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Hans Rudolf Vaget

Helen & Laura Shedd Professor Emeritus of German Studies

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Hans Vaget

Hans Rudolf VAGET is Professor emeritus of German Studies and Comparative Literature at Smith College (Northampton, MA), where he taught from 1967 to 2004. He received his academic training at the universities of Munich and Tuebingen, the University of Wales at Cardiff and at Columbia University, New York. He has published widely in the field of German Studies from the 18th century to the present, focusing primarily on Goethe, Wagner, and Thomas Mann.

Aside from Smith, he has taught at the University of California, Irvine, at Yale, Columbia, Princeton, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, at Middlebury College, and at Hamburg University. He is a co-founder of the Goethe Society of North America and its former president. He is one of the chief editors of the new edition of the works, the letters and diaries of Thomas Mann. He is also one of the editors and co-founders of wagnerspectrum, a journal of Wagner Studies, which began to appear in 2005.

Honors
Thomas-Mann-Medal, awarded by the German Thomas Mann Society (Lübeck 1994).
"Forschungspreis" (Research Prize) of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Bonn, 2001).
Mellon Emeritus Fellowship (New York, 2011)
Fellowship (Berlin Prize) from American Academy Berlin (Berlin 2012).

Recent publications (selection)
Thomas Mann, der Amerikaner. Leben und Werk im amerikanischen Exil, 1938 - 1952 (Frankfurt/M: S. Fischer, 2011; 2nd. ed. 2013).
Thomas Mann, Briefe III, 1924 - 1932 co-editor (Frankfurt/M: S. Fischer, 2011).
Im Schatten Wagners. Thomas Mann über Richard Wagner, Texte und Zeugnisse 1895 - 1955 (Frankfurt/Main: S. Fischer, 3rd. ed. 2010).
Seelenzauber. Thomas Mann und die Musik (Frankfurt/M: S. Fischer, 2006, 2nd. ed. 2012).
Thomas Mann's "The Magic Mountain." A Casebook in Criticism (New York: Oxford UP, 2008).
"Thomas Mann: Pro and Contra Adorno," Sound Figures of Modernity. German Music and Philosophy, ed. Jost Hermand/Gerhard Richter (Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2006): 201 - 231;
"Wagnerian Self-Fashioning. The Case of Adolf Hitler," New German Critique 101, vol. 34 (2007): 95 - 114.
"'Operation Walküre': The Movie and the History," The Wagner Journal, V.1 (2011), 4 - 16.
"Deutschtum und Judentum. Zu Erich Kahlers Bedeutung für Thomas Mann," Deutsche Vierteljahrsschrift für Literaturwissenschaft und Geistesgeschichte, LXXXVI (2012), 145 - 164.