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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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Contact Information:

  • Address:
    Germanic Lang & Lit
    2090 For Lang Bldg
    707 S Mathews
    M/C 178
    Urbana, IL 61801
  • Office Hours:
    • Monday 3:30-4:30 and Wednesday 10-10:50
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Education

Ph.D. University of Michigan

Biography

Together with Dr. Thomas Stäcker, Deputy Director of the Herzog August Bibliothek (HAB), Wolfenbüttel, Mara R. Wade is the PI for the bilateral digital humanities project, “Emblematica On-line,” that is jointly funded by the NEH and DFG. This project has digitized Renaissance emblem books from the collections of the HAB and the University of Illinois Library, creating a database for all German emblems, and establishing a portal for emblem studies. This project has digitized approximately 723 original emblem books with a total of roughly 70,000 individual emblems. Extensive searchable metadata was created for 18,889 individual emblems. Early work on this project was funded by a TransCoop grant from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the University of Illinois Research Board. The project has also received consistent support from the Herzog August Bibliothek and the University Library. This project has also led to “Emblematica Online: Digital Humanities,” a research opportunity for undergraduate students in Spring 2013.

Professor Wade’s research has a strong focus on digital humanities, and the international research group associated with Emblematica Online has produced two volumes of essays on emblem digitization as a model for broader humanities applications. Her work also investigates the interstices between literature and the other arts, and she has published extensively on literature and music, theater, and the visual arts. All of her research reflects her strong orientation to gender studies. She held a named professorship at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hannover, Germany, where she held the Maria Göppert Mayer Professorship for women’s and gender studies (2006). The HMTM is ranked the top Musikhochschule in Germany.

She has also served as a visiting professor at the University of Göttingen (1998) and has taught consortium seminars at the Newberry Library, Chicago. She was the co-director with Professor Wolfgang Behringer, Universität Saarbrücken, of the Wolfenbüttel Summer Course, “Communication and the Culture of the Body in early modern Europe,” in August 2011. She is a Senior Fellow des Landes iedersachsen at the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel.

Her teaching ranges from early modern German literature and Jewish Studies to cinema and gender studies. 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 DAAD Alumni Association and the American Friends of the Herzog August Bibliothek.

Professor Wade has served her disciplines in a number of capacities, including leadership roles in the Modern Language Association, Society for German Renaissance and Baroque Literature, and the Renaissance Society of America. She is currently Chair of the International Society for Emblem Studies. She is on the editorial boards for the journals “Renaissance Quarterly,” “Emblematica,” and “Renæssance Forum” and for the monograph series "Spektrum" of the German Studies Association.  She reviews grants for the European Science Foundation and the Austrian Science Fund, and the Herzog August Bibliothek.

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 Taught

  • Emblematica Online:Digital Humanities, Undergraduate Research Opportunity
  • Book Matters, Books Matter
  • Körper und Kommunikation in der frühen Neuzeit
  • Der, Die, Das Fremde in der frühneuzeitlichen Literatur
  • German Literature 1450-1750
  • German Poetics, and Metrics
  • Introduction to German Literature I
  • Introduction to German Literature II
  • History of German Film
  • The Holocaust in Context
  • Nürnberg in the 17th Century
  • Introduction to Graduate Study
  • Nürnberg 1450-1700
  • Stadt und Literatur: Nürnberg im 17. Jahrhundert
  • Jüdische Authoren deutscher Literatur
  • Torheit in der Literatur der frühen Neuzeit
  • Hof und Literatur im deutschen Barock
  • German Literature and Gender
  • Schreibende Frauen der frühen Neuzeit