John Kenneth Noyes

Professor of German
Extraordinary Professor, Modern Foreign Languages, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

Contact info

john.noyes@utoronto.ca

Office
University of Toronto
Odette Hall 304
50 St. Joseph Street
Toronto, ON M5S 3L5

Phone 416-926-2344

Office Hours

Tue 4-5 or by appointment

Classes 2020 – 2021

Fall 2020

  • GER194H Fall The Age of Reason and the New World, W 10-12
  • GER305H Fall German Literature 2, M 3-5 & W 3-4
  • GER431H Fall Goethe's Novels, T 12-2 (cross-listed with grad)

Background

Ph.D. Cape Town 1989

Recent Fellowships and Awards

Fellow, Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies, Stellenbosch, South Africa. Project: Global Humanities (2020 and 2021)

Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada Insight Grant for the project "Goethe's World" (2018)

John K. Noyes, Herder: Aesthetics Against Imperialism. Toronto: University of Toronto Press 2015. Winner of Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Studies in Germanic Languages and Literatures, best book 2014-2015.

Fellow, Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies, Stellenbosch, South Africa. Project: Global Citizenship and the Practice of Being Human. South African Visions and the legacy of Enlightenment (2016 and 2017)

National Endowment for the Humanities Grant for project The Legacy of Herder’s Theory of Cultural Difference and Universal Reason (2014)

Fellow, Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies, Stellenbosch, South Africa. Project: Global Citizenship and the Practice of Being Human. South African Visions and the legacy of Enlightenment (2016 and 2017)

My Current Projects

I'm completing a book manuscript with the working title "Goethe's World."

I'm currently translating Johann Gottfried Herder's "Briefe zu Beförderung der Humanität" to be included in the Cambridge English edition of Herder's works.

Recent Books

John K. Noyes, ed. Herder’s Essay on Being: A Translation and Critical Approaches. Rochester: Camden House 2018.

John K. Noyes, Herder: Aesthetics Against Imperialism. Toronto: University of Toronto Press 2015.

Hans Schulte, John K. Noyes, Pia Kleber (eds.). Goethe’s Faust – Theatre of Modernity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2011.

Recent Publications

“Humanism, Embodied Knowledge, and Postcolonial Theory,” Postcolonialism Cross-Examined. Multidirectional Perspectives on Imperial and Colonial Pasts and the Neocolonial Present, ed. Monika Albrecht (London: Routledge 2020), 51-64.

“Goethe’s Future,” Back to the Future. Proceedings of the 50th Wisconsin Workshop held at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, September 14-16, 2017, ed. Marc Silverman (Oxford ; New York : Peter Lang, 2018), 9-36.

“Literatur, Wahrheit, Menschsein,” Literaturwissenschaften in der Krise. Zur Rolle und Relevanz literarischer Praktiken in globalen Krisenzeiten. Edited by Anya Heise-von der Lippe and Russell West-Pavlov (Tübingen: Narr 2018), 41-8.

“Peter Höner’s Africa Novels.” Kulturbegegnung und Kulturkonflikt im (post-) kolonialen Kriminalroman. Edited by Michaela Holdenried, Barbara Korte & Carlotta von Maltzan. Bern etc.: Peter Lang 2017, pp. 137-151.

“Postkoloniales Begehren,” Handbuch Postkolonialismus und Literatur. Edited by Dirk Göttsche, Axel Dunker, Gabriele Dürbeck. Stuttgart: Metzler 2017, pp. 165-167.

“Nomadismus.” Handbuch Postkolonialismus und Literatur. Edited by Dirk Göttsche, Axel Dunker, Gabriele Dürbeck. Stuttgart: Metzler 2017, pp. 197-200.

“Goethe and the Cartographic Representation of Nature around 1800,” Literature and Cartography. Theories, Histories, Genres. Edited by Anders Engberg-Pedersen (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press 2017), 253-78.

“Eradicating the Orientalists: Goethe's Chinesisch-deutsche Jahres- und Tageszeiten.” Distant Readings: China in the German Enlightenment. Edited by Daniel Purdy. Toronto: University of Toronto Press 2016, 142-163.

“Knowledge, Travel, and Embodied Thought. Restlessness in Herder’s Journal of my Voyage in the Year 1769.” Transfers. 6/3 (2016), 49–64.

“What does Cognition have to do with Imperialism? Reading the Essay On Being with On Diligence.” J.G. Herder. From Cognition to Cultural Science. Von der Erkenntnis zur Kulturwissenschaft. Heidelberg: Synchron 2016.

“Herder’s Unsettling of the Distinction between Fact and Fiction.” Fact and Fiction. Literary and Scientific Cultures in Germany and Britain. Edited by Christine Lehleiter. Toronto: University of Toronto Press 2016, 155-74.