M.A., Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, 2008; Ph.D., University of British Columbia, 2012

Florian Gassner is a Fellow of the New Europe College in Bucharest, Romania, and he has represented the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) at the Donetsk National University, Ukraine. He specializes in the cultural history of Central and Eastern Europe, particularly in Russian-European relations, and he is an expert on German literature from the eighteenth and nineteenth century.

Contact Florian about

  • The ‘Offene Treff’ – an opportunity to meet up and chat in German
  • The German Choir – a great way to perfect your overall feel for the German language
  • German Language Certificate OnDaF
  • Study Abroad Opportunities

Publications and Research Contributions

Textbook
Die deutsche Kurzgeschichte: Texte, Hintergründe, Aufgaben. Donetsk: Donetsk UP, 2013.
Nikolaus Lenau. Hannover: Wehrhahn Verlag, 2012.
Germany Versus Russia: A Social History of the Divide between East and West. Diss. The University of British Columbia, 2012.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

“Der geköpfte Hahn und Das Klavier im Nebel von Eginald Schlattner: Ein elegischer Blick auf die rumäniendeutsche Vergangenheit.“ Jahrbuch des Bundesinstituts für Kultur und Geschichte der Deutschen im östlichen Europa 25 (2016, submitted).
“Giacomo Casanova: Love in the Time of Individuality.” New Europe College Yearbook 2011-2012 (2014): 120-142.
“‘Unserer Mütter, unsere Väter’ – Kein neuer Blick auf das Dritte Reich.” DaF in der Ukraine 26 (2013): 75-80.
“Erinnern und Vergessen: Die Rezeption von Friedrich Schillers Wilhelm Tell und Walter Scotts Waverley.” Kritische Ausgabe 20 (2011): 49–63.
“Imagining Russia: A Scottish Perspective.” Journal of Irish and Scottish Studies 5.1 (2011): 29-48.
“Theodor Fontanes Vor dem Sturm: Der Entwurf einer deutschen Identität im europäischen Kontext.” Transcarpathica 9 (2010): 207–226.
“Erzählstrategien in Dorothea Schlegels Florentin.” Lenz Jahrbuch 17 (2010): 75–105.

Articles in an Edited Volume
“Das Melodrama August von Kotzebues: Eine Gefahr für die Gesellschaft.” Melodrama – zwischen Populärkultur und ‘Moralisch-Okkultem.’ Ed. Marion Schmaus. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2015. 93-113.
“Die Erinnerung an Wilhelm Tell und Waverley: Eine Vergleichende Rezeptionsanalyse.“ „Musst nur wagen, wagen, wagen!“ Ein Rückblick auf 25 Kritische Ausgaben. Eds. Fabian Beer, Marcel Diel and Benedikt Viertelhaus. Bonn: Weidle Verlag, 2015. 181–188.
“Kulturgeschichtliche Überlegungen zur Bedeutung des Literaturverstehens.” Literatur verstehen – wozu eigentlich? 55 Antworten. Ed. Nikola Roßbach. Oldenburg: Igel Verlag, 2015. 85–89.
“Nemeckij Obraz Rossii: Predystoriâ XX Veka.” In: Rossiâ i Germaniâ v Prostranstve Evropejskih Kommunikacij. Eds. Andrey Devyatkov and Andrey Makarychev. Moscow, 2013. 133–152.
“Becoming a Western Nation: The Quest for German National Identity and the Image of Russia.” The East-West Discourse: Symbolic Geography and its Consequences. Ed. Alexander Maxwell. Oxford: Lang, 2010. 51–72. Nationalisms Across the Globe 8.

