Karlheinz Hasselbach, Germanic & Slavic, Tulane University

Karlheinz Hasselbach

Emeritus Professor of German


Professor Karlheinz Hasselbach, listed in the 2004 Who's Who, received his Ph.D. in 1971 from Philipps-Universität in Marburg, Germany. His main research interests were Thomas Mann, Georg Büchner, Bertolt Brecht, Ernst Jünger, German Romanticism, and German Dialectology.

From 1965-72, he taught German at Florida State University as Assistant Professor. In 1972, he joined the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages at Tulane University where he taught undergraduate and graduate German courses.

In addition to Elementary and Intermediate German, he taught Advanced Conversation and Composition; Introduction to German literature; Survey of German literature; 19th Century Poetry, Prose, and Drama; Romanticism; Seminars on Georg Büchner, Thomas Mann, Bertolt Brecht, and Ernst Jünger; Reading Knowledge of German; Translation; German Phonetics; German Culture; and Middle High German Epics and Poetry.

Of his 50 some publications, eight are books (inclusive of 2nd revised editions) on Georg Büchner, Thomas Mann, Bertolt Brecht, and linguistics. 

With regard to Professor Hasselbach's numerous books and articles on linguistics and literary criticism, the following are a sampling of his publications in areas of his teaching (dates of books are those of last editions or reprints): Thomas Mann: Doktor Faustus. München: Oldenbourg, 1996; Articles on Thomas Mann in Festschrift für Bernhard Martinn. Deutsche Vierteljahrsschrift für Literaturwissenschaft und Geistesgeschichte (1995), Monatshefte (1998); Georg Büchner: Lenz, München: Oldenbourg, 1998; Georg Büchner, Stuttgart: Reclam, 1999; Bertolt Brecht: Kalendergeschichten, München: Oldenbourg, 1997; Articles on Ernst Jünger's Der Arbeiter, his concept of technology, and his novels Auf den Marmorklippen and Heliopolis, between 1994 and 1999, in Orbis Litterarum, Deutsche Vierteljahrsschrift, Literaturwissenschaftliches Jahrbuch.

The department notes with regret that Prof. Hasselbach passed away in September 2014.