Mary H Dupree


Associate Professor


Department of German


My teaching and research interests are concentrated on eighteenth- and early-nineteenth-century literature and culture, with an emphasis on gender and performance studies. My recent publications have explored such topics as the literary self-depictions of actress-writers from Enlightenment to Romanticism; forms of salon performance such as tableaux vivants and "declamatory concerts" in the early nineteenth century; and responses to Heinrich von Kleist's work on contemporary English-language fiction and drama. Recently, I have begun to focus more intensively on the intersection of literature, music, and sound studies. My current research project focuses on the rise of the "declamatory concert" and the oral performance of literature in Germany from the mid-eighteenth century to the present. I am also currently co-editing a volume on "Performing Knowledge in the Long Eighteenth Century" with my colleague Sean Franzel (University of Missouri - Columbia).

I am a member of the interdisciplinary scholarly network "Hör-Wissen im Wandel" (Acoustic Knowledge in Transition), which is supported by the German government. More information about the network can be found here: