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Academics Modern Languages Faculty & Staff

Academics Modern Languages Faculty & Staff

Brian Tucker

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Detchon Center 205
Curriculum vitae

Brian Tucker, associate professor of German, joined the faculty in 2004. Professor Tucker did his undergraduate work at Wabash, where he received his A.B., summa cum laude, in German and history. He earned an M.A. from Indiana University and a Ph.D. from Princeton University. At Wabash he teaches a wide range of courses in German language, literature, and cultural history and regularly leads students on immersion trips to Europe. Recent courses include seminars on “Freud and the Question of Interpretation,” “German Literature and Culture, 1800-Present,” and “Immigration and Integration in Modern Germany.” His research, which has been supported by the Fulbright Program and the National Endowment for the Humanities, centers on German literature of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the history of aesthetics, and psychoanalysis. These topics come together in his book Reading Riddles: Rhetorics of Obscurity from Romanticism to Freud.

Professor Tucker has served on the Pre-Law Committee and the Study Abroad Committee, and he takes an active role in advising language students who plan to spend a semester abroad. In his free time, he enjoys going to the park with his kids, running, biking, cooking, and reading contemporary fiction in German and English.

Ph.D. in German, Princeton University, 2004
M.A. in Germanic Studies, Indiana University, 2000
A.B. in German and history, Wabash College, 1998


GER 101 & 102 – Elementary German
GER 201 & 202 – Intermediate German (with immersion trip to Berlin)
GER 377 – Freud and the Question of Interpretation
GER 401 – Poetics and Translation
GER 403 – Immigration and Integration in Modern Germany


“Rebuke: From Trope to Event in Paul Celan’s ‘Zähle die Mandeln.’” The German Quarterly 86.3 (2013): 257-274.

“The Palimpsest of Place in Judith Hermann’s Nichts als Gespenster.” Gegenwartsliteratur 11 (2012): 280-300.

Reading Riddles: Rhetorics of Obscurity from Romanticism to Freud. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2010.

“‘Die Stunde der Entscheidung’: Ordeal and Uncertainty in Kleist’s ‘Der Zweikampf.’” Monatshefte 101/4 (2009): 469-482.