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Dr. Devin Zuber, M.A., M. Phil.

Neuer Graben 40
49069 Osnabrück

E-Mail: devin.zuber@uni-osnabrueck.de




2010 PhD in English, Graduate Center, City University of New York.
* Dissertation Title: "Hieroglyphics of Nature: Swedenborg, Ecology, and Romantic Aesthetics"
* Comprehensive Examination: Pass with Honors (2002)
* Certificate Degree in American Studies

2006 Master of Philosophy (M. Phil), Graduate Center, City University of New York
* Oral Examination Passed with Honors

2006 M.A. in Literature, Queens College, City University of New York

2000 B.A. in English (cum laude), Bryn Athyn College, PA.

Grants, Fellowships, and Academic Honors

2010 CUNY Graduate Center Alumni and Doctoral Faculty Prize for the Most Distinguished Dissertation of the Year and the Publication Subvention Award for Distinguished Dissertations

2009-2010 Visiting European Fellow for North American Studies at the Eccles Centre, British Library, London

2008 Carpenter Grant for Book Research at the Houghton Library, Harvard

2007 Monroe Carell Dissertation Fellowship Award

2007 2nd Place for Constant Rourke Prize (best essay published in American Quarterly)

2007 Charlotte Newcombe Fellowship Finalist

2007 Fulbright Finalist

2006-2007 Carpenter Grant for Dissertation Research

2006 City University Research Grant. Project Title: “Swedenborg and Romantic Aesthetics: Primary Research on William Blake in London Archives”

2006 Queens College President’s Award for Excellence in University Teaching

2004-2006 Graduate Teaching Fellowship at Queens College, CUNY

2000 Smithsonian Fellowship at the Hirshhorn Museum of Contemporary Art

1996-2000 Dean’s Honor List (Bryn Athyn College)

Books and Edited Volumes

2011 _The Selected Letters of James John Garth Wilkinson: England’s Forgotten Philosopher_. Editor, with annotated contributions from Joan Richardson and Andrew Taylor. West Chester: Swedenborg Foundation. Includes unpublished correspondence to Henry James Sr., William James, Ralph Waldo Emerson, forthcoming.

2010 (co-edited with Massimo Pizzingrilli and Kristin Bischof). _Limen: eine Internationale Zeitschrift für junge Lyrik_. Editor for American poetry contributions; solicited and annotated contributions from Karen Weiser, Anselm Berrigan, and Amanda Davidson. Under consideration at several presses.

Refereed Articles and Book Chapters

2010 "Buddha of the North: Swedenborg and Transpacific Zen." Special issue of _Religion and the Arts_. Edited by James Najarian. 14.1 (January 2010): 1-33. http://www.bc.edu/publications/relarts/

2010 “'Those Almost Uninhabited Shores': John James Audubon and the Violence of Space." Essay commissioned for artist chapbook and exhibition _The Audubon Trilogy: Delineations of American Scenes and Manners (Cairo, New Madrid, West Point)_, by Jacob Cartwright and Nick Jordon. Manchester: Cornerhouse Gallery Publications. http://www.cornerhouse.org/books/info.aspx?ID=3396&page=0

2010 "Imagination, Beauty, and the Urban-Land Ethic: Teaching Environmental Literature in New York City." Chapter contribution to _Gaps in the Pavement: Reflections on Nature in New York_. Edited by John Waldman; co-contributors include Philip Lopate, Anne Matthews, Robert Sullivan, William Kornblum. Under consideration at various presses.

2010 "Embodiment, Performance, Spirit: an Interview with Marina Abramovic." _Aesthetic Infinity: Dialogues on Swedenborg and Art_. Journal Issue of the Swedenborg Society, forthcoming.

2009 "‘Poking Around in the Dust of Asia’: Wallace Stevens, Modernism and the Aesthetics of the East." Chapter contribution to _Orient and Orientalisms in American Poetry and Poetics_. Edited by Sabine Sielke and Christian Klöckner. Volume Four in the _Transcriptions: Cultures Concepts Controversies, Kulturen Konzepte Kontroversen_ series. Frankfurt: Lang Verlag. http://www.amazon.com/Orientalisms-US-American-Transcription-Controversies-Kontroversen/dp/3631576080/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1264700020&sr=8-1

2009 "Satanic Mills and Jerusalem Redeemed: William Blake’s Urban Ecopoetics." _Green Letters 10 (Winter 2008 / 2009)_. Edited by Rupert Hildeyard. Journal of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (United Kingdom). 39-49. http://www.green-letters.org.uk/archives_j10.html

2008 “West Point”: Audubon and the Silence of Extinction. Contribution to the exhibition catalogue _The Animal Gaze: Contemporary Art and Animal/Human Studies_. London Metropolitan University. http://www.animalgaze.org

