Emily Dreyfus

Emily Dreyfus is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Germanic Studies at the University of Chicago. She graduated from Oxford University with a joint B.A. in Classics and German. Her undergraduate thesis considered Romantic distance in Robert Schumann’s Eichendorff settings. An active orchestral and chamber musician, Emily spent a year studying baroque violin at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig. She was awarded the Toepfer Foundation Hanseatic scholarship to study Comparative Literature at the University of Göttingen, where she gained an M.A. with distinction in 2013. Her master’s thesis examined the cultural history of women at the piano and its narrative treatment in Arthur Schnitzler’s Fräulein Else. At present she is conducting archival research in Berlin for her dissertation, which examines high and low musical culture and national identity in early German sound film from 1930-1945. Her research is supported by a Fulbright fellowship at the Humboldt University and the Berlin Program for Advanced European and German Studies at the Free University. In 2015 Emily was awarded the Wayne C. Booth Graduate Student Prize for Excellence in Teaching.