Skip to main content

Petra McGillen


Address: Department of German Studies
6084 Dartmouth Hall
Hanover, New Hampshire 03755-3511

Office: 329 Dartmouth Hall

Telephone: (603) 646-2218

Fax: (603) 646-1474


Petra Spies McGillen, Assistant Professor of German, received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2012. Her dissertation, Original Compiler: Notation as Textual Practice in Theodor Fontane, is the first in-depth study of Theodor Fontane's unedited notebooks and other paper tools. Her research and teaching interests revolve around the material history of creativity. In particular, she explores the impact of different forms and media of notation — e.g., lists, card catalogs, newspaper clippings, marginalia, doodles — on creative writing processes. Other research and teaching interests include 19th-century German literature and culture, poetological debates around 1800, pre-modern forms of knowledge production, and media history. Her research, which has been supported with grants by the ACLS / Mellon Foundation and the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, has appeared in The Germanic Review, the Archiv für Mediengeschichte, and the Marbacher Kataloge. Before coming to the United States, she studied Intellectual History at the University of Sussex in England (M.A., 2006) and European Media Studies at Potsdam University in her native Germany (B.A., 2005). She is a member of the Theodor-Fontane-Arbeitsstelle at Göttingen University and will edit the Fontane volume Aus England for the Große Brandenburger Ausgabe. Click here for a link to Petra McGillen's homepage.

Last Updated: 3/26/13