M.A. German, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1992
B.A. equivalent German Studies, Philosophy, and Psychology, Universität Zürich, 1990
2006 to present Associate Professor of German, Department of German, Russian, and East Asian Languages, Bowling Green State University
2007 to 2008 Director of BGSU Study Abroad program in Salzburg, Austria
1998 to 2006 Assistant Professor of German, Department of German, Russian, and East Asian Languages, Bowling Green State University
2003 to 2004 Director of BGSU Study Abroad program in Salzburg, Austria
2001 to 2002 Director of BGSU Study Abroad program in Salzburg, Austria
1992 to 1998 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of German, Johns Hopkins University
1995 to 1997 Assistant Language Coordinator, Department of German, Johns Hopkins University
1990 to 1992 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of German, U. of Illinois at Chicago
1988 to 1989 Teaching Assistant, Department of German, Universität Zürich
Improvisation as Art. Conceptual Challenges, Historical Perspectives. New York / London: Continuum, 2011.
“Eine wirklich transzendentale Buffonerie. Improvisation und Improvisationstheater im Kontext der frühromantischen Poetologie.“ In Improvisieren. Paradoxien des Unvorhersehbaren. Kunst – Medien -- Praxis, edited by Hans-Friedrich Bormann, Gabriele Brandstetter, and Annemarie Matzke, p.65-94. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, 2010.
“Black Boxes and White Noise. Don DeLillo and the Reality of Literature.” In Addressing Modernity. Social Systems Theory and U.S. Cultures, edited by Hannes Bergthaller and Carsten Schinko. (forthcoming, Rudopi Press)
“Werther’s Sentimental Narcissism. Consciousness, Communication, and the Origin of the Modern Psyche.” In The Self as Muse: Narcissism and Creativity in the German Imagination 1750-1850, edited by Alexander Mathäs. (forthcoming, Bucknell University Press).
“The Psychology of Aesthetic Autonomy. The Signature of the Signature of Beauty.” In Signaturen des Denkens/Signatures of Thought: Karl Philipp Moritz, edited by Anthony Krupp (forthcoming, Rudopi Press)
“Improvisation: Form and Event—A Spencer-Brownian Calculation.” In Emergence and Embodiment: New Essays in Second-Order Systems Theory, edited by Bruce Clarke and Mark Hansen, pp. 179-204. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2009.
“Formen aus Formen ausformen. Re/Produktion in der Kunst Birgit Zinners.” Introduction to Art Catalogue of Birgit Zinner, p. 9-20. Wien: Impression, 2008.
“The Education of Humankind. Perfectibility and Discipline in Kant’s Lectures ‘ÜBER PÄDAGOGIK’.” Goethe Yearbook/Jahrbuch XIV (2007): 39-60.
“Comprehending Romantic Incomprehensibility. A Systems-Theoretical Perspective on Early German Romanticism,” MLN 121 (2006): 592-616.
“The Disintegration of Modern Culture. Nietzsche and the Information Age.” Comparative Literature 57.1 (Winter 2005), 25-44.
“Romantic Love and the Enlightenment: From Gallantry and Seduction to Authenticity and Self-Validation.” German Quarterly 77/1 (Winter 2004), 29-46.
“Improvisation: Paradigma moderner Kunstproduktion und Ereignis.” parapluie: Kulturen ‑ Künste‑ Literaturen, Improvisation, (http://parapluie.de/archiv/improvisation/kunstproduktion/) November 2003.
“Self-Forming Selves: Autonomy and Artistic Creativity in Goethe and Moritz.” Goethe Yearbook/Jahrbuch XI (Spring 2002), 159-176.
“Observing Postmodernity: Subjectivity and Communication in Twentieth‑Century Critical Thought." Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery, Proceedings 2001.
“Die Realität der literarischen Kommunikation.“ in: parapluie: Kulturen ‑ Künste‑ Literaturen, Kommunikation, (http://parapluie.de/archiv/kommunikation/literatur/) January 2001.
"Beobachter der Postmoderne." parapluie: Kulturen ‑ Künste‑ Literaturen. X Generation, (http://parapluie.de/archiv/generation/postmoderne/) August 1999.
