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Peter Erickson

Contact Information

Email: Peter.Erickson@colostate.edu

Office: Clark C121

Role: Faculty

Position: Assistant Professor of German

Concentration:
  • Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century German Literature
  • Art
  • and Religion

Department: Languages, Literatures and Culture

Biography

Peter Erickson joined the German faculty at Colorado State University in Fall 2016.  He researches the intersection of literature, art, and religion in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.  For his dissertation at the University of Chicago, he used archival research to show how controversy surrounding the role of religious conversion in the public sphere had a profound influence on the development of the modern novel.

Prior to joining Colorado State, he served as Visiting Assistant Professor of German at Oakland University in Michigan (2014-2016).

Recent courses include:
- GRM 371: "Dangerous Minds: Criminal Narrators in German Literature" (Fall 2014, Fall 2015)
- GRM 381: "Strange Creatures: Animal Narratives in German Literature" (Winter 2016)
- GRM 340: "Twentieth Century German Film" (Fall 2014)
- GRM 418: "On the Road: The Bildungsreise in German Literature" (Winter 2015)
- GRM 355: "Translation from German to English" (Fall 2014)
- GRM 115, GRM 214, GRM 215: Introductory and Intermediate German

Education

Phd, University of Chicago

Publications

- "Die Inszenierung von Konversion: Friedrich Schillers Der Geisterseher." In Figuren der Konversion, ed. Winfried Eckel and Niklas Wegmann (Paderborn: Ferdinand Schöningh Verlag, 2014).
- "Proselytenmacherey durch Aberglauben: Religiöse Bekehrung und Empirische Psychologie in den Schriften Jakob Friedrich Abels." In Edward Gibbon im deutschen Sprachraum: Spurenlesen und Bausteine einer Rezeptionsgeschichte, ed. Till Kinzel and Cord-Friedrich Berghahn. (Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag, 2015). Special issue, Germanisch-Romanische Monatsschrift.
- “Adapting Christian Tragedy for the Enlightenment Stage: Lessing’s Hamburgische Dramaturgie (1767-1769).” Lessing Yearbook 42 (2015): 125-150.
- "'Ist es rathsam Missethäter durch Geistliche [...] zur Hinrichtung begleiten zu lassen?' Gotthilf Samuel Steinbart’s Critique of Pietist Conversion." In Religion und Aufklärung, ed. Albrecht Beutel (Tübingen: Verlag Mohr Siebeck, 2016), 243-253.
- “Vergiftete Gaben: Violating the Laws of Hospitality in ETA Hoffmann’s Das Fräulein von Scuderi,” In Transgressive Romanticism, ed. Christopher Clason (under review).

Courses

LGER 201 Second-Year German II

LGER 300 Reading and Writing for Communication (German)