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Andrew Wisely

Associate Professor of German
Director of the Honors Program
Co-Director, Baylor in Germany Summer Study Program

Baylor University
One Bear Place #97390
Waco, TX 76798-7390
MLC Office: Old Main 279
Honors Program Office: Morrison Hall, 203.5
Phone: (254) 710-7162

Spring 2016 Office Hours:
MW 2:30-3:30, and by appointment.

Offered Spring 2015:
GER 4320 Special Topics: "Fractured Trust: National Socialism and its Aftereffects."
Examines the twelve official years of National Socialist rule and its aftermath through the lens of victims, perpetrators, journalists, novelists, playwrights, jurists, historians. Discusses complexity of memory formation, post-war(crime) justice, guilt, remorse, reconciliation. Authors include Brecht, Böll, Frisch, Klüger, Hochhuth, Wolf. Additional excerpts from Höß, Arendt, and Frankfurt Auschwitz Trial transcripts.

GER 3355: Exploring the German Literary Tradition (Fall 2013, 2014, 2015)
GER 4320: Special Topics in German (Spring 2014, Spring 2015)
GER 3343: The Dresden Experience (Summer 2014)
GER 2310: Intermediate German

I have been long at work on a criminal biography of one of the defendants in the Frankfurt Auschwitz Trial (4 Ks 2/63) of 1963-65. This project takes into account my interest in the intersections of law, testimony, literature, and history.


Arthur Schnitzler and Twentieth-Century Criticism
(Camden House, 2004)
Schnitzler (1862-1931), one of the most prolific Austrian writers of the 20th century, ruthlessly dissected his society's phobias about sex and death. Among the more insightful analyses are Lieutenant Gustl, the first stream-of-consciousness novella in German; Reigen, a devastating cycle of one-acts that maps the social limits of a sexual daisy-chain; and Der Weg ins Freie, a novel that combines a love story with a discussion of the roadblocks facing Austria's Jews. Today, his popularity is reflected by new editions and translations and by adaptations for theater, television, and film. My book examines Schnitzler reception up to the year 2000, beginning with the journalistic reception of the early plays in the 1890s. Before being suspended by a decade of Nazism, criticism in the 1920s and 30s directed myopic focus on Schnitzler's themes of determinism and decadence. In the early sixties, humanist scholarship explored Schnitzler's indictment of impressionism in his late novellas. The sixties also saw Schnitzler, whom Freud considered his literary "Doppelgänger," subjected to Freudian psychoanalytical criticism. By the eighties, scholarship was citing Schnitzler's own thoroughgoing objections to categorization. Since the seventies, Schnitzler's remonstrance toward Austrian institutions ('O du mein Österreich!') has captured the interest of social historians and feminist critics alike, and Schnitzler scholarship not only now has a ten-volume edition of Schnitzler's diary to celebrate, but also critical digital editions of his early works to admire, with more on the way.

Arthur Schnitzler and the Discourse of Honor and Dueling
(Peter Lang, 1996)
This study examines the importance of honor to the Viennese playwright Arthur Schnitzler (1862-1931) and to his society. It shows the extent to which discourses of class, gender, and race sustained dueling, and it identifies the sociological factors that transformed those discourses and thus helped to abolish dueling in post-war Austria and Germany.

German Studies Association (GSA)
American Association of Teachers of German (AATG)
Austrian Studies Association (ASA)
Modern Language Association (MLA)