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Mara R Wade

Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures
Comparative and World Literature
Professor of Gender and Women's Studies
Professor of LAS Global Studies
Jewish Culture and Society
Library Admin
European Union Center
Media and Cinema Studies
Center for Global Studies

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    Germanic Lang & Lit
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    707 S Mathews
    M/C 178
    Urbana, IL 61801
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    • Monday 3:30-4:30 and Wednesday 10-10:50
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Education

Ph.D. University of Michigan

Biography

Professor Mara R. Wade has been for over a decade the principle investigator (PI) for Emblematica Online, an NEH funded multi-year, international digital humanities research project. Most recently she has published Gender Matters (2014); with Sara Smart (Exeter University) The Palatine Wedding of 1613. Context, Celebration and Consequence of An Anglo-German Alliance. Wolfenbütteler Abhandlungen zur Renaissanceforschung (2013), which earned the Weiss/Brown award in Renaissance Studies, Newberry Library, Chicago; and Emblem Digitization: Conducting Digital Research with Renaissance Texts and Images 2012 (= Early Modern Literary Studies, Special Issue 20). She is the managing editor of the peer-reviewed scholarly journal Emblematica.

In addition to the NEH funding for Humanities Collections and Reference Resources for Emblematica Online, her most recent individual grants include a research visit supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2015), a faculty fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2014-2015), and being named a “Senior Fellow des Landes Niedersachsens” at the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel (2012-2013).

Professor Wade’s research has a strong focus on digital humanities, and the international research group associated with Emblematica Online has published widely about their research. She also fosters the research of younger scholars, including recent PhDs, graduate students, and undergraduate students. Her grants have supported many graduate students in German and Library Science. Her assistants have all enjoyed their first publications with her mentoring, while the Emblem Scholars provide research opportunities for undergraduate students.  

Her new book project is Open Sources: Emblems and Early Modern Intellectual Networks.  In digital terms, the “open source” model generates collaborative communities based on the modification, extension, and wide distribution of a source code along diverse paths of communication. These aspects of “open source” also describe the dynamics of the early modern emblem, a combination of texts and pictures that were continuously modified, repurposed, and reassembled to produce new meaning for new audiences. In Open Sources: Emblems and Early Modern Intellectual Networks, I advance an entirely new argument about the role of emblems in both producing and connecting networks of learning and friendship.

Professor Wade reviews grants for the National Endowment for the Humanities (Bilateral Digital Humanities Program), American Council of Learned Societies, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, European Science Foundation, Austrian Science Fund, and the Herzog August Bibliothek. She has served her disciplines in a number of capacities, including leadership roles in the Modern Language Association, the Renaissance Society of America, and the Society for German Renaissance and Baroque Literature. She served as Chair of the International Society for Emblem Studies from 2008-2014. By appointment of the State of Lower Saxony, she serves as member of the academic advisor council (akademischer Beirat) of the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel (2014-2019).

Her teaching ranges from early modern German literature and book history to cinema studies, Jewish studies, and gender studies. She teaches regularly an undergraduate seminar, “Books Matter, Book Matters,” for the Campus Honors Program at the University of Illinois. She is strongly committed to study abroad and the teaching of German. To these ends she regularly works with international organizations and institutions as well as the Austria Illinois Exchange Program to promote academic exchange. She currently serves on board of the American Friends of the Herzog August Bibliothek and she is the library’s representative to the Renaissance Society of America.

Publications

Books

  • Triumphus Nuptialis Danicus: German Court Culture and Denmark. The Great Wedding of 1634. (Wolfenbütteler Arbeiten zur Barockforschung Vol. 27.). Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 1996.
  • The German Baroque Pastoral Singspiel, Berner Beiträge zur Barockgermanistik Vol. 7. Ed. Blake L. Spahr. Bern: Lang, 1990.

