Mary Paddock

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Visiting Associate Professor of Germanic Languages & Literatures
100 Wall Street, New Haven, CT 06511-6607

PhD Yale University

In recent years, Mary’s scholarly work has focused on expressions of visual culture in courtly lyric of the German High Middle Ages. She has also written and presented on Frank Wedekind’s performance and persona construction – both on theater and cabaret stages and in his public life. The medieval and modern strands have converged once again in Mary’s interest in distorted reception, through the impact of notions of genius on medieval manuscript transmission and through Wilhelmine censorship’s construction of an imaginary audience, respectively. In spring 2016, Mary taught “Medieval German Lyric,” focusing on the woman’s role in the lyric of the German High Middle Ages. She will offer a course on Crusades in Medieval German Literature in the spring 2018 term.


  • 2008-Quinnipiac University, Associate Professor of German, Associate Dean for Humanities and Fine Arts and Founding Director, Collaborative for Interdisciplinary/Integrative Studies
  • 2005-2008 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Assistant Professor and German Program Coordinator
  • 2001-2005 Smith College,
Visiting Assistant Professor of German
  • 2000-2001 Yale University, Lector


  • “Neidhart von Reuental” (introduction, selection and annotation of seminal criticism in English) Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism 145 (2012), 1-96.
  • “Rhetorical Species: A Case Study of Poetic Manifestations of Medieval Visual Culture,” Speculum 85 (April 2010): 302-320.
  • “At Wit’s End: Frank Wedekind and the Albert Langen Drama,” Publishing Culture and the “Reading Nation.” German Book History in the Long Nineteenth Century, ed. Lynne Tatlock (Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2010), 230-248.
  • “Sight, Insight and Inszenierung in Walther’s ‘Frô Welt’ (L 100,24ff.),” Seminar (May 2008): 175-189.
  • “Minnesang and the Undergraduate in the 21st Century Classroom.” Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching (Spring 2006): 41-61.
  • “Minnesang and the Modern Condition: Medievalism in the Early German Cabaret.” Interpreting the Middle Ages: Essays on Medievalism. Ed. Susan J. Ridyard (Sewanee: U of the South P, 2005): 183-197.
  • “Redemption Songs or How Frank Wedekind Set the Simplicissimus Affair to a Different Tune.” German Studies Review (May 2005): 253-272.
  • “Speaking of Spectacle: Another Look at the Lindenlied.” The German Quarterly (Winter 2004): 11-28.
  • “ ‘So ist das Leben’: Frank Wedekind’s Scharfrichter Diary.” Monatshefte (Fall 1999): 342-358. 

Conference Presentations and Panels:

  • 2016: “Wedekinds Rezeption bei der Polizei” (working title). Paper to be presented at the Internationale Frank Wedekind-Tagung at Johann Gutenberg-Universität, „Wedekinds Wirkung. Ein Weltautor in der internationalen Rezeption,“ in Mainz.
  • 2016: “Frank Wedekind and Wilhelmine Law Enforcement,” MLA Annual Conference, Austin, TX.
  • 2007: “At Wit’s End: Frank Wedekind and the Albert Langen Drama,” MLA Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • 2007: Panel Organizer, “Now and Then: German Literary Figures in the Cabaret,” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference (Paper withdrawn due to events of April 16, 2007).
  • 2006: “The Medieval Grail Legend(s) and Dan Brown,” Real and Imagined Pasts Behind The Da Vinci Code (Medieval & Renaissance Studies lecture series), Virginia Tech.
  • 2005: “To Look Upon a Lady: Walther’s So-Called Minnesprüche,” 29th Annual German Studies Association conference in Milwaukee, WI.
  • 2005: Panel Commentator, “Kleinkunst: Voices between Literature and Politics,” 29th Annual GSA conference, Milwaukee, WI.
  • 2004: Moderator, “Text as Spectacle, Spectacle as Text,” MLA Annual Conference, Philadelphia.
  • 2004: Panel Commentator, “Portrayal of the Elderly in Austrian and German Literature,” 28th Annual Conference, German Studies Association in Washington, DC.
  • 2004: “Courtly MTV? Minnesang and the Undergraduate,” Pedagogy in Context: Teaching Medieval Literature in the Twenty-First Century (A Roundtable Discussion). 39th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, MI.
  • 2003: “Picture This:  Walther von der Vogelweide as Poet, Performer and Icon,” Topics in Early German Literature, MLA Annual Conference, San Diego.
  • 2002: “Voice and Performance in Walther’s Unter der linden.” 37th Int’l Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI.
  • 2002: “Accidental Medievalism: The Minnesinger on the Small Stage of the Turn-of-the-Century German Cabaret.” Sewanee Medieval Colloquium.