David John

Office: ML 218

Phone: 519.888.4567, x33684

E-mail: djohn@uwaterloo.ca

Web: David's website

Education: PhD Toronto



Research includes 18th-century German literature and culture, with a focus on Goethe, Faust, theatre, intercultural performance, and Fritz Bennewitz in India.


Recent Publications/ Presentations


  • Bennewitz, Goethe, Faust. German and Intercultural Stagings. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012. 353 pp.


  • "Fritz Bennewitz's Islamic Chalk Circle in the Philippines." The Brecht Yearbook/Das Brecht Jahrbuch 36. Brecht in/and Asia/Brecht in/und Asien. Eds. Markus Wessendorf, Friedmann J. Weidauer. Madison: UWisconsin Press, 2011. Pp. 315-26.
  • "The Duality of Goethe's Materialism." Annual conference of the Canadian Association for Eighteenth-Century Studies (CSECS), MacMaster University, 28 October 2011.
  • "Kahn, Engelmann, and Eichner." Annual meeting of the Canadian Association of University Teachers of German. Conference 2011 (CFH/SSHRC). Fredericton. 30 May 2011.
  • "Goethe on Science, Nature, and Ecology." Romantic Ecology Symposium. University of Waterloo. March 19, 2011.


Recent Theses/ Dissertations Supervised


  • MELNYKEVYCH, Victoria: Russian Adaptations of Goethe's Faust. PhD. In progress.
  • WEINHEIMER, Johannes: Links and rechts in Goethes Wahlverwandschaften. MA.


  • FISCHER, Alexander: Wider das System: Gesellschaftliche Aussteiger bei Genazino, Kleist und Kafka. MA.
  • ZHOU, Lin: A Chinese Intellectual's Journey: Lin Shen's adaptation of Daoban Fushid [Faust]. MA.

Recent Grants


  • D. John, SSHRC/UW Seed Grant, Fritz Bennewitz and India


  • D. John and M. Schulze, SSHRC Conference Grant, German Diaspora Experiences

Professional Activities

  • My main administrative activity for for the past five years was as director of the Waterloo Centre for German Studies. My successor in that position is now Dr. Mathias Schulze and I have been honoured with the designation founding director. Previously I chaired our department for ten years and served eight years as Associate Dean of Arts (Special Programs), which included directing our Faculty of Arts Honours Applied Studies Co-op Program (now Arts and Business Co-op). I have also been vice-president and president of the Canadian Association of University Teachers of German (CAUTG) and the Canadian Association of Arts Administration Educators (CAAAE).
  • The CAUTG has some 200 members and sponsors a wide variety of activities including an international academic journal (Seminar. A Journal of Germanic Studies), an annual national conference, a newsletter, a directory, summer study and work programs in Germany for students, and is the leading advocate of our discipline in Canada.
  • Further national service includes the presidency of the Canadian Association of Arts Administration Educators (CAAAE) with fourteen member colleges and universities across the country. Administrative work brings with it many types of fulfillment, the most important for me being interaction with different types of academic and non-academic people inside and outside the university, and the sense of managing and building programs that are important not just for the university but society in general. It is a good counterbalance to my strictly academic work.

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