Assistant Professor Honored for Goethe Article

Author: Katie Louvat

Tobias Boes, assistant professor in Notre Dame’s Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures, was awarded the Goethe Society of North America’s Essay Prize for the article “Apprenticeship of the Novel: The Bildungsroman and the Invention of History, ca. 1770-1820.”

The prize is awarded annually to recognize outstanding pieces of scholarship on Goethe and his times. Boes’ article was selected out of nearly 60 others that were submitted for consideration. A formal award presentation will take place at the annual business meeting of the Goethe Society at the Modern Language Association on December 28, 2009.

This is the second award Boes has received for this article?the first being the 2007 A. Owen Aldridge Essay Prize of the American Comparative Literature Association.

Boes focuses his research on comparative approaches to the study of the novel and on modernist culture, especially that of Weimar Germany. His other scholarly interests include German intellectual history, opera as literature, and humanities computing. His articles have been published in Publications of the Modern Language Association, English Literary History, and Comparative Literature Studies; he is currently working on a book titled Children of Their Times: the Bildungsroman as a Cosmopolitan Genre.

The Goethe Society of North America was founded in 1979 to encourage and promote the study of all aspects of Goethe’s work, his life, and his time.