Francien Markx

Francien Markx

Francien Markx

Associate Professor

German: German language, literature and culture; Musicology; Intersections of music, literature and theater; The Age of Goethe; German Romanticism; Poetry; Cultural Studies

Francien Markx, Ph.D. (2003), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is Associate Professor of German at George Mason University. Her primary area of expertise is in the intersections of eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century German literature, music, and theater, particularly opera and the lied.

Selected Publications


E. T. A. Hoffmann, Cosmopolitanism, and the Struggle for German Opera (Leiden:  Brill, 2016), 496 pp.

Special Volume/Issue (Co-editor)

The Lessing Yearbook / Jahrbuch L (2023): “The Enlightenment and the History of Nature / Die Aufklärung und die Geschichte der Natur,” eds. Carl Niekerk and Francien Markx.

The German Quarterly 91.4 (Fall 2018) Special Issue “Music and German Culture,” eds. Caroline Kita, Francien Markx, and Carl Niekerk.

Book Chapters

“Luise Reichardt as Mus(e)ician: Theme and Variations in her Artistic Endeavors,” Weibliche Kreativität um 1800 / Women’s Creativity around 1800, eds. Linda Dietrick and Birte Giesler (Hannover: Wehrhahn, 2015), 207-236.

“Nawoord,” in: E. T. A. Hoffmann, Leven en opvattingen van Kater Murr, transl. from the German by Wilfred Oranje (Amsterdam: Atlas, 2010), 503-524.

Selected Articles

Niekerk, Carl and Francien Markx: “Introduction: The Enlightenment and the History of Nature,” Lessing Yearbook L (2023), 9-15.

“The Hoogduitsche Schouwburg in Amsterdam and German-Dutch Theatrical Interaction around 1800,” Lessing Yearbook, XLVII (2020), 11-30.

Kita, Caroline, Francien Markx, and Carl Niekerk: “Introduction: Music and German Culture,” The German Quarterly 91.4 (Fall 2018), 364-376.

“Towards a German Romantic Concept of the Ballad: Goethe’s ‘Johanna Sebus’ and its Musical Interpretations by Zelter and Reichardt,” The Goethe Yearbook 19 (2012), 1-28.

“E.T.A. Hoffmann’s Don Juan: Views of an Eccentric Enthusiast?” Seminar 41:4 (November 2005), 367-379.


Courses Taught

GERM 201: Intermediate German I

GERM 301: Culture and Civilization

GERM 310: Conversation and Composition I 

GERM 316: German for the Business World

GERM 318: Translation of Texts

GERM 325 & FRLN 330: Grimms’ Fairy Tales

GERM 325: Representations of Justice in German Literature / E.T.A. Hoffmann: Madness, Magic, and Music / Fantasy and Imagination in German Literature

GERM 340: Survey of German Literature: Traveling through Literature – Literary Travels / Lucifer in German Literature

GERM 355: Readings in German Poetry

GERM 365: From Bismarck to Brecht / Nature and Environment in German Culture

GERM 415: Advanced Grammar and Style

GERM 418: Advanced Composition

GERM 444: The Literature of Romanticism

GERM 442: The Age of Goethe

GERM 450: Modern Literature 1880-1924

Recent Presentations

“A Prussian in Paris: Johann Friedrich Reichardt, Court Kapellmeister and Republican Revolutionary?” 47th Annual Meeting of the South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (SCSECS), Portland, OR (2024)

“’On To a Higher Path of Artistic Endeavor’: Johann Friedrich Reichardt’s Musical Exploration of Goethe’s Works.” American Society of Eighteenth Century Studies (ASECS), St. Louis, MO (2023)

“J. F. Reichardt and the dual personas of Heinrich Wilhelm Gulden / Guglielmo Enrico Fiorino.” 46th Annual Meeting of the South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (SCSECS), Bryan and College Station, TX (2023)

“A Page from Opera Buffa? Some Musical Musings on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s Tomcat Murr.” E.T.A.Hoffmann: Pioneer of Romanticism. A Symposium and Concerts Marking the Bicentennial of His Death, Smith College (2022)

“Feline Fantasies and Compositional Craft: Configurations of Genre and Media in E.T.A. Hoffmann’s Kater Murr,” Forty-sixth Annual Conference of the German Studies Association (GSA) in Houston, TX (2022)

Roundtable Participant: “Rethinking the Survey Course,” organized by the German Studies Association Teaching Network, GSA Conference, Houston, TX (2022)

“Johann Friedrich Reichardt’s Memoirs: Discovering the Self in Letters and Lieder,” Forty-fifth Annual Conference of the German Studies Association (GSA) in Indianapolis, IN (2021)