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Professor Watanabe-O'KellyProfessor Helen Watanabe-O'Kelly

Helen Watanabe-O'Kelly, FBA, (M.A. Nat. Univ. Ireland, Dr.phil. Basle)
Professor of German Literature, Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow, Emeritus Fellow of Exeter College
Address:  Faculty of Modern Languages, 47 Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JF
Email:   helen.watanabe@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk
Tel:   01865 270475
Fax:   01865 279630

Research

Helen Watanabe-O'Kelly's main research interests are in German literature and culture from the late 15th to the early 18th centuries within their European context, in women's writing in all periods and in the representation of women in German literature and culture. She has made a special study of early modern court festivals of all kinds throughout Europe and of court culture. Her most recent book is Beauty or Beast? The Woman Warrior in the German Imagination from the Renaissance to the Present (OUP 2010). She is the Project Leader of 'Marrying Cultures: Queens Consort and European Identities, 1500-1800', one of the 18 projects funded by HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area) as part of its 'Cultural Encounters' programme. The project, which involves collaboration with colleagues in Germany, Poland and Sweden, will begin work in October 2013. She is a Fellow of the British Academy.

Publications

A. BOOKS
Monographs
Melancholie und die melancholische Landschaft. Ein Beitrag zur Geistesgeschichte des 17. Jahrhunderts, Berne: Francke Verlag 1978.

Triumphal Shews. Tournaments at German-Speaking Courts in their European Context 1560-1730, Berlin: Gebr. Mann Verlag 1992.

Court Culture in Dresden from Renaissance to Baroque. Palgrave: 2002.

Beauty or Beast? The Woman Warrior in the German Imagination from the Renaissance to the Present, Oxford: OUP, 2010.

Edited books
The Cambridge History of German Literature, edited by Helen Watanabe-O'Kelly, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1997.

Spectaculum Europaeum. Theatre and Spectacle in Europe, Histoire du Spectacle en Europe (1580-1750) ed. by Pierre Béhar and Helen Watanabe-O'Kelly, Wiesbaden: Otto Harrassowitz 1999.

Festivals and Ceremonies. A Bibliography of Works relating to Court, Civic and Religious Festivals in Europe 1500-1800. With Anne Simon. London: Cassell 2000.

Europa Triumphans. Court and Civic Festivals in Early Modern Europe. Ed. by J.R. Mulryne, Helen Watanabe-O’Kelly, Margaret Shewring, 2 vols. London: Ashgate 2004.

Women and Death: Warlike Women in the German Literary and Cultural Imagination since 1500, ed by Sarah Colvin and Helen Watanabe-O’Kelly, Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2009.

Translations
Friedrich Schiller, On the Naive and Sentimental in Literature, A Translation with Notes and Introduction, Manchester: Carcanet 1981.

Adalbert Stifter, Brigitta and Other Tales, A Translation with Notes and Introduction, London: Angel Books 1989, repr. London: Penguin 1994.
B. ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS

'Stifters Schicksalstheorie in der Erzählung Das alte Siegel,' Vierteljahresschrift des Adalbert Stifter Instituts des Landes Oberösterreich, (30), 1981, pp.3-13.

'Barthold Feind's Libretto Octavia (1705) and the "Schuldrama" Tradition', German Life and Letters, 35 (1982), pp. 208-220.

'The Use of Pictorial Art in the Teaching of German Literature', Treffpunkt, 1983, repr. in German in the Classroom, MLA, London 1984, pp.152-161.

'The Equestrian Ballet in Seventeenth Century Europe - Origin, Description, Development', German Life and Letters 36 (1983), pp.198-212.

'Stifter's Waldsteig - sexuelle Erziehung eines Narren' in: Adalbert Stifter Heute, ed. J Lachinger et al., London 1985, pp.121-128.

'Turniere der frühen Neuzeit: eine Polemik', Wolfenbütteler Barock-Nachrichten 15 (1988), pp. 89-94.

'Barthold Feind, Gottsched and Cato, Or: Opera Reviled', Publications of the English Goethe Society, 55 (1985), pp.107-123.

'Festival Books in Europe from Renaissance to Rococo', The Seventeenth Century 3 (1988), pp.181-201.

'War and Politics in Early Seventeenth Century Germany: The Tournaments of the Protestant Union', in: Atti del Convegno del Centro di Studi Storici di Narni, La Civiltà del torneo (sec. XII-XVII), Rome 1990, pp. 231-245.

'Joseph und seine Brüder: Johann Georg II von Sachsen und seine Feste (1660-1679)', Dresdner Hefte 21 (1990), pp. 29-38.

'Tournaments and their Relevance for Warfare in the Early Modern Period', European History Quarterly 20 (1990), pp. 451-463.

