Claire Baldwin

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Claire Baldwin

Associate Professor of German; Chair, Department of German

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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)
  • 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)

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)