Holly A. Yanacek

Herzlich willkommen! I am an Assistant Professor of German at James Madison University. Before coming to JMU, I taught at the University of Pittsburgh, where I completed my Ph.D. in German studies and a doctoral-level certificate in cultural studies.


My scholarly training and research and teaching interests span German literary and cultural history from the Enlightenment to the present. A major emphasis of my research is on emotion studies because researching emotions has opened new avenues of investigation into questions of the individual, the social, and the relationship between individuals and society since the recent ‘affective turn.’ My first monograph, in progress, analyzes emotion in fin-de-siècle German novels by Thomas Mann, Lou Andreas-Salomé, and Theodor Fontane. 


Thanks to the support of a Fulbright Fellowship from the German-American Fulbright Commission, I spent the 2014-2015 academic year in Germany at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Freie Universität Berlin. I have also received generous support for my research from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Historical Institute (GHI).


I am a member of the Keywords Project, a collaborative research initiative sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh and Jesus College, University of Cambridge. Our book, Keywords for Today: A 21st Century Vocabulary, was published by Oxford University Press in October 2018.

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