Studies in Classicism and Romanticism: "Festschrift</I> for Dennis F. Mahoney in Celebration of his Sixty-Fifth Birthday
Mahoney has taught German language, culture, literature, and film at the University of Vermont for thirty-five years, and has received national and international recognition. On campus he has been a champion of international education, advising students about studying abroad, setting up an exchange program with the University of Augsburg, and inviting students and colleagues from Germany to Vermont. He has received an Excellence in Teaching Award, an Award for Outstanding Contributions to International Education, and he was the first American to be named president of the International Novalis Society.
The title of this Festschrift captures Mahoney’s life-long occupation with this rich period of German cultural, intellectual, and literary life. The essays display his erudition and expertise on such subjects as the multifaceted Age of Goethe, including the continuing discussion of the nature of the Bildungsroman and the influence of the French Revolution. The essays deal primarily with Goethe, Schiller, and Novalis, but Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Georg Forster, Caroline von Wolzogen, Jean Paul, E.T.A. Hoffmann, Achim von Amim, and others are discussed as well. These individual essays are representative of Mahoney’s accomplishments as a literary scholar – and a remarkable professor, colleague, and friend.
Ever since Prof. Dennis Mahoney joined the Department of German and Russian at the University of Vermont in the fall of 1979, he has been an exemplary and much-appreciated instructor for his undergraduate and graduate students, a nationally and internationally recognized scholar of not only German Classicism and Romanticism but also Film Studies, and a model citizen of the university and the profession at large. He is an intellectual in the best sense of that word, he is an acclaimed scholar, a truly dedicated teacher and caring mentor, a committed member of the university and the greater Burlington community, and, last but not least, a treasured colleague and trusted friend. He is also one of the most noble, kind, and decent human beings, whose demeanor and deeds exemplify Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s imperative:
Edel sei der Mensch,
Hilfreich und gut!
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