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Curriculum Vitae

Joerg Esleben

Joerg Esleben

Associate Professor of German
Department Chair
Member, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Education

Ph.D. in Comparative Literature (Specialization in German)

University of Rochester,  Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, October 1999

Dissertation:  Enlightenment Canvas: Cultures of Travel, Ethnographic Aesthetics, and Imperialist Discourse in Georg Forster’s Writing

M. A. in German, University of Rochester, Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, 1998

Undergraduate Studies in English and German Philology and Linguistics, Minor in Political Science, Universität zu Köln, Germany, 1988 to 1992

Research and Teaching Interests

  • German studies
  • Eighteenth-century literature, culture, philosophy, and aesthetic theory
  • Intercultural encounters and exchanges
  • Travel literature
  • German-Indian cultural relations
  • The Faust theme
  • Drama, theatre, performance
  • Film

Publications

Books

Esleben, Joerg, with Rolf Rohmer and David G. John. Fritz Bennewitz in India: Intercultural Theatre with Brecht and Shakespeare. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016.

Esleben, Joerg, Christina Kraenzle, and Sukanya Kulkarni, eds. Mapping Channels between Ganges and Rhein: German-Indian Cross-Cultural Relations. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008.

Journal Articles

“From Didactic to Dialectic Intercultural Theater: Fritz Bennewitz and the 1973 Production of the Caucasian Chalk Circle in Mumbai.” The Brecht Yearbook/Das Brecht Jahrbuch 36. Brecht in/and Asia/Brecht in/und Asien, eds. Markus Wessendorf, Friedmann J. Weidauer. Madison: UWisconsin Press, 2011, 302-12.

“Forster und Indien.“ Georg-Forster-Studien 11 (2006): 407-426.

“Outside Insights: Into Wolfgang Kayser’s Das sprachliche Kunstwerk.” Monatshefte für deutschen Unterricht, deutsche Sprache und Literatur 98.1 (2006): 6-11.

“Übersetzung als interkulturelle Kommunikation bei Georg Forster.” Georg-Forster-Studien 9 (2004): 165-79.

“‘Indisch lesen’: Conceptions of Intercultural Communication in Johann Gottfried Herder’s and Georg Forster’s Reception of Kālidāsa’s Śakuntalā.” Monatshefte für deutschen Unterricht, deutsche Sprache und Literatur 95.2 (2003): 217-29.

“Georg Forster’s Dialectic of Imperialism.”  Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies 37.4 (2001): 305-22.

“Ends at Odds:  Conflicting Conceptions of Post-1989 German Culture.”  GDR Bulletin 22.2 (1995): 1-8.

Book Chapters

Śakuntalā in the GDR: Gender Dynamics in Vijaya Mehta’s Leipzig production of Kālidāsa’s Play.” Gendered Encounters between Germany and Asia: Transnational Perspectives, 1800-2000. Eds. Joanne Miyang Cho and Douglas T. McGetchin. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, 213-229.

“East meets East: Fritz Bennewitz’s Theatrical Journeys from the GDR to India.” Kindred Spirits: Transcultural Encounters between Germany and India in the 19th and 20th Centuries, eds. Joanne Miyang Cho, Eric Kurlander, and Douglas McGetchin. London, New York: Routledge, 2014, 203-214.

Arteaga, Andres and Joerg Esleben. “The Myth of Enlightenment in Pre-Independence Nueva Granada: José Celestino Mutis’ and Alexander von Humboldt’s Encounter in 1801.” Cumaná 1799. Alexander von Humboldt’s Travels between Europe and the Americas. Eds. Oliver Lubrich and Christine A. Knoop. Bielefeld: Aisthesis, 2013, 231-241.

“Faustian Tesserae in the Cultural Mosaic: Contemporary Canadian Interplay with Goethe’s Faust.” Goethe’s Faust and Cultural Memory: Comparatist Interfaces. Ed. Lorna Fitzsimmons. Bethlehem, PA: Lehigh University Press, 2012, 129-148.

Arteaga, Andres and Joerg Esleben. “De semillas, ciencia y política: Las relaciones ambivalentes de Alexander von Humboldt y José Celestino Mutis con el movimiento de independencia en la Nueva Granada.” De Independencias y Revoluciones. Los avatares de la modernidad en América Latina. Ed. Gastón Lillo and José Leandro Urbina. Santiago de Chile: LOM, 2010, 215-225.

