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Education

2016     Ph.D. University of Toronto Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures Dissertation Title: “Art’s Challenge: An Analysis of the Role of Aesthetics in the Work of Hugo von Hofmannsthal” 2011      M.A., Dalhousie University Department of German Thesis Title: “Das Licht der Künste: Hugo von Hofmannsthals Die Frau ohne Schatten mit Blick auf Walter Paters The Renaissance” 2009      M.A. (with distinction), University of Leeds Institute for Mediaeval Studies Project Title: “Boethian Time in Gower’s Confessio Amantis” 2008      B.A., St. Thomas University (Canada) Double Honours in English and Great Ideas

Other Publications

Articles “From Song to the Smiles of Stone: Encounters in Hofmannsthal’s Augenblicke in Griechenland.” (Forthcoming in Monatshefte, 2017) Book Translations Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s Writings On Art. Trans. Marlo Alexandra Burks. In the Series German Texts in English Translation, ed. Hans-Günther Schwarz & Norman R. Diffey. Munich: iudicium verlag, 2017. Book ChaptersDas Urgesetz der Schönheit: Überlegungen zu einer Kritik des Nützlichkeitsdenkens am Beispiel von Über Schädelnerven und Dantons Tod. Georg Büchner: Contemporary Perspectives. Amsterdamer Beiträge zur neueren Germanistik. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2017. Book Reviews Review of Lateness and Modern European Literature, by Ben Hutchinson. Comparative Literature Studies. (in preparation) Review of Hugo von Hofmannsthal Briefwechsel mit Marie von Thurn und Taxis-Hohenlohe 1903-1929, edited by Klaus E. Bohnenkamp. Germanic Review: Literature, Culture, Theory 92.3 (2017) http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00168890.2017.1328199 Review of Fugitive Objects: Sculpture and Literature in the German Nineteenth Century, by Catriona Macleod. Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies 53.1. (February 2017)

Projects

My current project, entitled The Urgency of the Past: Hofmannsthal’s Aesthetic Challenges Today, explores Hofmannsthal’s dialogical aesthetics from the viewpoints of production and reception. In particular, the project explores his artistic collaboration with Richard Strauss, as well as the public reception of Hofmannsthal’s work today. I am also laying the foundations for my next book-length project, tentatively titled Modernity’s Sacrifice: The Self.  This a comparative and genealogical study of what most scholars refer to as ‘impersonality.’ The purpose is twofold: to bring a comparative perspective to the discussion by not focusing exclusively on English language writers (as most scholars have done till now), and to consider in particular the role of sacrificial rhetoric present within romantic and modernist conceptions of impersonality in art. I intend to contribute to the scholarly history of the concept by examining the writings of the following: Friedrich Schlegel, John Keats, Charles Baudelaire, Vincent van Gogh, Lafcadio Hearn, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Georg Simmel, and Robert Musil.   My dissertation, Art’s Challenge: An Analysis of the Role of Aesthetics in the Work of Hugo von Hofmannsthal can be downloaded from this site: https://tspace.library.utoronto.ca/handle/1807/76373 My Master’s thesis, “Das Licht der Künste: Hugo von Hofmannsthals Frau ohne Schatten mit Blick auf Walter Paters The Renaissance” is available here: https://dalspace.library.dal.ca/handle/10222/14252

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

“Objects Receding and Returning: Hofmannsthal’s Contribution to the Materialities Discourse” at the PAMLA, Hawaii, November 2017. This paper examines two texts by Hugo von Hofmannsthal which portray the dissolution of objects and the force of their material return. In one case, the narrator experiences ecstatic revelations and sensations of cosmic unity; in the other, the dissolution has broader social implications, and, while their return seems to be revelatory, the text’s ambiguous ending suggests a continued struggle of mastery between object and human.

Memberships

PAMLA (2017-present) German Studies Association (2016-present) Victoria College Junior Fellow, University of Toronto (2015-present) Modern Language Association (2015-present) American Comparative Literature Association (2015-present) Hugo von Hofmannsthal-Gesellschaft (2012-present) Canadian Association of University Teachers of German / L’Association des Professeurs d’Allemand des Universités Canadiennes (2011-present)

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