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Claire Baldwin - Colgate University German Professor

Claire Baldwin

Associate Professor of German
German, 110B Lawrence Hall
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MA, PhD, Germanic Languages and Literatures, Yale University (1992)
MA, German Studies, Stanford University (1985)
BA, Humanities Honors/ Comparative Literature, Stanford University (1985)

Teaching Experience

Washington University, 1991-2000; Colgate University, 2000 - present

Courses taught at Colgate include first and second year German; Introduction to German Literature, and seminars on Goethe; Weimar Classicism; Enlightenment and Sturm und Drang; Twentieth-Century German Literature; What is German World Literature?; Contemporary Jewish-German literature; Core 152: Challenges of Modernity; Core Distinction 327: Stories of Origin and Cultural Identity; first-year seminars on the Berlin Wall and on Old Worlds, New Worlds.

Directorship of the Freiburg Study Group 2003, 2005, 2009, 2011.


18th-century literature and culture, Goethe, Lichtenberg; contemporary literature and culture; Jewish German literature; inter-arts;  gender studies; narrative theory


  • The Emergence of the Modern German Novel: Wieland, La Roche, and Sagar.  (Rochester: Camden House, 2002) ed., with James F. Poag
  • The Construction of Textual Authority in German Literature of the Medieval & Early Modern Periods (Chapel Hill, London: University of North Carolina Press, 2001
  • “Anna Louisa Karsch as Sappho”, Women in German Yearbook Vol.20 (2004) 62-97
  • “Authority and Interpretation in Georg Christoph Lichtenberg’s Commentaries on Hogarth,” in The Construction of Textual Authority in German Literature of the Medieval & Early Modern Periods, ed. James F. Poag and Claire Baldwin (Chapel Hill, London: University of North Carolina Press, 2001) 261-278
  • “Speaking of Art: Ekphrastic Reflections in Postwar German Literature,” in Wendezeiten/ Zeitenwenden, ed. Robert Weninger and Brigitte Rossbacher. (Tübingen: Stauffenburg, 1997), 131-149
  • “Questioning the ‘Jewish Question’: Poetic Philosophy and Politics in Conversations with Demons,” in Bettina Brentano-von Arnim: Gender and Politics,” ed. Elke P. Frederiksen and Katherine R. Goodman. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1995, 213-243
  • “Christa Wolf’s Nagelprobe: On German Trials,” Colloquia Germanica 27/1 (1994), 1-11


Research Awards: Fulbright Scholar Research Fellowship (1995-6); German Academic Exchange Research Fellowship (1989-90)

Teaching Awards: Phi Eta Sigma National Honorary Society Professor of the Year Award, Colgate University (2010); Lilly Fellowship for undergraduate course development and teaching (1997); Kemper Foundation Faculty Award for undergraduate course development and teaching (1993)

Board Membership

Secretary-Treasurer and Board Member, Goethe Society of North America, 2010-present; Book Reviews Field Editor, Eighteenth-Century Studies (2011-present); Member of Editorial Board for Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture (2005-08)