Professor Mara R Wade Dr

Biography

Mara Wade has been awarded a Getty Residential Scholar Grant for Fall semester 2018 at the Getty Research Institute for her new project “The Politics of Culture: Public Monuments in the Free Imperial City, Nürnberg 1521-1620.” Every year since 1985 the Research Institute has welcomed scholars, artists, and other cultural figures from around the world to work in residence at the Institute on projects that bear upon its annual research theme. While in residence, they pursue their own research projects, make use of Getty collections, and participate in the intellectual life of the Getty Center and the Getty Villa. The Fall term of the 2018-2019 Scholar Year is devoted to the theme of “Monumentality.”

The Newberry Library, Chicago, has awarded Mara R. Wade a long-termfellowship for 2016-2017 to research the new monograph "Early Modern IntellectualNetworks: Emblems as Open Sources,” a social history of the emblem.

She is the 2016 recipient of the Patricia Labalme Grant from the RenaissanceSociety of America for research at the Centro Vittore Branca at Fondazione GiorgioCini, Venice, Italy. Her research there focuses on “Emblems and the Self” andportraits of Hapsburg ambassadors to the Ottoman empire.

DAAD (the German Academic Exchange Service) has awarded Mara R. Wade a summer 2016 fellowship for research at the Herzog August Bibliothek on emblems and court festivals.

She has been for over a decade the principle investigator (PI) for EmblematicaOnline, an NEH funded multi-year, international digital humanities research project.

Most recently she has published Gender Matters (2014);  The Palatine Wedding of 1613. Context, Celebration and Consequence of An Anglo-German Alliance. WolfenbüttelerAbhandlungen zur Renaissanceforschung (with Sara Smart, Exeter University, 2013), which earned the Weiss/Brown award in Renaissance Studies, Newberry Library,Chicago; and Emblem Digitization: Conducting Digital Research with Renaissance Texts and Images 2012 (= Early Modern Literary Studies,Special Issue 20).

Mara Wade is the managing editor of the peer-reviewed scholarly journal Emblematica.

In addition to the multi-year NEH funding for Humanities Collections and Reference Resources for Emblematica Online, other recent individual grants include a research visitsupported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2015), a faculty fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2014-2015), NEH/DFG Bilateral Digital Humanities Grant (2009-2013), and being named a “Senior Fellow des Landes Niedersachsens” at the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel (2012-2013).

Professor Wade’s research has a strong focus on digital humanities, and theinternational research group associated with Emblematica Online has published widely about their research. She also fosters the research of younger scholars, including recent PhDs, graduate students, and undergraduate students. Her grants have supported many graduate students in German and Library Science. Her assistants have all enjoyed their first publications with her mentoring, while the Emblem Scholars provide research opportunities for undergraduate students.  

Her new book project is Open Sources: Emblems and Early Modern Intellectual Networks. In digital terms, the “open source” model generates collaborative communities based on the modification, extension, and wide distribution of a source code along diverse paths of communication. These aspects of “open source” also describe the dynamics of the early modern emblem, a combination of texts and pictures that were continuously modified, repurposed, and reassembled to produce new meaning for new audiences. In Open Sources: Emblems and Early Modern Intellectual Networks, I advance an entirely new argument about the role of emblems in both producing and connecting networks of learning and friendship.

Professor Wade reviews grants for the National Endowment for the Humanities (Bilateral Digital Humanities Program), American Council of Learned Societies, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, European Science Foundation, Austrian Science Fund, and the Herzog August Bibliothek. She has served her disciplines in a number of capacities, including leadership roles in the Modern Language Association, the Renaissance Society of America, and the Society for German Renaissance and Baroque Literature. She served as Chair of the International Society for Emblem Studies from 2008-2014. By appointment of the State of Lower Saxony, she serves as member of the academic advisory council (akademischer Beirat) of the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel(2014-2019).

Her teaching ranges from early modern German literature and book history to cinema studies, Jewish studies, and gender studies. She teaches regularly an undergraduate seminar, “Books Matter, Book Matters,” for the Campus Honors Program at the University of Illinois. She is strongly committed to study abroad and the teaching of German. To these ends she regularly works with international organizations and institutions as well as the Austria Illinois Exchange Program to promote academic exchange. She currently serves on board of the American Friends of the Herzog August Bibliothek and she is the library’s representative to the Renaissance Society of America.

