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  • Instructor 

    Faculty of Arts
    Department of German and Slavic Studies
    322 Fletcher Argue Building
    15 Chancellors Circle
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2

    Phone: 204-474-9398

    Preferred pronouns: He/him/his

Currently accepting graduate students - Yes

  • Master's


  • GRMN 2102 - Intermediate German I
  • GRMN 2120 - Introduction to German Culture from 1918 to the Present
  • GRMN 2510 - German Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm to Hollywood
  • GRMN 3500 - Germany's Post-Millennium Literature and Film
  • GRMN 3510 - Angels, Vampires, and Serial Killers – German Film from 1895 to 1945


Lars Richter is a settler scholar-teacher and Instructor of German Studies in the Department of German and Slavic Studies at the University of Manitoba. He studied at Freie Universität in Berlin, Washington University in St. Louis and earned his PhD in German Languages and Literatures from the University of Alberta with a dissertation on contemporary German author Juli Zeh. His primary fields of research and teaching are twentieth and twenty-first century German literature and culture with an emphasis on the incorporation of politics in literature, popular culture, film, gender, the intersections of Indigenous and German Studies and ecocriticism. 


  • PhD (Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics), University of Alberta, 2016
  • MA (Germanic Languages and Literatures), Washington University in St. Louis, 2001


Research interests

  • Twentieth- and Twenty-first Century German-language literature and culture
  • Popular culture and film
  • Ecocriticism
  • Transnationalism, migration, and race
  • Intersections of German Studies and Indigenous Studies

Selected publications

  • “Juli Zeh: Literatur und Engagement unter Leuten.” Protest und Verweigerung: Neue Tendenzen in der deutschen Literatur seit 1989, edited by Hans Adler and Sonja Klocke, Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 2018, pp. 129-155.
  • “‘Wo geh ich her? … Wo komm ich hin?’: Delineating Transnational Spaces in the Work of Juli Zeh.” Transnationalism in Contemporary German-Language Literature, edited by Elisabeth Herrmann, Carrie Smith-Prei, and Stuart Taberner, Camden House, 2015, pp. 228-246.
  • The Rebel Girl and the Wrecking Ball – The Cruel Optimism of Empowerment and the Revival of Feminism in Contemporary Popular Music.” Multilingual Discourses, vol. 2, no. 1, 2015.
  • “Politicising Desire in Juli Zeh’s Spieltrieb.” (co-authored with Carrie Smith-Prei) Transitions: Emerging Women Writers in German Language Literature. German Monitor 77, edited by Valerie Heffernan, and Gillian Pye, Rodopi, 2012, pp. 187-207. 


  • University of Manitoba / University of Manitoba Faculty Association Merit Award in the Teaching Category
  • Faculty of Arts Teaching Excellence Award Sessional (nominated; University of Manitoba)
  • Eva Dannhauer Summers Memorial Award (University of Alberta)
  • William H. Thompson and Ivy Thompson Memorial Award (University of Alberta)
  • Faculty of Arts Graduate Student Teaching Award (University of Alberta)


  • Board Member, German Canadian Congress 

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