August 5, 2008
Dissertation Workshops

Sunday, November 9, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 pm


In order to encourage and support continued research in the age of Goethe, the GSNA has organized two workshops for six competitively selected dissertating students. Each of these students will be awarded a Gloria Flaherty Prize* of $250 plus a waiver of the conference fee. Students were selected on the basis of their dissertation prospectus and a letter from their advisor. Thirteen students applied. Students will submit a chapter or two from their dissertations by September 15 and these chapters and the prospectus will be discussed with a panel of three or more scholars in the relevant fields. In this way we hope to contribute to the academic and intellectual success of graduate students engaged in Goethe studies and quite possibly to identify new talent for the Goethe Yearbook and the GSNA Book Series published in cooperation with Bucknell University Press.


Workshop #1

  1. Zsuzsa Horváth, University of Pittsburgh
    The Education of the Protagonist as Reader in Goethe’s Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre, Tieck’s Franz Sternbalds Wanderungen and Novalis’ Heinrich von Ofterdingen
  2. Catherine Sprecher, University of Chicago
    Life Writing in Bettina von Arnim
  3. Jason Wilby, University of California, Irvine
    Searching for a German National Self (Herder, Goethe, Schiller, Fichte)


Fritz Breithaupt (University of Indiana, Bloomington)
Matt Erlin (Washington University)
Susan Gustafson (University of Rochester)


Workshop #2

  1. Michael André, University of Michigan
    World-Historical Vision from Herder to Hegel
  2. Joel Lande, University of Chicago
    Heroic Tragedy
  3. Michael Saman, Harvard University
    Kant in Late Goethe


Jane Brown (University of Washington)
Dan Purdy (Pennsylvania State University)
John Smith (University of California, Irvine)


* The Prize is named in honor of Gloria Flaherty, a founding member of the GSNA, professor of German at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and author of Opera in the Development of German Critical Thought (1978) and Shamanism in the Eighteenth Century (1992). Gloria Flaherty died in 1992.