Kovach, Thomas

geboren 1949 in Providence, RI USA
lebt in Tucson, AZ , USA






Komparatistik, Germanistik


5860 N. Mina Vista
Tucson, AZ 85718






PERSONAL Thomas Allen Kovach

Department of German Studies

The University of Arizona

P. O. Box 210105

Tucson, AZ 85721-0105

Tel. (520) 621-1147

Fax (520) 626-8268

E-mail: tkovach@u.arizona.edu





1978 Ph.D. Princeton University. Comparative Literature with an emphasis on German Literature. Advisor: Theodore Ziolkowski


1971 B.A. magna cum laude, Columbia University

Major: German Literature





2004- Professor, Department of German Studies, University of Arizona


2003-2004 Department Head and Professor, Department of German Studies, University of Arizona


1994-2003 Department Head and Associate Professor, Department of German Studies, University of Arizona


1990-94 Department Chair and Associate Professor of German, Department of German and Russian, University of Alabama


1978-90 Assistant/Associate Professor of German and Comparative Literature, Department of Languages and Literature, University of Utah.


1973, 1975-76 Teaching Assistant in Intellectual History (for Carl Schorske) & Elementary German, Princeton University.





BOOKS (Forthcoming) The Burden of the Past: Martin Walser and Modern Germany, Camden House.


(Ed.) A Companion to the Works of Hugo von Hofmannsthal. Columbia, SC: Camden House, 2002. Authored 2 chapters, translated 2 others.


Hofmannsthal and Symbolism: Art and Life in the Work of a Modern Poet. American University Studies III/18. Berne/Frankfurt/New York: Peter Lang Verlag, 1985.



RECENT ARTICLES “Franz Schubert” in The Literary Encyclopedia (http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=3967), 2006.


“Hugo von Hofmannsthal” in The Literary Encyclopedia (http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=2164), 2005.


"German Jews and Ostjuden in the American South: Alfred Uhry's Play The Last Night of Ballyhoo." German-Jewish Identities in America, ed. Christof Mauch and Joseph Salmons. Madison: Max Kade Institute/University of Wisconsin Press, 2003.


“Rilke’s ‘Die Insel der Sirenen’ and the Music of Silence.” Lyric Symbols and Narrative Transformations: Essays in Honor of Ralph Freedman. Ed. Kathleen L. Komar and Ross Shideler. Columbia, SC: Camden House, 1998.


TRANSLATION Franz Rosenzweig, Ninety-Two Poems and Hymns of Yehuda Halevy (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2000). I collaborated with Eva Jospe on the translations of Rosenzweig’s extensive commentaries on the poems, and was the sole translator of Rosenzweig’s “Nachwort.”


REVIEWS Seelenarbeit an Deutschland. Martin Walser in Perspective. Ed. Stuart Parkes and Fritz Wefelmeyer (Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2004) in German Quarterly 79, No. 4 (2006).


Timo Günther. Hofmannsthal. Ein Brief (Munich: Fink, 2003) in Austrian Studies 13, No. 1 (2005).


Schwarz, Egon. “Ich bin kein Freund allgemeiner Urteile über ganze Völker.” Essays über österreichische, deutsche und jüdische Literatur, ed. Dietmar Goltschnigg and Hartmut Steinecke (Berlin: Erich Schmidt Verlag, 2000) in German Quarterly 76, No. 1 (2003).


David A. Brenner, Marketing Identities. The Invention of Jewish Ethnicity in Ost und West (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1998) in Collo¬quia Germanica 33, No. 2 (2000).


Lorna Martens, Shadow Lines. Austrian Literature from Freud to Kafka (Lincoln, NE & London: University of Nebraska Press, 1996) in Colloquia Germanica 33, No. 1 (2000).


Herbert Lindenberger, The Opera in History: From Monteverdi to Cage (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1998) in The Comparatist 23 (1999).


Thomas J. Harrison, 1900: The Emancipation of Dissonance. (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1996) in Austrian History Yearbook XXIX (1999).


