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Faculty Fellow

Catriona MacLeod

Frank Curtis Springer and Gertrude Melcher Springer Professor in the College and the Department of Germanic Studies University of Chicago


Catriona MacLeod

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Catriona MacLeod works in the area of German eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature, aesthetics, and the visual arts. Her recent publications have focused on various aspects of intermediality, including narrative theory, ekphrasis, and description; 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 material culture in the context of German Classicism and Romanticism. MacLeod is now working on a new book project, Romantic Scraps: Cutouts, Collages, and Inkblots, which explores how Romantic authors and visual artists cut, glue, stain, and recycle paper; generating paper cuts, collages, and ink blot poems in profusion, and even combining them in what are for their time striking new hybrid forms such as the picture books of fairy-tale author Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) and medical doctor and poet Justinus Kerner (1786-1862). The book has been supported by a fellowship in 2018 from the ACLS.

Her most recent book, Fugitive Objects: Literature and Sculpture in the German Nineteenth Century, appeared in 2014 with Northwestern University Press and was awarded the Jean-Pierre Barricelli Prize for best book in Romanticism Studies.

For more details on her research and publications, please visit her profile page at the University of Chicago.