New Faculty 2020


Catriona MacLeod

The Frank Curtis Springer and Gertrude Melcher Springer Professor
Department of Germanic Studies and the College

Catriona MacLeod works in the area of German 18th- and 19th-century literature, aesthetics, and visual arts. Her recent publications have focused on relationships between different media, including narrative theory and ekphrasis (verbal descriptions of art); objects and stuff; “minor” and “miniature” genres; and the presence of sculpture in literature and film. Much of her recent work has been devoted to word and image studies and to material culture in the context of German Classicism and Romanticism.

She is the author of Embodying Ambiguity: Androgyny and Aesthetics from Winckelmann to Keller (Wayne State University Press, 1998). Her latest book, Fugitive Objects: Literature and Sculpture in the German Nineteenth Century (Northwestern University Press, 2013), was awarded the Jean-Pierre Barricelli Prize for best book in Romanticism studies. MacLeod is senior editor of the journal Word & Image and president of the Goethe Society of North America. She was also past secretary of the International Association of Word and Image Studies.

MacLeod earned her PhD in Germanic languages and literatures at Harvard University and an MA in French and German at the University of Glasgow. She comes to the University of Chicago from the University of Pennsylvania, where she received the Ira H. Abrams Memorial Award for Distinguished Teaching. 

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