Detailed Information for Yvonne Franke

Dr.  Yvonne Franke 
Foreign Languages
 » Assistant Professor
Office Location
Bea Wood Hall 105
Office Hours

Monday-Thursday 9-10:45 a.m.

Monday & Wednesday 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Tuesday 2:00-3:00 p.m.

& by appointment

Voice: (940) 397-4029

Contact Information

My Websites


I received my Ph.D. in German Studies with doctoral level certificates in Film Studies and Cultural Studies from the University of Pittsburgh in 2013. In my dissertation "The Genres of Europeanization - Moving Towards the New Heimatfilm," I identified a new German film genre that developed under the influences of globalization and genre hybridity. My research interests include contemporary German audiovisual culture and literature against the backdrop of European expansion. I co-edited the anthology Heimat Goes Mobile – Hybrid Forms of Home in Literature and Film (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013).

Before coming to MSU, in addition to all levels of German language instruction, I taught a Film Adaptation seminar at the University of Augsburg, Germany, a Media class for German majors at the University of Pittsburgh, and several modules in German Film History at Carnegie Mellon University. I use an interdisciplinary approach in language, film, literature, and culture classes to provide students with an opportunity to understand how these forces interact and develop cross-cultural, creative, and collaborative skills.

Course Information

  Semester Course #    Section Course Name Location Days / Times
Details Fall 2015 2133    Intermediate German    Dillard College of Business Administration 

TR 12:30-1:50 p.m.

Details Fall 2015 1134    Elementary German    Dillard College of Business Administration 

MTWR 8:00-8:50 a.m.

Details Spring 2015 21220  201  3133 Contemporary German Culture    Prothro-Yeager Hall 203

Mondays & Wednesdays 2:00-3:20 p.m.

Details Spring 2015 21218  201  2233 Intermediate German    Dillard College of Business Administration 175

Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:30-1:50 p.m.

Details Spring 2015 21215  202  1234 Elementary German    Dillard College of Business Administration 328

Mondays-Thursdays 11:00-11:50 a.m.

Details Spring 2015 21212  201  1234 Elementary German    Dillard College of Business Administration 131

Mondays-Thursdays 8:00-8:50 a.m.

Details Fall 2014 10954  101  2133 Intermediate German    Dillard College of Business Administration 177

Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:30-1:50 p.m.

Details Fall 2014 10951  102  1134 Elementary German    Dillard College of Business Administration 342

Mondays-Thursdays 11-11:50 a.m.

Details Fall 2014 10949  101  1134 Elementary German    Dillard College of Business Administration 317

Mondays-Thursdays 8:00-8:50 a.m.

Details Spring 2014 21225  202  1234 Elementary German    Dillard College of Business Administration 329

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 12:00-12:50 p.m.

Details Spring 2014 21223  201  1234 Elementary German    Dillard College of Business Administration 329

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 8:00-8:50 a.m.

Details Fall 2013 10986  102  1134 Elementary German    Prothro-Yeager Hall 204

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 12-12:50 PM

Details Fall 2013 10985  101  1134 Elementary German    Prothro-Yeager Hall 203

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 8-8:50 AM

Education Background

Institution Degree    Graduation Date
University of Pittsburgh M.A. 2006-4-30 0:0:0 
Universitaet Augsburg, Germany M.A. 2007-6-5 0:0:0 
University of Pittsburgh Ph.D. 2013-8-10 0:0:0 

Employment Background

Institution Position Start Date / End Date
 Universitaet Augsburg, Germany  Lecturer  04/2007  07/2007
 University of Pittsburgh  European Union Dissertation Fellow  05/2012  07/2012
 Universitaet Augsburg, Germany  Research Assistant  07/2006  04/2007
 University of Pittsburgh  Teaching Assistant  08/2004  04/2006
 University of Pittsburgh  Teaching Fellow  08/2007  07/2011
 University of Pittsburgh  Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellow  08/2011  04/2012
 University of Pittsburgh  Arts & Sciences Graduate Fellow in Cultural Studies  08/2012  07/2013

Research and Publications

Co-edited Volume

‘Heimat’ Goes Mobile. Hybrid Forms of Home in Literature and Film, with Gabriele Eichmanns, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013.



