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Rex Clark

Office: 2089 Wescoe
Phone: 785-864-9173
Office Hours: Tu-Th 11:00-12:00; or by appt.
  • Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1998)
  • M.A., Freie Universität Berlin


Courses Taught   Research Interests

German 344 & 348: Intermediate Composition.
German 462: The German Business Environment.
German 120/420
: German Classics in English Translation.
German 320: Border Crossings in German Culture.
German 332: Berlin in German Culture.


18th-century travel literature and utopian fiction.

History of the novel.

Literary and cultural writings of Alexander von Humboldt.

Definitions of culture in German thought.

Representations of colonialism in German literature.

I have also worked extensively with business German and instructional technology, serving from 1999-2001 on the Technology Committee of the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG).

Current Projects   Selected Publications

I received together with Oliver Lubrich, Freie Universität Berlin, a TransCoop Grant from the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation to support work on a two-volume edited collection: Alexander von Humboldt in Literature and Culture, forthcoming from Berghahn Books.

Humboldt traveled from 1799 to 1804 in the territories of colonial Spanish America and on his return worked for over twenty years on extensive publications. The transdisciplinary, intercultural and multilingual German traveler is an ideal case study for the current social, historical, and political discourses that have developed in the Anglo-American setting such as Cultural Studies and Postcolonialism. This edited collection will systematically gather the most important literary responses and literary and cultural essays from the past two hundred years and make them available, for the first time in English, to a broad international public. The essays question, among many other issues, Humboldt’s relation to colonial discourse, his place in cultural history, the hybrid poetics of his travel narrative, and his resonance in Latin American "magic realist" literature.


"Politics or Prejudice--Cultural Evaluations in the Travel Narratives of Ernst Mortiz Arndt." Ernst Moritz Arndt (1769-1860). Deutscher Nationalismus--Europa--Transatlantische Perspektiven. Eds. Walter Erhart and Arne Koch. Vol. 112. Studien und Texte zur Sozialgeschichte der Literatur. Tübingen: Niemeyer, 2007. 185-93.

"Alexander von Humboldt's Images of Landscape and the 'Chaos of the Poets'." HiN—International Review for Humboldtian Studies/Internationale Zeitschrift für Humboldt-Studien, VI, 10 (2005).

"If Humboldt had a Laptop. Moving Knowledge Networks from Print to Digital Media." HiN—International Review for Humboldtian Studies/Internationale Zeitschrift für Humboldt-Studien, II, 3 (2001).

Review essay: Oliver Lubrich and Rex Clark. "German Studies Go Postcolonial." Eighteenth-Century Studies. 35,4 Summer, 2002. 625-634.

Review essay: "A Million Pages and Counting—Recent German Encyclopedia Research." Eighteenth-Century Studies. 34,3 Spring, 2001. 461-5.