Joseph W. Moser

Languages and Cultures

West Chester University

Dr. Mahmoud Amer
Acting Chair 2016-2017
224 Mitchell Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: 610-436-2700
Fax: 610-436-3048

Joseph W. Moser


Assistant Professor of Languages

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
M.A., Ohio State University
B.A., Hiram College



Research interests:

Twentieth and Twenty-first century German language, literature, and culture; Austrian Studies; Film Studies; Holocaust Studies; Jewish Cultural History in Germany and Austria from the Enlightenment to the Present​


Recent Publications/Activities:

• 2,001 Most Useful German Words. Dover Language Guides. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 2012.

• “Österreichischer Gegenwartsroman.“ In: Text + Kritik. Special Volume “Österreichische Gegenwartsliteratur.“ September 2015: 129-139.
• “The Kafkaesque in Robert Schindel’s Novel Gebürtig.“ In: Journal of the Kafka Society of America. vol. 35 and 36, 2011-12: 65-7. [published May 2014]
• “Vienna Imperial at Home and Abroad: The City as Film Myth in the 1930s and 1940s” and “Scene Reviews of Endstation (1935), Operette (1939), and Der Bockerer (1981).” In: World Film Locations: Vienna Ed. Robert von Dassanowsky. Intellect Series, 2012: 8-9, 20-1, 34-5, and 80-81.
• “Picaresque characters in Lilian Faschinger’s Vienna Passion.” In: Modern Austrian Prose: Interpretations and Insights, vol II.Ed. Paul Dvorak. Ariadne Press, 2012: 249-65.
• “Czernowitz. Die westliche Kulturmetropole im Osten der Donaumonarchie.” In: Konzept Osteuropa: Der “Osten“ als Konstrukt der Fremd- und Eigenbestimmung in deutschsprachigen Texten des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts. Eds. Dagmar C.G. Lorenz and Ingrid Spörk. Königshausen und Neumann, 2011: 13-25.
• “Franz Antel’s Bockerer series: Constructing the Historical Myths of the Second Republic of Austria.” In: New Austrian Film. Eds. Robert von Dassanowsky and Oliver Speck. Berghahn Books, 2011: 43-53.

International Conferences:
• “Bernhard Aichners österreichische ‘Dexter-Figur’ in seinen Romanen Totenfrau und Totenhaus,“ Austrian Studies Association (ASA), University of Vienna, Austria, 14-17 March 2016.
• “Blurring Fiction with Reality: Robert Schindel’s comédie humaine of 1980s Vienna in Gebürtig and Der Kalte,” University of Nottingham Conference on Contemporary Austrian Literature, Film, and Culture, Nottingham, United Kingdom, 13-15 April 2015.

National Conferences:
• “Hauting Policework in Andreas Pittler's Bronstein Detective Series,” German Studies Association (GSA), Washington, DC, 1-4 October 2015.
• “Crossing Social Boundaries in Lilian Faschinger’s Wiener Passion,” Austrian Studies Association (ASA), Dearborn, MI, 26-29 March 2015.
• “Detectives in a Criminal Regime: Krimis in Nazi Comedy Film,” German Studies Association (GSA), Kansas City, MO, 18-21 September 2014.
• “Pre-WW I Austria-Hungary in Nazi Entertainment Film,” Austrian Studies Association (ASA), Austin, TX, 6-9 February 2014.
• “Humor in Austrian TV Krimis,” German Studies Association (GSA), Denver, CO, 3-6 October 2013.
• “Class Struggles in Hans Moser’s Films,” Austrian Studies Association (ASA), Waterloo, ON, Canada, 2-3 May 2013.
• “Marika Rökk: Constructions of Exoticism in Nazi Film,“ German Studies Association (GSA) Conference, Milwaukee, WI, 4-7 October 2012.
• “Paul Hörbiger’s roles in Nazi Comedy and Propaganda Film,” Austrian Studies Association (ASA) Conference, Long Beach, CA, 26-29 April 2012.
• “The Kafakesque in Robert Schindel’s Novel Gebürtig,” Roundtable sponsored by Kafka Society, Modern Language Association (MLA), Seattle, WA, 5-8 January 2012.

Classes regularly taught:
German language, German Film, Twentieth Century Culture, Austrian Civilization, Holocaust