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Jason Wilby’s focus lies in teaching German language, culture and literature at the undergraduate and graduate levels, both on campus at UNM and at the German Summer School in Taos. He is interested in furthering the study of German at the secondary and post-secondary levels in New Mexico. In 2014 he began serving as the Chapter President of the New Mexico chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) in order to maintaining interest in German in NM and with the hope of creating more opportunities for learning German in NM and for studying abroad.
In terms of research, Jason is in the process of revising his dissertation project for publication, either as a monograph or as a series of articles. The project currently carries the title “Imagining the German Nation: Journeys through Transitional Spaces, 1770-1805.” Combining a Winnicottian framework with Benedict Anderson’s notion of the “imagined community,” this study develops a unique hybrid theoretical model for considering the ways individual and collective subjects (e.g. the wills of citizens and the “will of the nation”) were engaged in a process of “becoming German” in the late eighteenth century. Jason’s hybrid theoretical system allows him to bring out competing ideological layers in these “national stories” and investigate how they served as transitional spaces in which politicized notions of German national identity first were first constructed in a space of creative play between Germany and its neighbors, specifically England and France. Among the works examined are Herder’s Journal meiner Reise im Jahr 1769, Goethe’s Die Leiden des jungen Werthers, Schiller’s Über die ästhetische Erziehung des Menschen in einer Reihe von Briefen and Fichte’s Reden an die deutsche Nation.
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