Education2016 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
Work Shared in CORE
ProjectsMy 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.
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)