C.V.

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Current Position

Assistant Professor at Dartmouth College (5th year in rank), New Hampshire, 8/2012–
Department of German Studies
Areas of concentration: media and book history in 18th and 19th-century Germany, print and material culture, textual practices, authorship, historical forms of knowledge production, intellectual technologies, the history of journalism.

Education

Ph.D. Princeton University, New Jersey, 5/2009–6/2012
Department of German
Dissertation: Original Compiler: Notation as Textual Practice in Theodor Fontane.
Directed by Nikolaus Wegmann (Princeton University).

M.A. Princeton University, New Jersey, 9/2006-5/2009
Germanic Languages and Literature, Department of German.

M.A. Sussex University, England, 9/2005-7/2006
Intellectual History and the History of Political Thought, Department of History
(with distinction).

B.A. Universität Potsdam, Germany, 10/2002-7/2005
Europäische Medienwissenschaft (with distinction, “1,0”)
Joint program of the Universität Potsdam, the Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen
“Konrad Wolf,” 
and the Fachhochschule Potsdam.

Selected Awards and Grants

  • Enhanced Junior Faculty Fellowship, Dartmouth College, AY 2017–18.
  • Dean of the Faculty Mentoring Award, Dartmouth College, awarded for mentoring work in AY 2016–17, July 2017.
  • Leslie Center for the Humanities Project Grant, “Media Inventories of the Nineteenth Century,” Dartmouth College, 2017.
  • Public Voices Fellowship Program, Dartmouth College, AY 2017.
  • Dartmouth Conference Award, “Mediating the New Cold War in the Digital Age,” Spring 2016 (Co-Organizer).
  • Walter and Constance Burke Research Initiation Award, Dartmouth College, 2012–.
  • Andrew W. Mellon / ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2011-12.
  • Fellowship from the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, 2003-6.

Teaching Experience (Selected Courses)

  • From the Typewriter to Virtual Reality: Modern Media Theory, Upper-Division Seminar in German and Comparative Literature (scheduled), Dartmouth College, 2020-2021.
  • The Invention of News, Humanities Honor’s Seminar, Dartmouth College, scheduled for Spring 2021.
  • Material Matters: A Brief History of Paper and Other Writing Surfaces, Seminar in Comparative Literature and German Studies, Dartmouth College, Winter 2019.
  • Pulp Fiction Meets High Literature: German Writers in the 19th-Century Media Market (Upper-Level Seminar), Dartmouth College, Fall 2016.
  • To Be Young and German (German 10), Dartmouth College, Fall 2016
  • Academic Director of Dartmouth’s German Language Study-Abroad Program, Berlin, Germany, Spring 2014.
  • Introduction to German Literature (German 6), Dartmouth College German Study-Abroad Program, Spring 2014.
  • Dialogues with the Classics (Humanities 2; Team-Taught), Dartmouth College, Winter 2014.
  • Understanding German Media (Intermediate German Language and Culture), Dartmouth College, Winter 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016.

