Ulrich Plass joined the faculty in the
German Studies Department as an assistant professor in 2004. He teaches
language courses as well as classes on a range of other topics that fall
under the interdisciplinary rubric "German Studies."
Plass completed his bachelor's degree
from the University of Hamburg in Germany, received a master's degree from
the University of Michigan and completed his Ph.D at New York University
with a thesis on the essay form in Theodor Adorno's "Notes to Literature."
Plass is currently revising his
dissertation for publication. It focuses on philosophical interpretations
of literature within the social and cultural context of post-war Western
Germany. Plass's academic work encompasses German literature from Goethe
to the present, as well as continental philosophy with an emphasis on
He is currently collaborating with
friends on developing a conference about the intersections of popular
culture and intellectualism in the works of the writer Rainald Goetz. In
the next few years, he plans to work on 19th century poetry.
Prior to coming to Wesleyan, Plass met
people who spoke highly about the university.
"And it just so happened that I felt
very comfortable and welcome here from the time I first visited," Plass
says. "I appreciate that Wesleyan's size is very manageable, especially
coming from Hamburg, Michigan, and New York, all places that can be
nightmarishly confusing, if not hostile. I also really like the students,
and I have been blessed with wonderful colleagues."
Plass lives close to campus with his