• Curtis Swope received his B.A. in German from Middlebury College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Literatures from the University of Pennsylvania. At Trinity, Swope teaches courses in German language, literature, and culture. He also teaches as part of Trinity’s HUMA program and offers courses cross-listed with Film Studies and Urban Studies.

    Swope is proud to serve as academic adviser to Trinity’s German Club. The Club regularly meets for events including a Kaffeestunde and twice-per-semester dinners. 

    Swope is also a proficient trombonist and singer who enjoys helping Trinity’s opera students work on their German pronunciation.

    • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania 
    • M.A., University of Pennsylvania 
    • B.A., Middlebury College

    Current Projects

    “Elsa Asenijeff and German Expressionism,” to appear in the volume Women in German Expressionism, ed. Julie Shoults and Anke Finger. 

    Siqueiros and International Marxism [introduction and five chapters drafted]

    The Crossroads of Modernity: Art, Literature, and Science in Leipzig, 1893-1914. [introduction and two chapters drafted]


    Selected Publications 

    “Modernity and the City in Christa Wolf's Oeuvre of the 1960s" in Christa Wolf: A Companion, ed. Sonja Klocke and Jennifer Ruth Hosek (De Gruyter, 2018), 35-50.

    Building Socialism: Architecture and Urbanism in East German Literature (London: Bloomsbury, 2018).

    “Revisiting the avant-garde: book covers for Wolfgang Hilbig’s poetry and prose,” Word and Image, vol. 30, no. 4, Oct-Dec 2014, 336-347.

    “Modern Architecture, National Traditions, and Ambivalent Internationalism: An East German Architectural Text for Young Readers,” in Cultural Memory and Texts of Childhood, ed. Heather Snell and Lorna Hutchison (New York: Routledge, 2014) 87-102. 

    “Dwelling in GDR Literature,” German Quarterly, 86.2, Spring 2013, 160-179. 

    • Modern German Urbanism 
    • German Cinema 
    • Modern German Theater 
    • Contemporary German Literature