Meredith A. Lee

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Professor Emerita, German
School of Humanities
PH.D., Yale University
Phone: (949) 824-6406
Fax: (949) 824-6416
University of California, Irvine
236 Humanities Instructional Building
Mail Code: 3150
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Lyric poetry, eighteenth-century literature, Goethe, German-Scandinavian literary relations, music and literature
Academic Distinctions
1993 The Humanities Associates Faculty Teaching Award (for a record of outstanding teaching in the School of Humanities, UCI)
1972-1973 Georg August Universität, Göttingen, Fulbright Scholar
1971 M. Phil with distinction, Yale University
1969 Mary Cady Tew Prize, Yale University
1968-1972 Danforth Graduate Fellowship
1968 Departmental Honors, B.A. summa cum laude, St. Olaf College
1967 Phi Beta Kappa
1964-1968 National Merit Scholarship
Administrative Appointments

2000-2005 Dean, Division of Undergraduate Education, University of California, Irvine
1999-2000 Interim Dean of Undergraduate Education, University of California, Irvine
1991-1999 Chair, Department of German, University of California, Irvine
1994-1998 Executive Secretary, Goethe Society of North America
1984-1988 Dean of Undergraduate Studies, University of California, Irvine
1982-1984 Associate Dean of Humanities, University of California, Irvine

Academic Appointments

1993-2005 Professor of German, University of California, Irvine
1981-1993 Associate Professor of German, UCI
1976-1981 Assistant Professor of German, UCI
1974-1976 Acting Assistant Professor of German, UCI
1973-1974 Acting Half-time Instructor, Yale University
Research Abstract


1. Studies in Goethe's Lyric Cycles. Studies in the Germanic Languages and Literatures, 93. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, l978.
1A. Excerpts reprinted in Robyn V. Young, ed., Poetry Criticism: Excerpts from Criticism of the Works of the Most Significant and Widely Studied Poets of World Literature, Detroit: Gale Research, Inc., 1992, V: 249-51.
2. Interpreting Goethe's Faust Today, ed. Jane K. Brown, Meredith Lee, Thomas P. Saine, Columbia: Camden House, 1994.
3. Displacing Authority: Goethe's Poetic Reception of Klopstock. Neue Bremer Beiträge, 10. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag C. Winter, 1999.

Articles: on Goethe, Klopstock, Gerstenberg, Gleim, Keller, 18th-century European poetry



Language: 1st and 2nd year German, Advanced Conversation
Literature: (in German) Introduction to German Literature, German Poetry, Music and German Literature, Bürgerliches Trauerspiel, Goethe, Goethe's Poetry, Goethe's Faust, Schiller, Women and Literature in the Age of Goethe, l9th-century German poetry, Greek Drama and German Literature Novelle; (in English): Opera and Literature; Trolls, Vikings and Troubled Women: An Introduction to Norwegian Literature; Ibsen; Humanities Core Course lecturer: The Middle Class in the l9th Century; Humanities Core Course section leader: Individual and Society in the l9th Century; Confronting Religious and Intellectual Differences (Honors Program)


German Lyric Poetry, Goethe's Poetry, Women and Writing in the Age of Goethe, The Bourgeois Writer and the Court, Old and New Literary History: Poetry 1750-1800 as a Case Study, Intertextuality and Interpretation: Reading Werther, German Opera, Scandinavian-German Literary Relations, The Teaching of German (team-taught)


Goethe-Gesellschaft (Weimar, Germany) - Member of Vorstand (Board of Directors) 1999-2007.

Modern Language Association - Member of Executive Committee, 18th- and early 19th-Century German Literature, 1997-2001; Chair, 2000.

Goethe Society of North America - President 2004-06; Vice President 2003; Executive Secretary 1994-98;Editor of Goethe News and Notes, 1994-98; Secretary-Treasurer, 1979-94; a Founder

German Studies Association - Chair, Article Prize Committee, 1997; Executive Committee, l983-86; 18th-Century Program Coordinator, 1979-80.

American Association of Teachers of German - Chair, Honorary Members Committee 1999-2002; Executive Committee, Southern California Chapter, 1977-83; Western Regional Placement Information Center Coordinator, 1977-83.

Society for Values in Higher Education - Regional Planning Committee, l976-80, 1981-85, 89-90, 92-94; Co-chair, Regional Conference 1983-84.

Philological Association of the Pacific Coast - Presiding Officer, German Section 1980-81; Secretary, German Section 1979-80.

Phi Beta Kappa - Secretary, Mu of California 1984-88. 1999-2005; membership committee 1990-91.

Mozart Society of America

The Lessing Society

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

Other National Professional Service:

External Program Reviews:

Macalester College - External Program Reviewer, German Department - January, 1990

University of Colorado - External Program Reviewer, German Department - February 1987

(Faculty) Fulbright Screening Committees: Council for International Exchange of Scholars

Chair, Area Advisory Committee for Western Europe, Subcommittee for Austria and Germany, Fulbright Scholar Program,1986-88

Chair, German Language and Literature Screening Committee for Fulbright Scholar Program 1985-86; member, 1984-86

Chair, Ad-hoc screening committee for Fulbright Summer Seminar in German Civilization 1986, 1991; member 1985, 1986, 1991

Member, National Task Force on German Studies Programs (1985-86) - Report "German Studies Program: Guidelines for Curricular Organization at American Educational Institutions" published in 1987
Professional Societies
MLA, Goethe-Gesellschaft, Goethe Society of North America
American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
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