Book Contributions

  • "Dynasty at Work: Danish Cultural Exchange with England and Germany at the Time of the Palatine Wedding." The Palatine Wedding of 1613, Context, Celebration and Consequence of An Anglo-German Alliance. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2013.
  • "Introduction." The Palatine Wedding of 1613, Context, Celebration and Consequence of An Anglo-German Alliance. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2013.
  • "Princess Magdalena Sibylle (1617-1668) and Court Ballet in Denmark and Saxony." Der Hof: Ort kulturellen Handelns von Frauen in der Frühen Neuzeit. Köln: Bohlau, 2013.
  • "Introduction." Gender Matters. Gender Matters: Discourses of Violence in Early Modern Literature and the Arts. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2013.
  • "Princess Magdalena Sibylle (1617-1668) and Court Ballet in Denmark and Saxony." Der Hof: Ort kulturellen Handelns von Frauen in der Frühen Neuzeit. Köln: Bohlau, 2013.
  • "Introduction." Emblem Digitization: Conducting Digital Research with Renaissance Texts and Images. Ed. Mara Wade. Early Modern Literary Studies Special Issue , 2012.
  • "Showcasing Digital Resources: Emblems and Renaissance Festival Books." Emblem Digitization: Conducting Digital Research with Renaissance Texts and Images. Ed. Mara Wade. Early Modern Literary Studies Special Issue, 2012.
  • "Emblem." Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics. Princeton: Princeton UP, 2012. 149-168.
  • "Gender, Conviviality, and Publication History in Georg Philipp Harsdörffer’s Stamm- und Stechbüchlein (1654)." Le livre demeure: Studies in Book History. Ed. Alison Adams and Philip Ford. Cahiers d’Humanisme et Renaissance, Vol. 97. Geneva: Droz, 2011. 255-74.
  • "Duke Ulrik (1578-1624) as Agent, Patron, Artist: The International Perspective c. 1600." Reframing the Danish Renaissance. Ed. Michael Andersen, Birgitte B. Johannsen, and Hugo Johannsen. Copenhagen: National Museum, 2011. 244-261.
  • "Emblems in Context: From the Early Modern to the Post-Modern." Transmigrations. Ed. Laurence Grove and Alison Saunders. Glasgow Emblem Studies, Vol. 14. Glasgow: Glasgow Emblem Studies, 2011. 1-30.
  • "Die Pax Danica und die frühneuzeitliche Idee der klassischen Monarchie. Dänische Hoffeste und das Imperium maris Baltici." Welche Antike? Konkurrierende Rezeptionen des Altertums im Barock. Ed. Ulrich Heinen, Guillaume van Gemert, and Johann A. Steiger. Wolfenbütteler Arbeiten zur Barockforschung, Vol. 39. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2011. 373-395.
  • "Paper Monuments and the Creation of Memory: The Personal and Dynastic Mourning of Princess Magdalena Sybille of Saxony." Enduring Loss, Studies in Central European Histories, 50. Ed. Lynne Tatlock. Leiden: Brill, 2010. 161-186.
  • "Reading Rape: Gendered Discourses of Sexual Violence. Grimmelshausen and the Sack of Magdeburg." Ethik - Geschlecht - Medizin. Körpergeschichten in politischer Reflexion. Internationale Frauen- und Genderforschung in Niedersachsen. Münster: LIT Verlag, 2010. 17-39.
  • "Magdalena Sibylle af Sachsen. 'Et Menneske … øvet i lykke og unlykke, glæåde og sorg'." Tro, Styrke, Kærlighed. Ed. Claudia Brink, Jutta Kappel, Danish Ed. Jørgen Hein, and Peter Christiansen. Exhibition Catalogue, De Danske Kongers kronologiske Samling Rosenborg, Copenhagen: Narayana Press, 2010. 162-167.
  • "Dansk-Sachsiske Hoffester efter Reformationen." Tro, Styrke, Kærlighed. Ed. Jutta Kappel, Claudia Brink., Danish Ed. Jørgen Hein, and Peter Christiansen. Exhibition Catalogue, De Danske Kongers kronologiske Samling Rosenborg. Copenhagen: Narayana Press, 2010. 65-71.
  • "Prinzessin Magdalena Sibylle." Mit Fortuna Übers Meer. Sachsen und Dänemark—Ehen und Allianzen im Spiegel der Kunst (1548-1709)Exhibition Catalogue, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden. . Ed. Jutta Kappel and Claudia Brink. Berlin: Deutscher Kunstverlag, 2009. 174-179.
  • "Dänisch-sächsische Hoffesteder frühen Neuzeit." Mit Fortuna Übers Meer. Sachsen und Dänemark—Ehen und Alliazen im Spiegel der Kunst (1548-1709), ed. Jutta Kappel and Claudia Brink. Exhibition Catalogue, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden. . Ed. Jutta Kappel and Claudia Brink. Berlin: Deutscher Kunstverlag, 2009. 63-69.
  • "Mit Fortuna Ubers Meer." Prinzessin Magdalena Sibylle. 2009.
  • "Sebald Meinhard’s Liturgical Emblems in Danzig." The Emblem in Scandinavia and the Baltic. Ed. Mara R. Wade and Simon McKeown. Glasgow: Glasgow Emblem Studies Vol. 11, 2007. 205-230.

