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Since coming to UND in 2011, I have enjoyed teaching German language, literature, and culture on all levels of instruction. In the German Studies Program, I find that my research informs my teaching every day, and sharing this passion with my students invariably sparks their interest as well.
My research focuses on the interrelation of image and text in German literature of the twentieth century; more specifically, the ways in which visual art is perceived and interpreted in both prose and poetry. Questions of aesthetics and representation at the intersection of these media are explored in my dissertation ("Ja, Ihr seid gemalt": Ekphrasis and the Outsider in Three Postmodern German Novels, 2008), portions of which have been published as articles in Seminar, Monatshefte, and German Quarterly. Current research projects include: an analysis of the creative relationship between painter Paula Modersohn-Becker and poet Rainer Maria Rilke, and a postmodern interpretation of the act of ekphrasis in twentieth-century prose.
Merrifield Hall Room 319
Amanda Boyd came to UND in 2007. Her research focuses on European occultism in German literature, especially the works of Gustav Meyrink, Fairy-Tale Studies, Monster Studies, and foreign language pedagogy. In addition to teaching in the German Studies Program, she regularly offers classes in the Honors Experience, First-Year Experience, and OLLI Programs. In her free time, Dr. Boyd enjoys water aerobics, gardening, and art quilting. Dr. Boyd is also the German Section Coordinator and adviser for the German Cooking Club which meets three times a semester to cook and enjoy the cuisine of German-speaking countries.
When I'm not keeping track of current events in Germany and teaching beginning, intermediate, and advanced language courses, I pursue research on the hopes, fears, and expectations for the future expressed in popular literature from 1450 to 1650, when developments in German culture – think Gutenberg, Luther, or Copernicus – fundamentally changed the course of history. My first book, Printing and Prophecy: Prognostication and Media Change 1450–1550 was published in 2012, and my second book, The Strange and Terrible Visions of Wilhelm Friess: The Paths of Prophecy in Reformation Europe was published in 2014. I'm also interested in older German literature, historical linguistics, and the promise of technology for scholarship in the humanities.
Merrifield Hall Room 307