Associate Professor of German Studies, Languages
- Fairy Tale Studies, Monster Studies, German Romanticism, European Occult Movement, Gustav Meyrink
Amanda Boyd came to UND in 2007. Her research focuses on European occultism in German literature, especially the works of Gustav Meyrink, Fairy-Tale Studies, Monster Studies, and foreign language pedagogy. She is currently writing a history of cryptozoology with a colleague. In addition to teaching in the German Studies Program, she leads students on a faculty-guided study abroad program to Vienna every four years. In her free time, Dr. Boyd enjoys water aerobics, gardening, and art quilting. Dr. Boyd is also the German Studies Program Director and adviser for the German Cooking Club which meets twice a semester to cook and enjoy the cuisine of German-speaking countries.
"Bigfoot Meets the Wild Man: Monstrous Borders Between Contemporary American and Early Modern European Culture." Monsters and Borders in the Early Modern Imagination, edited by Jana Byars and Hans Peter Broedel, Routledge, 2018, 179-195.
"Apocalypse in Prague: Gustav Meyrink's Esoteric Vision in Walpurgisnacht." Conference Proceedings of the Biannual Meeting of the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism, Strasbourg, 2009(forthcoming in 2014).
"Biedermann und die Brandstifter and Die große Wut des Philipp Hotz." Companion to the Works of Max Frisch, edited by Olaf Berwald, Camden House, 2013: 39-57.
"Nationalist Voices Against the Wartime Publishing Industry: Adolf Bartels, Albert Zimmermann, and the Gustav Meyrink Hetze of 1917-1918." Monatshefte 105.2 (2013):223-242.
"Reincarnating Meyrink: Three Recent Monographs. Aries.12.2 (2012): 255-279.
"Gustav Meyrink and the Evolution of the Literary Vampire: From Feared Bloodsucker to Esoteric Phenomenon." Neophilologus 90.4 (2006): 601-620.
- UND Individual Excellence in Teaching Award, 2010
- UND Freshman Mentoring Award, 2012
- Faculty Star Award, 2012
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
PhD, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, 2005
Dissertation: Demonizing Esotericism: The Treatment of Spirituality and Popular Culture in the Works of Gustav Meyrink
University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
MA, Department of Foreign Languages, German, 1999
Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA
BA, German, BA, Russian, 1995 (Phi Beta Kappa)
- The German Cooking Club
- Regensburg Study Abroad Program
- Faculty-Guided Study Abroad in Vienna (next trip May/June 2020)
- German Ambassador Scholarship
- Graduate Reading Exams
- Phi Beta Kappa (Arts & Sciences academic honor society)