Tessa Wegener

German School Faculty


A West Virginia native, Tessa Wegener spent a portion of her youth living in Nordrhein-Westfalen, where she completed fifth through ninth grades. After returning to the U.S., Tessa studied German Literature and Culture at Bethany College and received her M.A. in German Studies at the University of Kentucky in 2006. She completed her PhD at Georgetown University's German Department in 2012.

Aside from her passion for Austrian literature and culture, Tessa pursues research on the genre of travel writing, post-colonialism, transnationalism and gender studies. She has published on Austrian writer Ingeborg Bachmann and documentary filmmaker Aysun Bademsoy.

Tessa has previously taught at Colgate University and Swarthmore College, and currently resides in Brazil. Since 2006, she has been part of the German School--first as a bilingual assistant, then as a faculty member and coordinator of the Beginning German Level. For the past three years, she has taught a course on contemporary German culture in Level 4. In 2013, Tessa was appointed Associate Director of the German School.



Course List: 

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GRMN 3405 - Adv German for Singers II      

This course meets for two hours daily and forms the core of the 400 level program. It aims at strengthening the student's ability to write and speak German at an advanced level through development of speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills with an emphasis on advanced elements of communication and style. Attention will be paid to fine points of grammar, use of idioms, appropriate register. Classroom activities are enhanced by audio and video material as well as visitations by, and subsequent discussions with, German School guests and visitors. Lectures, films, and other cultural events of the German School will be incorporated into the course.

Required texts: All course materials will be provided by the instructor, but it is recommended that each student invest in a good quality reference grammar, such as the Duden Grammatik or similar comprehensive treatment of German grammar and stylistics.

Summer 2014 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session

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GRMN 3406 - Adv German for Singers II      

The focus of this course is the literature and film related to the topics of flight and migration into, out of and within Germany, with the overarching theme of "displacement." Based on literary texts of various lengths and genres, as well as feature films, the course explores the ways the flight, migration, and social and cultural displacement have manifested themselves in literature and film from the 1930s to the present, with particular emphasis on works appearing since 1945. The course involves extensive classroom discussion, scholarly writing assignments of increasing difficulty, and student presentations on course topics and readings.

Required texts: Texts will be available for purchase from the College Bookstore after all placement testing has been completed.

Summer 2014 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session

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GRMN 3418 - Germany's Stories Past&Present      

Germany's Stories - Visions of Past & Present

This course examines various experiences of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees in German-speaking Europe, with the overarching theme of "displacement." Beginning in the pre-World War II era, the course offers historical and current perspectives on expulsion, persecution, integration, assimilation and multiculturalism as depicted in major media outlets, film and academic scholarship. We will discuss topics relating to the persecutions of Jews, the expulsion of ethnic Germans, and migrant labor movements, such as the Turkish guest workers and their legacy in present day Germany. In the second half of the course, we will ask how more recent geo-political shifts, such as the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the Balkan Wars, continue to shape perceptions of cultural and national identity in Germany and Austria. Finally, we will conclude with an analysis of the current cultural and political debates in the media surrounding Syrian and African refugees in Germany.
This course aims at developing advanced literacy abilities of summarizing, interpreting, and presenting substantial arguments in professional and academic settings.

Required Texts: The instructor will provide all required texts.

Summer 2014 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session, Summer 2015 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session, Summer 2016 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session

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