Joel B. Lande: Bio

After receiving his PhD at the University of Chicago, he was awarded a fellowship by the Princeton University Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts.  Since July 2014, he has been Assistant Professor in the German Department.  

In addition to the study of eighteenth- and early-nineteenth century German literature, especially drama, Lande’s interests and competencies reach into other areas of European literature, especially classical antiquity and its various receptions. He maintains an active interest in the German philosophical tradition from Kant and Hegel to Wittgenstein as well as its contemporary Anglo-American and European interpretation. The subjects of his essays include theater history and aesthetics as well as the history of science and early modern political thought. 

His first book Persistence of Folly: On the Origins of German Dramatic Literature will appear in Fall 2018 with Cornell University Press. Together with Denis Feeney, he is editing the collectively written history How Literatures Begin: A Global History, forthcoming from Princeton University Press in 2020. His current book project focuses on the concept of drive in aesthetics, philosophy, and the natural sciences during the long nineteenth century.