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Nathan Bates

Graduate Student, Germanics

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DEN 400K
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Monday and Tuesday, 10:30-11:20 or by appointment

Biography

M.A., German Studies, Brigham Young University, Provo, 2012
B.A., German: Emphasis Literature, Brigham Young University, Provo, 2009

Nathan Bates is a native of Washington State. He received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in German at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. He wrote his MA thesis on Alfred Döblin’s Berge Meere und Giganten, intertextually analyzing its biblical and mystical themes of apocalypse. His dissertation focuses on how the high modernist German novel (Thomas Mann’s Der Zauberberg, Hermann Broch's Die Schlafwandler, Irmgard Keun’s Das kunstseidene Mädchen, and Alfred Döblin’s Berlin Alexanderplatz) anticipates the transhumanist concept of whole brain emulation (WBE) or mind-uploading. The project examines the main goals of WBE vis-à-vis the literary representation of consciousness. Nathan is interested in questions that gnaw, bite, or scratch at the fantastic and inexplicable in literature.  

Courses Taught

Additional Courses

German 101

German 102

German 2013

German 100 Intensive (German 103)

German 201

TA for Rick Gray: Freud and the Literary Imagination

TA for Eric Ames: Film Noir

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