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Mary Neuburger, Director BUR 452, 2505 University Avenue, Stop F3600, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3607

Kirsten "Kit" Belgum

Associate Professor Ph.D., German, University of Wisconsin (Madison)




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 Copyright: Publication as Control in Nineteenth-century Germany" forthcoming in a volume Censorship and Exile, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2015.

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

"Accidental Encounter: Why John Quincy Adams Translated Germany for Americans," forthcoming in Early American Studies (Winter 2015).

"Distant Reception: Bringing Germany Books to America" forthcoming in volume on Digital Humanities 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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