Encyclopedia Entries
“König, Heinrich” and “Bodenstedt, Friedrich.“ Kleines Kasseler Literatur-Lexikon. Ed. Nikola Roßbach (2016, in press).
“Die Russen und Engländer in Neapel,” “Erlinde, die Ilm-Nixe,” “Gallerie der unterhaltendsten Geister- und Zaubergeschichten,” and “Kurze Lebens- und Kriegs-Geschichte des Grafen Alexander Suworow Rimnikski.” Andere Klassik – Das Werk von Christian August Vulpius (1762-1827). Ed. Alexander Košenina. Hannover: Wehrhahn Verlag, 2012.
“Bayard,” “Belas Flucht,” “Das Kind der Liebe,” “Der Brief aus Cadix,” “Die Kreuzfahrer,” “Die silberne Hochzeit,” “Sorgen ohne Noth und Noth ohne Sorgen,” and “Ungerns erster Wohlthäter.” Werklexikon Dramen August von Kotzebues. Eds. Johannes Birgfeld, Julia Bohnengel and Alexander Košenina. Hannover: Wehrhahn Verlag, 2011.

Book Reviews
“Hochholdinger-Reiterer, Beate: Kostümierung der Geschlechter: Schauspielkunst als Erfindung der Aufklärung. Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, 2014.“ Lessing Yearbook XLIII (2016 forthcoming).
“Carley, Michael Jabara. Silent Conflict: A Hidden History of Early Soviet-Western Relations. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.” The Historian 78.1 (2016): 141-142.
“Korte, Hermann, Hans-Joachim Jakob and Bastian Dewenter, eds. Das böse Tier Theaterpublikum.” Zuschauerinnen und Zuschauer in Theater- und Literaturjournalen des 18. und 19. Jahrhunderts. Heidelberg: Winter, 2014.” Lessing Yearbook XLII (2015): 234-236.
“Korte, Hermann, and Hans-Joachim Jakob, eds. “Das Theater glich einem Irrenhause.” Das Publikum im Theater des 18. und 19. Jahrhunderts. Heidelberg: Winter, 2012.” Lessing Yearbook XLI (2014): 345-347.
“Peteri, Gyorgy, ed. Imagining the West in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010.” Canadian American Slavic Studies 48.1 (2014, in press).
“Potter, Edward T. Marriage, Gender, and Desire in Early Enlightenment German Comedy. Rochester: Camden House, 2012. ” Lessing Yearkbook XL (2013, in press).
“Kreuder, Friedemann. Spielräume der Identität in Theaterformen des 18. Jahrhunderts. Tübingen: Narr/Francke, 2010.” Lessing Yearbook XXXIX (2012): 281–284.
“Liulevicius, Vejas G. The German Myth of the East: 1800 to the Present. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.” Transcarpathica 10 (2012): 243–246.
“Lærke, Mogens, ed. The Use of Censorship in the Enlightenment. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2009.” Lenz Jahrbuch 17 (2010): 167–172.

Research Interests

Idiomatic language learning
Social history of Eastern Europe
Literature and music
Literature and religion
Central and Eastern European film

Arjun Chowdhury, Florian Gassner, Kurt Hübner and Anastasiya Salnykova (in Kyiv): “Ukraine in Crisis” BARtalk- Terry Project (Gallery Lounge, UBC. March 13, 2014)

Currently Teaching

Winter 2017

GERM200 Intermediate German I Sections

Competence and fluency in everyday situations; ability to report and narrate past events fluently and to express opinions; familiarity with contemporary issues in the German-speaking societies.

Winter 2017

GERM304 German Cinema (in English) Sections

Screening, discussion, and critical analysis of German cinema from the silent era to the 21st century.

Winter 2017

GERM313 Conversational German II Sections

Emphasis on the study of oral communication skills and strategies. Fluency in many situations, communicative competence in important areas of cultural life, ability to participate in discussions of current as well as controversial issues to express ideas clearly in spoken word.

Winter 2017

GERM360 Heaven and Earth: Studies in German Culture and Literature before 1700. Sections

Masterpieces and major trends of the German literature of the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque against the larger background of the political and social developments of the period.

Winter 2017

GERM402 Words and Music in German Literature (in English) Sections

Study of individual works and genres in which words and music together form a whole. Possible topics include the Lutheran Hymn, the Volkslied, the Romantic Lied and Brecht songs, operas by Mozart, Wagner and Strauss, and music and the musician as a subject in literature. No musical training is necessary to take this course.