Daniel DiMassa is doctoral candidate at UPenn and is writing a dissertation that explores the Jena Romantics' project of writing a new mythology, arguing that Dante's Divine Comedy shaped the theoretical contours of the project and served as the model for its poetic realization. While the dissertation focuses on the Frühromantik, it will gesture toward the reemergence of Dante in German discourses on myth in the early twentieth century, thereby underscoring a Romantic-Neoromantic arc. Dan has presented on aspects of the dissertation at the Atkins Goethe conference, the Sixteenth Century Studies conference, and colloquia at Penn and Princeton. In May, 2013, he'll speak about Goethe's use of terza rima at the gathering of the Goethe Gesellschaft in Weimar.
In 2009-2010, along with Caroline Weist, he coorganized the graduate student conference, "Inside/Out: Dress and Identity in German Literature, Performance, and Art." This past year, he worked with Nick Theis to assist Professors Catriona Macleod and Bethany Wiggin in organizing the conference, "Un/Translatables in Germanic Languages and Cultures": http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/german/untranslatables. A volume of edited essays from the conference is forthcoming. After finishing coursework and teaching, Dan served as a graduate fellow in the Center for Teaching and Learning, organizing workshops on pedagogy and observing and meeting with graduate students to discuss their teaching.