Rebecca Stewart

Rebecca Stewart

Teaching Fellow
Rebecca Stewart

Rebecca Stewart received her M.A. in German Studies at California State University, Long Beach in 2016 where she wrote an M.A. thesis entitled “Untimely Liberalism: Nationalism, Patriotism, and Duty in the Liberation Works of Heinrich Joseph von Collin.” She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Germanic Languages & Literatures with a secondary field in Musicology as an Ashford Fellow at Harvard University, where she is writing a dissertation on expressions of female autonomy in Schiller’s oeuvre, with a specific focus on the dramas not set in wars of occupation. More broadly, she is interested in popular, literary, and theoretical discussions of gender stereotypes around 1800, as well as literary and musical responses to Napoleon. In addition to her studies, Rebecca has spent four summers teaching at full-immersion German Studies programs. This past summer, she taught a course for intermediate German students at the German Summer School of the Pacific on solidarity, happiness, and love in Die ZauberflöteFidelio, and Der Ring des Nibelungen.

Rebecca Stewart’s career as a musician has always informed her academic work. She has directed choirs and sung as a soloist and in choirs in the United States, in Canada, and in Europe. In Spring 2020, she sang and worked as a diction coach in the Harvard College Opera’s 2020 production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (pictured here). Currently, she sings in the Harvard University Choir and studies voice with a private teacher. This summer, she is interning for the LA Opera, where she is co-producing Maestro James Conlon's podcast series on Wagner's Der Ring des Niebelungen, which can be heard here. Alongside her scholarly and musical engagements, Rebecca works as a resident advisor for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, where she hosts a monthly lecture and opera screening series.

Forthcoming Publications
“Anti-Napoleonic Rage: Heinrich Joseph von Collin and Kleist.” Heinrich von Kleist: Artistic and Philosophical Paradigms. Edited by Jeffrey L. High, Rebecca Stewart, and Elaine Chen. Rochester: Camden House, forthcoming 2021.

“Schiller’s Johanna and Collin’s Bianca as Women(’s)-Liberators in Anti-Napoleonic Drama.” Napoleonic Occupation and German Culture: Inspiration Bonaparte?. Edited by Seán Allan and Jeffrey L. High. Rochester: Camden House, forthcoming 2020.


With Jeffrey L. High, “Die Jungfrau von Orleans.” The Literary Encyclopedia and Literary Dictionary. Edited by Robert Clark, Emory Elliott and Janet Todd. The Literary Dictionary Company Limited. <> First published 2018.

With Jeffrey L. High, “Heinrich Joseph von Collin,” in: The Literary Encyclopedia and Literary Dictionary. Edited by Robert Clark, Emory Elliott, and Janet Todd. The Literary Dictionary Company Limited. <> First published 2016.

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