Donald Haase

Donald Haase

Professor Emeritus of German

Curriculum vitae


Donald Haase

Donald Haase is Professor  Emeritus of German. He received his BA (1972) and MA (1973) in German from the University of Cincinnati and his Ph.D. (1979) in Comparative Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After receiving his Ph.D., he served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of German at Miami University of Ohio from 1979 to 1981, and then came to Wayne State University as an Assistant Professor in 1981. From 1989 to 2007, he served as Chair of the Department of German & Slavic Studies, and from 2007 to 2016, as Associate Dean and then Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • Folktales and fairy tales

  • Reception and Response Studies

  • European Romanticism


Professor Haase's research on German, French, English, and American literature and film spans topics from the 18th century to the present. His publications include articles in journals such as Fabula, The Lion and the UnicornNarrative CultureGramarye, German Politics and Society, Modern Austrian Literature, Monatshefte, Romance Notes, and English Language Notes. He has edited The Reception of Grimms’ Fairy Tales: Responses, Reactions, Revisions (1993), an edition of Joseph Jacobs’s English Fairy Tales and More English Fairy Tales (2002), Fairy Tales and Feminism: New Approaches (2004), the 3-volume Greenwood Encyclopedia of Folktales and Fairy Tales (2008), and, with co-editor Prof. Anne E. Duggan, its 4-volume revised and expanded edition, Folktales and Fairy Tales: Texts and Traditions from around the World (2016).

He has contributed essays to numerous books and articles to the Enzyklopädie des Märchens. He is general editor of the Series in Fairy-Tale Studies published by Wayne State University Press and former editor of the international journal Marvels & Tales: Journal of Fairy-Tale Studies. He serves on the editorial boards of Marvels & Tales and Wayne State University Press; and on the advisory boards of Fairy Tale Review, Gramarye, and the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales, and Fantasy. He also serves on the Wayne State University Press Board of Visitors as vice chair.


  • Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1979
  • M.A., German, University of Cincinnati, 1973
  • B.A., summa cum laude, German, University of Cincinnati, 1972

Awards and grants

  • Academy of Scholars, Wayne State Univ. (since 2011).
  • President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Wayne State Univ., 1985.

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Grant to Direct Summer Seminar for Secondary School Teachers on the Tales of the Brothers Grimm: Discovering Their Literary and Cultural Significance, 1984-85; 1986-87; 1993-94.

  • American Council on Education, Foreign Language Instruction Improvement Grant, 1991-93.

Selected publications

Edited Books:

With Anne E. Duggan, Folktales and Fairy Tales: Traditions and Texts from around the World. 2nd ed. 4 vols. Santa Barbra: ABC-CLIO, 2016. Revised and expanded edition of The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Folktales and Fairy Tales. Ed. Donald Haase.

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Folktales and Fairy Tales. 3 vols. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2008.

Fairy Tales and Feminism: New Approaches. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2004. Reprinted 2007.

English Fairy Tales and More English Fairy Tales. Collected by Joseph Jacobs. ABC-CLIO Classic Folk and Fairy Tales. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2002.

The Reception of Grimms’ Fairy Tales: Responses, Reactions, Revisions. Detroit: Wayne State Univ. Press, 1993. Reprinted as paperback 1995.

Selected Journal Articles and Book Chapters:

“Global or Local? Where Do Fairy Tales Belong?” World Fairy Tales. Ed. Andrew
Teverson. London: Routledge, forthcoming.

“The Fairy-Tale Canon.” Teaching the Fairy-Tale. Ed. Nancy L. Canepa. Detroit: Wayne
State University Press, forthcoming.

“No Laughing Matter: Fairy Tales and the 2016 US Presidential Election.” Terra ridens-
Terra narrans: Festschrift zum 65. Geburtstag von Ulrich Marzolph. Ed. Regina F.
Bendix and Dorothy Noyes. Dortmund: Verlag für Orientkunde, 2018. 2: 282-313.

“Challenges of Folktale and Fairy-Tale Studies in the Twenty-First Century.” Fabula 57.1-2 (2016): 73–85.

Foreword. New Approaches to Teaching Folk and Fairy Tales. Ed. Christa Jones and Claudia Schwabe. Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2016. vii-xi.

"‘We Are What We Are Supposed to Be’: The Brothers Grimm as Fictional Representations." Narrative Culture 1.2 (2014): 191-215."

"Dear Reader.” Marvelous Transformations. Ed. Christine Jones and Jennifer Schacker. Peterborough: Broadview Press, 2012. 539-44.“

"Kiss and Tell: Orality, Narrative, and the Power of Words in ‘Sleeping Beauty.’” Etudes de Lettres 289.3-4 (2011): 275-92.

"Decolonizing Fairy-Tale Studies.” Marvels & Tales: Journal of Fairy-Tale Studies 24.1 (2010): 17-38.

"Fairy Tales, Hope, and the Culture of Defeat from the Postbellum American South to Postwar Germany.” Kriegs- und Nachkriegskindheiten: Studien zur literarischen Erinnerungskultur für junge Leser. Ed. Gabriele von Glasenapp and Hans-Heino Ewers. Frankfurt a.M.: Peter Lang, 2008. 455-64.

For complete list of publications, see my CV.