My research engages with issues of race, gender, colonialism, and imperialism in young adult literature to show how Imperial Germans learned to be German in a global context. I am currently writing a dissertation on colonialism and imperialism in popular youth literature of Wilhelmine Germany. Entitled “Young Germans in the World,” it examines literature set in Germany, Africa, North and South America, and remote islands from authors such as Bertha Clément, Brigitte Augusti, Friedrich Pajeken, Karl Falkenhorst, Karl May, Friedrich Meister, and Else Ury. I have previously held a Fulbright U.S. Student Grant to Germany and a University Fellowship from UMass Amherst. I completed my dissertation research with awards from DAAD, the Children’s Literature Association, and Women in German. I am very involved in Women in German and the Northeast Modern Language Association.
Little Germans on the Prairie: Colonial Thought and German Settlement of the United States in Wilhelmine Youth Literature, Coalition of Women in German Annual Conference (2011)
In German youth literature set on the North American frontier, authors construct a claim to...