Reviewer for The European Romantic Review (2007)
Reviewer for Comparative Literature Studies (2006)
Reviewer for German Quarterly (2003, 2004)
Editorial Assistant, MLN 109/3 (1994)
Moore, Evelyn K. and Simpson, Patricia Anne (ed.s). The Enlightened Eye. Goethe and Visual Culture. Amsterdam / New York: Rodopi, 2007. 322 pp. German Quarterly 81.3 (2008): 357-359. (review)
“Elystan Griffiths. Political Change and Human Emancipation in the Works of Heinrich von Kleist. Rochester, NY: Camden, 2005.” Colloquia Germanica 39/6 (2006): 88-90. (review)
“Simulating Mimesis” MLN 115/3 (April 2000): 554-560. (review)
"Experience: An Untimely Subject,” Semiotica 111-3/4 (1996): 347-356. (review essay)
Conference Papers Read to Professional Societies
“Systems Theory and Early German Romanticism. Conceptual Challenges, Historical Perspectives.” Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, April 30, 2010.
“Improvising Man. Heinrich von Kleist and the Modern Predicament.” Germanic Languages and Literatures Department, U. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, December 2009.
“Unvorhersehbarkeit, Kreativität, Individualität. Beobachtungen zur poetischen und gesellschaftlichen Reflexion improvisierten Handelns in der Romantik.“ Tagung: Improvisieren – Das Unvorhersehbare Tun. Institut für Theaterwissenschaft, FU Berlin, April 2008.
“The Psychology of Aesthetic Autonomy. Karl Philipp Moritz’s ’Über die bildende Nachahmung des Schönen.’” At: Signatures of Thought: Karl Philipp Moritz (1756-1793). Conference organized by the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on German Literature and Culture at the University of Chicago. Chicago, November 3-4, 2006.
“Creating Performativity and Performing Creativity. Considerations on the History and
Phenomenology of Improvisation.” Interdisciplinary Seminar on Improvisation. U. of California, Santa Barbara. April 2006.
“Self-Forming Selves: Autonomy and Artistic Creativity in Goethe and Moritz.” ICS Research Fellow Talk, Bowling Green State University, November 2005.
“Comprehending Romantic Incomprehensibility. A Systems Theoretical Perspective on Early German Romanticism.” Colloquium in Honor of Bianca Theisen. Johns Hopkins University, October 21-22, 2005.
“The Value(s) of the Humanities Today,” BGSU’s First Russian Undergraduate Research Conference, 4/21/2005.
“The Education of Humankind. Perfectibility and Discipline in Kant’s Lectures ‘On Pedagogy.’” BGSU philosophy club, 11-2004.
“The Disintegrating Effects of Modern Culture. Nietzsche and the Information Age.” .International Forum 2003. Bowling Green State University, March 20, 2003
“The Birth of Romantic Love from the Enlightenment Spirit of Writing: From Gallantry and Seduction to Authenticity and Self-Validation.” International Forum 2000. Bowling Green State University, March 30, 2000.
“Communicating the Incommunicable: Artistic Inspiration in late Eighteenth-Century Aesthetics.” Lecture held at “Deutsches Haus,” Columbia University, September 30th 1999.
“Artistic Inspiration: Paradoxes of Communication in late Eighteenth-Century Aesthetics.” International Forum 1999. Bowling Green State University, March 1999.
“Improvisation in Kleist. Agency, Autonomy, and the Modern Predicament.” International Symposium. Form – Violence – Meaning. Two Hundred Years Heinrich von Kleist. Vanderbilt University. Nashville, TN, April 7-11 2011.
“Adam Müller’s Theory of a Universal Comedy and the Romantic Rediscovery of the Improvisational Theater.” MLA convention, Las Angeles, CA. January 2011.
“Poietic Autonomy and Poetic Experience in Young Goethe’s Poetry.” GSA conference, Oakland, CA.
“Improvising Man. Kleist’s Dialogical Anthropology.” GSA conference, Washington DC. October 2009.
“Staged Improvisations: Creativity and Unpredictability in German Romanticism.” NASSR conference, Raleigh, NC. May 2009.
“Werther’s Sentimental Narcissism. Consciousness, Communication, and the Origin of the Modern Psyche.” GSA conference, St. Paul, MN. October 2008.
“The Reality of Literature: World-Art and the Modern World-System.” Special Session organized by “sociology and literature” section, MLA convention, Philadelphia, PA. December 2006.
“Heroes Undone. Modern Society and the Logic of Representation in Goethe’s Götz von Berlichingen and Kleist’s Michael Kohlhaas.” GSA conference, Pittsburg, Pa. October 2006
“Contingency and Creativity. Kleist and the Self-Programming of Modern Art.” GSA conference 2005, Milwaukee, WI, October 2005.
“Comprehending Romantic Incomprehensibility. A Systems Theoretical Perspective.” GSA conference 2004, Arlington, VA, October 2004.
