Michael Swellander

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Michael Swellander
Visiting Assistant Professor
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Michael Swellander (Ph.D. Columbia University, 2019) joined the German Department at the University of Iowa in 2019. His research interests include politically activist literary aesthetics (patriotic and protest lyric, the politicization of prose in early nineteenth-century Germany, “committed literature,” Brecht’s eingreifendes Denken), feuilletonism, figurations of the historical present in literature, German nationalism, Young Germany, Heinrich Heine, and Georg Büchner.

He is currently working on a study of various ways that the present, as a unique historical moment distinct from the past and the future, is evoked and politicized in early nineteenth-century German literature, particularly in journalism.