Peter R. Erspamer, The Elusiveness of Tolerance: The “Jewish Question” from Lessing to the Napoleonic Wars (Chapel Hill and London: The University of North Carolina Press, 1997) in Eighteenth-Century Studies 32, No. 1 (1998).


Sander Gilman, Franz Kafka, the Jewish Patient (New York/London: Routledge, 1995) in Habsburg, the H-Net listserv devoted to Central European History, on October 2, 1996; disseminated also through H-Antis, the listerv devoted to the History of Antisemitism.


David Kleinbard, The Beginning of Terror: A Psychological Study of Rainer Maria Rilke (New York/London: New York University Press, 1993) in Monatshefte 88, No. 4 (Winter 1996).


Austrian Fiction Writers, 1875-1913. Ed. James Hardin and Donald G. Daviau. Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 81. (Detroit: Gale, 1989) in The German Quarterly 65, No. 1 (Winter 1992).


Patricia Pollock Brodsky, Rainer Maria Rilke (Boston: Twayne, 1988) in Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies 27, No. 1 (Feburary 1991).





2007 Three-week “Sekhel veLev” course (community education program sponsored by Judaic Studies) on Jews in fin-de-siècle Vienna.


2006 Three-week “Sekhel veLev” course on Jewish life in German today


2005 Gave paper on “Martin Walser’s Inability to Mourn,” moderated panel on “Postwar Concerns” at GSA Conference, Milwaukee, WI


2005 Lectured to PNAI (Parents of North American Israelis) on Jewish life in Germany today.


2005 Three-week “Sekhel veLev” course on German-Jewish Writers


2004 Commentator for panel “Negotiating the Public Sphere,” Chair of panel “Autobiography/Biography/Memory: German-Jewish Writers”, GSA Conference, Arlington, VA


2002 Commentator for panel on Harry Graf Kessler, GSA Conference, San Diego, CA


2002 Gave presentation at “Hallonot” (Windows), a community-education event sponsored by Judaic Studies, on the topic “Assimilation: Is it always a bad thing?”


2001 Commentator for panel on Alfred Döblin’s Die zwei Freundinnen und ihr Giftmord, GSA Conference, Washington, DC


2000 Presentation to Southwest Psychoanalytic Society on Alexander & Margarethe Mitscherlich’s The Inbility to Mourn and the history of the psychoanalytic movement in Germany during the Nazi and postwar years.


2000 Gave paper (by invitation) on “German Jews and Ostjuden in the American South: Alfred Uhry’s Play The Last Night of Ballyhoo” at the symposium “German-Jewish Identities in the United States” at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.


2000 Lectured to PNAI (Parents of North American Israelis) on Jewish life in Germany today.


1999 Lectured to Brandeis University National Women’s Committee on Jewish life in Germany today.


1999 Invited to give lecture as part of U of A Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences Distinguished Lecture Series on the topic: “Reflecting on Assimilation: The Jewish Experience in Germany, Austria, and the U.S.”


1999 Lectured to Tucson ORT (Jewish women’s group) on Jewish life in Germany today


1995 Gave lecture on Jewish life in fin-de-siècle Vienna at Temple Emanu-El.





2007 Received sabbatical leave of one semester (Fall 2007) to complete a monograph for Camden House, The Burden of the Past: Martin Walser and Modern Germany


2000 Received sabbatical leave of one semester (Spring 2001) to complete edited volume on Hugo von Hofmannsthal.


2000 Received Fulbright-Hays Grant to attend 2000 Fulbright German Studies Seminar (Berlin-Leipzig-Frankfurt-Munich, June-July 2000) on the theme of “History and Memory: Jewish Past and Present in Germany”


1983 Received Fulbright-Hays Grant to attend seminar in Bonn and Berlin on contemporary German society and politics run by the German Fulbright Commission and the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst.


1974-75 Fulbright-Hays Graduate Fellowship for research in Vienna, Austria.