Holly Yanacek


Assistant Professor, German
Contact Info
Website: https://www.hollyyanacek.com/


Keezell B13


Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh (German Studies; PhD Certificate in Cultural Studies)
M.A. University of Pittsburgh (German Studies)
B.A. Heidelberg University (German)


GER 307: History of German Culture and Society
GER 341: Translation Competencies
GER 375: Business and Society in Germany
GER 386: German Short Stories
GER 415: German Romanticism and Realism
GER 421: German Drama Workshop
GER 425: Modern German Literature
GER 446: Special Topics in German Literature
GER 461: Contemporary German Literature
GER 490: Special Studies in German
HUM 200: Great Works of Literature (Humans, Animals, Machines)

Research and Teaching Interests

19th- and 20th-Century German Literature, History of Emotions, Moral Philosophy, Narrative Theory, Animal Studies, Human/Non-Human Studies, Foreign Language Drama Pedagogy, Cultural Studies, Historical Semantics.


Book (Co-Editor)

Keywords for Today: A 21st Century Vocabulary. The Keywords Project. Ed. Colin MacCabe and Holly Yanacek. Oxford University Press, October 2018.

Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Articles

Arac, Jonathan, and Holly Yanacek. “Keywords, Structures of Feeling, and the Novel.” Forthcoming in “Virtual Archives” feature in NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction 54.1 (Spring 2021).

Yanacek, Holly A. “Mobilising Disgust and Compassion: Elpis Melena's Gemma; oder, Tugend und Laster (1877) and the Anti-Vivisection Movement.” German Life and Letters 73.4 (October 2020): 564-580. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/glal.12282 

Yanacek, Holly A. “Fighting Fascism through Theater: Defining a Socialist Humanist Aesthetic in Willi Bredel’s Die Enkel (1953).” Monatshefte 112.1 (Spring 2020): 20-37. http://mon.uwpress.org/content/112/1/20.short 

Yanacek, Holly A. “Nasty Women: Female Anger as Moral Judgment in Fontane’s Grete Minde and Effi Briest.” In Fontane in the Twenty-First Century. Eds. John B. Lyon and Brian Tucker. 31-47. Camden House, April 2019. https://boydellandbrewer.com/fontane-in-the-twenty-first-century.html 

Yanacek, Holly A. “Investigating the Unexplained: Paranormal Belief and Perception in Kleist’s ‘Die heilige Cäcilie’ and ‘Das Bettelweib von Locarno.’” Colloquia Germanica 45.2 (2012): 163-178. Published in August 2015.


“The Symbol.” English translation of Friedrich Theodor Vischer’s philosophical treatise “Das Symbol”(1887). Art in Translation 7.4 (February 2016): 417-448. Published by Routledge/Taylor & Francis Online. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17561310.2015.1107314 

Manuscripts under Review

Feeling beyond the Human: Animals, AI, and Machines in Modern German Cultural History. Eds. Erika Quinn and Holly Yanacek.

Yanacek, Holly. “Benevolent Bots: Human-Robot Friendship and Empathy in German Children's Literature.”

Manuscripts in Progress

Rethinking Feeling: Nietzsche, Emotion, and fin-de-siècle German Literature (book project)

“New Robotic Technologies and the Reshaping of Emotional Landscapes in Marc-Uwe Kling’s QualityLand (2017)”

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