Paola Mayer | College of Arts

Paola Mayer

Picture of Professor Paola Mayer
Associate Professor, Head of German Studies
School of Languages and Literatures
Phone number: 
519-824-4120 ext. 58562
MacKinnon 255


  • B.A. University of Toronto
  • M.A. Princeton University
  • Ph.D. Princeton University
Fields of Specialization
  • German Romantic literature and thought
  • Myth and fairy tales in German culture, 18th -19th century
  • The uncanny and fantastic in German literature and theory


Current Research Projects
  • Working Title: Spectral Realities: The Romantic Aesthetics of Fear.
Edited Volumes:
  • Commented edition: selected short fiction of Alexander Moritz Frey.
  • Traditions in German Literature: Romanticism, Humanism, Judaism. Essays in Memory of Hans Eichner.
  • Co-edited special issue of Oxford German Studies: Satires of Dehumanization 1918-1945.



  • Jena Romanticism and its Appropriation of Jacob Böhme: Theosophy – Hagiography – Literature. Kingston & Montreal: McGill-Queen’s UP, 1999.
Books Edited
  • Benedikte Naubert. Neue Volksmärchen der Deutschen. Edited, with Commentary and    Afterword by Marianne Henn, Paola Mayer & Anita Runge. 4 vols. Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, 2001.
Refereed Articles
  •  “The Veiled Goddess and the Naked Truth: Revisiting Schiller’s and Novalis’s Adaptations of the Sais Myth.” Germanisch-romanische Monatsschrift 61 (2011):  145-164..
  • “Religious Conversion and the Dark Side of Music: Kleist’s Die Heilige Cäcilie oder die Gewalt der Musik and Hoffmann’s Das Sanctus.” Colloquia Germanica 40 (2009): 237-258.
  • “Variations on a Romantic Theme: The Education of the Artist in E.T.A. Hoffmann’s Der Kampf der Sänger and Der Feind.Seminar 43:3 (2007): 280-300.
  • Reflections on Mythology: Eichendorff’s Response to Schiller and Novalis.” Forthcoming in Euphorion.
  • “Melusine: The Romantic Appropriation of a Medieval Tale,” Germanisch-Romanische Monatsschrift 52.2 (2002): 289-302.
  • “Das Unheimliche als Strafe und Warnung: Zu einem Aspekt von E.T.A. Hoffmanns Kritik an der Frühromantik.”  E.T.A.  Hoffmann Jahrbuch 8 (2000).  56-68.
  • “Reinventing the Sacred: The Romantic Myth of Jakob Böhme.” German Quarterly 69.3 (1996): 247-59.
  • “Die unheimliche Landschaft: Ein Aspekt von Eichendorffs lyrischer Dichtung.”          Athenaeum 5 (1995): 169-96.