Margaret Devinney, Ph.D.

EmeritusMarge Devinney
532 Anderson Hall



German Language and Literature, Mythology, Folktales, Middle High German Texts, German-American Sütterlin Texts, Translation


Margaret K. Devinney is Associate Professor of German emerita at Temple University.  She is currently working with a colleague on the fourth edition of their mythology textbook, expanding the scope and enriching theoretical discussions. In addition to refreshing her MHG skills through a recent course at Penn, she translates early German-American documents written in Sütterlin script. She is a member of the American Translators Association, the International Society for the Study of Time, The Delaware Valley Translators Association, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and the German Society of Pennsylvania.

Recent Publication and Presentations

Introduction to Mythology: Contemporary Approaches to Classical and World Myth, 4 ed. (Oxford University Press: (Spring 2015)

“Are Myths—and their Folktale Cousins—Timeless? A Study of Snow White”  International Society for the Study of Time. (July 2013)

“The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Heroes, Villains, and Monsters in Classical Mythology” Sundays at Two Lecture Series, Lancaster (VA) Community Library (October 2013)


  • German 3101 and 3102: Introduction to German Literature I and II
  • German 3221: German Culture Through Film
  • German 3363: The Faust Legend: Diabolical Dilemmas
  • German 4141: German Expressionism
  • German 4144: The Golden Age: Goethe and Schiller
  • German 4145: Twentieth-Century Drama: From Expressionism to Nihilism
  • German 4146: Twentieth-Century Prose: The Search for Identity