About

I work on philosophies of representation and aesthetics in literature, especially in Viennese Modernism and post-war German and Austrian literature. I am currently making revisions to my monograph, Troubling Art: The Aesthetic Encounter in Hofmannsthal and European Modernism and writing an article on poetological strategies in Uwe Johnson’s politically-charged Mutmassungen über Jakob for the Johnson-Jahrbuch.

My next book project, Und die Welt hebt an zu singen: A History of Musical Mimesis in German Literature will survey representative examples of literature that try to describe music in poetic language — much like ekphrastic literature describes visual works of art. Tracing such examples from the Romantic Era to postwar Literature (e.g. ETA Hoffmann to  Thomas Bernhard) will result in a new narrative of German literary and cultural history.

 

Education

2016     Ph.D. University of Toronto
Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures
Dissertation Title: “Art’s Challenge: An Analysis of the Role of Aesthetics in the Work of Hugo von Hofmannsthal”
Advisor: John Zilcosky
External: Hans-Ulrich Gumbrecht

2011      M.A., Dalhousie University
Department of German
Thesis Title: “Das Licht der Künste: Hugo von Hofmannsthals Die Frau ohne Schatten mit Blick auf Walter Paters The Renaissance
Advisor: Hans-Günther Schwarz

2009      M.A. (with distinction), University of Leeds
Institute for Medieval Studies
Project Title: “Boethian Time in Gower’s Confessio Amantis
Advisor: Catherine Batt

2008      B.A., St. Thomas University (Canada)
Double Honours in English and Great Ideas

Other Publications

Peer Reviewed Articles & Esays

“»und die Nähe war ohne Zukunft. Und« Ausweichen in Mutmassungen über Jakob.” Johnson-Jahrbuch (forthcoming, 2019)

“From Song to the Smiles of Stone: Encounters in Hofmannsthal’s Augenblicke in Griechenland. (Monatshefte, 2017)

Das Urgesetz der Schönheit: Überlegungen zu einer Kritik des Nützlichkeitsdenkens am Beispiel von Über Schädelnerven und Dantons Tod. Georg Büchner: Contemporary Perspectives. Amsterdamer Beiträge zur neueren Germanistik. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2017.

Translations

Heinrich Wölfflin’s “Über das Rechts und Links im Bilde,” translated as “On Right and Left in Images” Grey Room 73 (Fall 2018)

Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s Writings On Art. Trans. Marlo Alexandra Burks. In the Series German Texts in English Translation, ed. Hans-Günther Schwarz & Norman R. Diffey. Munich: iudicium verlag, 2017.

Edited volumes

The Allure of Sports in Western Culture. Ed. John Zilcosky and Marlo Alexandra Burks. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2019.

Book Reviews

Review of Plastic Capitalism: Contemporary Art and the Drive to Waste by Amanda Boetzkes, MIT Press, 2019, for Literary Review of Canada (forthcoming)

Review of »Verführer zu dem wesenhaft Schönen« – Hugo von Hofmannsthal und Eduard Korrodi, by Klaus E. Bohnenkamp. For The Germanic Review: Literatur, Culture, Theory. March 2019.

Review of Lateness and Modern European Literature, by Ben Hutchinson. Comparative Literature Studies 55.2 (2018): 431-34.

Review of Hugo von Hofmannsthal Briefwechsel mit Marie von Thurn und Taxis-Hohenlohe 1903-1929, edited by Klaus E. Bohnenkamp. Germanic Review: Literature, Culture, Theory 92.3 (2017) http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00168890.2017.1328199

Review of Fugitive Objects: Sculpture and Literature in the German Nineteenth Century, by Catriona Macleod. Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies 53.1. (February 2017)

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

“Daemonic Aesthetics: Suddenness in Kierkegaard and Hofmannsthal.” ACLA. Friday 8 March2019. Edward B. Bunn S.J. Intercultural Center, Room 117. 8:30-10:15 AM.

“(Zusammen-)Arbeit: Text, Teppich, und Tradition in der Erzählung Die Frau ohne Schatten.” Die Frau ohne Schatten – Hugo von Hofmannsthals und Richard Strauss’ „Schmerzenskind“ Tagung im Freien Deutschen Hochstift, Frankfurt am Main, 30.10.-1.11. 2019 

Memberships

ACLA
PAMLA
GSA
Hugo von Hofmannsthal Gesellschaft
Canadian Association of University Teachers of German / L’Association des Professeurs d’Allemand des Universités Canadiennes

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