Research Interests

  • Early modern German and Scandinavian literature & culture, Emblems, Court Studies, Gender Studies
  • Early Modern Studies

Research Description

Her new book project is Open Sources: Emblems and Early Modern Intellectual Networks. In digital terms, the “open source” model generates collaborative communities based on the modification, extension, and wide distribution of a source code along diverse paths of communication. These aspects of “open source” also describe the dynamics of the early modern emblem, a combination of texts and pictures that were continuously modified, repurposed, and reassembled to produce new meaning for new audiences. In Open Sources: Emblems and Early Modern Intellectual Networks, I advance an entirely new argument about the role of emblems in both producing and connecting networks of learning and friendship.

Most recently she has published Gender Matters (2014); with Sara Smart (Exeter University) The Palatine Wedding of 1613. Context, Celebration and Consequence of An Anglo-German Alliance. Wolfenbütteler Abhandlungen zur Renaissanceforschung (2013), which earned the Weiss/Brown award in Renaissance Studies, Newberry Library, Chicago; and Emblem Digitization: Conducting Digital Research with Renaissance Texts and Images 2012 (= Early Modern Literary Studies, Special Issue 20).

Professor Wade’s research has a strong focus on digital humanities, and the international research group associated with Emblematica Online has published widely about their research. She also fosters the research of younger scholars, including recent PhDs, graduate students, and undergraduate students. Her grants have supported many graduate students in German and Library Science. Her assistants have all enjoyed their first publications with her mentoring, while the Emblem Scholars provide research opportunities for undergraduate students. 

Education

  • PhD University of Michigan

Distinctions / Awards

Courses

  • Gender and Genre in the Works of Georg Philipp Harsdörffer
  • Campus Honors: Books Matter, Book Matters
  • Inroduction to Graduate Studies
  • Holocaust in Context
  • History of German Cinema
  • Introduction to Graduate Studies

Selected Publications

Websites

Encyclopedia Entries

Emblem Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics 2012.
Maskenaufzug Enzyklopaedie der Neuzeit 2010.

