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Faculty: Herman De Vries

Herman De VriesHerman De Vries, Professor

Frederik Meijer Chair in Dutch Language and Culture

616-526-6804
hermdevr@calvin.edu
Office: Hiemenga Hall 423

Office hours by appointment

Educational background

  • B.A. Calvin College 1988 (German)
  • M.A. University of Cincinnati 1990 (German)
  • Ph.D. University of Cincinnati 1996 (Germanic Languages and Literatures)
    • (Dissertation: Nicolaus Selnecker's Psalter Commentary (1565): A Documentary Study on Psalm Versification)

Academic interests

  • Early-modern German literature
  • German Enlightenment
  • Current trends in the Dutch language

Recent activities

Articles and essays
  • “Classroom Devotions in the Foreign Language Course: Possibilities for Effecting Change in Student Motivation and Attitude.” Journal of Christianity and Foreign Languages 3 (2002): 10-30.

  • “Is the Dutch Language Threatened by English?” Dutch International Society Magazine 32.1 (2000): 9-15.

  • “Sunday Invocabit,” Perspectives: A Journal of Reformed Thought (March 2000): 3.

  • “The EUROTECH Module: A Curricular Innovation for German Instruction.” Foreign Language Annals 30.3 (1997): 369-377. Co-authored with Richard P. Long.

  • “Nicolaus Selnecker and Visual Portrayal of the Psalmist.” DAPHNIS: Zeitschrift für Mittlere Deutsche Literatur 4 (1996): 33-51.

Book reviews
  • Anker, Robert. Een soort Engeland (Amsterdam: Querido, 2001). World Literature Today. Forthcoming.

  • Busch & Miersemann, eds. “Geist=reicher” Gesang: Halle und das Pietistische Lied (Tübingen: Niemeyer, 1997). Forthcoming in Lessing Yearbook, vol. 31.

  • Vierhaus, Rudolf. Was war Aufklärung? (Göttingen: Wallstein, 1995). Lessing Yearbook 30 (1998): 263-264.

  • Kröger, Wolfgang. Literaturwissen für Schule und Studium (Stuttgart: Reclam 1995). Lessing Yearbook 29 (1997): 212-215.

  • Rippley, Lavern J. German-Bohemians (St. Olaf 1995). Yearbook of German-American Studies 30 (1995): 172-173.

  • Fuchs, Guido. Psalmdeutung im Lied (Göttingen: Vandenhoek & Ruprecht 1993). In The Sixteenth-Century Journal 26 (1995) 702-703.

  • Timm, Uwe. Erzählen und kein Ende. In Focus on Literatur 2.1 (1995): 77-79.

  • Eckardt, Jo-Jacqueline. Lessing's Nathan the Wise and the Critics: 1779-1991 (Camden House 1993). In Lessing Yearbook 26 (1994): 143-145.

  • Schroeder, Bernd. Versunkenes Land. In Focus on Literatur 1.1 (1994): 62-64.

  • Roeber, A.G. Palatines, Liberty, and Property (Johns Hopkins 1993). In Yearbook of German-American Studies 29 (1994): 168-170.

Books, journals, and newsletters edited
  • EUROTECH Newsletter (UConn) vols. 1 (1996) & 2 (1997) 16 pp.

  • Assistant Editor, Focus on Literatur: a journal for German-language literature 2.1 (1995) 124 pp.

  • Assistant Editor, Focus on Literatur 1.2 (1994) 122 pp.

  • Editor, Focus on Literatur 1.1 (1994) 110 pp.

  • Editorial assistant, Lessing Yearbook 25 (1993) 306 pp.

Translations
  • Co-translated narrated texts for Oberon, King of the Elves: A Romantic Opera in Three Acts. By Carl Maria von Weber. New Stage Directions by Gustav Mahler. Narrated texts by Claus H. Henneberg.
Interviews
  • "Gespräch mit Uwe Timm," In Focus on Literatur 2.1 (1995): 101-112.

Additional information

  • Professor De Vries teaches Dutch, German, and German literature Romanticism, 18th-20th century.