“Indien in Wort und Bild in drei Reiseberichten des späten 18. Jahrhunderts (Niebuhr, Sonnerat, Imhoff).” Projektionen – Imaginationen – Erfahrungen. Indienbilder der europäischen Literatur des 18. und 20. Jahrhunderts. Eds. W. Eckel,  C. Hilmes and W. Nell. Remscheid: Gardez, 2008, 90-108.

“Konstruktionen indischer Sichtweisen in der Rezeption von Kālidasās Śakuntalā im Deutschland des späten achtzehnten Jahrhunderts.” Das Europa der Aufklärung und die außereuropäische koloniale Welt. Ed. Hans-Jürgen Lüsebrink. Göttingen: Wallstein, 2006, 388-406.

“Goethe’s Faust in Canada, 1834-1970.” Refractions of Germany in Canadian Literature and Culture. Ed. Heinz Antor, Sylvia Brown, John Considine, and Klaus Stierstorfer. Berlin, New York: de Gruyter, 2003, 331-41.

Book Reviews

Fitz, Angelika et al., eds. Import Export: Cultural Transfer. India, Germany, Austria. Berlin: Parthas, 2005. Review in: Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies 45.1 (2009): 90-91

Peitsch, Helmut. Georg Forster: A History of His Critical Reception. Frankfurt, New York: Lang, 2001. Review in: Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies. 39.4 (2003): 353-354.

Published Translations

Translations of fourteen texts by various authors in German Feminist Writings. Eds. Patricia Herminghouse and Magda Mueller. The German Library, vol. 95. New York, London: Continuum, 2001.

Recent Public Presentations

Presentation and participation in the seminar “(Re)tracing Cosmopolitanism: Weltliteratur, Weltbürgertum, Weltgesellschaft in Modern Germanophone Cultures, ca. 1800 to the Global Present”, Annual Conference of the German Studies Association, Washington DC, 1-4 October 2015.

“Deutsch-indische Erbengemeinschaft: Vijaya Mehta’s productions of Indian plays in the GDR.” Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of University Teachers of German, University of Ottawa, 2 June 2015.

“Sakuntala in Leipzig: Gender Dynamics in Vijaya Mehta’s productions of Indian plays in Germany.” Annual Conference of the German Studies Association, Kansas City, 19 September 2014

“Welcome aboard the Global Citizen Ship: Experiential Cosmopolitanism in Georg Forster’s Writings.” Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of University Teachers of German, Brock University, 26 May 2014

“No Global Village, but Rural Cosmopolitans: Fritz Bennewitz in Heggodu.” Local Cosmopolitanisms/Cosmopolitismes locaux, Conference, University of Ottawa, 21 Feb 2014.

“East meets East: Fritz Bennewitz’s Theatrical Journeys from the GDR to India.” Annual Conference of the German Studies Association, Denver, Colorado, USA, 4 October 2013.

“Unpacking Fritz Bennewitz’s Intercultural Tool Box.” Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of University Teachers of German, University of Victoria, 2 June 2013.

“Fritz Bennewitz and Indian Theatre.” Goethe Institute Chennai, India, 29 March 2012.

“Fritz Bennewitz in India: Adaptation, Alienation, Integration.” Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India, 7 February 2012.

“Goethe’s Faust: The World Drama in Germany and Canada.” Lecture to West End Learning Unlimited, Ottawa, 29 March 2011.

Teaching

Undergraduate courses taught at the University of Ottawa:

  • Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced German Language
  • ALG2100: The Third Reich and Contemporary German Culture
  • ALG2134: German Culture through the Ages
  • ALG3100: Contemporary German Culture
  • ALG3330: Cinema of the German-Speaking Countries
  • ALG3900: Deutschsprachiges Drama und Theater der Gegenwart
  • ALG3900: Das Faust-Thema in der deutschen Literatur und Kultur
  • ALG3900: Liedtexte und ihre Kontexte

Graduate teaching and supervision

  • LCM5104: Seminar on World Literature and Intercultural Theatre
  • LCM5902: Research Seminar
  • Past interim director and graduate committee member, Masters program in World Literatures and Cultures
  • Supervisor and second reader for several Major Research Papers in the MA in World Literatures and Culture
  • Member of several Ph.D. Thesis Committees in the Spanish program

Updated: 24 January 2017