Daniel DiMassa is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures. His dissertation constructs a new narrative of the Jena Romantics' project of a new mythology by exploring its authors' theorization and adaptation of Dante's Commedia. Dan's interests lie, more broadly, in the intersection of literature, religion, and aesthetics in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.
He has presented research from his dissertation at the Atkins Goethe Conference in Chicago and the Symposium junger Goetheforscher in Weimar; in January, he'll give a talk at the MLA convention on the topic of sacrifice in Goethe's Dichtung und Wahrheit. His article on "Stefan George, Thomas Mann, and the Politics of Homoeroticism" has just appeared in The German Quarterly, 86.3 (2013). He is co-editing with Nick Theis and Professors Catriona Macleod and Bethany Wiggin the volume "Un/Translatables Across Germanic Languages and Cultures."