„Improvisation: Form and Event – A Spencer-Brownian Calculation.” 3rd SLS (Society for Literature and Science) European Conference, Paris, France, June 2004.
“Patronizing Anthropology. Schiller’s ‘Briefe zur ästhetischen Erziehung des Menschen.’” Annual Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth‑Century Studies (ASECS); Boston, MA, March 2004.
“The Disintegrating Effects of Modern Culture. Nietzsche and the Information Age.” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference (KFLC); Lexington, KY, April 2003.
“Comprehending Romantic Incomprehensibility. A Systems Theoretical Perspective on Early German Romanticism.” ICR conference 2002, Tallahassee, October 2002.
“What Culture needs Cultural Studies? Nietzsche’s Critique of Modern Culture Revisited.” GSA conference 2002, San Diego, October 2002.
“The Societal Relevance of Literary Communications: A Systems Theoretical Perspective.” MLA convention 2001, New Orleans, December 2001
“Racism and Eighteenth-Century Aesthetics of Authenticity, Originality, and Immediacy. Kleist’s ‚Die Verlobung in St. Domingo.’“ MLA convention 2000, Washington DC, December 2000
”Self-Positing Selves: Genius and Self-Identity in the Aesthetics of Storm and Stress.” Canadian Society of Eighteenth Century Studies Association (CSECS); Toronto, ON, October 2000
“Self-Positing Selves. Autonomy and Artistic Creativity in Goethe and Moritz.” German Studies Association (GSA); Houston, TX, October 2000
"Docile Daughters. Love and Power in the German Enlightenment." Kentucky Foreign Language Conference (KFLC); Lexington, KY, April 2000
"Inspired Minds. Inspiration and Consciousness in late Eighteenth‑Century German Aesthetics." Annual Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth‑Century Studies (ASECS); Philadelphia, PA, April 2000
"Observing Postmodernity: Subjectivity and Communication in Twentieth‑Century Critical Thought." Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery (SISSI); Colorado Springs, Colorado, March 2000
"The Inspired Gaze: Inspiration and Spectacle in Eighteenth‑Century German Aesthetics." Western Society of Eighteenth‑Century Studies (WSECS); University of Nevada, Las Vegas, February 2000
“The Genealogy of Romantic Love: Gallantry, Authenticity, Play, and Simulation in Pre-Romantic and Romantic German Literature.” American Conference of Romanticism (ACR); Bloomington, IN, November 1999
“The Inspiration of Language: German Romanticism and its Simulation of Meaning;” American Conference of Romanticism; Santa Barbara, October 1998
“Histories of Venus;” 5th Conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas (ISSEI), Utrecht, August 1996
”Body, Mind and Soul in Medieval Literature;” Graduate Student Conference, Chicago, March 1992
Honors and Awards
Authors & Artists Recognition (Friends of the University Library), BGSU 2006
North American Goethe Society Essay Award for 2005.
Institute for the Study of Culture and Society Fellowship (Fall 2005)
Roulston Prize for outstanding achievement and excellence in German, Johns Hopkins University (AY 1997-1998)
Humboldt Consortium; Research Stipend at Berlin’s Humboldt Universität (Summer 1996)
NEH-sponsored Summer seminar at Johns Hopkins University (Summer 1995)
Robert Kauf Award for Scholastic Excellence, University of Illinois at Chicago (1991 and 1992)
DAAD Summer Seminar, Chicago (Summer 2009)
Fulbright European Union Scholar-in-Residence Grant (Spring 2006).
Institute for the Study of Culture and Society (ICS) (research semester, awarded for fall 2005)
Instructional Improvement Grant for Intermediate German (2003)
Membership in Professional Organizations
Modern Language Association
German Studies Association
North American Goethe Society
American Association of Teachers of German
Society for Literature, Science and the Arts (SLSA)
GERM 315 German Culture and Civilization (Summer 2006)
GERM 313 Crime and Lit. in the 18th & 19th Centuries (Spring 1999 & 2000)
GERM 311 Intro into German Lit. of the 20th Century (Fall 1998, 1999, 2002, 2007)
GERM 231 Intermediate Reading (Fall 2004)
GERM 202 Intermediate German 2 (Spring 2001, 2003, 2007)
GERM 201 Intermediate German 1 (Fall 1998, 1999, 2000, 2006)
GERM 102 Elementary German 2 (Summer 1999)
GERM 101 Elementary German 1 (Spring 2001 & Fall 2002)
HNRS 300, PHIL 340h Nietzsche (Spring 2000 & 2001 & 2003 & 2007, 2010 and Fall 2004))
Graduate Courses Taught at Bowling Green State University
GERM 6800 Romantic Love (Fall 2010)
GERM 680 Lessing, Goethe, Kleist (Fall 2006)
GERM 680 Heinrich von Kleist (Spring 2006, Fall 2009)
GERM 680 The Ideology of 18th Century Aesthetics (Fall 2000)
GERM 680 Romantic Love (Fall 1998)
GERM 601 Intro. To Grad. Study (Fall 2001, 2003 & 2007)
GERM 582 Young Goethe (Spring 2005)
GERM 517 Advanced Composition and Conversation (Fall 1999 & 2002)
Bowling Green State University
Graduate Coordinator (spring 2006-2007, 2009-)
AYA Director 2007-8, 2003-2004 and 2001-2003 (activities incl. search for and hire of new professors, undergraduate and graduate advising, managing AYA budget, recruiting Austrian students for BGSU, organizing new field trips, directing communications between BGSU and Mozarteum, creating program webpage, organizing film series, organizing social events promoting cultural exchange between Austrian and American students, etc.)
