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Kirsten "Kit" Belgum

Associate FacultyPh.D., German, University of Wisconsin (Madison)

Associate Professor in the Department of Germanic Studies, College of Liberal Arts



Nineteenth-Century German Studies, Popular Culture, Print Culture, Nationalism, German Realism, Travel literature


College: Liberal Arts

Home Department: Germanic Studies

Education: PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research interests: Nineteenth-century German literature and culture, gender and the German novel, 19th/20th century women writers, feminist aesthetics


Popularizing the Nation: Audience, Representation, and the Production of Identity in Die Gartenlaube, 1853-1900. Lincoln: U Nebraska P, 1998.

Interior Meaning: Design of the Bourgeois Home in the Realist Novel. New York: Peter Lang, 1991. 

Recent articles:

"Popularizing the World: Karl Andrée’s Globus" forthcoming in Colloquia Germanica, (Special issue on travel literature) summer 2015.

"Censorship and Piracy: Publication and State Control in Early Nineteenth-Century Germany." Censorship and Exile. Ed. Johanna Hartmann and Hubert Zapf. Göttingen: V&R unipress, 2015. 121-135.

"The Culture of Borrowing: Transnational Influence in Travel Writing around 1800," Studies in Travel Writing 19:1 (February 2015): 1-14.

"Accidental Encounter: Why John Quincy Adams Translated German Culture for Americans," Early American Studies 13:1 (Winter 2015): 209-36.

"Distant Reception: Bringing Germany Books to America." Distant Readings: Topologies of German Culture in the Long Nineteenth Century. Ed. Lynne Tatlock and Matt Erlin. Rochester: Camden House, 2014. 209-227.

 "'For the glory of my country': Defining America in Webster's American Dictionary and Lieber's Encyclopaedia Americana,Nineteenth-Century Contexts 35:3 (July 2013): 253-274. [on-line at:]

Courses taught recently:

            graduate courses

GER 392 Travel and Literature

GER 392 Creating a National Culture: Germany, 1750-1890

GER 392 Popular Culture and the Canon

GER 386.3 German Literature: Enlightenment to Realism

            upper-division courses in English

GRC 323E/EUS 347/CL 323 European Travel Literature

GRC 360E/GOV 365N German Nationalisms

            lower-division course in English

EUS 303 Voyages that Changed the World

GRC 301/HIS 306N/GRG 309 Life of a City: 20th-Century Berlin

            upper-division German courses

GER 373 German Travel Literature

GER 363K Life Writing as Cultural History

GER 346L German Literature: Enlightenment to Present

GER 343C Contemporary German Civilization

GER 331L Advanced Conversation and Composition

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