Edited Books

  • Gender Matters: Discourses of Violence in Early Modern Literature and the Arts. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2013.
  • The Palatine Wedding of 1613: Protestant Alliance and Court Festival.. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2013.
  • Emblem Digitization: Conducting Digital Research with Renaissance Texts and Images. Early Modern Literary Studies, Special Issue 20, 2012.
  • Emblems in the Twenty-First Century: Materials and Media. (Part II) . New York : AMS (Emblematica, Vol. 16), 2008.
  • Emblems in the Twenty-First Century: Materials and Media. (Part I) . New York: AMS (Emblematica, Vol. 15) , 2007.
  • McKewon, Simon, and Mara Wade. The Emblem in Scandinavia and the Baltic (=Glasgow Emblem Studies, Vol. 11). Glasgow: Glasgow Emblem Studies, 2007.
  • Ober, Warren U., and Mara Wade. Russian Translations from English and German Poetry (=Germano-Slavica, Vol. 15). Waterloo, Ontario: University of Waterloo, 2005.
  • Strasser, Gerhard F., and Mara Wade. Die Domänen des Emblems: Außerliterarische Anwendungen der Emblematik. Wolfenbütteler Arbeiten zur Barockforschung, Vol. 39. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2004.
  • Digital Collections and the Management of Knowledge: Renaissance Emblem Literature as a Case Study for the Digitization of Rare Texts and Images. Salzburg: DigiCULT, 2004.
  • Ehrstine, Glenn, and Mara Wade. Foreign Encounters in German Literature Before 1700 (=double volume, Daphnis 33). Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2004.
  • Pomp. Power and Politics: Essays Commemorating the 400th Anniversary of the Coronation of King Christian IV of Denmark (1596). Amsterdam: Rodopi (=double volume, Daphnis 32), 2003.
  • Neue Geistliche Schauspiele (Facsimile reprint of 1670 edition, selected and introduced by Mara R. Wade). Stuttgart: Hiersemann, 2002.

Journal Articles

  • "Strategien des Kulturtransfers im Pegnesischen Blumenorden und ihre Bedeutung für die Öffnung der Gendergrenzen für schreibende Frauen der Frühen Neuzeit." Daphnis 40 (2012): 1-43.
  • "The Fruchtbringende Gesellschaft at Skokloster." Wolfenbütteler Barock-Nachrichten 38.2 (2012): 149-168.

Websites

Encyclopedia Entries

  • "Emblem." Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics. 2012.
  • "Maskenaufzug." Enzyklopaedie der Neuzeit. 2010.

Courses

  • Gender and Genre in the Works of Georg Philipp Harsdörffer