Author Archives: Helena Juenger

Guest Lecture, Oct. 1: David Wellbery on Lessing’s Laokoon

2020 Guest lecture David Wellbery website

October 1, 2020, 4-6 pm The reading group Ekphrasis in conjunction with the Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures is happy to announce the following guest lecture by Dr. David E. Wellbery (University of Chicago). David E. Wellbery will join the reading group on Thursday October 1st, 2020 from 4-6pm to discuss passages from Lessing’s Laokoon oder über die Grenzen der Mahlerey und Poesie (1766) with reference to the overarching theme of ekphrasis. Lessing’s Laokoon has outlived most of its contemporaries in 18th-century criticism and the reason for its abiding influence may well be that it gets to the core conceptual issues with incomparable clarity. Lessing’s Laokoon appears to be foremost an analysis of ekphrastic passages from Vergil in order to critique Horaz’ ut pictura poesis as well as Winckelmann’s idealization of Ancient sculptures and art. What strikes us nowadays about Laokoon is the self-referentiality envisioned in the use of ekphrasis as a critique of an approach intermingling between description/depiction in terms of spatiality and the temporality of narration. As if the critique as genre is to stand apart from aesthetic categories and, thus, would allow for a naïve use of ekphrasis; quite ironic to some extent. In addition, Lessing’s writing as ... Read More »

Side by Side Writing: Host your own session

Side by side writing website

Side-by-side writing works as follows: It is not a writing feedback group. It’s just a way to make writing progress while hanging out with friends and colleagues (this is also known as: zwei Fliegen auf einen Streich). Read More »

Contractually Limited Term Position at Rank of Assistant Professor Teaching Stream, German Language Acquisition, University of Toronto, 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020


The Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures in the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto invites applications for a Contractually Limited Term Appointment (CLTA) in the area of German Language Pedagogy. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, for a one-year term, beginning July 1, 2019 and ending June 30, 2020. Read More »