'Lohenstein, Haugwitz und das Türkenmotiv in deutschen Turnieren des Barock', in: Begegnung mit dem 'Fremden'. Bd.7, Akten des VIII. Internationalen Germanisten-Kongresses, Munich 1991. pp.346-355.

'Das Damenringrennen - eine sächsische Erfindung?', Dresdner Hefte 22 (1991), pp.307-312.

'The Iconography of German Protestant Tournaments in the Years before the Thirty Years' War', in: Actes du XIIe Colloque d'Etudes Humanistes: Spectacle et Image dans l'Europe de la Renai ssance, Tours 1991, pp.47-64.

'"Mit dem höflichen Hut in der furchtsamen Hand". Die Beteiligung der Juden am fürstlichen Hochzeitsfest in Kassel (1740)', Bulletin des Leo Baeck Instituts 88 (1991), pp.3-10.

'From Italy to Versailles via Bavaria: The Munich Applausi of 1662 and Les Plaisirs de l'isle enchantée', in: Italian Renaissance Festivals and their European Influence, edited by J.R. Mulryne and Margaret Shewring, Lampeter 1992, pp.197-216.

'From 'societé de plaisir' to 'schönes Neben-Werck' - The Changing Purpose of Court Festivals', German Life and Letters, XLV (1992), pp. 216-219.

'Stifterübersetzungen ins Englische - ein Modellfall', in: Übersetzen, verstehen, Brücken bauen. Geisteswissenschaftliches und literarisches Übersetzen im internationalen Kulturaustausch, ed. by Kurt-Jürgen Maass, Berlin/Bielefeld/Munich 1993, pp.560-567.

'Gabriel Tzschimmer's Durchlauchtigste Zusammenkunft (1680) and the German Festival Book Tradition', Daphnis, 22 (1993), pp.1-12.

'Jews in Court Festivals in the Empire 1609-1741', in: Connections. Deutsche Literatur und Kultur im europäischen Kontext. Festschrift für Eda Sagarra zum 60. Geburtstag, ed. by P. Skrine, R. Turner, J. West, Stuttgart 1993, pp. 281-289.

'Festival Books for Religious Occasions', in: The German Book 1450-1750, ed. by John Flood, London, 1995, pp.243-254.

'Firework Displays, Firework Dramas and Illuminations - Precursors of Cinema?', German Life and Letters, 48 (1995), pp.338-352.

'Das Verborgene enthüllt. Das weibliche Publikum und die soziale Funktion des deutschen Dramas im 16. Jahrhundert', in: Verbergendes Enthüllen. Zu Theorie und Kunst dichterischen Verkleidens, ed. by Wolfram Mauser and W.M. Fues, Würzburg, 1995, pp. 67-75.

'"Sei mir dreimal mehr mit Licht bekleidet." German Poems by Women to their Mentors in the Seventeenth Century', in: Cultural Contentions in Early Modern Germany, ed. by Max Reinhart and Jeannine Blackwell, Colloquia Germanica 28 (1995), 3/4, pp. 255-264.

'Gottfried Benns "Melancholie" and the Tradition of Melancholy Poetry', in: Schein und Widerschein. Festschrift für T.J. Casey, Galway 1996, pp. 249-258.

'Einführung' and 'Die deutsche Literatur in Großbritannien' in: Alte Welten - neue Welten. Akten des I. Internationalen Germanisten-Kongresses Vancouver 1995, Bd.3, Tübingen: Niemeyer, 1996, pp. 139 and 145.

Chapter III: 'The early modern period', in: The Cambridge History of German Literature, edited by Helen Watanabe-O'Kelly, Cambridge 1997, pp. 92-146.

'Die Literaturwissenschaft im späten 20. Jahrhundert und die Erforschung der Literatur von Frauen 1500-1800', in: Forschung und Bibliothek. Sondernummer der Zeitschrift Bibliothek und Wissenschaft, 30, (1997), pp. 41-49.

'What difference does feminism make to German studies?', German Life and Letters, Women's Studies Special Number, 1997/4, pp. 380-389. repr. in Gendering German Studies ed. by Margaret Littler, Oxford: Blackwell 1997.

Review article on new trends in early modern German studies, Modern Language Review, 92-4, 1997, pp.106-1019.

'"Vivat Augustus Rex Poloniae". Deutschsprachige Festbücher der Sachsenkönige', in: Sachsen und Polen zwischen 1697 und 1765, ed. by Reiner Groß, Dresden 1998, pp.1-8 + Ill.

The chapter 'Tournaments in Europe' (pp.591-639) and the sections 'Opera in the Iberian Peninsula' (pp.379-384) and 'Entries, Firework Displays and Religious Festivals in the Empire' (pp.721-741), in: Spectaculum Europaeum. Theatre and Spectacle in Europe 1580-1750 - A Handbook, ed. by Pierre Béhar and Helen Watanabe-O'Kelly, Wiesbaden: Otto Harrassowitz (see above).

