Summer Program in Passau (1991, 1999, 2003, 2005)
Director, Spring Term in Vienna (1993, 1995)

      1987: Grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
1979: Grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
2006: Presidential Research Fellowship

Extended Time and Research Abroad:
      2005 (summer): director of Augustana College’s Summer Program in Passau
2003 (spring): sabbatical research in Germany
2003: (summer): director of Augustana College's Summer Program in Passau
1999: (summer): director of Augustana College's Summer Program in Passau
1997: (summer): research on the former Cistercian abbey of Notre-Dame d'Aulps
1996: (fall): research on Cistercian monasteries in Provence
1995: (fall): sabbatical in the Jura region of France (research on the former monastery of Condadisco [St-Claude]).
1995: (spring): director of Augustana College's Spring Term in Vienna
1993: (spring): director of Augustana College's Spring Term in Vienna
1991: (summer): director of Augustana College's Summer Program in Passau
1987: (fall): director of Guilford College's Semester Abroad Program in Munich
1987: (summer): funded research (DAAD) in Munich
1985: (fall): director of Guilford College's Semester Abroad Program in Munich
1979: (summer): post-doctoral research (DAAD) in Göttingen
1976-1977: dissertation research in Göttingen
1972-1973: undergraduate study in Göttingen

Areas of Specialization and Interest:

Medieval literature (French and German), young Goethe, Storm and Stress, Romanticism (French and German), Romanesque art and architecture, Medieval history.



“A Note Concerning a Recently Published Letter of Herder.” Modern Language Notes, 95 (1980), 670-672.

“Herder, Rousseau, and Fuseli.” German Life & Letters, 33 (1980), 263-268.

“Der Begriff ‘Tätigkeit’ im Frühwerk Goethes: Eine Studie zum Charakter des jungen Goethe.” In: Goethezeit: Studien zur Erkenntnis und Rezeption Goethes und seiner Zeitgenossen. Festschrift für Stuart Atkins, ed. Gerhart Hofmeister. Bern and Munich: Francke, 1981, pp. 91-103.

“Goethe's Novels.” In: Critical Survey of Long Fiction: Foreign Language Series. La Canada, Ca.: Salem Press, 1984, vol. 2, pp. 667-682.

“Storm and Stress.” In: A Concise History of German Literature, ed. Kim Vivian. Columbia, S.C.: Camden House, 1992, pp. 139-163.

“Hartmann von Aue.” In: Encyclopedia of Medieval Germany, ed. John Jeep. New York: Garland, 2001, pp. 323-326.


Mosaik: Deutsche Literatur. New York: Random House, 1982, 2nd ed., 1986 (in collaboration with Roselinde Konrad).

McGraw-Hill Anthology of German Literature. Vol. I: Early Middle Ages to Storm and Stress. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1993. Vol. II: Classicism to Naturalism. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1994 (in collaboration with Frank Tobin and Dick Lawson).

An Anthology of German Literature. Vol. 1: Vom frühen Mittelalter bis zum Sturm und Drang. Vol. 2: Von der deutschen Klassik bis zum Naturalismus. Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland Press, 1998 (in collaboration with Frank Tobin and Dick Lawson).

Edited Book:

A Concise History of German Literature. Columbia, S.C.: Camden House, 1992 (Choice magazine selection for “best scholarly books 1994”).


Arthurian Romances, Tales, and Lyric Poetry. The Complete Works of Hartmann von Aue. University Park, PA: Penn State University Press, 2001. (In collaboration with Frank Tobin and Richard H. Lawson.)

“Contributions of Archeology to the History of Egyptian Monasticism.” Coptic Church Review, 1998. (translation with Tim Vivian of “Apports de l'archéologie à l'histoire du monachisme egyptien” by Ewa Wipszycka in The Spirituality of Ancient Monasticism: Acts of the International Colloquium, Cracow: Tyniec, 1995, 63-78).

“The Jura Fathers and the Contemporary Monasticism of Their Day.” (Translation of the French essay by Adalbert de Vogüé) In: The Lives of the Jura Fathers, ed. and tr. Tim Vivian, Kim Vivian, and Jeffrey Burton Russell. Cistercian Publications: Kalamazoo, MI, 1999.

Life of the Jura Fathers (translation of Vita vel regula sanctorum patrum Romani Lupicini et Eugendi monasteriorum Iurensium abbatum, with introductory essays and notes. In collaboration with Tim Vivian and Jeffrey Russell). Kalamazoo, MI: Cistercian Publications, 1999.

The Life of Saint Servatius: A Dual-Language Edition of The Middle Dutch “Legend of Saint Servatius” by Heinrich von Veldeke and The Anonymous Upper German “Life of Saint Servatius” (in collaboration with Ludo Jongen and Richard H. Lawson). Lewiston , NY : Mellen Press, 2006.

Recent Reviews:

Neue deutsche Literaturgeschichte. Vom ‘Ackermann’ zu Günter Grass.” In: Monatshefte, 1998 (vol. 90, number 1), pp. 102-103.

Schutz, Herbert. “The Carolingians in Central Europe, their History, Arts and Architecture. A Cultural History of Central Europe, 750- 900.” In: The Medieval Review (, 7/17/2007.

Creative Writing :

In the Company of Angels. A novel. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: Commonwealth Publications, 1997.

“Aesthetica” (poem). In: Lyrical Iowa 2004 (59), p. 51.

“Photograph” (short story). In: Harrington Lesbian Literary Journal, vol. 8, issue 3, 2007.



Pilger’s Homecoming (novel, under submission).