Joel Lande


Joel Lande completed his Ph.D. in 2010 at the University of Chicago in the Department of Germanic Studies. His dissertation, “Nomadic Stages: On the Emergency of Literary Drama in the Age of Enlightenment,“ explores the lines of filiation that run from the itinerant stage of the Early Modern period to the seminal achievements of Lessing, Lenz, and Goethe. This study analyzes the medial and generic dimensions of the Enlightenment project to alter the cultural locus of the theater. Lande has won numerous grants to support his studies at the University of Chicago, including the Andrew W. Mellon Dissertation Fellowship. His extensive teaching experience includes courses at all levels of the curriculum in both German language and literature, among these a number of self-designed courses on drama in the Enlightenment period. Lande has published articles in the Deutsche Vierteljahrsschrift für Literaturwissenschaft und Geistesgeschichte as well as in essay collections on Karl Philipp Moritz and K.W.F. Solger. Two projects currently underway are a conference volume that treats the notion of figura in the 17th century, and an examination of folk-theatrical forms in the postwar Viennese avant-garde. In the course of his studies, Lande spent extended periods of time in Basel, Berlin, and Konstanz.