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A Short Letter By Humboldt To Jefferson, Reinhard Andress Nov 2017

A Short Letter By Humboldt To Jefferson, Reinhard Andress

Reinhard Andress

At the tail end of his monumental trip of exploration and scientific discovery through Latin America from 1799 to 1804, the German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt visited President Thomas Jefferson in Washington. United by their common interests in the Enlightenment, they began a correspondence that endured until 1825. This contribution discusses a letter of 1811 by Humboldt to the former president, hitherto unpublished in English. Aside from closing a gap in their correspondence, the letter, although short, offers an illuminating insight into Humboldt’s personal, political, and scientific networks, which included such figures as Abbé José Correia da Serra and ...


“... Heiße Ich Daher Die Emigration Gut“: Der Fall Des Egon Schwarz, Reinhard Andress Nov 2017

“... Heiße Ich Daher Die Emigration Gut“: Der Fall Des Egon Schwarz, Reinhard Andress

Reinhard Andress

No abstract provided.


Ein Kurzer Brief Humboldts An Den Hofmarschall, Reinhard Andress Oct 2017

Ein Kurzer Brief Humboldts An Den Hofmarschall, Reinhard Andress

Reinhard Andress

The collections of the Lilly Library at Indiana University contain a short, hitherto unpublished letter written by Alexander von Humboldt to a Lord Chamberlain of the Prussian Court. The letter appears here for the first time with some explanations regarding its historical context.


Erste Briefe / First Letters Aus Dem Exil 1945-1950. (Un)Mögliche Gespräche. Fallbeispiele Des Literarischen Und Künstlerischen Exils, Reinhard Andress Oct 2017

Erste Briefe / First Letters Aus Dem Exil 1945-1950. (Un)Mögliche Gespräche. Fallbeispiele Des Literarischen Und Künstlerischen Exils, Reinhard Andress

Reinhard Andress

Zunächst eine Begriffsklärung durch die Herausgeber: „Als Erste Briefe werden hier jene Korrespondenzen verstanden und in den Blick genommen, die ab 1945–1946 zwischen Exilanten und im nationalsozialistischen Deutschland bzw. Österreich verbliebenen Freunden oder Kollegen und Kolleginnen die Wiederaufnahme eines Gesprächs markieren“ (9). Dabei geht die Forschung diesbezüglich auf David Kettler zurück, der sich schon seit Jahren mit Grundfragen des Exils aus interdisziplinärer und interkultureller Sicht beschäftigt. Im vorliegenden Band werden die ersten Briefe von solchen schreibenden Exilanten wie Hermann Kesten, Oskar Maria Graf, Thomas Mann, Anna Seghers, Karl Otten, Friedrich Torberg, Robert Neumann, Johannes R. Becher, Annemarie Selinko, Heinrich ...


Eine Bitte An Thomas Jefferson Um Tabaksamen: Ein Unveröffentlichter Brief Alexander Von Humboldts, Reinhard Andress Oct 2017

Eine Bitte An Thomas Jefferson Um Tabaksamen: Ein Unveröffentlichter Brief Alexander Von Humboldts, Reinhard Andress

Reinhard Andress

This contribution discusses an hitherto unpublished letter written by Alexander von Humboldt to Thomas Jefferson. The letter offers us an illuminating insight into Humboldt’s personal, political and scientific networks and closes a gap in the correspondence between Humboldt and Jefferson.


Cross-Language Community Engagement: Assessing The Strengths Of Heritage Learners, Elise Dubord, Elizabeth Kimball Sep 2017

Cross-Language Community Engagement: Assessing The Strengths Of Heritage Learners, Elise Dubord, Elizabeth Kimball

Elise DuBord

This article reports on university students’ learning outcomes stemming from their work as language partners in a community-based learning project in an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) class with adult Spanish-speaking immigrants. We present a rubric designed to assess student learning in the collaborative, cross-language nature of the partnership that moves beyond notions of language acquisition. The rubric was used to score the reflective writing of students in two university classes who participated in this off-campus partnership, one in Spanish for majors, and one in English for general education students. Our analysis focuses on correlations between students’ language ...


Exchange In And Beyond The Cartas Marruecas Of José Cadalso, Travis C. Landry Apr 2017

Exchange In And Beyond The Cartas Marruecas Of José Cadalso, Travis C. Landry

Travis C Landry

No abstract provided.


The Taming Of The Literary Animal A Review Of Jonathan Gottschall And David Sloan Wilson (Eds.) The Literary Animal: Evolution And The Nature Of Narrative. Evanston, Il: Northwestern University Press, 2005. Xxvi + 303 Pp., Travis Landry Apr 2017

The Taming Of The Literary Animal A Review Of Jonathan Gottschall And David Sloan Wilson (Eds.) The Literary Animal: Evolution And The Nature Of Narrative. Evanston, Il: Northwestern University Press, 2005. Xxvi + 303 Pp., Travis Landry

Travis C Landry

No abstract provided.


“Man Darf Nicht Sagen...”. Kafka’S 1906 Fragment Über Ästhetische Apperception („On Perception“), Jonathan Skolnik Dec 2016

“Man Darf Nicht Sagen...”. Kafka’S 1906 Fragment Über Ästhetische Apperception („On Perception“), Jonathan Skolnik

Jonathan Skolnik


Inspired by Scott Spector’s analysis of the Prague Circle, this article investigates
how Kafka’s fragment “On Perception” (“Über ästhetische Apperception”) might
be viewed as a product of the dialogue between Brod and Kafka. After surveying
how Kafka scholars have framed and tried to apply Kafka’s early text on
aesthetics, the article shows Kafka’s work refuses to engage with the powerful
anti-Jewish tropes of aesthetic theory around 1900 (Weininger) and instead
develops literary themes and techniques that anticipate many aspects of Kafka’s
later literary production