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Hanna H. Marks


Associate Professor of German




After graduate studies in English and Russian language and literature at the Ludwig Maximilians Universität, München, Hanna Marks moved to Washington, DC and completed a B.A./M.A. in German Literature at the George Washington University. Her doctoral studies in German Literature and Philology at the University of Maryland led to a Ph.D. with a dissertation on Poetic Realism and Reader Response Theory.

Academic Career at CUA
Dr. Marks became a member of the German Faculty with a first appointment as Lecturer in 1979 and promotion to the rank of Associate Professor in 1989.
Concurrently she has served as Associate Dean of Graduate Studies in the School of Arts and Sciences, a position for which she was first appointed in 1992.
The major service appointment in the Department is the coordination of the German Program. Specific tasks have included recruitment and advising of students in German, international exchange and study abroad, especially at our partner university (Katholische Universität Eichstätt), supervising the German language program at all levels, and representing the German section on all departmental committees from faculty searches to graduate student funding.
Service to the University includes twelve years on the Academic Senate with special responsibilities on the Educational Policy Committee and as Chair of the Senate committees for Libraries and the Committee on Committees and Rules. Membership on the Graduate Board is continuing, as is participation in the work of the Academic Council.

Development of the undergraduate program and teaching language, literature and culture at all levels from intermediate language to reading proficiency for graduate students.
Courses taught recently:
“The Germans”: Christian Culture in its European Context
Confronting the Past: The Literary Scene after 1945
Senior Seminar
German for Reading Knowledge.
Nominated for the Excellence in Teaching Award 2006.

Publications on the literature of the Classic and Romantic period, including on the drama of Goethe and Schiller, Romantic prose (Eichendorff) and plays (Brentano, Eichendorff, Tieck), and comparative studies on European comedy, Immermann/Shakespeare and Immermann/Molière.