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Margaret Eleanor
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Texas State University
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Germany, Music, Cultural Philanthropy, Leipzig, Nineteenth Century
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Margaret Eleanor Menninger is a former NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Humanities, and has been a member of the Department of History at Texas State since 2000. Menninger’s research interests include cultural philanthropy, civil society, and regional identity and bourgeois culture in Germany. She has presented papers at conferences in Canada, England, Germany and the United States. Menninger is completing a manuscript entitled A Serious Matter and True Joy: Philanthropy, the Arts, and the State in Nineteenth-Century Leipzig. Her co-edited volume on the Total Work of Art appeared in 2016. Menninger has additional interests in the social history of music, cultural diplomacy and the history of Scandinavia, particularly Iceland.

Menninger received her A.B. with honors from Harvard-Radcliffe College in 1986. Menninger was a Rotary Scholar at Georg-August Universität in Göttingen in 1986-87. Menninger has worked in publishing for both Houghton Mifflin Company in Boston and Carl Hanser Verlag in Germany. She received her A.M. and Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1991 and 1998 respectively where her research was supported by the German Academic Exchange Service and the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C.

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