Jason Wilby

Senior Lecturer of German

Photo: Jason Wilby

Email: jwilby@unm.edu
Phone: 505 277-4771
Office: Room 311

Personal Statement:

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.

Educational History:

  • Ph.D., German Literature, June 2008, University of California, Irvine. Dissertation title: Searching for a German National Self: Journeys through Transitional Spaces, 1770-1815, directed by Prof. John H. Smith.
  • M.A., German Philology and English Philology, February 2001, Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen, Germany. Thesis title: Überschreitung und Verkleidung des Geschlechts. Zur Konstruktion der Frau und des Mannes im bürgerlichen Realismus bei Fontane und Keller, directed by Prof. Dr. Horst Turk.

Research Interests:

  • 18th and 19th-Century German Literature and Philosophy.
  • Gender Studies.
  • Psychoanalysis and literature.
  • Language Acquisition & Pedagogy.

Selected Publications:

Articles in refereed journals:

  • “Mirrored Subjectivities: Hofmannsthal and Lacan on Reading.” In: Das Jahrbuch für internationale Germanistik XLII 1 (2010): 53-64.
  • “Global Simulation at the Intersection of Theory and Practice in the Intermediate-Level German Classroom.” In: Die Unterrichtspraxis/ Teaching German 37.2 (2004): 99-116. With Glenn Levine, Natalie Eppelsheimer, Franz Kuzay, and Simona Moti.

Book reviews:

  • Review of: Boes, Tobias. Formative Fictions: Nationalism, Cosmopolitanism, and the Bildungsroman. Signale: Modern German Letters, Cultures, and Thought. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2012. 216 pp. In: Seminar: A Journal for Germanic Studies, 49.2 (May, 2013): 256-258.
  • Review of: ELEONORA BONACOSSA, Der weibliche Sinn in der Welt: Iris von Roten. Neue Aspekte aus Sicht der Geschlechterdifferenz. Trans. Renate Bakov. Königstein/Taunus: Ulrike Helmer Verlag, 2003. In: Focus on German Studies 12 (2005): 162-164.

Selected Conference Presentations:

  • The Structure of the Self: Goethe’s Literary Challenge to Schiller’s Philosophical Model of Identity Formation. Presented at the 32nd Annual Conference of the GSA in St. Paul, Minnesota. (2008).
  • The Dialectic of Violence: Schiller’s Aesthetic Education and Identity Formation.
    Presented at the 123rd Annual Convention of the MLA in Chicago. (2007).
  • Cultural Transfer and the (Re-)Production of Culture. Presented at the Western Humanities Alliance 21st Annual Conference at the University of California, Irvine (2002).
  • Irrungen und (Ver-)Wirrungen auch bei Keller? Der spielerische Einsatz von Geschlecht und Sexualität in Kellers Novellen. Presented at the 6th Annual Conference of the German Studies Association in San Diego, California. (2002).

Awards and Grants:

  • UNM Outstanding Lecturer of the Year Award (2014-2015).
  • Gloria Flaherty Prize, Goethe Society of North America (2008).
  • Best Article of 2004, Journal Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German (2005).

Teaching Interests:

  • German Language and Culture
  • 18th Century German Literary and Philosophical Culture
  • Gender and its Representation in 18thand 19th Century German Literature
  • Psychoanalysis and Literature
  • Language Pedagogy and Teaching Methods

Representative Courses:

  • GRMN 204 – Intermediate German Conversation.
  • GRMN 301/302 – Advanced German I & II.
  • GRMN 307 – Introduction to German Literature.
  • GRMN 336 – Damned Heroes: From Don Juan to Darth Vader.
  • GRMN 450 – German / English Translation (theory and practice).
  • GRMN 450 – Gender / Ehe / Familie im 18. Jahrhundert.
  • GRMN 480 – Die deutsche Novelle.
  • GRMN 508/509 – German for Reading (graduate level).
  • GRMN 549 – Die Frühaufklärung im deutschen Kulturkreis (graduate level).
  • GRMN 550 – Der bürgerliche Realismus (graduate level).
  • GRMN 550 – Vom Ritual zum Theater (graduate level).
  • GRMN 550 – Kultur und Trauma – Trauma Theorien (graduate level).
  • GRMN 555 – German Aesthetics and Theories of Play (graduate level).
  • UNM German Summer School Program, 2009-present, courses in German Literature,  Culture and Second Language Acquisition.

Other Information:

Services:

  • President, the New Mexico Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG), 2014-present.
  • Senator, UNM Faculty Senate, 2015-present, University of New Mexico.
  • Adviser, Languages, 2014-present, University of New Mexico, Department of Foreign Languages.
  • Coordinator, Comparative Literature/Cultural Studies Graduate Student Conference, 2009-present, University of New Mexico, Department of Foreign Languages.
  • Faculty Director, German Summer School Program, Summer 2013, UNM Department of Foreign Languages.