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Andrea Meyertholen

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures - Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures
Assistant Professor
Primary office:
785-864-9181
Wescoe Hall
Room 2088
University of Kansas
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Lawrence, Kansas 66045


Andrea Meyertholen received her Ph.D. in Modern German Literature and Culture from Indiana University in 2014. Her interests connect post-1750 German literature and culture with art history and museum studies, and focus on painting in German-speaking Europe as represented through and in relation to different media. Bringing this fascination with modes of representation into the classroom, she engages art, film, and other visual media as a means to energize and enhance language learning.

Andrea has taught language and literature courses at all undergraduate levels, including for overseas study programs in both Germany and Austria. She has also studied at universities in Berlin and Würzburg, and worked in Munich. Her publications have featured Heinrich von Kleist, Caspar David Friedrich, and the Altes Museum in Berlin, while her presentation topics include Goethe’s cloud poetry, Expressionist painting and the modern zoo, and the use of social media platforms for introducing classic texts to contemporary students.

Education

Ph.D., Modern German Literature and Culture, Indiana University

M.A., German Literature and Culture, Indiana University

B.A., German Language, University of Texas at Austin

B.A., Linguistics, University of Texas at Austin

Research Interests

  • German and European visual culture and literature since 1700
  • Intermedial encounters of literature and art
  • Representation and narrative in museums, monuments, and tourist spaces
  • Discourses of pathology, gender, and the body from Romanticism to the Weimar Republic

Selected Publications

Meyertholen, A. (2016). It's Not Easy Being Green: The Failure of Abstract Art in Gottfried Keller's 'Der grüne Heinrich'. German Studies Review, 39.2, 241-258.

Meyertholen, A. (2013). Apocalypse Now: On Heinrich von Kleist, Caspar David Friedrich, and the Emergence of Abstract Art. German Quarterly,(86.4), 404-419.

Selected Presentations

Meyertholen, A. . (11/16/2018 - 11/18/2018). "Nur ein kleines Mädchen…": Exploring Gender, Class, and Cultural Difference through Three Cinderella Stories. Presentation, AATG/ACTFL Convention and World Languages Expo. New Orleans, LA

Meyertholen, A. . (04/12/2018 - 04/15/2018). Freundschaft, Motivationstraining und Märchen: Learning by Living Life in the DDR.” . Roundtable: Innovative Instruction: Quick Tricks of the German Pedagogical Trade. Pittsburgh, PA

Meyertholen, A. . (03/22/2018 - 03/25/2018). Polarity, Empiricism, and Abstraction: Goethe and the Emergence of Abstract Art. Presentation, ASECS Annual Meeting. Orlando, FL

Meyertholen, A. . (03/23/2017 - 03/26/2017). A Grim(m) State of Affairs: Learning to Write in German and Writing to Learn about Fairy Tales. Roundtable: Writing Beyond the Language Requirement, NeMLA. Baltimore, MD

Meyertholen, A. . (11/18/2016 - 11/20/2016). It’s Debatable: Making Literature Relevant to Students in Bridge-Level Courses. Presentation, AATG/ACTFL Convention and World Languages Expo. Boston, MA

Meyertholen, A. . (10/01/2015 - 10/04/2015). Beyond the Pages of Pergamon: Effecting Real Resistance through Affective Ideals in 'Die Ӓsthetik des Widerstands'. Presentation, GSA. Washington DC

Meyertholen, A. . (09/18/2014 - 09/21/2014). Between Resistance and Appropriation: Claiming the Commons for Proletariat Aesthetic Education in 'Die Ӓsthetik des Widerstands'. Presentation, GSA. Kansas City, MO

Meyertholen, A. . (04/03/2014 - 04/06/2014). The Art of the Book: Critiquing and Creating the "Fine Art" of Cover Design. Presentation, NeMLA. Harrisburg, PA

Meyertholen, A. . (10/17/2013 - 10/19/2013). Classic Texts, Contemporary Students: How I Friended Kafka on Facebook. Presentation, Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association (IFLTA). Indianapolis, IN

Meyertholen, A. . (10/03/2013 - 10/06/2013). The Urban Beast: Primitive Spectatorship in the Art of August Macke. Presentation, GSA. Denver, CO

Andrea Meyertholen received her Ph.D. in Modern German Literature and Culture from Indiana University in 2014. Her interests connect post-1750 German literature and culture with art history and museum studies, and focus on painting in German-speaking Europe as represented through and in relation to different media. Bringing this fascination with modes of representation into the classroom, she engages art, film, and other visual media as a means to energize and enhance language learning.

Andrea has taught language and literature courses at all undergraduate levels, including for overseas study programs in both Germany and Austria. She has also studied at universities in Berlin and Würzburg, and worked in Munich. Her publications have featured Heinrich von Kleist, Caspar David Friedrich, and the Altes Museum in Berlin, while her presentation topics include Goethe’s cloud poetry, Expressionist painting and the modern zoo, and the use of social media platforms for introducing classic texts to contemporary students.  


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