Dr. Christina Brantner

Associate Professor of German Modern Languages & Literatures

Christina Brantner, Associate Professor (Ph.D. Washington-St. Louis) has been at UNL since 1987. She received her Ph.D. at Washington University in St. Louis in 1987. Her areas of specialization are Romanticism, the interaction of music, literature and the arts, women writers and the translation of poetry. She has been the Program Director for the Berlin program since 1994.

This Professor of Romanticism finally found true love: never having sat on a horse till that fateful October of 2012, she cantered right through her midlife crisis and never looked back.


Awards & Honors

  • Golden course co-funded with Ali Moeller, TEAC, 2010 $5000.
  • Annis Chaikin Sorensen Award for Distinguished Teaching in the Humanities, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1996.
  • Tenure at the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, starting in 1994.
  • Associate Professor of German, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1993.
  • Appointed Graduate Faculty Fellow at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, October 1993.
  • Cora Friedline Summer Fellowship for Research, 1992.
  • University of Nebraska Parents' Association Teaching Award, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004.

Current Research & Creative Writing Projects

  • “Leiche sucht Mörder” Detective story written for the 3rd year level of German. First taught in Ger 303 Fall 2014.
  • Online (Blackboard) class
    • Deutsche Kulturgeschichte Querbeet. Golden Course online Distance Education, via Ali Moeller, TEAC. (German Cultural History; Nazi Germany-Present-Elightenment) Taught Fall 2010. Revised & taught again S 2012.
  • Translation project: Ted Kooser works
    • Delights and Shadows, Bilingual edition Erleuchtungen und Schatten, German/English, submitted to German publisher 2007.
  • Teaching materials/textbook
    • Deutsche Kulturgeschichte im Krebsgang. Golden Course on Line Distance Education, via Ali Moeller, TEAC. (German Cultural History; Nazi Germany-Present-Elightenment) Taught Fall 2010, S 2012.
  • Norinas Notturno. Novel about a fictitious Jewish/Gentile family 1935-1995. Rough draft chapters 1-7, 9.
  • Geschichte der Fieberhaften Erbauung und Lieblosen Sprengung eines Luftschlosses auf dem Filetstück meines Herzens. Cycle of 63 poems.

Publications

  • Recent Publication
    • Ted Kooser: “Writing with kindness, generosity and humility” – Zarte Zeichensetzung in einer verrohenden Welt. Fremdsprachlicher Unterricht, Sommer 2012, pp 14-17.
  • Published Research Book
    • Robert Schumann und das Tonkünstler-Bild der Romantiker. Revised and Augmented dissertation, New York/Zürich: Peter Lang 1991, 201pp.
  • Articles
    • Through Foreign Eyes: Adoption Angles and Maternity-Leave-Suggestions, article for a book of essays by Rachel Hille-Basset, Parenting and Professing: Balancing Family Work with an Academic Career, Vanderbilt University Press 2005; 19pp
    • "Die Problematik des vaterländischen Freiheitsgedankens in Clemens Brentanos `Die Schachtel mit der Friedenspuppe'," German Life and Letters Volume XLVI No.1, January 1993, 12-24.
    • "Frühromantische Frauengestalten in Dorothea Schlegels Roman Florentin," Michigan Germanic Studies 17.1 (1991), 51-70.
    • "Swap-Shop: Der T/olle Tennisball or How Much More Fun Can Grammar Be?" Unterrichtspraxis (Fall 1991), p.193.
    • "Friz Dalbergs `Blicke eines Tonkünstlers in die Musik der Geister'und W.H. Wackenroders Äußerungen zur Musik," Aurora (49), Jahrbuch der Eichendorffgesellschaft, 1989, 203-210.
  • Published Creative Work
    • Der Hunger der Herbstzeitlosen, Gedichte und Impressionen 1983-1993 (collection of poetry, published 1994)

Courses Taught

  • Literatur der Weimarer Republik, NS-Zeit und Exil Ger 452/852
  • Deutsche Kulturgeschichte Querbeet 952
  • Goethe Schiller, 4/859
  • Business German, 307
  • German 303/304
  • Bestseller Literature in the 1990s German speaking countries 951
  • German Novels post Fall of the Wall, 951 Graduate Seminar
  • Femme Fatale, 951 Graduate Seminar
  • The Other Romanticism, 951 Graduate Seminar
  • German Romanticism 448/848
  • Introduction to 19th century German Prose 302
  • Introduction to 20th century German Prose 301
  • German Culture and Civilization 322 (part II)
  • German Culture and Civilization 321 (part I)
  • German in Translation 282, German Women Writers and Composers
  • Independent Study 498/898
  • Major German Authors of the Twentieth Century 301
  • Intermediate German 201
  • Intermediate German 202
  • Intermediate German 210