Ken Larson

Professor Emeritus of German
(Shared Position)

Ken Larson

"For me, there is a common theme in the study of foreign languages, of literature, and of all the humanities: the undertaking to see things from other perspectives, to place oneself imaginatively in other cultures, times, and situations. Learning to speak another language and traveling and studying abroad leads to perceiving the world and one's own culture in new ways. The act of reading great literature does the same. When we are successful in teaching and learning in humanities, we get outside ourselves and see the world through other eyes."

Professor Larson enjoys teaching all levels of German and German literature, from introductory courses through upper-level courses in 18th-century literature. For many years, he has also been passionately interested in the use of networked information in education. He has taught courses on creating and managing websites at Syracuse University and on computer networking at Wells. Professor Larson's background is in Comparative Literature, and his scholarship is primarily in the area of the German reception of Shakespeare.


1970 A.B. University of Kansas
1983 Ph.D. Yale University

Select Publications

Larson, K. & Schelle, H. J., eds. The Reception of Shakespeare in Eighteenth-Century France and Germany. A special issue of Michigan Germanic Studies, 15:2 (1989).

Larson, K.. "Pro und contra Schlegel: Die zwei gegensätzlichen Blankversübersetzungen des King Lear von Heinrich Voß (1806 und 1819)." Jahrbuch der Deutschen Shakespeare-Gesellschaft West (1989): 113-33.

Larson, K.. "The Origins of the 'Schlegel-Tieck' Shakespeare in the 1820's." The German Quarterly 60 (1987): 19-37.

Courses Taught

  • Elementary German I & II
  • Intermediate German I & II
  • Introduction to German Literature I & II
  • Conversation and Composition in German
  • 18th-Century German Literature
  • Internet Architecture and Programming