andreawkikkert

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First name: 
Andrea
Last name: 
Kikkert
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I am a PhD candidate in German Studies at Vanderbilt University. In addition to Digital Humanities, my research interests include German literature from the Late Enlightenment to the Great War, music and German literature, and aesthetic theory. As a HASTAC scholar, I am working with Vanderbilt University's History of Art and Visual Resource Center on a project featuring the Cambridge School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, the first comprehensive graduate program of its kind for women, and preparing a workshop for soundscapes and architecture.

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I am a PhD candidate in German Studies at Vanderbilt University. In addition to Digital Humanities, my research interests include German literature from the Late Enlightenment to the Great War, music and German literature, and aesthetic theory. Entitled “False Dichotomies: Tradition and Innovation in Works by Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach and Hugo Wolf,” my dissertation features close readings of selected musical and literary works that wrestle with the complexities of the human condition and serve as examples of creative and receptive aesthetic praxis with real-world implications.

As a continuation of my dissertation chapter on Ebner-Eschenbach’s Aphorismen, I am gathering and cleaning data from the 1893 edition of this text in her Gesammelte Werke. Ultimately, I plan to create an open source table with which scholars can readily recognize correlating linguistic and semantic characteristics. As I develop the source, I am structuring it so further data may be incorporated from both earlier German editions beginning in 1880 and English translations such as A. L. Wister’s 1893 Aphorisms

I analyze music in an accessible manner that often incorporates familiar theoretical texts and literary concepts. As a performance art that depends on continual reiteration and reinterpretation, music provides fertile ground for discussing foundational issues of art and society such as authenticity, plurality, and innovation. Through Digital Humanities I explore sonic experience and aural research possibilities independent of and interdependent with visual components. My present HASTAC partnership with the Vanderbilt History of Art and Visual Resource Center and History of Art allows for such exploration. In addition to capturing and formatting data for a social network analysis of graduates from the first architectural school for women in the U.S., I am researching soundscapes in architecture for campus-wide roundtable discussions in the spring.  

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