John W. Van Cleve


Old Main 205
CB 99


  • B.A. magna cum laude with honors in German, Carleton College, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Fulbright Certificate,Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken
  • M.A. in German with Distinction, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Ph.D. in German with Distinction, University of Wisconsin, Madison



Harlequin Besieged: The Reception of Comedy in Germany during the Early Enlightenment. New York University Ottendorfer Series, vol. 13. Ed. Volkmar Sander. Berne, Frankfurt/M., Las Vegas: Lang, 1980.

The Merchant in German Literature of the Enlightenment. University of North Carolina Studies in the Germanic Languages and Literatures, vol. 105. Ed. Richard Lawson. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1986.

The Problem of Wealth in the Literature of Luther’s Germany. Studies in German Literature, Linguistics, and Culture, vol. 55. Eds. James Hardin and Gunther Holst. Columbia, SC: Camden House, 1991.

Remarks on the Needed Reform of German Studies in the United States (with A. Leslie Willson). Studies in German Literature, Linguistics, and Culture. Eds. James Hardin and Gunther Holst. Columbia, SC: Camden House, 1993.

Sebastian Brant’s “The Ship of Fools” in Critical Perspective, 1800-1991. Eds. Eitel Timm and James Hardin. Columbia, SC: Camden House, 1993.

Fables and Tales by the German Aesop, C. F. Gellert (1715-1769) (translation). Lewiston, Queenston and Lampeter: Mellen, 2013.

Palisades Island: A Translation of the Utopian Novel “Insel Felsenburg” (1731). Lewiston, Queenston and Lampeter: Mellen, 2017.

Two Plays by Christoph Martin Wieland in English Translation: “Lady Jane Grey” (1758) and “Clementina of Porretta” (1760). Lewiston, Queenston and Lampeter: Mellen 2018.

(Underway) Two German Enlightenment Comedies in English Translation: “Country Pastors” by J. C. Krüger (1743) and “Good Women Triumphant” by J. E. Schlegel (1748).


“Converting the Common Man: German Dialogues of the Early Reformation.” Colloquia Germanica13.2 (1980): 97-105.

“Social Commentary in Haller’s Die Alpen.” Monatshefte 72.4 (1980): 379-88.

“Two Priests for Reineke Fuchs.” Neophilologus 65.2 (1980): 239-46.

“A Countess in Name Only: Gellert’s Schwedische Gräfin.” Germanic Review 55.4 (1980): 552-55.

“Social Climbing during the Age of Absolutism: Personality Distortion and Career Advancement in J.C. Krüger’s Die Candidaten.” Orbis Litterarum 35 (1980): 318-26.

“Revolution and the `Volkslied’: Cologne, 1513.” Neuphilologische Mitteilungen 92.3 (1981):229-35.

“Tolerance at a Price: The Jew in Gellert’s Schwedische Gräfin.” Seminar 18.1 (1982): 1-13.

“A Genre in Crisis: The `”Volksbuch.”‘” German Quarterly 59.2 (1986): 203-15.

“Graduate Study and Professional Responsibilities: Bridging the Gap.” ADFL Bulletin 18.2 (1987): 18-19.

“Jakob Michael Reinhold Lenz.” Magill’s Critical Survey of Drama: Foreign Language Series.Pasadena: Salem, 1988.

“Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.” Magill’s Critical Survey of Literary Theory. Pasadena: Salem, 1988.

“Moritz August von Thümmel.” Dictionary of Literary Biography: The Age of Goethe. New York, Gale, 1989.

“Enlightenment.” A Concise History of German Literature. Ed. Kim Vivian. Columbia, SC: Camden House, 1992.

“Andolosia and the Second Rejection of Wisdom in the Chapbook Fortunatus (1509).” In Der Buchstab tödt — der Geist macht lebendig: Festschrift für Hans-Gert Roloff. Eds. Jörg Jungmayr and James Hardin. Berne: Lang, 1992.

“Eulenspiegel and Faustus in extremis: The Death of the Outsider in German Chapbooks.” InDimensions: A. Leslie Willson and Contemporary German Arts and Letters. Eds. Peter Pabisch and Ingo Stoehr. Krefeld: van Acken, 1993.

“Review Article: Recent Work in German Studies on the Early Modern Age.” Monatshefte 86.4 (1994): 548-59.

“Literatur und Technologiewandel: Das NarrenschiffTill Eulenspiegel und das Informationszeitalter.” Eulenspiegel-Jahrbuch 35 (1995): 89-106.

“Commemorating the Early Hans Sachs: Image and Text in the `Romanus Dialogue.'” Seminar31.2 (1995): 1-13.

“Two Lives, One Story: Andolosia and Fortunatus in the German Chapbook of 1507.”Neophilologus 79 (1995): 107-17.

“Reform or Retreat: Whither American Germanics?: The Language of Reform.” In The Future of Germanistik in the USA: Changing Our Prospects. Eds. John A. McCarthy and Katrin Schneider. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt U P, 1996.

“Magie und Struktur im Fortunatus (1509). Zur ästhetischen Einschätzung eines Renaissancetextes.” Neuphilologische Mitteilungen 97.1 (1996): 81-90.

“Sebastian Brant.” In Dictionary of Literary Biography: German Writers of the Renaissance and Reformation, 1280-1580. Eds. Max Reinhart and James Hardin. Detroit: Gale, 1997.

“`Infortunatus’. Nochmals zur architektonischen Struktur des Fortunatus (1509).”Neuphilologische Mitteilungen, 99.2 (1998): 105-112.

“Wunderseltsames und Abenteuerliches, gelesen und gehört. Erzähltechnik und Rezeption beimLalebuch (1597).” Daphnis, 27.2-3 (1998): 443-51.

“Family Values and Dysfunctional Families: Home Life in the Drama of Bach’s Leipzig.” In: J.S. Bach and Leipzig. Ed. Carol Baron. U of Rochester P, 2005.


Papers read at: Modern Languages Association Conventions, South Atlantic MLA Conventions, South Central MLA Conventions, Kalamazoo Medievalists’ Conference, Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conferences, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst closed conferences on the status of American Germanics.

Books reviewed for: Colloquia GermanicaGerman QuarterlyJEGPLessing Yearbook,Monatshefte, et al..