Publications

  • Book: The Fontane Workshop: Manufacturing Realism in the Industrial Age of Print (New Directions in German Studies; 26. London: Bloomsbury Academic, July 2019).
  • Co-Editor (with Deborah Helmer) of Theodor Fontane: Aus England for the Große Brandenburger Fontane-Ausgabeeds. Heinrich Detering and Gabriele Radecke, Abteilung VIII “Das kritische Werk,” Bd. 1. Berlin: Aufbau, scheduled for 2020–2021.
  • Second Book Project: All the News That’s Fit to Twist: Stories of Everyday Fakery in the Press, ca. 1632–1914 (in progress).
  • “The Business of Criticism: Theodor Fontane and Wilhelm Hertz’s Media Campaign for Vor dem Sturm.Writing for the German Literary Market in the Long Nineteenth Century. Ed. Vance Byrd and Ervin Malakaj. Interdisciplinary German Studies. Berlin: de Gruyter (in press).
  • “’I Was There Today’: Fake Eyewitnessing and Journalistic Authority from Fontane to Relotius.” In Observing the Everyday: Journalistic Practices of Knowledge Production in the Modern Era. Ed. Hansjakob Ziemer (submitted; scheduled for 2019–20).
  • “Notizbücher: Medienwissenschaftliche Perspektiven.” Theodor-Fontane-Handbuch, eds. Rolf Paar, Gabriele Radecke, and Peer Trilcke, Berlin; Boston: de Gruyter, scheduled for 2019 (submitted).
  • “Die Karten-Ente oder Vom Sehen mit dem Stift. Zur Logik der Skizze in Fontanes Notizbüchern.” Edition Text + Kritik Sonderband: Theodor Fontane, ed. Peer Trilcke, Munich: edition text + kritik, 2019, 34–44.
  • “Poetische Mobilmachung im Textbaukasten: Fontanes Kunst der Weiterverwendung – der Fall Allerlei Glück.” Formen ins Offene. Zur Produktivität des Unvollendeten, eds. Hanna Delf von Wolzogen and Christine Hehle, Berlin; Boston: de Gruyter, 2018, 97–119 (substantially expanded version of “Per Liste durch den Papierkosmos,” see below).
  • “Ein kreativer Apparat. Die Mediengeschichte von Theodor Fontanes Bibliotheksnetz und Lektürepraktiken.” Fontane Blätter 103 (2017): 100–123. [Translation of “A Creative Machine,” see above.] Abstract
  • “The Romantic Editor as Modern Media Practitioner: The Poetics of Reading in Ludwig Tieck’s Minnelieder Anthology.” Special Issue: Das Erblühen der Blumenlesen. German Anthologies, 1700–1850, eds. Nora Ramtke and Seán M. Williams, German Life and Letters 70.1 (2017): 57–78 (peer-reviewed). Abstract
  • “Wit, Bookishness, and the Epistemic Impact of Note-Taking: Lichtenberg’s Sudelbücher as Intellectual Tools,” Deutsche Vierteljahrsschrift für Literaturwissenschaft und Geistesgeschichte 90.4 (2016): 501–528 (peer-reviewed). Abstract
  • “Andauernder Effekt: Medienkonkurrenz und Rhetorik in Heinrich Heines Napoleon-Schriften.” Zwischen Gattungsdisziplin und Gesamtkunstwerk. Intermedialität 1815 – 1848. Eds. Stefan Keppler-Tasaki, Wolf G. Schmidt. Berlin: de Gruyter 2015, 203–222 (peer-reviewed).
  • “Kompilieren.” Historisches Wörterbuch des Mediengebrauchs (HWMG). Eds. Heiko Christians, Matthias Bickenbach, and Nikolaus Wegmann. Köln: Böhlau 2014, 352–368.
  • Invited review of White, Michael J. Space in Theodor Fontane’s Works: Theme and Poetic Function. IGRS Books, 2012. Monatshefte 106:2 (2014): 315-317. 
  • Invited review of Piper, Andrew. Book Was There: Reading in Electronic Times. Chicago UP, 2012. Monatshefte 105:3 (2013): 489–491.
  • “Per Liste durch den Papierkosmos. Fontanes bewegliche Textproduktion – Beobachtungen zum Fall Allerlei Glück.” Zettelkästen. Maschinen der Phantasie. Eds. Heike Gfrereis and Ellen Strittmatter. Marbach am Neckar: Deutsche Schillergesellschaft, 2013, 98–109. Marbacher Katalog 66.
  • Invited review of Berbig, Roland. Theodor Fontane Chronik. 5 vols. De Gruyter, 2010. Monatshefte 104:4 (2012): 664–7.
  • “A Creative Machine: The Media History of Theodor Fontane’s Library Network and Reading Practices.” The Germanic Review 87.1 (2012): 72–90 (peer-reviewed).
  • “Stimmung, Raum, Landschaft. Mediale Verschiebungen der Kulturphysiognomik bei Florens Christian Rang, Leo Spitzer und Hans Gaitanides” (with Heiko Christians). Archiv für Mediengeschichte (2007): 213–22.

