Ann Marie Rasmussen

Ann Marie Rasmussen

Professor Emerita of Germanic Languages and Literature

External address: 
116C Old Chemistry, German Department, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90256, German Department, Durham, NC 27708-0256
Phone: 
(919) 660-3160

Overview

joined the University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada) on January 1, 2015 as the John G. Diefenbaker Memorial Chair in German Literary Studies after having been a faculty member in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literature at Duke University in North Carolina for twenty-five years. I received my BA from the University of Oregon and PhD from Yale  University, both in the field of Germanic Languages and Literatures. Areas of expertise are medieval studies, German studies, and gender studies; author of Mothers and Daughter in Medieval German Literature (1997); and coeditor of Medieval Woman’s Song (with Anne Klinck, 2002); Ladies, Whores, and Holy Women: A Sourcebook in Courtly, Religious, and Urban Cultures of Late Medieval Germany, with Introductory Essays (with Sarah Westphal-Wihl, 2010), and Visuality and Materiality in the Story of Tristan and Isolde (with Jutta Eming and Kathryn Starkey, 2012), as well as numerous essays and forthcoming monograph on medieval badges. My research treats medieval literature and culture from the twelfth century to the Reformation. In my publications I combine gender studies with a variety of other approaches, including manuscript studies, the anthropology of gift-giving, visuality studies, and, most recently, material culture. 

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Yale University 1985

  • B.A., University of Oregon 1976

Selected Grants

Bridging Past and Present in German Studies: Two Workshops with Professor James A. Schultz (German, UCLA) awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2012

Materiality and Visuality in the Story of Tristan and Isolde awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2006 to 2007

Fragmentation and Difference: New Readings of Gottfried von Strassburg's Tristan und Isolde awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2005

International, Interdisciplinary Conference: Beginnings and Endings of Modernity in German-Speaking Lands awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2003 to 2004

Lecture series entitled, Gender and belief in early modern Europe: Cross-Cultural perspectives awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2002 to 2003

Klinck, A. L., and A. M. Rasmussen. Medieval woman's song: Cross-cultural approaches. 2015, pp. 1–279.

Rasmussen, A., et al. Visuality and Materiality in the Story of Tristan and Isolde. Notre Dame Press, 2012.

Rasmussen, Ann Marie, and Sarah Westphal. Ladies, Whores, and Holy Women: A Reader in Gender and Class in Late Medieval German Texts. Medieval Institute of Western Michigan University, 2010.

Rasmussen, Ann Marie. Mothers and Daughters in Medieval German Literature. Syracuse University Press, 1997.

Rasmussen, A. “Reprint of: Moving Beyond Sexuality in Medieval Sexual Badges.” Nahrung, Notdurft, Obszönität, edited by A. Grafetstaetter, University of Bamberg Press, 2013.

Rasmussen, A. “Moving beyond Sexuality in Medieval Sexual Badges.” From Beasts to Souls: Gender and Embodiment in Medieval Europe, edited by E Jane Burns and Peggy McCracken, Notre Dame, IN: Univ. of Notre Dame Press, 2013, pp. 296–335.

Rasmussen, A. “Reading in Nuremberg’s Fifteenth-Century Carnival Plays.” Literary Studies and the Question of Reading, edited by Richard Benson et al., Camden House, 2012, pp. 106–29.

Rasmussen, A. “Problematizing Medieval Misogyny: Aristotle and Phyllis in the German Tradition.” Verstellung Und Betrug Im Mittelalter Und in Der Mittelalterlichen Literatur, edited by Mathias Meyer et al., 2012.

Rasmussen, A. “Wanderlust: Gift Exchange, Sex, And The Meanings Of Mobility.” ’Liebe Schenken‘: Liebesgaben in Der Literatur Des Mittelalters Und Der Frühen Neuzeit, edited by Margreth Egidi et al., Berlin: Erich Schmidt Verlag, 2012, pp. 219–29.

Rasmussen, A. M. “Das Liederbuch der Klara Hätzlerin.” Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages, edited by Robert Bjork, 2010.

Rasmussen, A. M. “Mai und Beaflor.” Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages, edited by Robert Bjork, 2010.

Rasmussen, A. M. “Die Minneburg.” Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages, edited by Robert Bjork, 2010.

Rasmussen, A. M. “Der Winsbecke.” Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages, edited by Robert Bjork, 2010.

Rasmussen, A. M. “"Konrad von Ammenhausen".” Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages, 2010.

Pages

Rasmussen, Ann Marie. “Jens Haustein and Franz Körndle, eds., Die “Jenaer Liederhandschrift”: Codex—Geschichte—Umfeld. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2010. Pp. x, 287. $196. ISBN: 9783110218961..” Speculum, vol. 88, no. 2, University of Chicago Press, Apr. 2013, pp. 521–23. Crossref, doi:10.1017/s0038713413001474. Full Text

Madden, H., and A. M. Rasmussen. “Hiding in plain sight : Print literary histories in the digital age.” College and Research Libraries News, vol. 74, no. 3, Jan. 2013, pp. 140–43. Scopus, doi:10.5860/crln.74.3.8916. Full Text

Rasmussen, A., and H. Madden. “Hiding in Plain Sight.” College and Research Library News, 2013.

Classen, A., et al. “The role of translation in German studies: With a medieval perspective.” German Quarterly, vol. 82, no. 1, Dec. 2009, pp. 1–4. Scopus, doi:10.1111/j.1756-1183.2009.00035.x. Full Text

Rasmussen, Ann Marie. “Trauer und Identität: Inszenierungen von Emotionen in der deutschen Literatur des Mittelalters. Elke Koch.” Speculum, vol. 84, no. 2, University of Chicago Press, Apr. 2009, pp. 462–64. Crossref, doi:10.1017/s0038713400018510. Full Text

Rasmussen, A. M. Wandering Genitalia: Sexuality and the Body in German Culture between the Late Middle Ages and Early Modernity. Edited by King S College London Medieval Series, Centre for Late Antique and Medieval Studies, King’s College London, 2009.

Rasmussen, A. “Falsche Freunde.” Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 2009, pp. N5–N5.

Pages

Rasmussen, A. “Female Archetypes in Game of Thrones.” Huffington Post, Sept. 2012.