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Heide Crawford

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Senior Lecturer in German
Co-coordinator, ENGR-GRMN Dual Degree Program
Director of the Freiburg Study Abroad Program

Research and teaching interests include the origins of the vampire in German literature, the development of German Gothic horror literature since the 18th century and its connection with central European cultural history, the occult in literature, the German folklore and fairy tale tradition, trends in European and American Gothic horror literature and film, the relationship between science and literature (especially Gothic Horror literature), and the impact of aesthetic theory and German Idealism on German Gothic horror narrative strategy. Additional teaching interests include German cultural history, business German, current events, and environmentalism in German literature and in contemporary culture. She has published articles and book chapters on the vampire in German literature, teaching the vampire, aesthetics of horror in E.T.A. Hoffmann's works, visualization in Goethe's poem "Die Metamorphose der Pflanzen," the Gothic gaze in the TV series, Fear the Walking Dead, and regionalism in Ernst Moritz Arndt's fairy tales. She is the recipient of two awards for teaching excellence for undergraduate and graduate teaching from the University of Kansas and she created and directs UGA’s Freiburg Study Abroad program. Dr. Crawford's book The Origins of the Literary Vampire was published in September 2016. Current projects include a translation and critical edition of the first known vampire novel Der Vampyr, oder die Todtenbraut (1826) by Theodor Hildebrandt.


Research Areas:
  • Ph.D, Penn State 


Events featuring Heide Crawford
Zell Miller Learning Center, Room 214

Presentation and Q&A on this popular faculty-led study abroad program.Through experiential learning and classroom studies, students develop their German language skills and learn about sustainable urban design and innovations. No prior German is necessary.

Thanks to generous donors, some financial aid is…

Articles Featuring Heide Crawford

The University of Georgia German program has been lucky to share a close relationship with The Halle Foundation, an organization that "seeks to promote understanding, knowledge, and friendship between the people of…

Like so many changes that have happened since COVID-19 became a part of lives worldwide, having to switch your study abroad experience to online classes is not what anybody envisioned. But students made the best of the situation, taking classes online from home…

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