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Ulrike Wagner

PhD in German and Comparative Literature
Columbia University
Ulrike Wagner received her Ph.D. in German and Comparative Literature from Columbia University in 2012. She holds an M.A. degree in North American Studies and German literature from the Free University of Berlin (2005) and was a visiting Fulbright scholar in the Humanities Center at Johns Hopkins University. Between 2009 and 2012 she was a member of the bi-national PhD-Net “Das Wissen der Literatur” at the Humboldt University and an associated member of the university’s collaborative research center “Transformationen der Antike.” Her research and teaching have been awarded with a Doctoral Research Fellowship at the Berlin State Library, an Elsa-Neumann Dissertation Fellowship, and a Trinity College Graduate Fellowship. She first came to Bard College Berlin in 2011 to teach at the International Summer University “Prussia: Philosophy, Rebellion and the State.” She has taught in the Bard College Berlin “Language and Thinking” program, coordinates the German language and literature program and developed courses on European and American Romanticism, Germany’s Jewish Enlightenment, and medieval German literature at the Free University of Berlin, Bard College Berlin, Trinity College, and Columbia University.

Her research and teaching interests are in foreign language acquisition in German, and in the field of German Romanticism and American Transcendentalism, aesthetic theory, religion, historicism, and philology. She recently completed a book manuscript, Madame de Staël, Herder, and Emerson on Practicing the Art of Philology.

Literature Courses offered at Bard College Berlin
Comparative Perspectives on the Romantic Revolution (Fall 2013)
Poetry and Poetics (Spring 2014)
Enlightenment Media and the Rise of Berlin's Haskalah (Fall 2014)
Menschen-Tiere and Tier-Menschen: Creaturely Perspectives in German Literature and Culture (Fall 2016, in German)
Goldene Zwanziger/Roaring Twenties: Art and Culture in Weimar Berlin (Spring 2017, in German)
Jewish Berlin from the Enlightenment to the Present (Fall 2017, in German)
The German Public Sphere (Spring 2018, in German)
Social Change and the German Public Sphere (Fall 2018, in German) 
German for Reading Knowledge (Spring 2019)

Publications (selected)


  • Herder and Religion. Contributions from the 2010 Conference of the International Herder Society at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, eds. Staffan Bengtsson, Heinrich Clairmont, Robert E. Norton, Johannes Schmidt and Ulrike Wagner (Heidelberg: Synchron Publishers, 2016)

Refereed Articles/Book Chapters

  • "Herder und die Philologie. Fünf Thesen zu einer produktiven Beziehung. Am Beispiel des Volksliedprojekts," co-authored with Kaspar Renner, Herder Jahrbuch / Herder Yearbook 13 (2016): 13-41.
  • "Origin as Fiction and Contest: Herder's Reinvention of Religious Experience in Vom Geist der Ebräischen Poesie." Herder and Religion, Contributions from the 2010 Conference of the International Herder Society at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana. ed. Staffan Bengtsson et al., 57-71 (Heidelberg: Synchron Publishers, 2016).
  • "Transcendentalism and the Power of Philology: Herder, Schleiermacher and the Transformation of Biblical Scholarship in New England." Amerikastudien / American Studies 57.3 (2012): 419-445.
  • "Herders Anthropologie und die Funktion einer Sprache der Liebe und Freundschaft." Liebe als Metapher. Übertragungskonzepte eines interpersonalen Verhältnisses, ed. Walter Delabar and Helga Meise, 121-150 (Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2012).
  • "Der Mensch siehet nur, wie ein Mensch siehet: Modern Functions of Ancient Greek Literature in Light of Herder's Anthropological Thinking." Herder Jahrbuch / Herder Yearbook 11 (2012): 107-129.
  • "From Words to Worlds: De l'Allemagne and the Transnational Recasting of the Ancient Past." Germaine de Staël: Forging a Politics of Mediation, ed. Karyna Szmurlo, 247-262 (Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2011).
  • "The Aesthetics of bildende Nachahmung: A Transatlantic Dialogue between Karl Philipp Moritz and Ralph Waldo Emerson." Yearbook of German-American Studies 45 (2010), 33-59.
Dr. Ulrike Wagner
German Language and Literature
Phone: +49 30 43733 209
Email: u.wagner@berlin.bard.edu