HOLLY YANACEK PHD
Associate Professor of German
James Madison University
Herzlich willkommen! I am an Associate 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. At JMU I teach German literature, history, and translation courses, as well as comparative literature courses for JMU’s General Education program.
My scholarly training and research and teaching interests span German literary and cultural history from the Enlightenment to the present. Currently, my research focuses on emotion, morality, narration, and the non-human in 19th- to 21st-century German literature and culture. I am completing a monograph on the representation of emotion in fin-de-siècle German novels. Animals, Machines, and AI: On Human and Non-Human Emotions in Modern German Cultural History, a volume that I co-edited with Erika Quinn, was published by DeGruyter in November 2021.
Grants from Fulbright, the German Historical Institute (GHI), and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) supported my previous research abroad. I spent two year-long research/study trips in Germany at Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg and at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development (MPIB) and Freie Universität Berlin.
Since 2013 I have been 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.
Book Trailer: Animals, Machines, and AI: On Human and Non-Human Emotions in Modern German Cultural History (DeGruyter, 2021)
KEYWORDS FOR TODAY: A 21ST CENTURY VOCABULARY. THE KEYWORDS PROJECT. EDS. COLIN MACCABE AND HOLLY YANACEK
New York: Oxford University Press, 2018
ANIMALS, MACHINES, AND AI: ON HUMAN AND NON-HUMAN EMOTIONS IN MODERN GERMAN CULTURAL HISTORY. EDS. ERIKA QUINN AND HOLLY YANACEK
Berlin: DeGruyter, November 2021
Recent Research and Articles
"KEYWORDS, STRUCTURES OF FEELING, AND THE NOVEL"
JONATHAN ARAC AND HOLLY YANACEK
Novel: A Forum on Fiction 54.1 (Spring 2021)
"MOBILISING DISGUST AND COMPASSION: ELPIS MELENA'S GEMMA; ODER TUGEND UND LASTER (1877) AND THE ANTI-VIVISECTION MOVEMENT"
German Life and Letters 73.4 (October 2020): 564-580.
In Fontane in the Twenty-First Century, eds. John B. Lyon and Brian Tucker (Camden House, 2019)
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Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA