Dennis Brain

Research Interests

Originally, I was headed towards study and a career in the field of science or medicine, but I eventually became sidetracked (or seduced) into the study of German and literature, in large part due to a month-long stay in Nuernberg, Germany in 1973, and also due to my love of classical music and interest in history and philosophy. Although teaching a foreign language at a college is not as lucrative a profession as being a doctor of medicine, I do not regret the path I took, and I especially enjoy teaching courses in which, while teaching the German language: I can introduce students to great literature, music and even art that they might otherwise not become aware of. I am quite interested in the use of new technologies, and I look forward to employing them in order to make the study of German language and culture more interesting and rewarding. Who knows, maybe I can get students to take an interest in Schubert's Lieder, and beyond just his Erlkoenig!

Recent Publication

Wezel, Johann Karl. From Religious Pessimism to Anthropological Skepticism. Peter Lang: New York, 1999.

Current Project

An edition of Wezel's booklet Ankuendigung einer Privatanstalt.

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Dennis Brain
Associate Professor
Office: WH 308
P: 815-753-6445
dbrain@niu.edu

Education

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1990
B.A., University of Texas at Austin, 1985
B.A., University of Kansas, 1978

Contact Us

World Languages and Cultures
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