Mark McCulloh


Ph.D., M.A. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
B.A. University of Alabama


I teach a wide range of courses in the German Studies Department, including beginning, intermediate, and advanced courses in language and literature. My scholarly interests include W.G. Sebald, and the literary relations between Germany and Britain.

From 1990 to 1999, I served as chair of the German Studies Department. I spent several years directing Davidson Junior Year Abroad in Marburg and Würzburg. I was also director of the Self-Instructional Languages Program for many years.


  • Elementary German I & II (101 and 102)
  • Intermediate German (201)
  • Introduction to German Literature (251)
  • Contemporary Germany (291)
  • Independent Studies in Business German, Philosophical Texts, etc.
  • Senior Colloquium 2000: German Verse, including Faust (class project: digital film version of Goethe's drama)
  • Seminars on Special Topics: Existential Literature, Vienna at the Turn of the Century
  • Seminars on Authors: W.G. Sebald and Günter Grass, Frisch and Dürrenmatt, Heinrich von Kleist
  • First Year writing seminars (English Composition)
  • Masterpieces of German Literature in Translation

Scholarly and Other Interests

Literary Relations between Germany and Britain

Euphorion articles in collaboration with T.H. Pickett on Bettina von Arnim's self-translation into English, Sarah Austin's relationship with Prince Pueckler-Muskau... interest in German versions of Shakespeare.

W.G. Sebald

This remarkable contemporary writer (Susan Sontag has called his work "sublime... unlike anything you've ever read") is the subject of a book written for the University of South Carolina Press. Sebald was a professor of German who lived in England for 30 years. He started writing in his mid-40s. Try his novels Vertigo,The Rings of Saturn, or the more recent Austerlitz.

Read my books, Understanding W. G. Sebald (USC Press, 2003), which was selected as a Choice 2003 Outstanding Academic Title, and W. G. Sebald: History - Memory - Trauma (de Gruyter, 2006), which I co-edited with Scott Denham.  See also articles on Sebald in the journals Style and Philosophy and Literature as well as numerous reviews of books on Sebald.


  • The study of flags and their history, especially the flags of Tannu Tuva.
  • Seminal Aritistic and Cultural Innovations of the Sixties
  • Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Sergeant Pepper and its aftermath
  • Brian Wilson's collaboration with Van Dyke Parks
  • New South satire in the early novels of Walker Percy