College of Arts & Sciences Modern Languages & Linguistics

Istvan Gombocz

Istvan Gombocz
Professor
Languages and Linguistics: German, College of Arts & Sciences
USL Slagle Hall/Auditorium SL 304 B
Phone: 605-677-6492
Bio:
Born in Hungary, I received my university education at the Lorand Eotvoes University of Budapest and at the Humboldt University in Berlin. I immigrated to the United States in 1985. After receiving my Ph.D. at the U of Illinois, I held a temporary position at the U of Minnesota at the Twin Cities. I was hired at USD in 1989.
Teaching Interests:
German, Honors, and Europan Literature.
Research Interests:
Eighteenth century Studies, Austrian Literature, and German-Americana.
Education:
  • Ph D, German, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1987
  • University Doctorate, German, Lorand Eotvoes University, Hungary, 1985
  • BA, German, Lorand Eotvoes University of Hungary, 1980
Publications:
  • Gombocz, I., (2014), Review of: Goulding, C., Strehl, W., Schmidt, W.A. Mittendrin: Deutsche Sprache und Kultur für die Mittelstufe. , Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German , vol. 47, iss. 2, pp. 211-12..
  • Gombocz, I., „Eine Nußschale auf hoher See.“ Eginald Schlattners Siebenbürgische Romantrilogie. ['Eginald Schlattner's Transylvanian Trilogy.'], Zeitschrift für Siebenbürgische Landeskunde.
  • Gombocz, I., (2014), “'Sich bewähren, oder bewahren?' Einführung ins Leben und Schaffen des siebenbürgischen Autors Eginald Schlattner." [Introduction to the life and writings of Eginald Schlattner.], Monatshefte , vol. 106, iss. Summer, pp. 270-92..
  • Gombocz, I., „Sophisten, Betrüger und Marcktschreyer.“ Zur Gelehrtensatire der Frühaufklärung. [Academic Satires of the Enlightenment[., Jahrbuch der Ungarischen Germanistik. [Yearbook of Scholars of German in Hungary], vol. 2013.
  • Gombocz, I., (2013), Review of Chalupa, Cynthia and Heiko ter Haseburg. Neue Blickwinkel: Wege zur Kommunikation und Kultur. , Unterrichtspraxis: Teaching German, vol. 46, iss. 2, pp. 273-75.
  • Gombocz, I., (2013), Review of Gonglewski, Margaret, Beverly Moser, et al. Treffpunkt Deutsch. 6th. , Unterrichtspraxis: Teaching German, vol. 46, iss. 1, pp. 119-120.
  • Gombocz, I., (2012), Russlanddeutsche Siedlungen in den Dakotas, Sprachdienst, vol. 6, iss. 2012.
  • Gombocz, I., (2011), Review of Damrosch, David, ed. Teaching World Literature., Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, vol. 44, iss. 2, pp. 174-75..
  • Gombocz, I., (2011), Review of: Evelyn Müller-Küppers, Inge Zöllner : Leseverstehen. Fachtexte mit Übungen und methodischen Hinweisen mit Abbildungen. , The Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, vol. 44, iss. 1, pp. 64-65..
  • Gombocz, I., (2011), Zur Pressegeschichte der Donauschwaben in den USA im 20. Jahrhundert, Spiegelungen , vol. 59, iss. 4, pp. 381-95.
  • Gombocz, I., (2010), Review of Ignac Romsics, Der Fridensvertrag von Trianon, Philologia Fenno-Ugrica , vol. 11, iss. (2005-06) [2010] , pp. 143-47.
  • Gombocz, I., (2010), Review of: Paul Lendvai, Die Ungarn. Ein Jahrtausend Sieger in Niederlagen. , Philologia Fenno-Ugrica. , vol. 11-12, iss. 2005-06 [2010], pp. 137-42.
  • Gombocz, I., (2010), Review of Balogh, András F. und Vogel, Harald, Hrsg. „Erliegst du der Götter Abgeschiedenheit.“ Exil und Fremdheitserfahrung in der deutschen Literatur, American Association of Teachers of German , vol. 82.2, pp. 262-64.
  • Gombocz, I., Der Deutsch-Ungarische Familienkalender, Yearbook of German-American Studies, vol. 43, iss. 2008 (published in 2009) , pp. 141-65..
  • Gombocz, I., (2007), Reiseerlebnis und Gesellschaftskritik in Friedrich Nicolais Roman Sebaldus Nothanker.” [‘Travel Experience and Social Criticism in Friedrich Nicolai’s novel Sebaldus Nothanker.’] , Daphnis. Zeitschrift für Mittlere Deutsche Literatur , vol. 35, iss. 2006, pp. 301-319.
  • Gombocz, I., “’My Homeland was Poland, Vienna, […] Galicia.’ Introducing Sándor Márai and his Novel “Embers.’” , Modern Austrian Literature and Culture Association , vol. 40.1, iss. 2007, pp. 41-57.
  • Gombocz, I., (2005), Review of Dirk Sangmeister, August Lafontaine oder die Vergänglichkeit des Erfolgs, Jahrbuch fuer Internationale Germanistik , vol. 37, iss. 2005/1, pp. 209-11.
