Assistant Professor Joel B. Lande

Assistant Professor in the German Department at the Princeton University (USA), Alexander von Humboldt Foundation research fellow at the ZfL with the project Vagabond Wisdom. Goethe in the Face of the French Revolution


2014-Present Assistant Professor, Department of German, Princeton University

2011-2014 Costen Postdoctoral Fellow, Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts, Princeton University

2004-2010 MA and PhD, Department of Germanic Studies, University of Chicago

1998-2002 BA, Center for Comparative Literature and Society, Columbia University

Research Interests

  • Literary Theory and Philology
  • Enlightenment, Age of Goethe
  • Genre Theory, Drama
  • History of Science 
  • History of Philosophy



Persistence of Folly: On the Origins of German Dramatic Literature (Cornell University Press, 2018).

Edited Volumes

with Denis Feeney (ed.), How Literatures Begin: A Global History (Princeton University Press, forthcoming 2021).

with Jocelyn Holland (ed.), MLN: The German Issue on Anomalies (2019).

with Rudolf Schlögl and Robert Suter (ed.), Barocke Figuren. Historische Anschlüsse an Erich Auerbach (Freiburg: Rombach Verlag, 2013).

Essays / Book Chapters

with Jocelyn Holland, “Introduction: On the Paradigmatic Force of Anomalies” in MLN (2019)

“Anomaly and Danger: Politics of Impurity in Goethe's Hermann und Dorothea" in MLN (2019)

“Form as Bond: Learning to See with Goethe’s Zur Farbenlehre” in Zeitschrift für deutsche Philologie (2019).

“Polizey” in Handbuch Literatur & Ökonomie, ed. Joseph Vogl and Burkhardt Wolf (Berlin: de Gruyter, 2019).

“Goethe’s Acquaintance with Color: Prolegomena to a Study of Zur Farbenlehre” in Goethe Yearkbook 23 (2016).

“German Trauerspiel and its International Nexus” in Politics and Aesthetics in European Baroque Tragedy, ed. Jan Bloemendal and Nigel Smith (Leiden: Brill, 2016).

“Playing with Genre” in The Pocket Instructor: Literature: 101 Exercises for the College Classroom, ed. Diana Fuss and William A. Gleason (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2015).

“Die Zeit der ästhetischen Form: zur Philosophie K.W.F. Solgers” in Grundzüge der Philosophie K.W.F. Solgers, ed. A. Baillot and M. Galland-Szymkowiak (Berlin: LIT Verlag, 2014).

“Auftritt der Welt: zu Lessings Minna von Barnhelm” in Auftreten: Wege auf die Bühne, ed. Juliane Vogel and Christopher Wild (Berlin: Theater der Zeit, 2014).

“Einleitung” in Barocke Figuren. Historische Anschlüsse an Erich Auerbach”, ed. Joel Lande, Rudolf Schlögl, Robert Suter (Freiburg: Rombach Verlag, Spring 2013).

“Early Modern Stages on the Move” in 31, Magazine of The Institute for the Theory of Design and Art, Zurich, December 2011.

“In Sober Jest: On The Emergence of Enlightenment Comedy” in Deutsche Vierteljahrsschrift für Literaturwissenschaft und Geistesgeschichte, 84/4 (2010).

“Moritz' Gods: Allegory, Autonomy, and Art” in Signatures of Thought: Karl Philipp Moritz, ed. Anthony Krupp (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2010).