'Das Schloß als Festort in der frühen Neuzeit', in Die Künste und das Schloß, Rudolstädter Forschungen zur Residenzkultur vol. I, ed. by Lutz Unbehaun, Munich, Berlin 1998, pp.53-62.

'Women's writing in the early modern period', in A History of Women's Writing in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, ed. by J.M. Catling, Cambridge University Press 2000, pp.27-44.

'August von Sachsen-Weißenfels (1614-1680) und das Theater- und Festwesen am Dresdner Hof', in Weltsicht und Selbstverständnis im Barock. Die Herzöge von Sachsen-Weißenfels - Hofhaltung und Residenzen. Protokoll des Wissenschaftlichen Kolloquiums am 24. und 25. April 1999 in Querfurt. Hale 2000, pp.112-124.

'Early Modern Tournaments and their Relationship to Warfare: France and the Empire Compared', in Festive Culture in Germay and Europe from the Sixteenth to the Twentieth Century, ed. by Karin Friedrich, Lewisten, Queenston, Lampeter 2000, pp.233-244.

‘”Damals wünschte ich ein Mann zu sein, umb dem Krieg meine Tage nachzuhängen”. Frauen als Kriegerinnen im Europa der Frühen Neuzeit’, in Erfahrung und Deutung von Krieg und Frieden. Religion – Geschlechter – Natur und Kultur, ed. by Klaus Garber, Jutta Held, Friedhalm Jürgenmeister, Friedhelm Krüger und Ute Széll, Munich: Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 2002, pp.357-368.

‘Saxony, alchemy and Dr Faustus, in The Golden Egg. Alchemy in Art and Literature, ed. by Alexandra Lembert and Elmar Schenkel, Glienicke/Berlin and Cambridge, Mass., 2002, pp.31-41.

‘Early modern European festivals – politics and performance, event and record’, in Court Festivals of the European Renaissance. Art, Politics and Performance, ed. by J.R. Mulryne and Elizabeth Goldring, London: Ashgate, 2002, pp.15-25.

‘Chivalry and Professionalism in Electoral Saxony in the mid-sixteenth century’, in The Chivalric Ethos and Military Professionalism, ed. by David Trim, Leiden, Boston: 2003, pp.213-234.

Höfisches Schrifttum im 15. und 16. Jahrhundert, in Hansers Sozialgeschichte der deutschen Literatur des 15./16. Jahrhundert, ed. by Marina Münkler und Werner Röcke, Munich, Vienna: Carl Hanser Verlag, 2004, pp. 326-393.

‘The Early Modern Festival Book – Function and Form’ in Europa Triumphans. Festivals and Festival Books of the Renaissance and Baroque, 2 vols, ed. by J.R. Mulryne, Helen Watanabe-O’Kelly and Margaret Shewring, London: Ashgate 2004, vol. 1, 3-17.

‘The Protestant Union – festivals, festival books, war and politics’, in Europa Triumphans. Festivals and Festival Books of the Renaissance and Baroque, 2 vols, ed. by J.R. Mulryne, Helen Watanabe-O’Kelly and Margaret Shewring, London: Ashgate 2004, vol. 2, 15-34.

‘Religion and the consort: Two Electresses of Saxony and Queens of Poland (1697-1757);’ in Queenship in Europe 1660-1815: The Role of the Consort, ed. by Clarissa Campbell Orr, Cambridge: CUP 2004.

‘Kunstkammer, Library and Chamber of Anatomy: The Management of Knowledge at the Dresden court in the early modern period’ in Ways of Knowing, ed. by Mary Lindemann, Boston, Leiden: Brill 2004, 53-66.

‘”Den schönsten Garten schau’ ich hier: Die Dresdner Anatomiekammer (1616-1680)’, in Wolfenbütteler Barock-Nachrichten 32 (2005) 1-2, 25-38.

‘”Kunstkammer’ and ‘Cedern=Wald”: Knowledge, Memory and Text at the Dresden court in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries’, in Science, Technology and the German Cultural Imagination, ed by Christian Emden and David Midgley, Bern: Peter Lang, 2005.

‘Passion, Affekt und Leidenschaft in Theater, Oper, Ballet und Festkultur’, ed.with introduction by Helen Watanabe-O’Kelly, in: Passion, Affekt und Leidenschaft in der Frühen Neuzeit, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2005, vol. II, pp.687-875.

‘Turniere’ [Turnierplatz], in Höfe und Residenzen im spätmittelalterlichen Reich. Bilder und Begriffe.Bd: Begriffe, herausgegeben von Werner Paravicini, bearbeitet von Jan Hirschbiegel und Jörg Wettlaufer, Ostfildern: Thorbecke 2005, 502-505.

