Chair, Professor of German Studies
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Jocelyne Kolb received her B.A. from Smith College and her Ph.D. from Yale University. She taught at Smith from 1977-1979, at Dartmouth College from 1979-1987, and has taught at Smith since 1988. She teaches German language classes from beginning to advanced; recently she has taught courses on Goethe and German Studies, the Berlin Wall on film, the contemporary German press, and literary correspondence. She also teaches courses on European Enlightenment and on literary anti-Semitism for the Comparative Literature Program. She serves as a member of the advisory board for the Jewish Studies Program and has served on the advisory board for the Comparative Literature Program.
Professor Kolb’s research focuses mostly on European Romanticism with a concentration on the works of Heinrich Heine. She is completing a monograph on Heine and literary judeophilia and is at work on a book about her father’s edition of Marcel Proust’s correspondence. From 1987-1988 and again in 2000 and 2005 she was a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. She is the current president of the North American Heine Society, and her book The Ambiguity of Taste: Freedom and Food in European Romanticism (University of Michigan Press) was awarded the Jean-Pierre Barricelli prize by the International Conference on Romanticism.