Dennis Schaefer

Graduate Students

Dennis Schäfer is an alumnus of the University of Cologne where he read English and German Studies. He was a visiting student at the University of Warwick, UK, and became a Graduate Teaching Associate in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at The Ohio State University in 2016.

Courses Taught
At Ohio State, Columbus, OH
German 1103 - Au 2017, Sp 2018
German 1102 – Sp 2017
German 1101 – Au 2016

Research Interests

MA thesis project (working title): “Paving the Way for Modernity: The Deal with the Devil in Tales of Forgetting from 19th century German Literature.” (Advisor: Robert C. Holub, John Davidson)

Other areas of interest:

  • German Classicism/Romanticism (esp. Goethe, Hoffmann)
  • Expressionist Film and its afterlife
  • Friedrich Nietzsche’s writing
  • Feminist film theory and literary criticism
  • Notions of the monstrous and the fantastic
  • Marx and Western Marxism

Nosferatu Revisited: Monstrous Female Agency in Penny Dreadful.” Gender Forum – An Online Platform for Gender and Women’s Studies 60, 2016. Web.


Never Gonna Love Again? Faust’s Forgetting and the Deal Modernity Made with the Devil”, Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, April 19-21, 2018. (upcoming)

“Goethe, Nietzsche, and the Ends of Socratism”, German Graduate Student Conference 2017, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

“E.T.A. Hoffmann und die Schatten des expressionistischen Films“, DAAD Postgraduate Summer School 2017, Institute of Modern Language Research, London, UK

“Salvaging Nosferatu: Female Monstrosity in Penny Dreadful”, Germanic Graduate Student Conference 2017, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

University Service
2017-2018 Treasurer of the Germanic Graduate Student Association; Graduate Student Representative to the Undergraduate Studies and the Lectures Committee; Peer Coordinator for German 1103 (Spring Semester)

2016-2017 Member of the Kaffeestunde and the Newsletter Committee

2016 – Graduate Teaching Associate, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
2014-2016 Project / Teaching Assistant, Language Learning Centre, TH Köln


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