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Languages and Cultures

Joseph W. Moser

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Languages and Cultures

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224 Mitchell Hall
West Chester, PA 19383


Phone: 610-436-2700
Fax: 610-436-3048


Dr. Cristóbal Cardemil-Krause
Acting Chair July 2018-June 2019

Moser

Joseph W. Moser

  • Assistant Professor of Languages
  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • M.A., Ohio State University
  • B.A., Hiram College

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Research Interests

  • Twentieth and Twenty-first Century German Language, Literature, and Culture
  • Austrian Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Holocaust Studies
  • Jewish Cultural History in German and Yiddish-speaking Central and Eastern Europe from the Enlightenment to the Present​

Classes Regularly Taught

  • German Language and Culture at all levels
  • Survey of German Film
  • Austrian Literature and Culture
  • Holocaust Survivor Memoirs
  • German Culture from the Middle Ages to 1900
  • German Linguistics

Recent Publications/Activities

Books

  • 2,001 Most Useful German Words. Dover Language Guides. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 2012.

Editorial Work

  • Book Review Editor for the Journal of Austrian Studies 
  • Guest editor for Colloquia Germanica, Special edition on “A Haunting Past in Austrian and German Literature and Film,” edited by Laura Detre, Margarete Landwehr and Joseph W. Moser, Vol. 48.3, 2015 [published December 2017].
  • Guest editor for Colloquia Germanica, Special edition on “German-language Crime Fiction,” Edited by Anita McChesney and Joseph W. Moser, Vol. 46.2, 2013. [published February 2016].
  • Jonny Moser, Nisko: Die ersten Judendeportationen. Edited by Joseph W. Moser and James R. Moser. Vienna: Edition Steinbauer, 2012.

Articles

  • “Blurring Fiction with Reality: Robert Schindel’s comédie humaine of 1980s Vienna in Gebürtig and Der Kalte.” In: New Perspectives on Contemporary Austrian Literature and Culture. Ed. Katya Krylova. Bern, Switzerland: Peter Lang Press, 2018: 373-91.
  • “Der Blick von Außen – Czernowitz als westliche Kulturmetropole im Osten der Donaumonarchie.” In: Toposforschung im Lichte der U-topie: Literarische Er-öerterungen in/aus MittelOsteuropa. Eds. Andrei Corbea Hoisie and Ion Lihaciu. Konstanz, Germany: Hartung-Gorre Verlag, 2017: 253-67.
  • “Hauting Policework in Andreas Pittler's Bronstein Detective Series.” In: Colloquia Germanica, Special edition on “A Haunting Past in Austrian and German Literature and Film” Vol. 48.3, 2015 [published December 2017]: 219-28.
  • “Detectives in a Criminal Regime: Krimis in Nazi Comedy Film.” In: Colloquia Germanica, Special edition on “German-language Crime Fiction,” Vol. 46.2, 2013. [published February 2016]: 154-62.
  • "Österreichischer Gegenwartsroman." In: Text + Kritik. Special Volume "Österreichische Gegenwartsliteratur." September 2015: 129-139.
  • "The Kafkaesque in Robert Schindel's Novel Gebürtig." In: Journal of the Kafka Society of America. vol. 35 and 36, 2011-12: 65-7. [published May 2014]
  • "Vienna Imperial at Home and Abroad: The City as Film Myth in the 1930s and 1940s" and "Scene Reviews of Endstation (1935), Operette (1939), and Der Bockerer (1981)." In: World Film Locations: Vienna Ed. Robert von Dassanowsky. Intellect Series, 2012: 8-9, 20-1, 34-5, and 80-81.
  • "Picaresque characters in Lilian Faschinger's Vienna Passion." In: Modern Austrian Prose: Interpretations and Insights, vol II.Ed. Paul Dvorak. Ariadne Press, 2012: 249-65.
  • "Franz Antel's Bockerer series: Constructing the Historical Myths of the Second Republic of Austria." In: New Austrian Film. Eds. Robert von Dassanowsky and Oliver Speck. Berghahn Books, 2011: 43-53.

