Professor of German Studies
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Jocelyne Kolb received her A.B. from Smith College in 1972 and received her Ph.D. from Yale University in 1979. From 1977 to 1979 she taught (and learned much about teaching) at Smith, and from 1979 to 1987 she taught German and comparative literature at Dartmouth College.
Professor Kolb returned to Smith in 1988 after a year in Hamburg as a Humboldt Fellow. She teaches courses in German language and literature at all levels and courses in comparative literature. She has written on European Romanticism, with particular attention to the works of Heine; on literature and music; and on questions of literary decorum. Her book The Ambiguity of Taste: Freedom and Food in European Romanticism (University of Michigan Press, 1995) was awarded the annual prize of the American Conference on Romanticism in 1995.