The German and Russian Studies Department offers BA and MA degrees in two cultures and languages of critical significance in the world today - German and Russian - and gives undergraduates the opportunity to study rich cultural traditions associated with several other languages of increasing importance in a global economy. We provide classes in Japanese, Chinese, and Korean language and civilizations, Israeli culture, and the Arabic language. Our internationally recognized faculty pursues research in the wider arena of German and of Russian cultural studies, including literature, film, media studies, philosophy, and the history of science.

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  • The quarrel as a "living word" in Chekhov's early short stories 

    Zamataeva, Ekaterina (University of Missouri--Columbia[University of Missouri--Columbia], 2014)
    This thesis focuses on Chekhov's early stories written in the period from 1879 to 1886. It argues that Chekhov's quarrel is a particular literary type through analysis of its functions, uses and role in the development of ...
  • Precedent phenomena: the role of cultural reference in Dostoevsky's novel Demons 

    Zolotarev, Mikhail (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2013)
    The thesis addresses the questions of precedent phenomena (culturally specific language units) functioning in a literary text. Analyzing Dostoevsky's novel Demons, the research demonstrates precedent phenomena as a tool ...
  • Novalis' religioese stellung 

    Hawkins, Winfred Weeden (University of Missouri, 1914)
    It is the object of this work to get a short, defined picture of the religious mystic, poet, and philosopher Novalis.
  • The women characters in Schiller's dramas 

    Dyas, Virginia Bouchelle (University of Missouri, 1907)
    It is the confirmed opinion of the majority of critics that Schiller's genius proclaimed itself in the portrayal of strong, manly, and heroic characters, and that the tenderness, gentleness, and delicateness of his female ...
  • Die theorie des einakters 

    Busch, Ella Adeline (University of Missouri, 1904)
    Discusses various dramas and the techniques of one-act plays.
  • Pseudo-classicismus in der deutschen litteratur 

    Kirchner, Elida Caroline (University of Missouri, 1901)
    Discusses the pseudo-classicism themes in German literature during the 17th and 18th centuries.
  • The pronoun of address in Schiller's dramas 

    Harrison, Jane Annetta (University of Missouri, 1907)
    This thesis represents practical knowledge gained by a critical study of the pronoun of address, as Schiller used it in his dramas. As far as the writer knows no one has ever written anything concerning Schiller's use of ...
  • Luther uber literatur : I. Seine gedanken uber deutsche dichtung 

    Patzwald, Otto Reinhold (University of Missouri, 1905)
    Discusses Luther's usage of literary forms drama, tragedy, and comedy to make the Bible more relatable to the people.
  • Literary art of Schiller : with especial reference to the use of "effects" or emotional inference in his dramas 

    Turrell, Charles Alfred (University of Missouri, 1901)
    In this thesis there has been no attempt made to reach new conclusions. In fact, the subject would scarcely admit of that, since the emotions we experience have all been felt before. The sole purpose has been to analyze ...
  • Inwiefern Lessing in seinem wortschaftz vom modernen neuhochdeutschen sprachgebrauch abweicht 

    Hauhart, Wiliam Frederick (University of Missouri, 1902)
    Discusses Lessings works and their influence on German language.
  • Comparison of the Iphigenias, Euripides, Racine and Goethe 

    Strong, Charles Munroe (University of Missouri, 1900)
    The legend of Iphigenias is one of the most touching of its kind and its theme has been a favorite with dramatists at various times. The story of the young girl, so gentle and forbearing, so modest and submissive to her ...
  • A thesis on the genitive case in Hartmann von Aue's Armer Heinrich 

    Herrnleben, Henry (University of Missouri, 1899)
    The Genitive Case in Mid. High German, as in the other related languages, has been partially traced to adjective origin, denoting by its form the various relations which are now more generally expressed by the derivative ...
  • Infinitive in the Nibelungenlied 

    Herrnleben, Henry (University of Missouri, 1899)
    The Nibelungenlied, or the Great Middle High German Epic, was written in the form we now have it in the first half of the 13th century, and contains over 8,000 lines written in form-line strophes in Hexameter. Its original ...
  • The root of all evil?: the Mandrake myth in German literature from 1673 to 1913 

    Kobs, Michael, 1979- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2009)
    From its first appearance in the Ebers Papyrus to its reference in Goethe's Faust II and Hanns Heinz Ewers bestseller Alraune at the beginning of the 20th century, the plant-human mandrake has been notorious for its presence ...
  • Staging Hitler myths 

    Lechner, Judith H. (Judith Heidi) (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2009)
    In my thesis Staging Hitler Myths, I analyze the depiction of Adolf Hitler in the contemporary German movies Der Untergang (2004) and Mein Fuhrer-die wirkliche wahrste Wahrheit uber Adolf Hitler (2007). Both movies have ...
  • Recreation of Chernobyl trauma in Svetlana Aleksiyevich's Chernobylʹskaya molitva 

    Scribner, Doris (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2008)
    Little has been written about the literary methodology of the contemporary Belarusian writer Svetlana Aleksiyevich. The main purpose of this thesis is to investigate how the aesthetic manipulation of factographic content ...
  • Vom Buch zum Film: zur Frage der Adaptation bei Sternberg, Schlöndorff und Tykwer 

    Istomina, Olga (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2007)
    My thesis deals with the problem of adaptation from literature to film through three German examples. I explore this question in the following novels and films: Professor Unrat by Heinrich Mann, Die Blechtrommel by Günter ...
  • Time and space as artistic conventions in Chekhov and Dostoyevsky 

    Wells, Olga V. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2005)
    Artistic categories of time and space have been studied extensively. There are certain conventions accepted for different genres in terms of time and space organization. Arrangement of time and space in Chekhov's plays is ...
  • Gothic art and German modernism: Max Beckmann and "Transzendente objektivitat" 

    Krakenberg, Jasmin (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2005)
    The present study suggests that the German Expressionist artist Max Beckmann historicized and individualized in his painting the Descent from the Cross the religious Passion theme, as compared to Nithard's Isenheim Altarpiece, ...
  • Freedom and self-knowledge in the dramatic works of Anton Chekhov 

    Bartlett, Joseph (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2005)
    In his five major dramatic works, Anton Chekhov crafts characters who struggle with existential despair as a result of their inability to perform such actions. This focus on action and inaction raises analogous questions ...

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