International Conferences

  • “Die letzten Zeitzeugen des österreichischen Czernowitz in Volker Koepps Dokumentarfilmen Herr Zwilling und Frau Zuckermann und Dieses Jahr in Czernowitz” at “Die Geschichte der Bukowina nach dem Visual Turn” Conference at the Bukowina-Institut of the Universität Augsburg, Germany, 17-19 October 2019.
  • “Kurt Waldheim as a Cultural Turning Point in Austrian Literature and Film,” at “Politics of Contemporary German Culture” Conference at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, United Kingdom, 26-27 April 2019.
  • “An Early Confrontation between Zionists and Eastern European Jewish Nationalists at the 1908 Czernowitz Yiddish Language Conference,” at German Jewish Studies Workshop at University of Notre Dame’s Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem, Israel, 16-22 March 2018.
  • “Erinnerungen an die Vertreibung der Juden aus dem Burgenland und Exil in Ungarn in Jonny Mosers Autobiographie Wallenbergs Laufbursche (2006),” at “Autobiographik von Exil, Widerstand, Verfolgung und Lagererfahrung” conference, Theodor-Kramer-Gesellschaft and Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), Vienna, Austria, 23-25 November 2017.
  • “An Allegory of Present Issues of Displacement: Andreas Pittler’s Das Totenschiff,” at the “Austria in Transit: Displacement and the Nation State—Cultural Responses in the Austrian Context” conference at King’s College London, United Kingdom, 31 August-2 September 2017.
  • “Der Blick von Außen—Czernowitz als westliche Kulturmetropole im Osten der Donaumonarchie,“ at “‘Toposforschung im Lichte der U-topie’ (Paul Celan): Literarische Er-örterungen in/aus MittelOsteuropa—DAAD-Alumni-Netzwerk-Tagung“ at the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University in Iasi, Romania, 20-25 September 2016.
  • "Bernhard Aichners Österreichische 'Dexter-Figur' in seinen Romanen Totenfrau und Totenhaus," Austrian Studies Association (ASA), University of Vienna, Austria, 14-17 March 2016.
  • "Blurring Fiction with Reality: Robert Schindel's comédie humaine of 1980s Vienna in Gebürtig and Der Kalte," University of Nottingham Conference on Contemporary Austrian Literature, Film, and Culture, Nottingham, United Kingdom, 13-15 April 2015.

National Conferences

  • “Austrians in Exile in Hungary during the Holocaust in Jonny Moser’s Autobiography Wallenbergs Laufbursche,” Austrian Studies Association (ASA), Bowling Green, OH, 11-14 April 2019.
  • “Post-Holocaust German-language Memories of Jewish Life in Austrian Galicia: From Brigitte Schwaiger/Eva Deutsch’s Die Galizianerin (1982) to Christian Hermann’s In schwindendem Licht (2018),” Sixth Biennial German-Jewish Studies Workshop, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN, 24-26 February 2019.
  • “The Fascination with Vienna in Film,” invited lecture at lecture series on “Austria on Film” at Camden County Community College, Blackwood, NJ, 5 February 2019.
  • “Remembering the Expulsion of Jews from Burgenland and Exile in Hungary in Jonny Moser’s Autobiography Wallenbergs Laufbursche (2006),” German Studies Association (GSA), Pittsburgh, PA, 27-30 September 2018.
  • “Architecture as Memory of an Austrian-Jewish Utopia in Czernowitz,” German Studies Association (GSA), Atlanta, GA, 5-8 October, 2017.
  • “Habsburg Nostalgia in Czernowitz, today’s Chernivtsi, Ukraine,” Austrian Studies Association (ASA), Chicago, IL, 16-19 March 2017.
  • "Real and Imagined German-Jewish Culture in Czernowitz after 1940," Fifth Biennial German-Jewish Studies Workshop, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN, 19-21 February 2017.
  • “Hallo Dienstmann, Ober zahlen, and Hallo Taxi: Austrian Comedy Film in the 1950s,” German Studies Association (GSA), San Diego, CA, 29 September-2 October, 2016.
  • "Hauting Policework in Andreas Pittler's Bronstein Detective Series," German Studies Association (GSA), Washington, DC, 1-4 October 2015.
  • "Crossing Social Boundaries in Lilian Faschinger's Wiener Passion," Austrian Studies Association (ASA), Dearborn, MI, 26-29 March 2015.
  • "Detectives in a Criminal Regime: Krimis in Nazi Comedy Film," German Studies Association (GSA), Kansas City, MO, 18-21 September 2014.
  • "Pre-WW I Austria-Hungary in Nazi Entertainment Film," Austrian Studies Association (ASA), Austin, TX, 6-9 February 2014.
  • "Humor in Austrian TV Krimis," German Studies Association (GSA), Denver, CO, 3-6 October 2013.
  • "Class Struggles in Hans Moser's Films," Austrian Studies Association (ASA), Waterloo, ON, Canada, 2-3 May 2013.
  • "Marika Rökk: Constructions of Exoticism in Nazi Film," German Studies Association (GSA) Conference, Milwaukee, WI, 4-7 October 2012.
  • "Paul Hörbiger's roles in Nazi Comedy and Propaganda Film," Austrian Studies Association (ASA) Conference, Long Beach, CA, 26-29 April 2012.
  • "The Kafakesque in Robert Schindel's Novel Gebürtig," Roundtable sponsored by Kafka Society, Modern Language Association (MLA), Seattle, WA, 5-8 January 2012.

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