Renata Schellenberg

Associate Professor, German; Program Advisor, German Studies

Renata Schellenberg

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I am an Associate Professor of German and Program Advisor for the German Studies Program here at Mount Allison. I have been at Mount A since 2004 and since that time I have taught language, literature and culture courses in our program, as well as managing the various exchange and work opportunities that exist to Germany. Our program is small but busy!

My area of expertise is eighteenth-century German literature and culture and I have published on such key authors as Goethe, Herder and Alexander von Humboldt as well as on topics pertaining to scientific literacy and material and print culture of the epoch. I love German literary culture and am thrilled to be able to share this affinity with my students. I even get them to read (and hopefully like) Goethe. No small feat.

In 2015 I received two research fellowships in Germany. In May I had a Residenzstipendium at the Klassik Stiftung Weimar ( where I worked on Goethe’s collecting practices. In June I was in Halle at the Interdisciplinary Centre for European Enlightenment Studies (IZEA; where I conducted research on economic exchanges and market literacy in eighteenth-century Germany. Both of these research opportunities provided me with valuable materials for my own research, but they also gave me some new ideas for our German curriculum here at Mount Allison! 

I am currently completing a monograph on museum culture in Germanophone Europe in the eighteenth century, while also developing some additional projects that investigate the role and responsibility of commemorative museums in modern twentieth-century society. Parts of this research have been generously supported by a 2015 SSHRC Insight Development Grant.




Research interests

Age of Goethe; Post-Enlightenment German Literature; Museum and Collection Studies; Memory Studies; Turn of the Century Vienna



 Commemorating Conflict: Models of Remembrance in Postwar Croatia. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2016.


 Published Peer-Reviewed Articles and Chapters in Books

"Aesthetic and Commercial Influences on Travel in Early Nineteenth-Century Germany," Travel Writing in Dutch and German, 1790-1930. Modernity, Regionality, Mobility. Eds. Alison E. Martin, Lut Missinne and Beatrix van Dam. New York: Routledge, 2017. 198-213.

 "Politics and Remembrance in post-war Vukovar,” Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies 17.1 (2015): 15-28.

“Moving towards the Museum in Eighteenth-Century Germany,” Material Culture Review (2012): 47-52.

“The Self and Other Things: Goethe the Collector,” English Goethe Society (2012): 166-177.

“Print and Preserve: Periodicals in Late Eighteenth-Century Germany,” Re-Writing the Radical: Enlightenment, Revolution and Cultural Transfer in 1790s Germany, Britain and France. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2012. 88-102.

“The Impact of Ossian: Herder’s Literary Legacy,” The Voice of the People: Writing the European Folk Revival. Eds. Mathew Campbell and Michael Perraudin. London: Anthem, 2012. 9-20.

“Scientific Literacy in Eighteenth -Century Germany,” Languages of Science in the Eighteenth Century. Ed. Britt-Louise Gunnarson. Berlin:  de Gruyter, 2011. 91-107.

“Goethe’s Opposition to Scientific Convention,” Literature’s Reflections on Science, ed. Cedric Barfoot. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2011.133-151.

“The Incommensurability of Nature and Beauty of Thought: Goethe’s Scientific Method,” The Journal of Science in Society 1.2 (2009): 45-58.  

“The Fantasy of America as an Idea of Europe in the 18th Century,” The Idea of Europe in the 18th Century. Ed. Lara Piccardo. Paris: Champion, 2009. 129-141.

“Collecting and Recollecting: Creating a Museum Culture in Eighteenth-Century Germany,” The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum 1 (2008): 91-96.

“Words and Images, Texts and Pictures,” Word and Image in the Long Eighteenth Century: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholar Press, 2008. 360-363.

“Viewing the New World Through Nature,” Special Issue: The Global Eighteenth Century, ed. Vlatka Velcic. Genre 26 (2006): 31-49.

“The Genesis of Wilhelm Meisters Wanderjahre (1821),” New German Review 17 (2002): 47- 63.            

 “Subversive Satire: The Glasgow Verses,” Maruliana 9 (2002): 371-76.


 Edited Volumes   

Editor (with Christina Ionescu). Word and Image in the Long Eighteenth Century: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008.


Forthcoming Publications Accepted for Publication

“Knowing the Object: Collecting in Eighteenth-Century Germany,” Proceedings from the Conference Leisure and the Making of Knowledge in 18th Century Europe, eds. Anja Hill-Zenk and Felix Sprang, London: Routledge, 2013. 18 pages.

“Goethe and Die Neue Melusine,” Melusine’s Footprint: Tracing the Legacy of a Medieval Myth, eds. Deva Kemmis, Misty Urban and Melissa Ridley Elmes. Leiden: Brill, 2016. 17 pages.