Speaking Engagements (Past 3 Years & Upcoming)

  • “An den Außengrenzen des Journalismus: Fontanes ‘unechte Korrespondenzen’ als boundary-work” [Arbeitstitel]. Invited Talk, Fontanes Medien (1819–2019), International Conference, Universität Potsdam, Germany, scheduled for June 2019.
  • “Unreliable Reporters of the Pencil: Practices of Illustrating Current Events on the Threshold of Photography.” Workshop Talk, Truth and the Logic of the Series, 1850 to 1930, NCCR Iconic Criticism/Eikones, Basel, Switzerland, May 2019.
  • “The False Correspondent in Nineteenth-Century Press Wars: A Forgotten Chapter in the History of Fake News.” Invited Lecture, Landmarks of European Identity, Undergraduate History Seminar, Princeton University, scheduled for November 2018.
  • “Subjunctives and Serendipity in Lichtenberg’s Sudelbüchern.” Thought Experiments/Gedankenexperimente, Multi-Panel Series, 42nd Annual German Studies Association Conference, Pittsburgh, scheduled for September 2018.
  • “Journalistic Knowledge Practices in the Modern Era: Working Group Meeting,” Invited Presentation, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG), Berlin, Germany, June 2018.
  • “Remixing the genus medium: Style and Non-Linear Editing in Fontane’s Creative Process,” Invited Talk, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, February 2018.
  • “Copy and Mix: Fontane’s Notes and the Manufacture of Realism in the Industrial Age of Print.” Invited Talk, “Working Methods and the Novel,” Workshop at Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard University, Cambridge, November 2017.
  • “Fontane’s Pictorial Drafts and the Middle-Style of Realism,” Visions of Realism, Multi-Panel Series, 41st Annual German Studies Association Conference, Atlanta, October 2017.
  • “Glean and Tweak: Fontane’s Compilation of Fake ‘Eyewitness’ Accounts,” Observing the Everyday: Journalistic Practices and Knowledge Production in the Modern Era. Workshop Talk, German Historical Institute and Max Planck Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Washington, D.C., March 2017.
  • “Programmatisch offen: Der ‘Zettelkasten’ des Kompilators Fontane,” Invited Talk, Formen ins Offene. Zur Produktivität des Unvollendeten, International Conference, Theodor-Fontane-Archiv, Potsdam, Germany, October 2016.
  • “Steady-Seller and Living Archive: Crossing the Book / Journal Distinction in Theodor Fontane’s Wanderungen,” The Business of Literature: Authorship, Publishing, Aesthetics. Multi-Panel Series, 40th Annual German Studies Association Conference, San Diego, September 2016.
  • “The Compiler’s Moment: Fontane and the Industrialization of Print.” Form and Format, ca. 1880–1940. Workshop Talk, NCCR Iconic Criticism/Eikones, Basel, Switzerland, October 2015.
  • “Scenes of Writing: Fontane’s Desk.” The Posthermeneutic Turn in Textual Studies. Multi-Panel Series, 39th Annual German Studies Association Conference, Washington D.C., October 2015.
  • “Into the Reading Labyrinth: Poetics of Immersion in Tieck’s Minnelieder Anthology.” German-Language Anthologies in the Long 18th Century. Panel, 14th International Congress for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ISECS), Rotterdam, Netherlands, July 2015.

Languages

German, native language.
English, near-native fluency.
Italian, Latin, and French, basic reading knowledge.

Professional Activities

  • Programming Committee Member and Panel Chair, “Fontanes Medien (1819–2019),” Six-Day Conference on the Occasion of Theodor Fontane’s Bicentennial, Universität Potsdam and Theodor-Fontane-Archiv, Potsdam, Germany; scheduled for Summer 2019.
  • Co-Organizer, with Nora Ramtke (Ruhr-Universität Bochum), “Writing Time: Temporalities of the Journal in the Eighteenth Century,” Panel, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies/Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Erforschung des 18. Jahrhunderts, ASECS Annual Convention, Orlando, Florida, scheduled for March 2018.
  • Co-Organizer, with Sean Franzel (University of Missouri), “Nineteenth-Century Media Inventories,” Two-Day Workshop and Inaugural Meeting of Permanent Working Group, Dartmouth College, scheduled for March 2018.
  • Humanities Strategy Group, Member, Dartmouth College, 2015–2016.
  • Advisory Board Member (“wissenschaftlicher Beirat”), Book Series Rezeptionskulturen in Literatur- und Mediengeschichte, eds. Mathias Herweg, Stefan Keppler-Tasaki, Cordula Lemke, Claudia Wiener. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2013–
  • Committee Member, sub-committee on mid-level course reform, German Department, Dartmouth College, 2012–13.
  • Associated Member of the Theodor Fontane-Arbeitsstelle, Universität Göttingen, since 2011.