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Robert von Dassanowsky

Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States


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Robert von Dassanowsky (also Robert Dassanowsky) is Professor of German and
Film Studies at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, as well as Visiting
Professor of German at UCLA. He has served as founding President of the
Colorado chapter of the international writers' organization, P.E.N. and is a founding
Vice President of the International Alexander Lernet-Holenia Society. Since 2008,
he is the head of the Elfi von Dassanowsky Foundation, which supports projects in
the spirit of his late mother's work.

A widely published literary, film and cultural historian, Dassanowsky is also an
award-winning playwright, has written for television and provides audio commentary
for motion picture releases on DVD. Additionally, he is the Contributing Editor of
the "Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America," 2nd Ed., a Contributing Advisor
to the "International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers," 4th Ed., and the
"Greenwood Encyclopedia of World Popular Culture," and his "Austrian Cinema:
A History," is the first English language survey of Austrian film art and industry.
Dassanowsky is also active as an independent filmmaker and is producer,
executive or associate producer of the short films "Menschen" (2012), "Dog Eat
Dog" (2012), "The Retreat" (2010), the documentary "Felix Austria!, aka The
Archduke and Herbert Hinkel" (2012), the independent feature films "Chariot"
(2013), "Styria" (2013), "Deadline" (2012), and "Wilson Chance" (2005), the
animated short, "The Nightmare Stumbles Past" (2003), and the dramatic short
"Semmelweis" (2001), which received several U.S. and European festival awards
in 2002-04.

Dassanowsky is a contributing editor to the literary journals Osiris, Rampike, and
Poetry Salzburg Review. His "Telegrams from the Metropole: Selected Poems
1980-1998" received a Pushcart Prize nomination in 2000, he became one of the
few Americans elected to the European Academy of Sciences and Arts in 2001,
and was named the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching/CASE
U.S. Professor of the Year for Colorado in 2004. Austria decorated Dassanowsky
for his work in cultural and film studies in 2005 and he was named a Fellow of the
Royal Historical Society, London (FRHistS) in 2007, and of the Royal Society for
Arts, London (RSA) in 2010. He received the CU Thomas Jefferson Award in 2015
and served as President of the Austrian Studies Association from 2012-16.

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes


Published works:


  • Mars in Aries
  • Nonfiction

  • International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, 4th Edition (4 vols.)
  • World Film Locations: Vienna
  • Screening Trancendence: Film under Austrofascism and the Hollywood Hope 1933-1938
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America, 2nd Edition
  • Cinema and the Swastika: The International Expansion of Third Reich Cinema (1933-1945). Eds. Roel Vande Winkel and David Welch.
  • The Nameable and the Unnameable: Hofmannsthal\'s \"Der Schwierige\" Revisited
  • Austrian Cinema: A History
  • Greenwood Encyclopedia of World Popular Culture (6 vols.) Vol. 3: Europe
  • Quentin Tarantino\'s Inglourious Basterds: A Manipulation of Metacinema
  • Phantom Empires: The Novels of Alexander Lernet-Holenia
  • New Austrian Film
  • Oesterreich 1918 und die Folgen, Ed. Karl Mueller and Hans Wagener
  • Poetry

  • Verses of a Marriage: Poetry of Hans Raimund
  • Telegrams from the Metropole: Selected Poems 1980-1998
  • Soft Mayhem