Georginna Hinnebusch received her B.A. from Yale University. She joined the Department in 2006 after studying extensively in Germany and received her M.A. from the University of Chicago in the spring of 2007. Her interests include Weimar Classicism, early German Romanticism and Aesthetics, focusing particular attention on the productive interface between literature and philosophy. She is currently working on a dissertation that attempts to reinterpret Goethe’s insights on ‘Bildung.’ Taking her point of departure from Goethe’s conception of the natural production of organic forms as well as his thoughts on the mimetic creation of artistic forms, she seeks to elaborate the process of human development as a dynamic interplay between form and intuition by embedding it in the tradition of philosophical perfectionism.