Dr. Rolf Goebel

Distinguished Professor, World Languages and Cultures Department


Dr. Goebel has been teaching German language and culture at The University of Alabama in Huntsville since 1982, and was promoted to Full Professor in 1998. In 1987-88 he spent a year at Osaka University, Japan as an exchange lecturer in English.

Goebel is currently serving as Chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures at The University of Alabama in Huntsville. He was also a member of the 2011 and 2012 German Studies Association Conference Program Committees, serving as the Session Coordinator of Interdisciplinary/Diachronic Panels, and a member of the GSA task force on program and structural changes. In 2011, Goebel was awarded the UAH Distinguished Research Award.

Rolf Goebel is also active as an organist. He has served as Dean and Sub-Dean of the Greater Huntsville, AL Chapter of the American Guild of Organist and has given numerous local recitals and introductory organ workshops. He is especially interested in the repertoire of the 16th to 18th centuries.

Dr. Rolf Goebel's Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., German Language and Literature, University of Maryland, 1982
  • Staatsexamen, German and English, University of Kiel, 1979
  • M.S., English, Brown University, 1977

Honors & Awards

  • William Riley Parker Prize, 2004
  • Max Kade Award for the Best Article in The German Quarterly, 2007

Selected Publications

  • Kritik und Revision: Kafkas Rezeption mythologischer, biblischer und historischer Traditionen (Critique and Revision: Kafka’s Reception of Mythological, Biblical, and Historical Traditions,1986)
  • Constructing China: Kafka’s Orientalist Discourse (1997)
  • Benjamin heute: Großstadtdiskurs, Postkolonialität und Flanerie zwischen den Kulturen (Benjamin Today: Urban Discourse, Postcoloniality, and Flânerie between Cultures, 2001)
  • A Franz Kafka Encyclopedia (2005)
  • A Companion to the Works of Walter Benjamin (2009)
  • "Berlin’s Architectural Citations: Reconstruction, Simulation, and the Problem of Historical Authenticity" (PMLA 118:5, October 2003: 1268-1289)
  • "Gesamtkunstwerk Dresden: Official Urban Discourse and Durs Grünbein’s Poetic Critique." German Quarterly 80:4 (Fall 2007): 492-510.