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Nancy Kaiser

Professor of German and Women's Studies
806 Van Hise Hall

Nancy Kaiser came to the University of Wisconsin after receiving a Ph.D. in German Literature from Yale University in 1980 and now holds a joint faculty appointment in the Department of German and the Women's Studies Program. Her research areas encompass feminist literary and cultural studies, German literature and aesthetics around 1800, and questions of gender in emancipatory discourses. In our department she teaches courses on German literature after 1700, and in the Women's Studies Program she routinely teaches the courses "Contemporary Feminist Theories" and "Gender, HIstory, and the European Fairy Tale." Professor Kaiser is the recipient of a university teaching award and currently serves as the undergraduate major advisor. 

  • "Who Cares: Cultural Studies, Feminist Literary Criticism, U.S. Germanistik" in Concepts of Culture, eds. Hans Adler and Jost Hermand (New York/Berne: Lang, 1999).
  • "In Our Own Words: Dramatizing History in Luise Adelgunde Gottsched's Pietisterey im Fischbein-Rocke" in: Thalia's Daughters: German Women Dramatists from the 18th Century to the Present, eds. Susan L. Cocalis and Ferrel Rose (1996).
  • Selbst Bewußt. Frauen in den USA, ed. Nancy Kaiser (Leipzig: Reclam, 1994).
  • Traditions of Experiment from the Enlightenment to the Present: Essays in Honor of Peter Demetz, eds. N. Kaiser and D. Wellbery (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan, 1992).
  • Social Integration and Narrative Structure: Patterns of Realism in Auerbach, Freytag, Fontane, and Raabe (New York: Lang, 1986).

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