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Peter Hoyng, Ph.D.Professor of German StudiesHonors Program CoordinatorDirector Of Outreach And Engagement

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Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1994


Teaching Fields: German Literature and Culture since the 18th Century, German-Jewish Culture since 1750, Modern Cultural History of Berlin and Vienna, Genre Theory (Drama) and History of German Drama and Theater

Peter Höyng studied Germanistik and European history in Bonn and Siegen, and continued his studies in German literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he received his Ph.D. in 1994. After his years of research, teaching, and service at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, he joined the faculty of the German Studies Department at Emory’s College of Arts & Sciences in 2005. He has been awarded numerous institutional research grants, including one from the Stiftung Weimarer Klassik. He also secured a number of grants for his scholarship and teaching from organizations such as the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), the Max Kade Foundation, or the Checkpoint Charlie Foundation. In 2002, he was the recipient of the Jefferson Prize from the University of Tennessee for his excellence in research. In spring semester 2013, he was a Fulbright Senior Research Fellow at the Institut für Kulturwissenschaften (Institute for Cultural Studies) in Vienna, Austria.

Focusing on German literature and culture since 1750, Höyng’s research centers thematically around four distinct areas: (1) genre-wise, he predominantly explores dramatic texts within its performative contexts, (2) geographically, his research tilts towards cultural creations emanating from Austria, (3) topically, he pursues the works of assimilated German-Jewish figures, and (4) the interaction between literature and classical music as evident in his ongoing research on Beethoven’s intellectual interests.     

Divergent as these four areas may seem, his trans-disciplinary approach often leads to an overlap of them, such as when he interprets Beethoven’s composition of the so-called Flohlied from Goethe’s foremost drama Faust I, or the composer’s disinterest of pursuing Franz Grillparzer’s libretto of Melusina as an opera. To date, he traced Beethoven’s avid interest in literature by focusing on his favorite authors, i.e., Shakespeare, Goethe, and Schiller.

Previously, Höyng’s integrative approach of different fields is evident in his edited volume on the Jewish dramatist George Tabori (Verkörperte Geschichtsentwürfe: George Taboris Theaterarbeit. Embodied Projections on History: George Tabori’s Theater Work. Tübingen: Francke, 1998), and his monograph that interconnects the discourses of history and drama: Die Sterne, die Zensur und das Vaterland: Geschichte und Theater im späten 18. Jahrhundert. Wien, Köln, and Weimar: Böhlau, 2003.

Höyng enjoys teaching German as a second language at all levels and has offered cultural and literary courses at the graduate and undergraduate level that reflect his four research areas since they range from Goethe to Brecht, from the Berlin Wall to Jewish culture in Vienna, from an introduction to the weekly Die Zeit to “Love, Marriage and Gender: From Bach to Weill.” For the long-standing departmental Summer Study Abroad Program in Vienna, he designed a new course, entitled: “Veni, Vidi, Vici: Conquering the Burg.”

Except for his sabbatical year, Höyng has served as Chair of the German Studies Department from 2005-2013. He is also an affiliated faculty with the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies. In 2006, he was elected to serve on the Executive Committee from 2007-2009 of the American Association for Teachers in German, the AATG, and in 2010 he participated in a yearlong leadership program at Emory University.


Recent Peer-reviewed Essays

(2021): “Three Observations and Three Possible Directions: Musical and Eighteenth-Century Studies.” Goethe Yearbook 28 (2021): 323-327.

(2021): „Mußt Du nicht längst kolonisieren“? Eine postkoloniale Lektüre von Faust als althergebrachter Landesherr und moderner Kolonialpolitiker.“ 
In: „Land in Sicht!“ Literarische Inszenierungen von Landnahmen und ihren Folgen. Eds. Anna-Marie Post and Michaela Holdenried. Berlin: Erich Schmidt, 2021. 217-233.

(2021): A Visceral Circus Experience: Death Camps in the Time of Coronavirus.” 
The Opera Quarterly (2021): 1-6.

(2018): “Desires for a Third Space: A Critique of Jelinek’s Winterreise by Reading Georg Simmel’s Exkurs über den Fremden.” 
In: New Perspectives on Contemporary Austrian Studies. Ed. Katya Krylova. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2018. 273-292.

(2018): “’Denn Gehorsam ist die erste Pflicht freier Männer’: Eulogius Schneider as a Paradigm for the Dialectic of Entligthenment.”
In: The Radical Enlightenment in Germany. Ed. Carl Niekerk. Amsterdam: Brill, 2018. 310-327.

(2016): "Der Notlicht-Skandal als Backstage-Nachspiel. Beobachtungen zu Bernhards Der Ignorant und der Wahnsinnige anhand von Hennetmairs Tagebuch.”
In: The Journal of Austrian Studies, 49.3-4 (2016): 43-64.

(2016): “Goethes Iphigenie als Opfer und seine Iphigenie auf Tauris als Opfergabe.“
In: Making Sacrifices-Opfer bringen. Visions of Sacrifice in European and American Cultures - Opfervorstellungen in europäischen und amerikanischen Kulturen. Eds. Nicholas Brooks and Gregor Thuswaldner. Vienna: New Academic Press, 2016. 18-32.

(2014) : “Die Begräbnisfeier für Otto Habsburg aus der ‘Fenstersicht’ von Thomas Bernhards Auslöschung. Ein Zerfall.”
In: The Journal of Austrian Studies, 47.2 (2014): 83-103.

(2014): “Mephistopheles’ Flohlied Meets Beethoven’s Devilish Sting.” In: Publications of the English Goethe Society, vol. 84.2 (2014): 77-88.

(2013): “’The Gospel of World Harmony’ or Beethoven’s Transformation of Schiller’s An die Freude into World Music Literature.” In: Modern Language Quarterly, vol. 74.2 (June 2013): 261-276.

(2013): “Kleist und Beethoven als ‘Generation Napoleon’ oder ästhetische Dartstellungen von Gewalt.” In: Heinrich von Kleist – Style and Concept: Explorations in Literary Dissonance. Eds. Dieter Sevin and Christoph Zeller. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2013. 287-300.

(2012):“Leaving Behind the Summit: Tracking Biographical and Philosophical Pathways in Richard Strauss’s Eine Alpensinfonie.” In: Heights of Reflection: Mountains in the German Imagination from the Middle Ages to the Present. Eds. Sean Ireton and Caroline Schaumann. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2012. 231-247.

(2011):“Im Echoraum der Literatur: Kulturpolitische Bedingungen des literarischen Diskurses in Österreich.“ In: Zeitenwende: Österreichische Literatur seit dem Millennium, 2000-2010. Eds. Michael Boehringer and Susanne Hochreiter. Wien: Praesens, 2011. 64-81.

(2011):“Ambiguities of Violence in Beethoven’s Ninth through the Eyes of Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange” In: The German Quarterly (2011) vol. 84.2: 159-176.

(2010):“’For Heaven’s Sake: I have You Walk Into the Dark.’ Grillparzer’s Containment of Beethoven and the Ambivalences of their Melusina-Project.” Goethe Yearbook vol. 17 (2010): 275-302.

(2009): “A Dream of a White Vienna after World War I: Hugo Bettauer’s The City Without Jews and The Blue Stain.” In: At Home and Abroad: Historicizing Twentieth-Century Whiteness in Literature and Performance. Ed. La Vinia Delois Jennings. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2009. 29-60.

(2009): “Re-reading Peter Szondi’s Theorie des modernen Dramas (1956/63): From absolute Drama to absolute Theory.” In: Monatshefte, vol. 101.3 (2009): 314-22.