Bohm, Arnd 1953-

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Bohm, Arnd 1953-


Born July 20, 1953. Education: University of Alberta, B.A. (with honors), 1974, M.A., 1975; Johns Hopkins University, Ph.D., 1984.


Home—Ontario, Canada. Office—1907 Dunton Tower, Department of English Language and Literature, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B6, Canada. E-mail—[email protected]


Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, associate professor of English; Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, adjunct associate professor of German.


Outstanding Academic Title Award, Choice magazine, 2007, for Goethe's Faust and European Epic: Forgetting the Future.


Goethe's Faust and European Epic: Forgetting the Future (nonfiction), Camden House (Rochester, NY), 2007.

Contributor to books, including The Literature of German Romanticism, edited by Dennis F. Mahoney, Boydell & Brewer, 2003. Contributor of articles to journals, including Modern Language Quarterly, Studies in Romanticism, Hopkins Quarterly, and Victorian Poetry.


As a teacher, researcher, and writer, Arnd Bohm has dealt with numerous aspects of German and English literature from the eighteenth century to the present. His topics have included literary history and theory, Anglo-German literary relations, gender and culture issues, as well as individual authors such as Thomas Mann, William Wordsworth, Charlotte von Stein, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Luise Gottsched, Christa Wolf, Sidonie Hedwig von Zäunemann, Johann Gottfried von Herder, Heinrich von Kleist, J.M. Coetzee, Gerard Manley Hopkins, G.E. Lessing, and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

Goethe, considered by some to be the leading German-language poet, is the subject of several of Bohm's articles and conference papers and the focus of his first book, Goethe's Faust and European Epic: Forgetting the Future. Scholars have often asserted that Goethe wrote no classic epic poem, although his body of work encompasses numerous other forms. Bohm makes the case, however, that Faust is Goethe's epic. Goethe, according to Bohm, has built on the work of earlier epic poets in creating a work that has all the necessary elements for an epic, including a hero, a villain, and a confrontation between good and evil. Bohm also places Faust in context by providing information on European epics in general, on Christian epics, and on Goethe's intentions for the work.



Boydell & Brewer Web site, (January 29, 2008), information on writings.

Carleton University Web site, (January 29, 2008), brief biography.

Queen's University Web site, (January 29, 2008), brief biography.

University of Alberta Web site, (January 29, 2008), brief biography.