2008 "Edwards, Swedenborg, Emerson: From Typology to Correspondence." Chapter contribution to_The Contribution of Jonathan Edwards to American Culture and Society: Essays on America’s Spiritual Founding Father_. Edited by Richard Hall. Lewiston, NY: Mellen Press. http://www.mellenpress.com/mellenpress.cfm?bookid=7368&pc=9

2006 "A Spiritual World in Sensation: Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu and Emanuel Swedenborg’s Mystical Theology." In _Victorian Sensations: Essays on a Scandalous Genre_. Edited by Richard Fantina. Columbus: Ohio State University Press. 73-84. http://www.ohiostatepress.org/books/Book%20PDFs/Harrison%20Victorian.pdf -

2006 "Flânerie at Ground Zero: Aesthetic Counter-Memories in Lower Manhattan." _American Quarterly_ 58:2 (June 2006). Edited by Marita Sturken. Journal of the American Studies Association. 269-299. http://muse.jhu.edu/login?uri=/journals/american_quarterly/v058/58.2zuber.html

2004 "Blindness, the Blues, and Abstract Art: Metaphors of Unseeing in Wallace Stevens." Variations 12 (2004): EinBlick / SaVoir / InSights. Literaturzeitschrift for the University of Zurich, Switzerland. 141-158. http://peterlang.metapress.com/content/x417t68105537540/

2002 "The Sage and the Mystic: Ralph Waldo Emerson and Emanuel Swedenborg." Swedenborg History On-Line Project. http://www.newchurchhistory.org/articles/dz2002.php

Conference Organization

2009 Conference organizer and convener. _Legal Convergence and Cultural Conflict: Perspectives and Problems in the Cultural Study of Law_. International Graduate Summer School financed by the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD). School directed by Prof. Dr. Peter Schneck. Institute for English and American Studies, Universität Osnabrück, Germany. http://www.blogs.uni-osnabrueck.de/lawandculture/

2009 Organizer and liaison for international panel on “Censorship and the Arts: A Panel Discussion with Artists and Human Rights Organizations,” with the Belarus Free Theatre, Freemuse, and freeDimensional. Lagerhalle, Osnabrück, Germany. Press Review: http://www.neue-oz.de/_archiv/noz_print/feuilleton/2009/08/23194484.html

2008 Chair and moderator for "Artist’s Forum" held at the American Academy (Berlin), featuring film producer Rolf Giesen. International Conference. _Transcultural Spaces: Challenges of Urbanity, Ecology, and the Environment in the New Millenium_. JFK Institute for North American Studies, Free University, Berlin, Germany

2008 Chair for the panel “Literary Representations of and after 9/11.” International Conference. _Divided We Stand; United We Fall: Perspectives on Inclusions and Exclusions in America_, JFK Institute for North American Studies, Free University, Berlin, Germany

2008 Conference organizer and convener; chair for the panel “Ethics and Literature.” International Conference. _Terrorism, Media, Literature: Don DeLillo and the Ethics of Fiction_. Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Universität Osnabrück, Germany. http://www.blogs.uni-osnabrueck.de/dondelillo/

2006 Chair for the panel “Educational Reflections: Visions, Movements, and Afro-Latinidad.” International Conference. _Departures and Definitions of Afro-Latino and Afro-Latin Identity in the New Millennium_. Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and Caribbean. C.U.N.Y. Graduate Center, New York City

2004 Chair for special panel “The Perils of Cultural Translation: Paul Chan's Baghdad in No Particular Order,” with Nobel prize nominee Kathy Kelly and visual artist Paul Chan. _IMAGINE Film Festival_. The New School, New York City.

Invited Lectures and Keynote Addresses

2010 "The Correspondence of Dr. James John Garth Wilkinson: Towards an Annotated Edition." International Swedenborg Publisher's Conference. Swedenborg Society, England. http://www.swedenborg.org.uk/international-swedenborg-publishers-conference

2010 "Blake, Swedenborg, and Environmental Poetics." Pacific School of Religion, Graduate Theological Union, San Francisco, U.S.A. http://www.psr.edu/public-events/swedenborgian-lecture-religion-and-environment

2010 "Cairo: the Breaking Up of the Ice." Gallery lecture for exhibition at the Cornerhouse Gallery, Manchester, England. http://www.cornerhouse.org/events/info.aspx?ID=1686&page=0

2009 "Translating Nature into Thought: Situating Swedenborg in Transcendentalist Perception." _Forging the American Mind Lecture Series_, Institute for English and American Studies, University of Osnabrück, Germany

2009 "Performing the Image: Trauma, Memory, and Don DeLillo’s 'Falling Man.'_9/11 as Catalyst: American and British Cultural Responses_. Institute for American Studies, University of Bayreuth, Germany. http://www.americanstudies.uni-bayreuth.de/de/9_11_as_Catalyst/index.html

2009 "“I will write a book on leaves of flowers”: Hermeneutics and Blake’s Ecopoetics." _Romantic Realignments: Interdisciplinary Seminar in Literature and Cultural History_. Hertford College, Oxford University, England. http://romanticrealignments.blogspot.com/

