Dr. Catherine Grimm

Dr. Catherine Grimm

Assistant Teaching Lecturer of German

Chief Departmental Advisor for German
German Language Table Advisor
German Club Advisor
German Facebook Page Administrator

Irvin Hall 144
(513) 529-2585


Spring '22 (202220)

Mondays: 11:30am-12:30pm
Wednesdays: 11:30am-12:30pm
Fridays: 11:30am-12:30pm
And by appointment.
Email for appointment if virtual meeting needed.
Virtual meetings held via Zoom



1998 - Ph.D. - Northwestern University, German Literature and Critical Thought
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

1992 - M.A. - University of Massachusetts, Comparative Literature

1988 - B.A. - University of Massachusetts, Amherst, English

1984-1987 - Three years of undergraduate study at the Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Universität, Frankfurt, Germany


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


  • GER 111: Review of Basic German
  • GER 321: Folk and Literary Fairy Tales
  • GER 301: German Language Through the Media


  • 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)
  • German Academic Exchange Service Full Scholarship (DAAD) for one year of non-degree study at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA (1987-1988).


  • 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)
  • 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)



  • “‘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. (http://sophie.byu.edu/sites/default/files/editor_uploadsfile/catherine_grimm_seele.pdf) 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"  (www.litencyc.com) 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.


  • “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.


  • AATG (American Association of the Teachers of German)


  • German (native)
  • English (near native)
  • French (working knowledge)