Texas Tech University

Dr. Anita McChesney

Assistant Professor of German
Graduate Advisor




  • Ph.D. in German, Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD) 2005
    Dissertation Title: "The Probability of Truth: Framing Detection from Heinrich von Kleist to Gerhard Roth." Advisor: Bianca Theisen; Secondary Advisor: Rüdiger Campe
  • Master of Arts in German, Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, OH) 1999
  • Bachelor of Arts in German and English, Walla Walla College (Walla Walla, WA) 1997

Study Abroad:

  • University of Konstanz (Constance, Germany) 2004
  • University of Salzburg (Salzburg, Austria) 1997-98; 2000
  • Seminar Schloß Bogenhofen (Braunau, Austria) 1994-1996

Areas of Research:

My research examines connections between narrative forms and visual media in contemporary German and Austrian literature and culture. A current focus in on how recent German-language crime fiction uses particular narrative structures to critique society. I have published articles on the detective novel, on media, and on national myths. For an updated list of presentations and publications, please see https://ttu.academia.edu/AnitaM.

Current Courses:

  • German Literature and Culture after the Wall
  • Multicultural German Literature
  • The German Detective Novel
  • Advanced German Conversation and Composition
  • Intermediate German language courses


  • Fulbright Summer Academy in Leipzig for U.S.-American Faculty in German Studies, 2017
  • Scholarship Catalyst Program (SCP) to research in Austria, 2017
  • ISLA Grant for Travel to International Conferences, University of Notre Dame, 2009
  • ISLA Mini-Conference Grant; Nanovic Institute Exhibit Grant, University of Notre Dame, 2010
  • Research Stipend, awarded by the Landesstiftung Baden-Württemberg for research in Constance, Germany, 2004

CMLL German Studies

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    CMLL Building, 2906 18th St, Lubbock, TX 79409
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