Contemporary Austrian Literature

April 27, 2016

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My teaching and research interests tend to be broad you need to include German literary works and culture since 1750, European perceptions of various other cultures, songs and literary works, and also relative Dutch studies (including Dutch colonial literature and reactions to that literature in modern Indonesian writing).

For undergraduates, I teach a broad education course regarding “History of Sexuality and Literature” (CWL 272 / GER 270 / GWS 270) which is supplied every autumn (in English). In recent years I also have actually taught "European countries in big trouble" – an easy lecture / seminar course centering on the development of European communities and cultures (north and south) since 1945 that features once a week film tests and it is crosslisted with European Union Studies and worldwide Studies. In addition often show GER 211 (Advanced German Conversation and Composition 1), GER 332 (a topics course on German Literature and Culture), and GER 471 (Overview 18th- and early 19th-century German Literature and heritage). In all of my courses We stress the importance of cooperative and communicative discovering techniques. My courses evaluate literature and culture inside their socio-historical contexts and at the effect of art on culture. In most regarding the courses I teach, I use other news (songs, film) to document important subjects and improvements in tradition and community

For graduate pupils, I instruct many different seminars on 18th- and early 19th-century German Literature and Culture, and on twentieth-century and contemporary Austrian literature and tradition. Current workshop topics being: ’The Enlightenment as well as other Cultures’; ‘Goethe’s Modernity’; ‘Postcolonialism and its own Germanic Contexts’; ‘From Modernism to Fascism: Austrian Literature 1893-1938’ and 'Sexuality, Literature and Film since 1774.' I also cooperate sporadically with peers in Musicology on graduate workshops.

I will be mcdougal of a novel that looks at the songs of Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) in framework of German social and literary record, concentrating particularly from the Jewish-German cultural custom (Reading Mahler: Text, society, and Jewishness in Fin-de-Siècle Vienna 2010 / paperback 2013). The central debate for this book is that Mahler’s literary passions were highly eclectic and should be recognized as a critique associated with the normative areas of German tradition, particularly the looks of Richard Wagner. In place of adopting a nostalgic Modernism as many of his contemporaries did, Mahler insisted in the cosmopolitanism and heterogeneity inherent to German culture. In 2005, I published a monograph regarding the eighteenth-century German physics professor, essayist, and satirist Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742-1799) just who lived and worked in Göttingen. This book discusses the relevance of eighteenth-century debates in All-natural background and Anthropology for understanding Lichtenberg’s work. Specifically, I am enthusiastic about the connections between Lichtenberg’s work and therefore of their colleague in the University of Göttingen Johann Friedrich Blumenbach, one of several founding dads of German Anthropology. Reconstructing these discourses enables united states understand the complex and quite often contradictory nature of this German Late Enlightenment. My first guide ended up being a study of the construction of subjectivity in Goethe’s 'Unterhaltungen deutscher Ausgewanderten' (1995) that we read inside the framework of – but in addition as a critique of – Goethe's a few ideas abut 'Bildung.'

I will be currently focusing on a project that seeks to reconstruct a brief history of ‘back-to-nature’ reasoning from seventeenth-century Dutch landscape artist Jacob van Ruisdael on modern German author Christoph Ransmayr and filmmaker Werner Herzog. Im additionally continuing to pursue my passions in the reputation for European Anthropology and Ethnology as well as in the intersections of literature, tradition, and songs.

Book Efforts

  • "Violence, Gender, and also the building for the Other in Story of Inkle and Yarico." Gender issues: Discourses of Violence at the beginning of Modern Literature additionally the Arts. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2014.
  • "Transkulturation und die Unmöglichkeit der Liebe als Passion: Bodo Kirchhoffs Infanta (1990)." Nach der Utopie der Liebe? Beziehungsmodelle nach der romantischen Liebe, ed. by Henriette Herwig und Miriam Seidler. 2014.
  • "Hans Keilson im Exil. Zur jüdisch-niederländisch-deutschen Transkulturation." Die vergangene Zeit bleibt perish erlittene Zeit. Untersuchungen zum Werk von Hans Keilson. 2013.
  • "The Legacy of Enlightenment Anthropology together with Construction of the Primitive various other in Kleist’s ‘Die Verlobung in St. Domingo." Heinrich von Kleist: Design and Concept. Explorations in Literary Dissonance. 2013.
  • "Radical Thinking while the Dialogic Mode in Karl Philipp Moritz’s Andreas-Hartknopf-Novels." The Eighteenth-Century Novel, ed. by Matt Erlin and Sean Franzel, special problem of Seminar. 2013.
  • "Translating the Pacific: Georg Forster’s ‘A Voyage across the World’ / ‘Reise um die Welt’ (1777-1780)." Travel Narratives in Translation, 1750-1830: Nationalism, Ideology, Gender. New York: Routledge, 2012.
  • "Romanticism and Other Cultures." The Cambridge Companion to German Romanticism, ed. Nicholas Saul. Cambridge UP, 2009. 147-162.
  • "Mahler, Rembrandt, therefore the Dark Side of German Culture." Legacies of Modernism. Art and Politics in Northern Europe, 1890-1950, eds. Patrizia C. McBride, Richard W. McCormick, and Monika Zagar. Palgrave: Ny, 2007. 29-40.
  • "Casanova’s Radical Enlightenment." The Promise and Limitations of Enlightenment. Festschrift for John A. McCarthy, ed. Richard E. Schade and Dieter Sevin. Amsterdam / New York: Rodopi, 2007. 75-92.

Edited Books

  • Contemplating Violence: Crucial Researches in Modern-day German Culture. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2011.
  • A hundred Many Years Of Masochism: Literary Texts, Personal and Cultural Contexts. 2000.

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