Margaret Strair

By appointment


B.A., University of Chicago; M.A., University of Pennsylvania

Margaret Strair is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures. Her research interests include German Literature of the 18th - Early 20th Century, with a focus on literary representations of sense perception, synesthesia, and  intermediality. She has completed certificates in Cinema Studies and College Teaching and Learning.

While at Penn, Margaret has given presentations on a variety of topics, including foreign language pedagogy, the films of Werner Herzog, and synesthesia in German Romanticism. She has also organized events on intermediality and German Media Theory. In 2018, she was a recipient of the Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching by Graduate Students.


Research Interests

18th- Early 20th Century Literature, Aesthetics, Literature and Philosophy around 1800, Intermediality, Cinema Studies

Courses Taught

Taught: German 101, German 102, German 103, German for Reading Knowledge; Assisted: Freud, World Film History 1945-Present, World Film History to 1945