University of Wisconsin–Madison


Jolanda Vanderwal Taylor
German, Professor
Email: jvtaylor@wisc.edu

Languages: Dutch, German

Research/Language Interests: Dutch-language literature and culture; (im)migration; trauma and memory; travel; the family; contemporary fiction.

Education: 1987: Ph.D. in Germanic Studies: German and Dutch Literature, Cornell University 1984: M.A. in Germanic Studies: German Literature, minor in Germanic Linguistics, Cornell University 1980: B.A. in German and Philosophy, with honors, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois

Undergraduate Courses: Dutch language 1-5 Lit Tran 326/ German 326/625 “Travel and Dutch Literature” (In English and Dutch) “Holocaust, Occupation, Memory” (In English and Dutch) “The Family, Secrets” (“Het gezin, geheimen”) (in English and Dutch) “Anne Frank: Cracking the Diaries, Confronting the Holocaust” (FIG/ in English) “Dutch Lit: WWII-present” (In English and Dutch) “Colonialism & its Aftermath in Dutch Literature”(In English and Dutch) German 245/445/645: The Low Countries: Low Lands or High Water? (In English and Dutch) “Dutch Tolerance and Multiculturalism” (in English and Dutch); “Amsterdam / New Amsterdam / New York,” (in English and Dutch) “Migration and the Low Countries” “The Revolt and the Golden Age”

Graduate Courses: German 625 and 645: (taught as meets-with) German 625 “Travel and Dutch Literature” “Holocaust, Occupation, Memory” “The Family, Secrets” (“Het gezin, geheimen”) “Dutch Lit: WWII-present” “Colonialism & its Aftermath in Dutch Literature” German 645: The Low Countries: Low Lands or High Water? “Dutch Tolerance and Multiculturalism” (in English and Dutch); “Amsterdam / New Amsterdam / New York,” (in English and Dutch) “Migration and the Low Countries” “The Revolt and the Golden Age”

About Me: I received my PhD from Cornell University, in Germanic Studies: German and Dutch. Here at UW-Madison, I taught German and Dutch at first, while we built the Dutch program. Recently, my teaching has been primarily in Dutch language, literature and culture. My research interests have recently been primarily in Dutch literature and culture, the (trans-generational) memory of the Holocaust and Occupation, the family (het gezin) in Dutch literature and culture, and issues surrounding migration/newcomers. I have been active on campus in promoting study abroad, as well as activities that help students gain--and understand the value of--a liberal arts education. I serve as faculty director of the Wisconsin International Scholars Program (The International Division). I have served as chair of the L&S Curriculum Committee, inaugural chair of the University Curriculum Committee, co-chair of the University International Travel Committee, as a member of the Faculty Advisory Group for Engage Awards Program (DoIT), Chair of the Faculty Advisory Board, Student Academic Affairs, and member of review and search & screen committees.

Selected Publications