Book Contributions

Introduction Emblem Digitization: Conducting Digital Research with Renaissance Texts and Images edited by Mara Wade. Introduction Edited by Mara Wade, Early Modern Literary Studies Special Issue 2012.
Showcasing Digital Resources: Emblems and Renaissance Festival Books Emblem Digitization: Conducting Digital Research with Renaissance Texts and Images edited by Mara Wade. Showcasing Digital Resources: Emblems and Renaissance Festival Books Edited by Mara Wade, Early Modern Literary Studies Special Issue 2012.
Emblem Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics Emblem Princeton Princeton UP 2012, p. 149-168.
Gender, Conviviality, and Publication History in Georg Philipp Harsdörffer’s Stamm- und Stechbüchlein (1654) Le livre demeure: Studies in Book History edited by Alison Adams, edited by Philip Ford. Gender, Conviviality, and Publication History in Georg Philipp Harsdörffer’s Stamm- und Stechbüchlein (1654) Edited by Alison Adams, Edited by Philip Ford, Cahiers d’Humanisme et Renaissance, Vol. 97. Geneva Droz 2011, p. 255-74.
Duke Ulrik (1578-1624) as Agent, Patron, Artist: The International Perspective c. 1600 Reframing the Danish Renaissance edited by Michael Andersen, edited by Birgitte Johannsen, edited by Hugo Johannsen. Duke Ulrik (1578-1624) as Agent, Patron, Artist: The International Perspective c. 1600 Edited by Michael Andersen, Edited by Birgitte Johannsen, Edited by Hugo Johannsen, Copenhagen National Museum 2011, p. 244-261.
Emblems in Context: From the Early Modern to the Post-Modern Transmigrations edited by Laurence Grove, edited by Alison Saunders. Emblems in Context: From the Early Modern to the Post-Modern Edited by Laurence Grove, Edited by Alison Saunders, Glasgow Emblem Studies, Vol. 14. Glasgow Glasgow Emblem Studies 2011, p. 1-30.
Die Pax Danica und die frühneuzeitliche Idee der klassischen Monarchie. Dänische Hoffeste und das Imperium maris Baltici Welche Antike? Konkurrierende Rezeptionen des Altertums im Barock edited by Ulrich Heinen, edited by Guillaume van Gemert, edited by Johann Steiger. Die Pax Danica und die frühneuzeitliche Idee der klassischen Monarchie. Dänische Hoffeste und das Imperium maris Baltici Edited by Ulrich Heinen, Edited by Guillaume van Gemert, Edited by Johann Steiger, Wolfenbütteler Arbeiten zur Barockforschung, Vol. 39. Wiesbaden Harrassowitz 2011, p. 373-395.
Paper Monuments and the Creation of Memory: The Personal and Dynastic Mourning of Princess Magdalena Sybille of Saxony Enduring Loss, Studies in Central European Histories, 50 edited by Lynne Tatlock. Paper Monuments and the Creation of Memory: The Personal and Dynastic Mourning of Princess Magdalena Sybille of Saxony Edited by Lynne Tatlock, Leiden Brill 2010, p. 161-186.
Reading Rape: Gendered Discourses of Sexual Violence. Grimmelshausen and the Sack of Magdeburg Ethik - Geschlecht - Medizin. Körpergeschichten in politischer Reflexion. Internationale Frauen- und Genderforschung in Niedersachsen Reading Rape: Gendered Discourses of Sexual Violence. Grimmelshausen and the Sack of Magdeburg Münster LIT Verlag 2010, p. 17-39.
Magdalena Sibylle af Sachsen. 'Et Menneske … øvet i lykke og unlykke, glæåde og sorg' Tro, Styrke, Kærlighed edited by Claudia Brink, edited by Jutta Kappel, edited by Danish Ed. Jørgen Hein, edited by Peter Christiansen. Magdalena Sibylle af Sachsen. 'Et Menneske … øvet i lykke og unlykke, glæåde og sorg' Edited by Claudia Brink, Edited by Jutta Kappel, Edited by Danish Ed. Jørgen Hein, Edited by Peter Christiansen, Exhibition Catalogue, De Danske Kongers kronologiske Samling Rosenborg, Copenhagen Narayana Press 2010, p. 162-167.
Dansk-Sachsiske Hoffester efter Reformationen Tro, Styrke, Kærlighed edited by Jutta Kappel, edited by Claudia Brink., edited by Danish Ed. Jørgen Hein, edited by Peter Christiansen. Dansk-Sachsiske Hoffester efter Reformationen Edited by Jutta Kappel, Edited by Claudia Brink., Edited by Danish Ed. Jørgen Hein, Edited by Peter Christiansen, Exhibition Catalogue, De Danske Kongers kronologiske Samling Rosenborg. Copenhagen Narayana Press 2010, p. 65-71.
Prinzessin Magdalena Sibylle Mit Fortuna Übers Meer. Sachsen und Dänemark—Ehen und Allianzen im Spiegel der Kunst (1548-1709)Exhibition Catalogue, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden. edited by Jutta Kappel, edited by Claudia Brink. Prinzessin Magdalena Sibylle Edited by Jutta Kappel, Edited by Claudia Brink, Berlin Deutscher Kunstverlag 2009, p. 174-179.
Dänisch-sächsische Hoffesteder frühen Neuzeit Mit Fortuna Übers Meer. Sachsen und Dänemark—Ehen und Alliazen im Spiegel der Kunst (1548-1709), ed. Jutta Kappel and Claudia Brink. Exhibition Catalogue, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden. edited by Jutta Kappel, edited by Claudia Brink. Dänisch-sächsische Hoffesteder frühen Neuzeit Edited by Jutta Kappel, Edited by Claudia Brink, Berlin Deutscher Kunstverlag 2009, p. 63-69.
Mit Fortuna Ubers Meer Prinzessin Magdalena Sibylle Mit Fortuna Ubers Meer 2009.
Sebald Meinhard’s Liturgical Emblems in Danzig The Emblem in Scandinavia and the Baltic edited by Mara Wade, edited by Simon McKeown. Sebald Meinhard’s Liturgical Emblems in Danzig Edited by Mara Wade, Edited by Simon McKeown, Glasgow Glasgow Emblem Studies Vol. 11 2007, p. 205-230.
Dynasty at Work: Danish Cultural Exchange with England and Germany at the Time of the Palatine Wedding The Palatine Wedding of 1613, Context, Celebration and Consequence of An Anglo-German Alliance Dynasty at Work: Danish Cultural Exchange with England and Germany at the Time of the Palatine Wedding Wiesbaden Harrassowitz 2013.
Introduction The Palatine Wedding of 1613, Context, Celebration and Consequence of An Anglo-German Alliance Introduction Wiesbaden Harrassowitz 2013.
Princess Magdalena Sibylle (1617-1668) and Court Ballet in Denmark and Saxony Der Hof: Ort kulturellen Handelns von Frauen in der Frühen Neuzeit Princess Magdalena Sibylle (1617-1668) and Court Ballet in Denmark and Saxony Köln Bohlau 2013.
Introduction Gender Matters. Gender Matters: Discourses of Violence in Early Modern Literature and the Arts Introduction Amsterdam Rodopi 2013.
Princess Magdalena Sibylle (1617-1668) and Court Ballet in Denmark and Saxony Der Hof: Ort kulturellen Handelns von Frauen in der Frühen Neuzeit Princess Magdalena Sibylle (1617-1668) and Court Ballet in Denmark and Saxony Köln Bohlau 2013.

