Dr. Bess Dawson

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Bio

Education

  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2011)
  • M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2006)
  • B.A., Davidson College (2003)

Biography

Dr. Rebeccah “Bess” Dawson received both her Ph.D. (2011) and MA (2006) in Germanic Languages and Literatures from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed her B.A. at Davidson College in 2003. She studied at universities in Würzburg, Mannheim and Berlin during her undergraduate and graduate career as well as taught English and German as a Second Language in Dresden. Dr. Dawson is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of German and the German Program Coordinator in the Department of MCLC. During the Summer 2013, Bess was able to teach on the KIIS program in Bregenz, Austria.  Her primary areas of interest are early 20th century German sport literature and film, the philosophy of sport as well as Second Language Acquisition Theory and Technology in Pedagogy.  She has presented at both national and international conferences, most recently at the German Studies Association and Midwestern Modern Languages Association. She was also invited to present at conferences in both Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Porto, Portugal.

Bess is currently working on several projects, including an anthology on German sport film, papers on Nazi sport ethics and converting her dissertation in a book manuscript. Moreover, she has published her work in journals and collections.

During the Fall 2013 semester, she is teaching German 101, German 201, German 310: Cultural Traditions from Germanic and Christian origins to the early 1600s, and German 399/499: The Contemporary German Scene: Jugend- und Popkultur. In Spring 2013, she will be teaching German 102, German 230, German 319/419: The Nineteenth Century: Restoration, Revolution, Resignation, Realism and German 345/445: Literature, Culture, Politics, 1905-1945: Rolling with the Punches: The Role of Sport in Creating New Germanies: 1905-1945.

Teaching and Research

Courses Taught

  • GERM 101, 102: Beginning German
  • GERM 105: Introduction to German Culture
  • GERM 201, 230: Intermediate German
  • GERM 310: German Cultural Traditions: Germanic and Christian Origins to the Early 1600s
  • GERM 319/419: The Nineteenth Century: Restoration, Revolution, Resignation, Realism
  • GERM 345/445: Literature, Culture, Politics, 1905-1945: Rolling with the Punches: The Role of Sport in Creating New Germanies: 1905-1945
  • GERM 365/465: Literature, Culture, Politics, 1945-1965– Restoring Germany: Collapse to Economic Miracle
  • GERM 370/470: German Literature and Film – Deutsche Identität in Literatur und Film des späten zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts


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