Josef Glowa

Associate Professor of German and Chair of the Department

Ph.D. 1996 , Brown University
Office: Gruening 609A
Phone: (907) 474-5462

Office Hours: MWF 12:30 to 2:00PM


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Medieval and Early Modern Period, 19th - 20th century German and French literature, literary theory (theory of narrative, intertextuality).

Current Research

I am currently at work on a book about the relationship between literature and visual culture in the Upper Rhine Valley of the 16th Century . I am investigating the early modern community of authors, artists, and publishers in Straßburg with special emphasis on the collaborative works of the writer Johann Fischart, the artist Tobias Stimmer, and the famed publisher Bernhard Jobin.In my work, I examine the intertextual and intermedial dimensions of this collaboration, analyzing the verbal and visual imagery in poetry and prose texts, which often has religious, academic, or political significance. I focus on the use of pictorial elements within an individual work, on writing inspired by the visual arts (and images inspired by writings), and on emblem books.

Recent Courses
  • Twentieth Century German Theater
  • Witches and Demons and German Culture and Literature
  • Berlin: Grandeur and Decadence. The Reinventions of a European Metropolis
  • Women in German Culture & Literature.
  • Advanced German
  • Intermediate German
  • Beginning French (fall 2014)
Select Publications
  • “The Role of Art in the Cultural Competition between Germans and Italians in the Sixteenth Century. Johann Fischart’s Response to Giorgio Vasari’s Le vite de' più eccellenti pittori, scultori e architettori (1568).A translation from German into English with an introduction.  Simiolus (English-language journal devoted to the history of Dutch and Flemish art of the fifteenth to seventeenth centuries, University of Utrecht), 2015.  In Press.
  • Book Review: Die Buchholzschnitte Hans Brosamers in naturwissenschaftlichen, humanistischen und satirischen Drucken des 16. Jahrhunderts. Bodo Gotzkowsky. Baden-Baden: Verlag Valentin Koerner, 2012. 398 pp. ISBN 978-3-87320-364-8. € 98.00. Sixteenth Century Journal , Spring 2014.
  • Book Review: Johann Fischart. Sämtliche Werke. Band II. Eulenspiegel reimenweis. Ed. Ulrich Seelbach and W. Eckehart Spengler. Stuttgart-Bad Canstatt: frommann-holzboog. 2002. 426 pp. illus. € 290. ISBN 3-7728-1837-4.  - Johann Fischart. Sämtliche Werke. Band III. Two books review in Renaissance Quaterly, Fall 2013.
  • “The Search for National Identity in Abstractions from historical images: A German Example .” Comparative Civilizations Review, Nr. 64 (2011): 6-21.
  • “Dann dise sind der Eltern schönster WinterMeyen: The Life of Children in Johann Fischart’s Geschichtklitterung.” Neophilologus Vol. 95, No. 3 (2011): 447-460.
  • Thomas Bernhard. The World-Fixer. Translated by Josef Glowa, Donald McManus and Susan Hurley-Glowa. Riverside: Ariadne Press, 2005. ISBN 1572411422; hardback.
  • Johann Fischart’s Geschichtklitterung: A Study of the Narrator and Narrative Strategies. New York, Bern, London, Frankfurt: Peter Lang Publishing, 2000.
  • “Dialoge und Dialogiziät in Wolfram von Enschenbachs Parzival.” Utah Foreign Language Review. Vol. 1995 (1995): 237- 254. 
External Affiliations

Modern Language Association (MLA), American Association of Teachers of German (AATG), Sixteenth Century Studies Association (SCSC), American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA)

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