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Dr. Catherine Grimm


  • Ph.D., German Literature and Critical Thought, Northwestern University, 1998
  • Dissertation: Der Mensch -- Metapher: Temporality, Identity, and the Concept of Language in the Works of Friedrich von Hardenberg (Novalis). (1998) Committee: Géza von Molnár and Peter Fenves (chairs), Helmut Müller-Sievers
  • M.A. Comparative Literature, University of Massachusetts, 1992
  • B.A.-equivalent- English, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1988
  • Three years of undergraduate study at the Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Universität, Frankfurt, Germany 1984-1987


  • Honors Program. Honors section of GER231 - Folk and Literary Fairy Tales


  • AATG (American Association of the Teachers of German)


  • Faculty Development Grant, Albion College (Spring 2006). Received funding to participate in a German Script workshop at the Moravian Archives in Bethlehem, PA. (June 2006)
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) travel grant. Received funding ($6,165.60) that subsidized taking Albion College students to Berlin and Dresden, Spring Break, 2004. (December 2003)
  • Wabash College Faculty Development Award. Received funding to attend and present research at the “Women who Dared” Conference at Mt. Holyoke College (June 2001)
  • Quadrille Ball Scholarship for Graduate Study in the U.S. ($2000). Awarded by the Quadrille Ball Committee of the Germanistic Society of America in association with the Institute of International Education to German nationals in American Ph.D. programs (1993-1994)
  • German Academic Exchange Service Full Scholarship (DAAD) for one year of non-degree study at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA (1987-1988).


  • German Romanticism
  • 19th century German literature and culture
  • German film
  • German women’s writing
  • European Fairy Tales
  • European Romanticism
  • American Transcendentalism


  • Genealogy
  • Fitness/Exercise
  • Cats
  • TV & Film
  • Reading (including on the web, i.e. blogs & online articles)


  • “‘Die Seele sehnte sich hinaus in den Schnee’: The Meaning and Function of Outside Space in Bettine von Arnim’s Die Günderode,” The Sophie Journal: Articles and Resources about German-Speaking Women. ( Volume 1, 2008. (19 pages)
  • “‘Wie ist Natur so hold und gut, die mich am Busen hält’: Nature Philosophy and Feminine Subjectivity in the Epistolary Memoirs of Bettine von Arnim,” Schwellenüberschreitungen. Politik in der Literatur von Frauen, 1780-1918. Ed. Elisa Müller-Adams, Caroline Bland. Bielefeld: Aisthesis Verlag, 2007 151-168.
  • "Die Christenheit oder Europa"  ( 12 Mar. 2007. The Literary Dictionary Company. 13 March 2007.
  • “On Good Behavior: The Reciprocal Relationship of the Monarchy to the Self-Representation of the Subject in Friedrich von Hardenberg’s Glauben und Liebe,” Die Goethezeit: Werke -Wirkung - Wechselbeziehungen. Festschrift für Wilfried Malsch. Göttingen: Verlag von Schwerin, 2001: 174-201.
  • Eleven book reviews published in various academic journals.


  • “A Revealing Subject: Eccentric Self-Representation in Bettine von Arnim’s Epistolary Memoirs”, Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, November 6-7, 2009.
  • “‘Wie ist Natur so hold und gut, die mich am Busen hält’: Nature Philosophy and Feminine Subjectivity in the Letter-Novels of Bettine von Arnim,” Crossing the Boundaries: Writing by German-speaking Women 1780-1918, Sheffield, UK, April 2006.
  • “Entzweiung mit sich selber: Madness and Creativity in Bettine von Arnim’s Die Günderode,” German Studies Association Conference, Milwaukee, September, 2005
  • "Growing Pains: The Evolution of the Historical Subject in Novalis’ Christianity or Europe.” Literature and Philosophy after Kant Conference, June 2004.
  • “Nature as (anti)-Nation: The Construction of Autonomous Space in Bettine von Arnim’s Early Works,” ‘Woman and the Nation’: 18th &19th Century German Women Writers: The University of Notre Dame, May 2004.
  • “Nature as the Mirror of Spirit: Images of Self and Other in Bettina von Arnim’s Goethes Briefwechsel mit einem Kinde,” Women who dared Conference: German Women Writers of the 18th and 19th Centuries, Mt Holyoke College, June 2001.
  • “What’s love got to do with it? Exploring Feminine Subjectivity in Bettina von Arnim’s Goethe Correspondence with a Child,” Wabash Humanities Colloquium, Wabash College, October 1999.


  • German
  • English
  • French (working knowledge)