Alexander E. Pichugin
Alexander E. Pichugin's current research interests focus on German prose of the post-war period, but also include 18th Century German literature, early film, photography and philosophy.
Max Kade Fellow (2002/2003), Recipient of DAAD Scholarship Award (1997/1998), Edmund S. Muskie/FSA Graduate Fellowship Award from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. State Department (2001/2002), Daemmrich-Guenther Memorial Prize for outstanding achievement in German studies (2003), Graduate Student Fellowship for the Trans-Atlantic Summer Institute in German Studies at the Ludwig-Maximilian University Munich (2004), Scholarship Award for 2008 International Summer School for Ph.D. Candidates and Post-Docs “Fiction and Reality. Resisting Texts 1900–2008” hosted by the Ph.D. Program in Literature of the Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich (2008).
Alexander holds a Diploma with Honors in German Language and Literature from Saratov State University N. G. Chernyshevsky, Russia; Master of Education Degree from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, as well as Master’s Degree in German from the University of Pennsylvania. Alexander has studied in Germany at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg and worked as a visiting scholar at the Department of Italian at Rutgers.
Papers presented/published: “Use of Musical Terminology in Teaching Italian at Higher Education Institutions for Music” Theory and Practice of Teaching Native and Foreign Languages at Higher Education Institutions. Saratov State Academy of Right Press, 2000; “Imaging Catastrophe: Destruction of Hamburg in ‘Der Untergang’ by H. E. Nossack,” The Image of the City in Literature, Media, and Society. Selected Papers. Conference of The Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery. Colorado Springs, 2003; “‘Madame DuBarry’ by Ernst Lubitsch: Elements of Style in German-American Cinematic Tradition,” at the “German Projections, Foreign Reflections”: A Conference on Film, Narrative and the Creation of Historical Memory, Nationally and Internationally, University of Pennsylvania (April 2004); “Luftkrieg und Textualität: H. E. Nossack und W. G. Sebald zum Thema der Bombenangriffe auf deutsche Städte,” Graduate-Faculty Colloquium, German Department, University of Pennsylvania (April 2004); “Hero-Warrior or Hero-Poet? Self-representation of Emperor Maximilian I in his ‘Teuerdank,’” The Image of the Hero in Literature, Media, and Society. Selected Papers. Conference of The Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery. Colorado Springs, 2004; „Erlebnis und Umschreibung. Zur Darstellung der Zerstörung deutscher Städte in der deutschen Literatur.“ Stadt und Trauma. Annäherungen – Konzepte – Analysen. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2004. “‘People Like Us Are a Thorn in the Side of the World’: Images of the Outsider in the Writings by Ernst Kreuder.” The Image of the Outsider in Literature, Media, and Society. Selected Papers. Conference of the Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery. Colorado Springs, 2008; “‘The True, the Unreal Reality’: Multiple Realities in ‘The Attic Pretenders’ by Ernst Kreuder” at the 61 st Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, University of Kentucky, Lexington, (April 2008); “Memory Transmission and Barthes’ Concept of Photography in ‘The Emigrants’ by W. G. Sebald” at the 11 th International Conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas "Language and Scientific Imagination, University of Helsinki, Finland (July-August 2008); “To Jump from the Moving Train: The Concepts of Time in the Writings of Ernst Kreuder” at the International Summer School for Ph.D. Candidates and Post-Docs “Fiction and Reality. Resisting Texts 1900–2008” hosted by the Ph.D. Program in Literature of the Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich (August 2008); “Crime and Punishment in the Prose of F. Kafka and E. Kreuder” at the Annual Conference of the Midwest Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association, Cincinnati (October 2008); “Late Goethe’s Dialectics of Time” at the Conference “Goethe and the Postclassical: Literature, Science, Art, and Philosophy 1805–1815” by the Goethe Society of North America, Pittsburgh (November 2008). Upcoming publications include: “Genre Allocation of the Works of Ernst Kreuder,” in the volume Genre Fiction in German, Ed.: Vibeke R. Petersen, Alison Guenther-Pal, Bruce Campbell, 2009; and “The Uninsurable and the Unpronounceable: Nothingness and Negation in Post War German Prose, ” Nothing. An International Interdisciplinary Anthology. ( Academy of Finland, 2009).
Alexander’s work experience includes university-level teaching of German, French and Latin, business interpreting (Russia, Germany, Italy), as well as teaching Italian at the university level both in Russia (Saratov State Conservatory) and the U.S. (Rutgers).