Diane Koester

Professor Emerita of German
(Shared Position)


Diane Koester

"Learning foreign languages and literatures allows students to put themselves imaginatively into another reality; it is the best that the liberal arts has to offer for citizenship in this world. I enthusiastically and warmly enjoy the classroom at Wells, and enjoy experiencing students' learning and development."

Professor Koester's scholarly and teaching interests are pre-20th-century German literature, sexism in language and communication, and women's speculative fiction. She has taught women's studies and German at all levels.


1970 B.A. Valparaiso University
1972 M.A. The Johns Hopkins University
1982 Ph.D. The Johns Hopkins University

Select Publications

Koester, D. "Single-Sex Education: Education for Leadership." Educating Women in Leadership: Proceedings of the Wells College Inaugural Symposium (1995).

Koester, D. "He's Firm, She's Bitchy, and What's a 'Girl' to Do? Communication Styles for Women Leaders." Wells College Alumnae Lecture (1994).

Koester, D. "Joan Slonczewski's A Door Into Ocean: Why Feminists Might Like Science Fiction." Northeast Modern Language Association Convention (1992).

Courses Taught

  • Elementary German I & II
  • Intermediate German I & II
  • The Well-Chosen World
  • Introduction to German Literature I & II
  • Conversation and Composition in German
  • 19th Century German Literature
  • German Literature from the 7th Through the 17th Centuries
  • Pre-20th-Century German Women Writers
  • From the Pedestal to the Parlor: Women in 19th Century German Literature
  • The German Novelle
  • Introduction to Women's Studies
  • Language and Gender