Bethany Wiggin

Membership:  2015

Member Bio

Bethany Wiggin is Founding Director of the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities (PPEH). She is Associate Professor of German and Comparative Literature and an affiliated faculty member in the English Department at the University of Pennsylvania. Her seminar on Sustainability and Utopianism is the first at the University to integrate the humanities and natural sciences. She also regularly teaches on topics including Environmental Humanities theory and practice, cultural and literary translation, and European and American literary and cultural history. From 2016 to 2017 she will direct the Penn Humanities Forum in a year devoted to exploring Translation.


  • Un/Translatables: New Maps for Germanic Literatures. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, forthcoming in 2015. (Co-edited with Daniel DiMassa, Catriona MacLeod, and Nicholas Theis).
  • Novel Translations: The European Novel and the German Book, 1680 to 1730. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2011.
  • "World Literature and the Eighteenth-Century Novel: Amsterdam, Leipzig, 1701." Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies 49, no. 2 (2013): 112–30.
  • "Globalization and the Work of Fashion in Early Modern German Letters." Journal of Early Modern Cultural Studies 11, no. 2 (2011): 35–60.
  • "'For Each and Every House to Wish for Peace': Christoph Saur's High German Almanac on the Eve of the French and Indian War." In Empires of God: Religious Encounters in the Early Modern Atlantic, edited by Linda K. Gregerson and Sue Juster, 154–71. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010.
  • Publications