“Papas Kino Lebt! – Traveling Heimat in Wim Wenders’ Im Lauf der Zeit and Fatih Akın’s Auf der Anderen Seite”, ‘Heimat’ Goes Mobile. Hybrid Forms of Home in Literature and Film, Gabriele Eichmanns and Yvonne Franke (eds.), Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013, 190-211.


Encyclopedia Entry

“Maulwurf [mole].” Metzler Lexikon Literarischer Symbole [Metzler Dictionary of Literary Symbols]. 2nd ed. Eds. Günter Butzer and Joachim Jacob. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2012, 266-267. Print.


Book Reviews

Rev. of Literarische Entdeckungsreisen. Vorfahren – Nachfahrten – Revisionen, by Hansjörg Bay and Wolfgang Struck (eds.). German Studies Review Vol. 36 No. 3 (October 2013): 686-688.

Rev. of Screening the East: Heimat, Memory and Nostalgia in German Film Since 1989, by Nick Hodgin. Focus on German Studies 19 (2012): 223-226.


Conference Presentations and Panel Organizations

ACTFL Convention & World Languages EXPO 11/2013

Orlando, Florida

Paper: “Ich bin Preuße, bitte zügeln Sie Ihre Begeisterung” – Teaching German Language and Culture with Loriot


German Studies Association 10/2013

Denver, Colorado

Panel organization: Travel in the Age of Globalization

Paper: Imagining Boundless Socialism – Traveling East in Pre- and Post-Unification Films


Modern Language Association 01/2013

Boston, Massachusetts

Panel Organization: Wenn der Toni mit der Vroni – Heimat as a Gendered Space


German Studies Association 10/2012

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Panel Organization: Recent Expressions of Heimat

Paper: Showdown at the Bavarian McVillage – Heimat and Globalization in Thomas Kronthaler's "Die Scheinheiligen" (2001)


Coalition of Women in German 10/2012

Shawnee, Pennsylvania

Panel organization: Renovating Home – Gender, Sexuality, and Race after 1989

Poster: Drifters – New Economy "Flâneuses" in Recent German Film


Joint Graduate Student Conference: Crossing Borders – Ways of Constructing Identities 05/2012

University of Augsburg, Germany

Paper: Crossing (off) "Heimat?" Roots and Routes of the German Road and Travel Film in Times of European Expansion


Rethinking Europe Graduate Conference Workshop – New Approaches and Methodologies to the Study of Europe in the 20th and 21st Centuries 11/2011

University of Minnesota

Paper: Transgressing Borders and Genres  – German Road Films in Times of European Expansion


German Studies Association 09/2011

Louisville, Kentucky

Panel Organization: Heimat in Literature, Theory and Film

Paper: From the Heath to the Highway – "Heimat" and the Road and Travel Film


Northeast Modern Language Association 04/2011

Rutgers University

Paper: W(h)ines and Spirits – "Flânerie" in German Film


Cultural Studies Association 03/2011

Columbia College

Paper: The "New Heimatfilm" – Tamara Staudt’s “Just One Summer”


Kentucky Foreign Language Conference 04/2010

University of Kentucky

Paper: A Genre of Transnationalism? Transgressing "Heimat" in German Film


Pennsylvania Foreign Language Conference 09/2008

Duquesne University

Paper: The New European Mental Life in German Film


Invited Talks

European Studies Center/European Union Center of Excellence 2013

University of Pittsburgh

Paper: Home in Europe – Transgressing Borders and Genres in Current German Road Films


Kenyon College, Department of Modern Languages & Literatures 03/2012

Paper: Papa’s "Heimat" is Dead – The New German Cinema at Home in the EU