Discussants

Tobias Boes (University of Notre Dame)
Tobias Boes is Associate Professor of German at the University of Notre Dame, where he also serves on the faculty board of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies. He is the author, most recently, of Thomas Mann’s War: Literature, Politics, and the World Republic of Letters (Cornell University Press). His other books are Formative Fictions, also from Cornell, and the forthcoming co-edited Oxford Twenty-First Century Handbook of World Authorship. He is currently at work on a new book about literary manifestations of right-wing populism across contemporary Europe, and he also maintains an active research interest in the environmental humanities.

Todd Kontje (University of California, San Diego)
Todd Kontje is a Professor of German at the University of California, San Diego. He received his PhD in German literature at Princeton University in 1984. He is the author of books on the German Bildungsroman, nineteenth-century women writers, Orientalism, and Thomas Mann. His most recent book, Imperial Fictions: German Literature Before and Beyond the Nation-State was published by the University of Michigan Press in 2018.

Irmela von der Lühe (Freie Universität Berlin)
Iremela von der Lühe is a Professor of Modern German Literature at the Freie Universität Berlin and Senior Advisor at the Selma Stern Center for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg. She is the author of a biography of Erika  Mann, available in both Enligsh and German. She is also the curator of the exhibit Erika Mann Kabarettistin – Kriegsreporterin – politische Rednerin currently on view at the Monacensia in Munich. Her research interests include German-Jewish literature and cultural history, the literature of exile and the Shoah, the literary history of female authorship. 

Ellis Shookman (Dartmouth) 
Ellis Shookman is a Professor of German Studies at Dartmouth College. Shookman earned his PhD at Yale in 1987 and is the author of two books on Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice — Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice: A Reference Guide (Greenwood, 2004) and Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice: A Novella and Is Critics (Camden House, 2003). He has also published work on Mann’s The Magic Mountain, as well as the works of Christoph Martin Wieland.

Robert Tobin (Clark) 
Robert Tobin holds the Henry J. Leir Chair in Comparative Literature at Clark University. His most recent book, Peripheral Desires: The German Discovery of Sex, contains an extensive analysis of Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice. He is also the author of Warm Brothers: Queer Theory and the Age of Goethe and Doctor’s Orders: Goethe and Enlightenment Thought. Most recently, he has been working as the co-curator of an exhibit on local LGBTQ+ culture at the Worcester Historical Museum; he and his co-curators have completed a book on the subject that will be coming out soon, under the title LGBTQ+Worcester for the Record.

Hans Vaget (Smith College)
Hans Rudolf Vaget, Professor emeritus of German Studies, taught at Smith College from 1967 to 2004. He received his academic training at the universities of Munich and Tübingen, the University of Wales at Cardiff and at Columbia University. He has published widely in the field of German Studies from the eighteenth century to the present. He is a co-founder of the Goethe Society of North America and its former president. He is also one of the chief editors of the new edition of the work, letters, and diaries of Thomas Mann and a former editor of Wagnerspectrum, a journal of Wagner Studies.

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