2008 ""A Long Atlantic Roll: the “Lost” Letters of James John Garth Wilkinson and Transatlantic Literary History." Annual plenary address for the Swedenborg Society, England

2008 "Walking the Streets of Woe: William Blake, Swedenborg, and the Visionary City." Annual Trinity Term Lecture Series, History of Art Department, Oxford University, England

2007 "Green London as the New Jerusalem: Swedenborg and Blake’s Urban Ecology." William Blake in Contexts, Goldsmith’s College, University of London, England

2007 "Conservation, Conservatives, and American Religion: Entanglements between Environmentalism and American Protestantism." Guest lecture for Magister seminar (American Environmental History), Amerika-Institut, Ludwig-Maximilians Universität,, Munich, Germany

2006 "From the Mayflower to Manifest Destiny: the Social Construction of American Myths." Guest lecture for Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät, Ludwig-Maximilians Universität, Munich, Germany

Conference Presentations (selected)

2010 "Hieroglyphics of Nature: Swedenborg and the American Environmental Imagination." _Exploring a World Memory--Emanuel Swedenborg’s Context, Content, Contribution_. UNESCO Symposium at the Royal Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden. http://www.cfvh.kva.se/svenska/forskning/Swedenborg_2010.htm

2008 "Out of Paris, into the Favela: Transcultural Poetics of the Urban Flâneur." _Transcultural Spaces: Challenges of Urbanity, Ecology, and the Environment in the New Millenium_, JFK Institute for North American Studies, Free University, Berlin, Germany. www.jfki.fu-berlin.de/.../2008-10-30_Oct_Transcultural_Spaces_Program_1_.pdf

2008 "“An Uncertainty of Image”: Native Americans and the (trans)national Landscape." _Divided We Stand; United We Fall: Perspectives on Inclusions and Exclusions in America_, JFK Institute for North American Studies, Free University, Berlin, Germany

2008 "Greening Cavell: Ecological Literary Criticism and the Limits of Philosophy." _Stanley Cavell and Literary Criticism_, University of Edinburgh, Scotland. http://www.lifelong.ed.ac.uk/stanleycavell/

2006 "Satanic Mills and Jerusalem Redeemed: Reading William Blake’s Apocalypse as Urban Ecology." _Discordant Harmonies: Ecocriticism in the 21st Century_, European Association for Literature, Culture, Environment, University of Lincoln, England

2006 "James John Garth Wilkinson: Transcendentalism, Swedenborg, and the Transatlantic Thread." _Transatlanticism in American Literature: Emerson, Hawthorne, Poe_, Rothmere American Institute, Oxford University, England. http://www.cofc.edu/~peeples/oxford/Oxford.htm

2005 ""A sense beneath seeing": Epistemological Blindness in Wallace Stevens." _Sightlines: The Science and Culture of Vision_, New England American Studies Association, Worcester, Massachusetts. http://www.neasa.org/conference_program.html

2005 "'The Eternal Great Humanity Divine”: William Blake’s Radical Poetics and the Influence of Emanuel Swedenborg." _Rene Girard Colloquium on Violence and Religion_, Koblenz, Germany

2005 "Free of Mimetic Desire: Utopianism and Ecology at Brook Farm and Fruitlands." _Rene Girard Colloquium on Violence and Religion_, Koblenz, Germany

2005 "American Studies at Ground Zero: Walter Benjamin, Public Memory, and the Aesthetics of Memorials." _European Perspectives in American Studies_, JFK Institute for North American Studies, Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany

2004 "Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu and the Beyond of Emanuel Swedenborg." Panel 5 of _Victorian Sensations!_, North East Modern Language Association (NEMLA), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2003 "Jonathan Edwards, Emanuel Swedenborg, Ralph Waldo Emerson: From Typology to Correspondence," _Jonathan Edwards Tercentenary_, Jonathan Edwards Society, Northampton, Massachusetts

2001 "Smoke, Chalk and Rubble: Teaching at Ground Zero." _CUNY Graduate Center Conference on Post-9/11 Pedagogy_, C.U.N.Y. American Studies Group, New York City

2000 "Mark Rothko, Yves Klein, and Wolfgang Laib: Transcendent Directions in Modern Art." Guest lecture for Glencairn Museum at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

2000 "Ed Ruscha and the Origins of California Pop-Art." _Smithsonian Art Night Lecture Series_, Hirshhorn Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Teaching Appointments

2007-Present Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter (Assistant Professor), Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Universität Osnabrück

2006-2007 Lehrbeauftragter (Adjunct Instructor), Amerika-Institut, Ludwig-Maximilians Universität, München

2004-2006 Graduate Teaching Fellow, English Department, Queens College, City University of New York

2001-2003 Adjunct Instructor, English Department, Borough of Manhattan College, City University of New York

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