Dr. Gregory Maertz


Dr. Gregory Maertz


B.A., Northwestern University, Comparative Literature

A.M., Harvard University, Comparative Literature

A.M., Harvard University, English and American Literature and Language

Ph.D., Harvard University, Comparative Literature

Research Focus: Romanticism; the Novel; Fascism Studies; Aesthetic Theory; Twentieth-Century Art

Gregory Maertz joined the Department in 1990 and introduced the first graduate courses on literary and aesthetic theory, Romanticism and Victorian literature, and the academic profession. He has published widely on nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature and culture, most recently on American anti-fascist interventions in the German art scene following the Second World War. His early work on German culture was sponsored by a Fulbright Scholarship at the University of Heidelberg and an Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis. More recently, his research has been funded by honorific fellowships from the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the Center for the Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., the National Humanities Center, the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Gerda Henkel Stiftung and by short-term visiting grants (the DAAD, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History, the American Antiquarian Society, the Beinecke Library at Yale University, and the Wolfsonian-FIU). An organizer of the 2007 exhibition, Kunst und Propaganda im Streit der Nationen 1930-1945/Art and Propaganda in the Conflict of Nations, 1930-1945, at the Deutsches Historisches Museum in Berlin, he recently co-curated a new exhibition, Kunst i Kamp/Art in Battle, which opened at KODE (Art Museums in Bergen, Norway) on September 7, 2015 and runs through February 2, 2016 (http://kodebergen.no/en/exhibitions/art-battle). His current book projects are Nostalgia for the Future: Hitler’s Utopian Aesthetic and Other Modernist Idioms in the Art of Nazi Germany and a new edition of Friedrich Nietzsche’s Genealogy of Morals.