Cinema & Media Studies

Henning Wrage

Associate Professor




Campus Box 0411


McKnight Hall
Room 24
300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400


MA Humboldt Universität, Berlin, 2000
PhD Humboldt Universität, Berlin, 2007

Academic Focus

German media history and theory, Postwar Culture, Cultural Negotiations of Interactivity

Henning Wrage received his Dr. phil. with summa cum laude in German literature from Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. His thesis (published as Die Zeit der Kunst with Winter University Press: Heidelberg 2009)  is a comparative history of East German literature, film and television in the 1960s.

Other major publications (for articles, book sections, etc., please see the CV linked below) include 

  • Alltag. Zur Dramaturgie des Normalen im DDR-Fernsehen. Leipzig: Leipziger Universitätsverlag 2006
  • with Thomas Beutelschmidt: ‚Das Buch zum Film - der Film zum Buch.' Annäherung an den literarischen Kanon im DDR-Fernsehen. Leipzig: Leipziger Universitätsverlag 2004
  • with Thomas Beutelschmidt, Rüdiger Steinlein, et al. (Eds.): Das literarische Fernsehen. Beiträge zur deutsch-deutschen Medienkultur. Frankfurt a.M., New York et al.: Lang 2007
  • with David Oels and Almuth Meissner (Eds.): Sachbuch und Kinder- und Jugendliteratur. Special Issue of Non-Fiktion. Arsenal der anderen Gattungen 1/2010
  • with Marc Silberman (Eds.): DEFA at the Crossroads of East German and International Film Culture: A Companion. Berlin, New York: Walter De Gruyter 2014

His current research has two focuses: German media and postwar culture, and the cultural history of interactivity. Two larger book projects are in progress, one on the relationship between Theodor Adorno and the German student movement, one on German director Wolfgang Staudte. 

Beyond all levels of the language sequence, Henning Wrage has developed a wide range of classes, most of them cross-listed with CIMS and/or counting towards curricular goals (see below).  

At Gettysburg, Henning Wrage has fulfilled different service functions. He was the chair of the German Studies department in 2019, and 2020-22, served as the Convener of Chairs (2021-22), and, among others,

  • as a Faculty Fellowship Advisor,
  • in the Academic Affairs Workgroup,
  • in the Chairs' committee to revise student evaluations,
  • on the JCCTL advisory committee,
  • on Faculty Council,
  • on the Review Board for Negative Tenure Decisions,
  • as a Qualified Administrator for the IDI,
  • on the Educational Technology Committee,
  • as an International First Year Student Advisor,
  • on the Fulbright Interview Committee
  • and as the German House Mentor.  

He was awarded the Luther W. and Bernice L. Thompson Distinguished Teaching Award in 2019. He also was awarded Research and Professional Development grants, a Mellon Curricular Diversity Grant, a JCCTL Resilient Pedagogy grant and others. 

For a complete CV and to download a selection of his publications, please follow this link:


Courses Taught