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Muller-Sievers, Helmut Professor

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Research

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  • My work is concerned with the intersections of literature, science, and engineering in the 18th and 19th century. I investigate the manifest relations between these discourses -- for example in the work of Goethe, Kleist, Büchner, or Hölderlin -- as well as the structural and cultural impact these discourses have on one another. I am particularly interested in the relation between the approaches taken by early 19th century engineers and the formal innovations of what became realist narrative. The history of technology and the concept of environment have also become important for my work.

keywords

  • Literary History, Cultural History, Science and Literature in the 18th and 19th centuries, Literature and Engineering, Literature and Philosophy, Philology

Publications

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Teaching

courses taught

  • GRMN 3120 - German Literature from the Enlightenment to Expressionism
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Examines selected literary texts of various periods. Emphasizes longer texts and critical skills. May be taken either before or after GRMN 3110. Department enforced prereq., GRMN 2020 (minimum grade C-).
  • GRMN 3502 - Literature in the Age of Goethe
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Features the writings of Germany's major literary figures from 1749 to 1832. Special attention is paid to the formation of literary periods, genres, aesthetic, and socio-historical developments contributing to the birth of modernism in German intellectual history and literature. Taught in English.
  • GRMN 4550 - Senior Seminar in German Studies
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    This course provides students with a capstone experience through in-depth study of a topic in German Studies, and deepens students' engagement with theories and methodologies informing contemporary German Studies scholarship. Students work closely with faculty to develop a major final research paper or project. Topic varies by semester.
  • GRMN 5010 - Theory and Practice of German Studies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Provides a graduate-level introduction to German Studies, with emphasis on theoretical approaches and current trends in German Studies. Special attention will be given to developing the tools necessary for advanced criticism: close-reading skills, mastery of critical terminology, and training in a range of theoretical approaches. The main goals of this course are (1) to introduce students to critical approaches to literature/art/film and recent theoretical trends in German literary and cultural studies, (2) to give students the opportunity to deepen interpretive skills through close reading and discussion of representative texts, and (3) to encourage students to explore theoretical approaches to literary and cultural material.
  • GRMN 5220 - Seminar: Topics in the Age of Goethe
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Examines various aspects of German-speaking society from the 1770s to 1830s. Topics may include Sturm und Drang as social commentary; romantic theory in the wake of the French Revolution; romantic nationalism; the Faust theme; Weimar as a cultural center; and others. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours when topic varies.

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