Nicholas Theis is a fifth-year graduate student at Penn. His research spans 17th- to 19th-century literature, philosophy, science, and aesthetics, with an emphasis on literary genre.
Nick's dissertation, "Epic Enlightenment," contextualizes the eighteenth-century German verse-epic in aesthetic, literary, philosophical, and political discourses, arguing the necessity of studying this neglected genre and its surrounding controversies for understanding the Enlightenment and German literary history.
Nick is currently co-editing with Dan DiMassa and Professors Catriona MacLeod and Bethany Wiggin a forthcoming volume from the conference Un/Translatables Across Germanic Langauges and Cultures. He is also assisting Professor Bethany Wiggin in preparing a collected volume from "Envisioning the 'Old World': Heinrich Melchior Mühlenberg and Imperial Projects in Pennsylvania"