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Meryem Deniz


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Classical Reception
Immigration Studies
German idealism and Romanticism
theater and film

Meryem Deniz

Before joining Stanford German Department as a Ph.D. student in 2016, I studied German, Spanish, and Ancient Greek languages and literatures at Harvard University. My research interests include German Romanticism, classical reception, immigration studies, and Turkish-German literature, cinema, and theater.
In my dissertation, “Ethereal Romanticism: Dynamic Materiality in German Thought in the late 18th and early 19th Centuries,” I aim to reconstruct an interdisciplinary Romantic theory of materiality around the concept of “aether.” In the writings of Kant, Schelling, Novalis, Jean Paul, and Hölderlin, I trace the emergence of a fluid, vibratory, elastic, and imponderable materiality that dissolves the rigid boundaries between form and matter, subject and object, soul and body. Aether’s speculative yet legitimate use within the scientific community provides Romantic writers with an elastic language in which they could experiment their metaphysical thoughts in literary forms. My dissertation also intends to contribute to the theories of Romantic interdisciplinarity, emphasizing the notion of continuity as its formative principle: whereas the Newtonian aether is meant to explain how action at a distance between two impenetrable corpuscles is mechanically possible as two independent disciplines adjoin each other, the Romantic aether connects everything dynamically and thus offers a dissolution of disciplinary boundaries into their original and formless universality.


GERMAN 131 What is German Literature?

Other Information

“Lessing’s Critical Hermeneutics and Elliptical Reading of Aristotle’s Poetics.” Lessing Yearbook 2020, Vol. XLVII: 53-71.
Book Review:
Turkish Guest Workers in Germany: Hidden Lives and Contested Borders, 1960s to 1980s, by Jennifer A. Miller, Focus on German Studies,2020, Vol. 25/26: 141-145.
Courses Taught:
CUNY- Hunter College (Fall 2019-20)
CLA 101: Classical Mythology
Stanford University 
German 106/206: Turkish-German Literature, Cinema, and Theater – Summer 2020-21
German 131: What is German Literature? – Autumn 2020-21
German 120C: German in Public: 99 German Songs from Mozart to Metal – Spring 2019-20
Gerlang 5: Intensive First-Year German – Summer 2019-20
Gerlang 21- Intermediate German 1 – Winter 2018-19
Gerlang 20B- Intermediate German Conversation Course – Autumn 2018-19
Gerlang 20C- Advanced German Conversation Course – Autumn 2018-19
Gerlang 3- First Year German – Spring 2017-18
Gerlang 2- First Year German – Winter 2017-18
Gerlang 1- First Year German – Autumn 2017-18
Gerlang 20B- Intermediate German Conversation Course – Winter 2016-17