‘Italian Science meets German Lutheranism. Johann Georg I’s Anatomy Chamber (1616)’, in Scambio culturale con il nemico religioso. Italia e Sassonia attorno al 1600, ed by Sybille Ebert-Schifferer, Studi della Bibliotheca Hertziana 2, Milan:Silvana Editoriale, 2007, 153-161.

‘Enlightenment, Emancipation and the Queen Consort’, in Enlightenment and Emancipation, ed by Susan Manning and Peter France, Lewisburg: Buchnell University Press, 2006, pp.118-131.

‘Literature and the Court 1450-1720’, The Camden History of German Literature, ed. by Max Reinhart, 2007, pp. 621-651.

‘Representations of the Heroic Maiden. Eleonore Prochaska in Nineteenth-Century German Literature’, in The Text and its Context. Studies in Modern German Literature and Society Presented to Ronald Speirs on the Occasion of His 65th Birthday, ed. by Nigel Harris and Joanne Sayner, Oxford :Lang, 2008, pp. 315-26.

‚Amazonen in der deutschen Festkultur der Frühen Neuzeit – Funktion und Wandel’, in Soziale und ästhetische Praxis der höfischen Fest-Kultur, ed. by Jörn Steigerwald, Kirstin Dickhaut und Birgit Wagner, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2009, pp.127-47.

‘The Eroticization of Judith in Early Modern German Art’, in Gender Matters. Rereading Violence, Death and Gender in Early Modern Literature and Culture, Ed. by Mara Wade, Amsterdam: Rodopi. Forthcoming, 2010.

‘The Figure of Judith in Works by German Women Writers between 1895 and 1921’, in Women and Death 3. Women’s Representations of Death in German Culture since 1500 ed. by Clare Bielby and Anna Richards, Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2010, 101-115. 

‚Kommentar zu Ute Daniel: Stadt und Hof: wann erfolgt die Wende?’, in: Jan Hirschbiegel, Werner Paravicini and Jörg Wettlaufer (eds.), Städtisches Bürgertum und Hofgesellschaft. Kulturen integrativer und konkurrierender Beziehungen in Residenz- und Hauptstädten vom 14. bis zum 19. Jahrhundert. Residenzenforschung vol. 25, Ostfildern: Jan Thorbeke Verlag, 2011, pp.281-285.

‚Fürstenbraut oder Opfer von Gewalt: Inszenierungen von Europa in der Frühen Neuzeit’, in Theater und Fest in Europa. Perspektiven von Identität und Gemeinschaft, eds. Erika Fischer-Lichte, Mathias Warstat and Anna Littmann, Theatralität vol. 11, Basel: Francke Verlag, 2012, pp. 228-239.

‚“Angstapparat aus Kalkül”. Wie, wozu und zu welchem Ende erregt die Literatur Angst?’, in: Zeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaft 15 (2012), 115-124.

‘Sailing towards a Kingdom – Ernst August von Braunschweig-Lüneburg (1629-1698) in Venice in 1685 and 1686’, in Waterborne Pageants and Festivities in the Renaissance, ed. Margaret Shewring, London: Ashgate. Forthcoming 2013.

‘The Eroticization of Judith in Early Modern German Art’, in Gender Matters: Discourses of Violence in Early Modern Literature and the Arts, Ed. Mara Wade, Internationale Forschungen zur Allgemeinen und Vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft, Amsterdam: Rodopi, forthcoming 2013. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2013.

‘Dresden’ in Handbuch Kultureller Zentren der Frühen Neuzeit, eds. Wolfgang Adam and Siegrid Westphal with Claudius Sittig, Berlin: de Gruyter, 2012, pp.417-466.

‘Exploring “the three-fold World”: Faust as alchemist, astrologer and magician’, in: The Faustian Century: German Literature and Culture in the Age of Luther and Faustus, Eds James van der Laan and Andrew Weeks, Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2013, pp. 241-256.

‘True and Historical Descriptions’? European Festivals and the Printed Record’, in: The Dynastic centre and the provinces: agents and interactions, ed. Sabine Dabringhaus and Jeroen Duindam, Amsterdam: Brill, 2013. Forthcoming

‘Consort and mistress: a successful job-share?’, in Der Hof. Ort kulturellen Handelns von Frauen in der Frühen Neuzeit, eds. Susanne Rode-Breymann and Antje Tumat, Cologne etc.: Böhlau 2013 (= Musik - Kultur - Gender), pp. 90-99.

Edward Monings, The Landgrave of Hessen his princelie receiving of her Majesties Embassador, 16 August-7 October 1596. Ed. With notes by HWO’K, in John Nichols’s The Progresses and Public Processions of Queen Elizabeth I: A New Edition of the Early Modern Sources, Oxford: OUP 2013, vol. IV, pp. 3-30.