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Languages and Cultures

Joseph W. Moser

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Languages and Cultures

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

Joseph W. Moser

Joseph W. Moser

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

Research Interests

  • Twentieth and Twenty-first century German language, literature, and culture
  • Austrian Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Holocaust Studies
  • Jewish Cultural History in Germany and Austria from the Enlightenment to the Present​

Classes Regularly Taught

  • German language
  • German Film
  • Twentieth Century Culture
  • Austrian Civilization
  • Holocaust

Recent Publications/Activities


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


  • “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.
  • "Czernowitz. Die westliche Kulturmetropole im Osten der Donaumonarchie." In: Konzept Osteuropa: Der "Osten" als Konstrukt der Fremd- und Eigenbestimmung in deutschsprachigen Texten des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts. Eds. Dagmar C.G. Lorenz and Ingrid SpÖrk. KÖnigshausen und Neumann, 2011: 13-25.
  • "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

  • "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

  • "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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