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Joanna Raisbeck

Joanna Raisbeck, Stipendiary Lecturer in German

  • Joanna Raisbeck

Joanna Raisbeck went to school at South Wilts Grammar School, Salisbury, before studying for undergraduate and graduate degrees in German at Oxford. 

She spent time as a guest research student at research libraries in Wolfenbüttel and Weimar, and was a visiting doctoral scholar at the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main. After a year as a Humboldt research fellow at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, she returns to Oxford as a stipendiary lecturer in German at Wadham and at Queen’s, teaching the entire breadth of modern literature and translation on the undergraduate course in German.

Her research focuses on German Romanticism, with broader research interests in the literature, literary historiography and philosophy of the long eighteenth century. Her doctoral thesis is concerned with the Early Romantic poet and philosopher Karoline von Günderrode (1780-1806) and aligns Günderrode with an anti-materialist strand of thought in German philosophy and literature around 1800, and specifically with the reception of Spinozism following the pantheism dispute of the 1780s. 

Joanna is interested in the literature, philosophy, and intellectual history of the eighteenth century. She has worked on Therese Huber’s responses to Poland between the First and Second Partitions of Poland. She is also looking at lesser known figures in literary history who have escaped critical attention through the creation of the German literary canon.

Recent publications

‘“Und monarchie ist beßer als anarchie, und Aristokratie, und Kannaillearchie – den daß ists jezt”: Ein neu entdeckter Brief Therese Hubers und Georg Forsters an Georgine Heyne’, Georg-Forster-Studien 21 (2018), 91-104

‘Performativity and “Poetic” Epistemology: Ludwig Gotthard Kosegarten’s Response to Moses Mendelssohn’s Aesthetics’, Edinburgh German Yearbook 12: Re-Populating the Eighteenth Century: Second-Tier Writing in the German Enlightenment, Johannes Birgfeld, Michael Wood (eds.) (Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2018), 213-30.

‘“Diese Unwissenheit ist mir der unerträglichste Mangel, der gröste Widerspruch”:  The Pursuit of Pre-rational Knowledge in Günderrode’, AntiIdealism: Re-Interpreting a German Discourse, Gert Hofmann, Juliana de Albuquerque (eds.) (Berlin: de Gruyter, 2019), 131-45.