Simon Friedland

Simon Friedland graduated from Reed College in 2013 with a B.A. in German Literature. During his junior year he studied in Munich at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität. He wrote his senior thesis on the delineation of a women’s Romantic tradition in the works of Karoline von Günderrode, Bettina von Arnim, and Christa Wolf. In 2017-2018 he was a visiting doctoral candidate at the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies at the Freie Universität in Berlin. His dissertation focuses on the reception of antique verse forms in the era of Weimar Classicism. The aim of the project is to rethink this canonical era from the perspective of its prosody, shifting the focus from the ethical-anthropological ideal of “Humanität” to the conflicts and contradictions between antiquity and modernity as they are embodied in the act of versification.  Additional interests include the influence of French Symbolism on fin-de-siècle German-language lyric, and the history of the lyric more broadly.