Edited Books

Emblem Digitization: Conducting Digital Research with Renaissance Texts and Images Early Modern Literary Studies, Special Issue 20 2012. Emblem Digitization.
Emblems in the Twenty-First Century: Materials and Media. (Part II) New York AMS (Emblematica, Vol. 16) 2008.
Emblems in the Twenty-First Century: Materials and Media. (Part I) New York AMS (Emblematica, Vol. 15) 2007.
McKewon, Simon, and Mara Wade The Emblem in Scandinavia and the Baltic (=Glasgow Emblem Studies, Vol. 11) Glasgow Glasgow Emblem Studies 2007.
Ober, Warren U, and Mara Wade Russian Translations from English and German Poetry (=Germano-Slavica, Vol. 15) Waterloo, Ontario University of Waterloo 2005.
Strasser, Gerhard F, and Mara Wade Die Domänen des Emblems: Außerliterarische Anwendungen der Emblematik. Wolfenbütteler Arbeiten zur Barockforschung, Vol. 39 Wiesbaden Harrassowitz 2004.
Digital Collections and the Management of Knowledge: Renaissance Emblem Literature as a Case Study for the Digitization of Rare Texts and Images Salzburg DigiCULT 2004. http://www.digicult.info/downloads/dc_emblemsbook_highres.pdf.
Ehrstine, Glenn, and Mara Wade Foreign Encounters in German Literature Before 1700 (=double volume, Daphnis 33) Amsterdam Rodopi 2004.
Pomp. Power and Politics: Essays Commemorating the 400th Anniversary of the Coronation of King Christian IV of Denmark (1596) Amsterdam Rodopi (=double volume, Daphnis 32) 2003.
Neue Geistliche Schauspiele (Facsimile reprint of 1670 edition, selected and introduced by Mara R. Wade) Stuttgart Hiersemann 2002.
Gender Matters: Discourses of Violence in Early Modern Literature and the Arts Amsterdam Rodopi 2013.
The Palatine Wedding of 1613: Protestant Alliance and Court Festival. Wiesbaden Harrassowitz 2013.

Journal Articles

Strategien des Kulturtransfers im Pegnesischen Blumenorden und ihre Bedeutung für die Öffnung der Gendergrenzen für schreibende Frauen der Frühen Neuzeit Daphnis 40 2012, p. 1-43.
The Fruchtbringende Gesellschaft at Skokloster Wolfenbütteler Barock-Nachrichten 38 2 2012, p. 149-168.

Books

Triumphus Nuptialis Danicus: German Court Culture and Denmark. The Great Wedding of 1634. (Wolfenbütteler Arbeiten zur Barockforschung Vol. 27.) Wiesbaden Harrassowitz 1996.
The German Baroque Pastoral Singspiel, Berner Beiträge zur Barockgermanistik Vol. 7 edited by Blake Spahr. Edited by Blake Spahr, Bern Lang 1990.