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