Degrees: 1988 University of Regensburg, Germany
Waltraud Maierhofer is professor of German and an affiliate faculty member of International Programs. She teaches courses on German literature and culture. Waltraud received the May Brodbeck Humanities Fellowship from the University of Iowa and has been awarded fellowships and grants from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Foundation Weimar Classics, etc.
She is the author of Hexen – Huren – Heldenweiber. Bilder des Weiblichen in Erzähltexten über den Dreißigjährigen Krieg (2005). It examines the representation of women and femininity in a wide range of narrative texts from the seventeenth century to the present that retell the Thirty Years War. She co-edited Deutsche Literatur im Kontext (2008), a textbook for teaching “Introduction to German Literature.” It which spans the middle of the eighteenth century to the present and draws a lot on her experience of teaching undergraduates here at the University of Iowa.
She coedited Women Against Napoleon: Historical and Fictional Responses (2007). She is the author of 40+ articles on topics of 18th to 21st German literary culture which have appeared f. e. in Monatshefte, Colloquium Helveticum, Goethe Yearbook, Zeitschrift für Germanistik, Wieland-Handbuch or Word and Image in the 18th Century. Her dissertation and first book (1990) studied Goethe’s last novel, Wilhelm Meisters Wanderjahre, and the Zeitroman or panoramic novel of the mid-nineteenth century by Immermann and Gutzkow.
Her current project is on Goethe illustrations by Johann Heinrich Ramberg with an article forthcoming in Goethe-Jahrbuch.
Out of her interest in the connections of literature and art, Waltraud has completed critical editions of letters by the painter Angelica Kauffmann (on whom she also authored a “Rowohlt Bildmonographie”), a travel book on Florence by Adele Schopenhauer (2007) with which the sister of the philosopher hoped to educate and entertain especially women travelers, as well as a bilingual edition of the opera libretto Circe with the translation by Goethe and Christian August Vulpius.
Waltraud has directed several research projects by undergraduates.
Waltraud was a long-term book review editor and field editor of Eighteenth-Century Current Bibliography.
She is also the treasurer of the Coalition of Women in German, a professional organization and network supporting feminist research and teaching in German Studies.
Courses recently taught by Professor Maierhofer include:
Fantastic and Supernatural in German Fiction (GenEd Arts, in English)
Pact with the Devil (GenEd Arts, in English)
Beautiful Souls and Scandalous Writings (in German)
Literature in Film (in German)
German Cultural History (in German)
Tyrants and Terror (in German)
Witch Trials: Fact and Fiction (in German)
Introduction to German Literature
Honors Seminar in the Humanities