Christian Anderson

Assistant Professor of German
German Minor Advisor


  • German literature, philosophy and culture from the Enlightenment to the present
  • The German Bildungsroman
  • Fin de Siecle Vienna
  • German Expressionism and the First World War
  • Film, media, and performance studies
  • Science fiction, transcendental discourses, and consciousness studies

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About Christian Anderson

Christian Anderson engages in a broad program of phenomenological research focused primarily on cultural production in German-speaking Europe. His main influences are Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Sloterdijk. Professor Anderson's prior work-experience in corporate finance in Frankfurt fuels his ongoing interest in German industry. He is a proud partner of International Cooperative Education (ICE Menlo), through which he has helped Cal Poly students of various majors find paid internships in Germany at outstanding companies like Siemens and BMW. Dr. Anderson is also an energetic and dynamic language instructor, who enjoys teaching students to read, write, speak and sing in the beautiful and sublime German tongue.

Professor Anderson's current research projects cluster around the concept of transcendence. At present he is revising essays on the German Bildungsroman and on the briefly empty space in which the Berliner Stadtschloss is being reconstructed. Dr. Anderson is also working on a basic exposition of the idea of a pataphysical realm, and on a new project involving Lebenspraxis, wellness, and psychedelic experience.


  • PhD German Literature, UC Davis
  • MA German Literature, UC Davis
  • BA Philosophy, University of Maryland

Selected Publications

"The Emperor’s New Expressionism: Wilhelm II and the Modern Crisis." (PDF) Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies, volume 9, issue 1 (2013) 

Selected Presentations

"Reimagining the Revolution. From Mad Men to Transcendental Consumerism" Cultural Studies Association, Riverside, CA, May 2015

"Berliner Kluft: Phenomenology of a Temporary Autonomous Zone" Spaces and Flows: Conference on Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Amsterdam, November 2013 "

"Greening Heinrich: Eco-consciousness in the German Bildungsroman" Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lexington, KY, April 2010

"Pataphysical Discourse in Kyot's Parzival" German Studies Association, St. Paul, MN, October 2008

Professional Memberships

  • American Association of Teachers of German
  • Cultural Studies Association

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