  • Gombocz, I., Review of Uwe Hohendahl, ed. German Studies in the United States. , American Association of Teachers of German. , vol. 37.1, iss. 2004, pp. 87-88..
  • Gombocz, I., (2004), P.M. Mitchell, Walter de Gruyter.
  • Gombocz, I., (2003), “‘All mein Sehnen ist verglommen.’ Vergänglichkeit, Zweifel und Verzweiflung in der Lugendlyrik Lenaus.” (‘Vanity and Despair in Lenau’s Youth Poetry’) , Canadian Association of University Teachers of German (CAUTG) and the German Section of the Australasian Universities Language and Literature Association (AULLA). , vol. 39, iss. 2003, pp. 281-98. .
  • Gombocz, I., (2002), “Teaching Tips: ‘From Popular Games to Parlor Games: Glücksrad and ‘Twenty Questions.’” , Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, vol. 35.1 and 35.2, iss. 2002.
  • Gombocz, I., (2001), “Kulturdiplomatie durch Bücherschenkung. Die britischen Public records in der Universitätsbibliothek Jena.” [The British Public Records at the University Library in Jena, Germany'], Verein für Thüringische Geschichte (Association of the Study of Turingian History), vol. 55, iss. 2001, pp. 193-204..
  • Gombocz, I., (2000), Mephistopheles Live. Teaching German Literature via Distance Learning., vol. 34.1, iss. 2000.1, pp. 60-66.
Awards and Honors:
  • Nomination for the Belbas-Larson Award in Excellence in Teaching , USD, 2012
  • Nomination for the Belbas-Larson Award in Excellence in Teaching , USD, 2011
  • Greek Professor of the Year, USD's Greek Organisation, 2009
  • Richard and Sharon Cutler Award in Teaching and Research, Arts and Sciences , Richard and Sharon Cutler (S. Falls) through Arts and Sciences and the U. Foundation, 2005
  • Initiation to Phi Beta Kappa, USD, 2004
Presentations:
  • Gombocz, I. (2014, March). The Eureka Rundschau and World War I. . Presented at the Humanities Research Forum , Vermillion .
  • Gombocz, I. (2014, March). “Adam Bodor as an Exponent of Absurd Literature in Eastern Europe.”. Presented at the Humanities Research Forum, Vermillion .
  • Gombocz, I. (2013, October). "A Novel by the Transylvanian Author András Sütö.” . Presented at the Annual Conference of the Rocky Mountain Modern Languages Association. , Vancouver, WA.
  • Gombocz, I. (2013, October). Joachim Wittstock: "Die uns angebotene Welt." [A Novel by the Transylvanian author Joachim Wittstock]. . Presented at the Annual Conference of the German Studies Association , Denver, CO.
  • Gombocz, I. (2013, May). "Gelehrtensatiren der Aufklärung." [Academic Satires of the Enlighenment.] . Presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of Scholars of German in Hungary : May 2013, Budapest, Hungary .
  • Gombocz, I. (2012, October). Stalinist Persecution in Adam Bodor's memoirs The Scent of Prison. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountains Modern Languages Association , Boulder, CO.
  • Gombocz, I. (2012, October). Stalinist Persecution in Adam Bodor's memoirs The Scent of Prison. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountains Modern Languages Association , Boulder, CO.
  • Gombocz, I. (2012, October). Early German Settlements in the Dakotas . Presented at the Annual Meeting of the South Dakota World Languages Association , Pierre, SD.
  • Gombocz, I. (2012, June). Russlanddeutsche Siedlungen in den Dakotas . Presented at the Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany.
  • Gombocz, I. (2011, October). "Recollections of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy in Erwin Wittstock's Short Stories and Novels.". Presented at the Annual Conference of the Rocky Mountains Modern Languages Association , Scottsdale, AZ, October 2011.
  • Gombocz, I. (2011, October). The Dakota Freie Presse . Presented at the Annual meeting of the South Dakota World Languages Association , Brookings, SD.
  • Gombocz, I. (2011, October). Transylvanian Fortified Churches. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the South Dakota World Languages Association , Brookings, SD.
  • Gombocz, I. (2010, July). Inter-Ethnic Communication in Eginald Schlattner’s Novel Rote Handschuhe. . Presented at the Europe and the Cross-Roads, Vienna, Austria.
  • Gombocz, I. (2010, March). Eginald Schlattner's Novel Rote Handschuhe . Presented at the Humanities Research Forum , Vermillion .
  • Gombocz, I. (2009, June). Sprachstudium und Deutschuntterricht in den USA. (Langauge learning and German Studies in the United States). . Presented at the Research Forum , Germany.
  • Gombocz, I. (2007, June). Friedhöfe und Grabmäler. Auf den Spuren der deutschen Minderheit in Ostmitteleuropa.“ [‚Cemeteries and Gravestones. Tracing the German Minority in East Central Europe.‘] . Presented at the Research Forum , Germany.
  • Gombocz, I. (2005, April). Nostalgia, Forgiving, and Forgetting in Sándor Márai’s Novel Embers.. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Austrian Studies Association , Missoula.