• Position: Assistant Professor of German
  • Phone: (616) 526-8766
  • Email: mbuteyn@calvin.edu
  • Department: German
  • Office: Hiemenga Hall 427D | Map


  • B.A. Calvin College
  • M.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison (with distinction)
  • Ph.D. Queen's University


  • Instructor of German, Calvin College (1983-87; 1995; 2001-present)
  • Instructor of German, Dalhousie University (1989-90; 1992-93; 1995-96)
  • Teaching Assistant, Queen's University (1990)
  • Teaching Assistant, University of Wisconsin-Madison (1981-83)

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Selected publications

Recent activities

  • "In der Bresche stehen: Expectation and Reality in the Role of Pastor in Fontane's Effi Briest." Presented at the Michigan Academy of Arts and Sciences Annual Conference, March, 2001

  • "Stimulating the Appetite and Satiating the Hunger: The Community of Support in Raabe's Der Hungerpastor." Presented at the North American Christian Foreign Language Association's Annual Conference, April, 1996

  • "Die Leiden des jungen Goethes: Love and Friendship in Goethe's Letters to Behrisch." Presented at the Canadian Society for 18th-Century Studies Conference, October, 1992

  • "The Sins of the Fathers: A Moral Framework for von Droste-Hülshoff's Die Judenbuche." Presented at the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, April, 1990