Incoming AYA Director 2010-11, 2006-7, 2002-2003 and 2000-2001 (activities included revision of graduate brochure – both form and content! – and new layout of undergraduate brochure and poster, organizing and coordinating recruitment efforts, recruitment trips to other universities, organization of several information evenings for students, class presentations in all German classes, consistent communications with prospective students and parents, etc.)
Chair of Budget & Merit Committee (1998-2000; 2002, 2006 & member 2004, 2009-)
Chair of Chair Succession Committee (2006)
Participated in Japanese, Arabic Search (2006, 2009)
Salzburg Summer Program director (2005), duties included recruitment of within and outside BGSU, soliciting financial support for high school students from Max Kade,
Updating AYA web pages (fall 2004),
Member of AYA Salzburg Committee, 2000 to present
Wrote up general education course approval forms for GERM 201 and GERM 202 (2/2003)
Member of German Search Committee, 2000-2001
German Club Advisor, 2000-2001
Member of Secretary Search Committee, 2000
Assessment of 3rd Year German Literature Track, Spring 2000
Member of Departmental Retreat, 5/9/00
Member of Chinese Search Committee, 1998-1999
Oral Proficiency Exams with Graduate Students, 1998 & 1999
Participation in Study Abroad Fair, 1998 & 1999 & 2003
Updating German news page and course listings on Web, 1998 and 1999, 2002, 2004
Arts & Science Council (substitute, 2009-10)
University Faculty Research Committee, 2005-2008
AYA Process Team (2006-7)
Distinguished Thesis Awards Committee 2004
Faculty Senate, 2002 – 2005 (interrupted because of study abroad directorship)
Faculty Senate, one year replacement for 2000-2001
International Programs, 2000-2001; 2002-2003
Film Studies Committee, one year replacement 1999-2000
Honors and Awards Committee, 1999-2000
MLA, Division Executive Committee, 18th and Early 19th Century German Lit (2009)
Treasurer, Goethe Society North America (2009)
Guest Contributor. Listserv colloquium --empire—(Australia) topic: Love (October 2008).
Commentator. “The Holocaust and Evolving Cultural Discourse in Germany and
Israel.” Trajectories of Memory: Intergenerational Representations of the Holocaust in History and the Arts. Bowling Green State University, Ohio, March 2006.
Commentator. ”Staging the Woman in the Long Nineteenth Century I,” at GSA conference 2005, Milwaukee, WI, October 2005. Organizer: “Improvisation and Late Eighteenth Century Aesthetics.” American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) conference 2005, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Moderator: “The Curse of Enthusiasm: Sublimity to Sadomasochism in Literature and Philosophy Around 1800,” German Studies Conference (GSA) 2004, Washington, D.C.
Chair, “Emotional Journeys in German Romanticism,” ICR conference 2002, Tallahassee, October 2002.
Commentator (invited to replace Brigitte Prutti) of “The Romantic Eighteenth Century: Lessing, Winckelmann, Herder” at GSA conference 2002, San Diego, October 2002.
Organizer: “Observing Kleist Observing: Challenging the Cultural Bias of Eighteenth-Century Aesthetics.” Panel: MLA special session at the annual MLA conference, Washington, D.C.: 2000.
Organizer: “Systems Theory and Literary Studies: Observing the Auto-Poiesis of the Literary System;” Panel: MLA special session at the annual MLA conference; San Francisco: 1998.
Reviewer Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence applications 2007
The Johns Hopkins University
Graduate Student member of Committee on Undergraduate Language Instruction, 1995-1997.