Ann Marie Rasmussen

Professor Emerita of Germanic Languages and Literature

External Address: 
116C Old Chemistry, German Department, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90256, German Department, Durham, NC 27708-0256
(919) 660-3173

I came to Duke University in 1988 from the "Deutsches Seminar" of the University of Berne in Switzerland, where I taught as an assistant professor for 2-1/2 years. I have held a variety of leadership positions at Duke University, including chairing the German department from 1/1/06 to 1/1/08 and chairing the Executive Committee of the Graduate Faculty from 2010-2013. From 2002 until 2009, I envisioned, initiated, and implemented the Carolina-Duke Graduate Program in German Studies, which was successfully launched with its first entering class in August, 2009. My research treats medieval literature and culture from the twelfth century to the Reformation. In my publications I combine gender studies with a variety of other approaches, including manuscript studies, the anthropology of gift-giving, visuality studies, and, most recently, material culture. I have published four books and over thirty articles. I am currently completing an interdisciplinary study of medieval badges and designing my next project, a digital humanities geo-referencing project on the late medieval saints' cult known as The Holy Kinship.


  • Ph.D., Yale University 1985
  • B.A., University of Oregon 1976

Klinck, AL, and Rasmussen, AM. Medieval woman's song: Cross-cultural approaches. January 1, 2015.

Rasmussen, A, Eming, J, and Starkey, K. Visuality and Materiality in the Story of Tristan and Isolde. Notre Dame Press, 2012.

Rasmussen, AM, and Westphal, S. Ladies, Whores, and Holy Women: A Reader in Gender and Class in Late Medieval German Texts. Medieval Institute of Western Michigan University, 2010.

Rasmussen, AM. Mothers and Daughters in Medieval German Literature. Syracuse University Press, 1997.

Rasmussen, A. "Moving beyond Sexuality in Medieval Sexual Badges." From Beasts to Souls: Gender and Embodiment in Medieval Europe. Ed. EJ Burns and P McCracken. Notre Dame, IN: Univ. of Notre Dame Press, 2013. 296-335.

Rasmussen, A. "Reprint of: Moving Beyond Sexuality in Medieval Sexual Badges." Nahrung, Notdurft, Obszönität. Ed. A Grafetstaetter. University of Bamberg Press, 2013.

Rasmussen, A. "Reading in Nuremberg’s Fifteenth-Century Carnival Plays." Literary Studies and the Question of Reading. Ed. R Benson, E Downing, and J Hess. Camden House, 2012. 106-129.

Rasmussen, A. "Problematizing Medieval Misogyny: Aristotle and Phyllis in the German Tradition." Verstellung und Betrug im Mittelalter und in der mittelalterlichen Literatur. Ed. M Meyer, S Pincikowski, and A Sager. 2012.

Rasmussen, A. "Wanderlust: Gift Exchange, Sex, And The Meanings Of Mobility." ’Liebe schenken‘: Liebesgaben in der Literatur des Mittelalters und der frühen Neuzeit. Ed. M Egidi, L Lieb, and M Schnyder. Berlin: Erich Schmidt Verlag, 2012. 219-229.

Rasmussen, AM. "Hadamar von Laber." Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages. Ed. R Bjork. 2010.

Rasmussen, AM. "Das Liederbuch der Klara Hätzlerin." Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages. Ed. R Bjork. 2010.

Rasmussen, AM. "Mai und Beaflor." Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages. Ed. R Bjork. 2010.

Rasmussen, AM. "Die Minneburg." Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages. Ed. R Bjork. 2010.

Rasmussen, AM. "Der Winsbecke." Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages. Ed. R Bjork. 2010.


Rasmussen, AM. "The medieval Dance Song (1100-1300). Songs to Dance-Dance in the Song." SPECULUM-A JOURNAL OF MEDIEVAL STUDIES 89.3 (July 2014): 792-793. Full Text

Rasmussen, AM. "The "Jena Song Manuscript" Codex - History - Environment." SPECULUM-A JOURNAL OF MEDIEVAL STUDIES 88.2 (April 2013): 521-523.

Madden, H, and Rasmussen, AM. "Hiding in plain sight: Print literary histories in the digital age." College & Research Libraries News 74.3 (March 1, 2013): 140-143. Full Text

Rasmussen, A, and Madden, H. "Hiding in Plain Sight." College and Research Library News (2013). (Academic Article)


Rasmussen, AM. "Sorrow and Identity: Emotions in the German Literature of the Middle age." SPECULUM-A JOURNAL OF MEDIEVAL STUDIES 84.2 (April 2009): 462-464.

Rasmussen, A. "Falsche Freunde." Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (2009): N5-N5. (Academic Article)


Rasmussen, A. "Female Archetypes in Game of Thrones." Huffington Post (September 2012).