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Gerhild Scholz Williams is the Barbara Schaps Thomas and David M. Thomas Professor in the Humanities in Arts and Sciences, Vice Provost, and Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. She received her PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of Washington.
Gerhild Williams has published widely on German and French literature and culture from the Middle Ages to the Early Modern Period (1100-1700) specializing more recently in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. She has been working in translation theory and practice, the early modern witch phenomenon, the early modern Volksbuch, and the development of the novel. She has explored the impact and influence of newspapers and other early modern media on the production of novels. Some of her recent publications include books, edited and co-edited volumes, translations, and articles on the Prosaromane of Fortunatus, Melusine, Dr. Faustus, Wagner, and on the seventeenth-century writers Johannes Praetorius and Eberhard Werner Happel. Currently, she is working on the influence of Ottoman power and culture on German prose texts and on the globalizing impact of the Ottoman imperial ambition and cultural hegemony during the seventeenth century.
Early Modern German and French Literature, Magic/Daemonlogies/Witch Theory, Media and Culture, Reformation Movements, Translation Theory and Practice, Travel Narratives, Volksbuch/Novel; early modern media and the evolution of the novel.
L21 German 551: Methods of Literary Study: The Theory and Practice of Literary Translation
Mediating Culture in the Seventeenth-Century German Novel (Eberhard Werner Happel, 1647-1690). Ann Arbor: Michigan UP, 2014.
Mothering Baby: On Being A Woman in Early Modern Gemrany. GSW trans. Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 2010
Ways of Knowing in Early Modern Germany: Johannes Praetorius as a Witness to his Time. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006
On the Inconstancy of Witches: Pierre de Lancre's Tableau de l'inconstance des mauvais anges et Demons (1612). Harriet Stone and Gerhild Williams, trans. Tempe, Arizona: Center for Medieval Renaissance Texts and Studies, 2006