BA (Vind), MA (Dal), PhD (U of T)
Maria Euchner is a Senior Fellow in the Foundation Year Program. Dr. Euchner graduated from the University of King’s College in 1999 with a BA in Classics and German and with an MA in German from Dalhousie University. She completed her PhD on discourses of forgetting in Elektra, examining literature, opera, film, philosophy, and fine art.
Current Research Projects
Dr. Euchner is completing a book on Hugo von Hofmannsthal and the Art of Forgetting, and has also begun work on her next large-scale project Art and/as Politics: Political Defiance in Viktor Ullmann’s Operas, exploring the intersections between art and politics during the Third Reich focusing on Der Kaiser von Atlantis oder Die Tod-Verweigerung (The Emperor of Atlantis or Death’s Refusal), a very cryptic opera written and composed in the Theresienstadt concentration camp.
- Music in German Politics / Politics in German Music. Edinburgh German Yearbook 13 (co-dited with Siobhàn Donovan). Rochester, NY: Camden House, forthcoming November 2021.
- “Of Words, Bloody Deeds, and Bestial Oblivion: Hamlet and Elektra.” Hofmannsthal-Jahrbuch. Zur europäischen Moderne 23 (2015): 265-89.
- “Das Lepra-Gelb der toten Stunde: die Farben des Orients in Annemarie Schwarzenbachs journalistischem und fiktionalem Werk.” Georg-Forster-Studien 20 (2015). Literarische Weltreisen: 207-22.
- “The Ring’s Rhinemaidens: Singing Seductresses or Women of Wisdom?” The Musical Times 153:1918 (Spring 2012): 37-51.
- “Life, Longing, Liebestod: Richard Wagner in Thomas Mann’s ‘Tristan’ and ‘Tod in Venedig’.” The Germanic Review 80:3 (Summer 2005): 187-212.
Chapters in Books
- “Der Kaiser von Atlantis oder Die Tod-Verweigerung: Opera as Political Defiance.” Music in German Politics / Politics in German Music. Edinburgh German Yearbook 13 (co-dited with Siobhàn Donovan). Rochester, NY: Camden House, forthcoming November 2021.
- “‘Ein Gemenge aus Nacht und Licht, schwarz und hell’: Götz Friedrich’s Film Adaptation of Elektra.” Reworking the German Past. Adaptations in Film, the Arts, and Popular Culture. Eds. Susan G. Figge and Jenifer K. Ward. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2010. 104-29.
- “Krankheit als Orientalismus in Annemarie Schwarzenbachs Tod in Persien.” inside out. Textorientierte Erkundungen des Werks von Annemarie Schwarzenbach. Eds. Sofie Decock und Uta Schaffers. Bielefeld: Aisthesis, 2008. 131-52.
Teaching and Research Interests
- 18th-20th century German and Austrian thought, culture, and literature
- opera studies
- animal studies
- visual studies
- music and literature
- fin-de-siècle culture
- Weimar culture