Professor Helen Watanabe-O’Kelly, MA NUI, MA Oxf, Dr phil Basle, FBA

Between 1989 and 2013, Professor Watanabe O’Kelly was Fellow in German Language and Literature at Exeter College. During this time she was also Sub-Rector (1995-97, 2002-2004). Prior to teaching at Exeter, she lectured at the University of Reading from 1974 to 1989.

Her specialisms include Early modern German culture; European court culture, especially festivals, of the early modern period; the representation of women in German literature; writing by women in German. Among her books are Melancholie und die melancholische Landschaft (1978), Triumphal Shews. Tournaments at German-Speaking Courts in their European Context 1560-1730 (1992) and Court Culture in Dresden from Renaissance to Baroque (2002). She has edited The Cambridge History of German Literature (1997), Spectaculum Europaeum.

She is currently working on a research project, ‘Marrying Cultures’, examining the role of consorts in early modern Europe.