Academic Interests

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    My work contributes to research on philosophies of representation and aesthetics in literature, especially in Viennese Modernism and post-war German and Austrian literature. I am currently making revisions to my monograph, Troubling Art: The Aesthetic Encounter in Hofmannsthal and European Modernism (discussing advanced contract with McGill-Queen’s University Press) and writing an article on poetological strategies in Uwe Johnson’s politically-charged Mutmassungen über Jakob for the Johnson-Jahrbuch.


    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 Medieval 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

    Peer Reviewed Articles & Esays

    “From Song to the Smiles of Stone: Encounters in Hofmannsthal’s Augenblicke in Griechenland. (Monatshefte, 2017)

    Das 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 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.

    Edited volumes

    Allure and Ethics in Sport from the Ancient Greeks to the Present Day. Ed. John Zilcosky and Marlo Alexandra Burks. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. (Forthcoming in 2018)

    Book Reviews

    Review of »Verführer zu dem wesenhaft Schönen« – Hugo von Hofmannsthal und Eduard Korrodi, by Klaus E. Bohnenkamp (in preparation)

    Review of Lateness and Modern European Literature, by Ben Hutchinson. Comparative Literature Studies

    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)

    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)

    Upcoming Talks and Conferences

    “‘Und die Nähe war ohne Zukunft’: Distanzierung als Überlebensstrategie in Mutmaßungen über Jakob
    Twenty-five years with J. Die ersten 25 Jahre Johnson-Jahrbuch
    Universität Rostock
    1-3 June 2018

    “The Opera With a Shadow: Crisis and Compromise in the Strauss-Hofmannsthal Collaboration During the First World War”
    7th Berlin Program Summer Workshop
    Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies
    Freie Universität Berlin
    27-29 June 2018


    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)

    Marlo Alexandra Burks

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