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Dr. Ewa Siwak

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Office: Centennial 139
Phone: 512.245.7285

Biography: I received my MA in German from Warsaw University in Poland, and my Ph.D. in German Literature and Translation Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. As a graduate student at UT, I taught German, Swedish, and Polish. Prior to joining the faculty at Texas State University in 2011, I taught high-school German in the Austin area and organized student exchanges via the German-American Partnership Program.

In addition to teaching all levels of German at Texas State, I also supervise student teachers in modern languages. On behalf of our Modern Languages department and together with my colleague Kayla Hill, I coordinate the Texas State German Contest, a state-level scholastic competition for high school students. Every other summer I direct our study abroad program in Munich.

Research Interests: My current research focuses on Habsburg Galicia as a mythical multi-ethnic Arcadia. I am particularly interested in investigating how this 19th century myth has resurfaced after the fall of Communism to shape the national consciousness in Central and Eastern Europe.

Publications: I have published articles about the Austrian postwar author Ingeborg Bachmann. My most recent project is a translation from Polish into English: Courage and Fear (original title Odwaga i strach) offers a close look at the fates and moral choices of scholars, scientists, and artists in the Eastern-European city of Lviv during and after World War II. The book will come out this fall.

Courses Taught:

Lower Division German: GER 1410, GER 1420, GER 2310, GER 2320

GER 3370: German Civilization

GER 3380: Business German

GER 4341: Advanced German Grammar

LING 4307: Foreign Language Teaching Methods