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Richard Bodek

Professor of History, Coordinator Faculty Liberal Arts and Sciences Colloquium

Address: Maybank Hall, Room 221
Office Hours: MW 1:30-2:45 and by appointment
Phone: 843.953.8030

Dr. Bodek is on sabbatical during the Spring 2018 semester.

Dr. Richard  Bodek received his PhD from the University of Michigan in 1990.  He is the author of Proletarian Performance in Weimar Berlin: Agitprop, Chorus, and Brecht. This book argues that much that is considered to be emblematic of Weimar modernism emerged from proletarian forms and a proletarian aesthetic sphere. Bodek is also co-editor with Simon Lewis of The Fruits of Exile: Central European Intellectual Immigration to America in the Age of Fascism, and translator of Claire Bergmann's 1932 German novel (banned by the Nazis), Was wird aus deinen Kindern, Pitt? (What Will Become of the Children?). At present, he is at work on a translation of Franz Hessel's Spazieren in Berlin and a second monograph on working-class popular literature from the 1920s until the 1950s.


PhD, The University of Michigan, 1990
BA, The Johns Hopkins University, 1982

Research Interests

Working-class and Popular Culture
Weimar Culture

Courses Taught

Berlin in the Golden Twenties
Modern German Cultural and Intellectual History
History of the Soviet Union
Nazi Germany in History and Pop Culture
European Labor and the Left

Honors and Awards

Dr. Bodek has received grants from the Fulbright Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Social Science Research Council, and the German Academic Exchange Service.


Recent articles include:

“Max Horkheimer and ‘The Jews and Europe’”: A Re-Evaluation,” Richard Bodek and Simon Lewis (eds.) The Fruits of Exile, Central European Intellectual Emigration to America in the Age of Fascism (University of South Carolina Press, 2010).

“A Political Tevye?  Yiddish Literature and the Novels of Stefan Heym,” Benjamin Lapp et al. (eds.)  Jewish Identity and Jewish Writing in Germany and Austria Today. (Berghahn Books, 2008).

“Agitprop,” Jay Winter and John Merriman, (eds.) Encyclopedia of Europe 1914-2004 (Scribners, 2006).