R.J. Bergmann

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rjbergmannRJ Bergmann is a doctoral candidate in Comparative Literature working on the relationship between music and poetry in early nineteenth-century German art song (Lieder). They also work on the novels of Thomas Mann and, through Princeton’s Collaborative Teaching Initiative, designed and taught COM 432: Thomas Mann and His World (Spring 2016). In addition, they have served as preceptor for courses on Tolstoy, pedagogy for graduate students, and fundamentals of comparative literature for concentrators. Through the Prison Teaching Initiative, they have taught writing and literature at Garden State and Northern State Correctional Facilities. RJ served as organizer and facilitator for their department’s Writing and Dissertation Colloquium from 2016-2018 and in 2016 co-organized the annual Princeton Comparative Literature Conference, that year entitled Aesthetic Afterlives: Memory, Transfiguration and the Arts.
The working title of RJ’s dissertation is Half a Life: The Word-Music Relationship in German and English Art Song, in Practice and Theory. They are a recipient of the PIIRS Dissertation Writing Fellowship for 2019-20.
Research Interests: nineteenth-century German art song; text-setting and musico-poetic relations; aesthetics and philosophy of art; Thomas Mann; ancient and modern lyric
Periods/Fields: nineteenth- and twentieth-century German literature, music and philosophy, poetics
Reading Languages: German, Latin, French, Ancient Greek, Spanish, Anglo-Saxon
Teaching Experience:
COM 500: Pedagogy for Graduate Students (Assistant Instructor, with Prof. April Alliston, Fall 2018)
COM 432/GER 432: Thomas Mann and His World (Lead Instructor, via the Collaborative Teaching Initiative with Prof. Michael Wood, Spring 2017)
COM 300: Junior Seminar (Assistant Instructor, with Prof. Eileen Reeves, Fall 2016)
COM 415: Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace, and the Tasks of Literature (Assistant Instructor, with Prof. Caryl Emerson, Spring 2016)

Through the Prison Teaching Initiative:
Introduction to Literature (Northern State Prison, Spring 2019)
Introduction to Composition (Garden State Youth Correctional Facility, Spring 2018)

Departmental Service:
Graduate Liaison (2015-16, 2018-19)
Organizer, Writing and Dissertation Colloquium (COM 536) (2016-18)
Co-Organizer, Annual Princeton Comparative Literature Conference: Aesthetic Afterlives: Memory, Transfiguration, and the Arts (September 9-10, 2016)
Social Chair (2015-17)
Research and Publication Assistant to Professor Wendy Belcher (2015-16)
Supervisor, Undergraduate Writing Workshop (Spring 2015)
PIIRS Dissertation Writing Fellowship (2019-20)
Princeton's Philip G. Terrie '39 Fellowship (2014-15)
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