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Richard Koc


Richard Koc was born and raised in South Dakota. He spent his senior year of high school as an American Field Service exchange student in Germany; that year he lived with a German host family and attended the Albrecht Altdorfer Gymnasium in Regensburg.

He has publications on Goethe, Schiller and Thomas Mann. Before coming to Colorado College in 1988 he taught for 5 years at Columbia University and for 2 years at Carleton College.

Activities & Interests

His teaching and research interests include: the 20th century German novel, historical and contemporary German drama, the history of German cabaret and varieté, German film, literature and music, and psychological approaches to literature.

Regular Classes

In addition to teaching German language and literature, he also occasionally teaches in the Comparative Literature program and for Freedom and Authority.


    As an undergraduate he attended South Dakota State University, majoring in German and minoring in History and Music. Upon completion of his B.A. he received a Fulbright Scholarship for a year of study at the University of Hamburg. He did his graduate work at Stanford University (M.A., 1974; Ph.D., 1981), interspersed with extended stays in Europe (in Bonn, Berlin, and Vienna). He wrote his dissertation on the German society novel in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, focusing on the works of Fontane and Keyserling.