Professor Peter C. Pfeiffer is Professor of German and affiliated faculty member in the Program in Film and Media Studies at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He holds a PhD from the University of California at Irvine and has published extensively on 19th and 20th century German and Austrian literature and culture, including film. He was chairman of the German department for many years and held other administrative positions. He is spending a good part of his sabbatical semester at Campion Hall, completing some essays on economic themes in 19th century German literature. His particular interests are representations of work in literary discourses.He also hopes to recharge his batteries by reading some classics and by trying to emulate Willkie Collins' heroes who walk between far-flung places always arriving just in time for something interesting to occur.