Jacob-Ivan Eidt, Ph.D.

Dr. Eidt has taught at the University of Dallas since fall 2006. He has been department chair since 2009. His teaching and research interests include the literature of the 19th century, romantic music aesthetics, poetry, German Opera, and German film. He is director of the German Program and a participating member of the Comparative Literary Traditions faculty. Dr. Eidt has published articles on Rainer Maria Rilke, the intersections of music and literature in 19th century Germany, the films of Werner Herzog, as well as translations of German poetry. Dr. Eidt is also on the board of trustees and Vice President of the Dallas Goethe Center, which promotes German language and culture in the DFW area and which is now located on the University of Dallas, Irving campus in Anselm Hall.

Areas of Expertise

  • 19th Century German Literature
  • Romanticism
  • Age of Goethe
  • Intersections of Music aesthetics, philosophy and Literature
  • German Opera
  • Poetry


  • Ph.D., Germanic Studies, University of Texas at Austin
  • M.A., German Literature, Didactics of German as a Foreign Language, and Philosophy, Die Katholische Universität Eichstätt, Germany
  • B.A., German and a Philosophy, University of Mississippi

Academic Appointments

  • Chair - Department of Modern Languages and Literature
  • Associate Professor of German
  • German Program Director
  • Director of the Comparative Literature Program
  • Director of Language Concentrations

Professional Experience

  • Testing Chair of American Association of Teachers of German
  • Vice President of the Dallas Goethe Center
  • Chair of Goethe Center Education Committee, pedagogical oversight of German languages schools
  • Named Commissioner on the Advanced Placement (AP) German Language Redesign Commission
  • Teaching Methodology Instructor, Korean-American Education Commission Teacher Training Program, sponsored by the Fulbright American Studies Institute
  • ESL Instructor
  • Translator
  • TOIEC (Test of International English Communication) proctor and ITA Rater (International Teaching Assistant Tester)
  • Interpreter / Translator for the St. Francis of Assisi Academy (a European Union backed environmental organization), Strasbourg, France / Eichstätt, Germany

Recent Courses

  • Intensive German I-II
  • German Literary Traditions I-II
  • German Translation
  • The German Novella
  • Wagner
  • The History of the German Language
  • Advanced German Grammar
  • German Civilization
  • The Modern World
  • Introduction to German Literature

Research Interests

  • Rainer Maria Rilke, Werner Herzog, Goethe, Thomas Mann, Nietzsche and Kant
  • Intersections of music, literature and philosophy in German cultural identity
  • Romanticism and its reception
  • Reception of German Idealism
  • German Film

Selected Publications

  • Editor "Reading the Beat—Musical Aesthetics and Literature". Humanities open access journal special issue ed. ISSN 2076-0787, 2015
  • "Empathy of Sound and Sublimity of Sight: Music, Image, and the Kantian Sublime in Werner Herzog's Lessons of Darkness" Glossen 35 /2012
  • "Aesthetics, Opera, and Alterity in Herzog's Work" In: The Cambridge Companion to Comparative Literature and Comparative Cultural Studies, Ed. Steven Tötösy de Zepetnek and Tutun Mukherjee, Cambridge University Press, 2013, Reprinted from CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture 14.1 (2012) Purdue University Press.
  • "Rilke contra Wagner: Rilke's early concept of Music and the Convergence of the Arts around 1900". Studia theodisca XVIII,2011.
  • "Rilke und die Musik(er). Überlegungen zu Rilkes Musikverständnis im Kontext seiner Zeit" In: Rilkes Welt: Festschrift für August Stahl Peter Lang, Frankfurt am Main, 2009.
  • "The Dean", Lars Gustafsson's novel Dekanen as world literature and pedagogical text, Modern Language Studies Vol. 35. number 2, 2005.
  • Translation of Select poems by Peter Rühmkorf. Dimension2 7.2/3, 2005
  • Translations of selected poems by Harald Gerlach. Dimension2 6. 2/3 2003


  • Cave Musicam oder die Problematisierung der Musik im 19. Jahrhundert am Beispiel von Rilke, Goethe, und Nietzsche – Rilkes Musikalität: Tagung am Institut für Germanistik, Universität Regensburg - forthcoming June 2017.
  • Dallas Symphony Orchestra Performance Prelude lecture series: Anton Bruckner Symphony No. 7 E major and Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme February 2-3, 2017
  • Leverkühn's Death in Venice: Greek Antiquity, German Romanticism, and Luchino Visconti's film adaptation of Thomas Mann's Death in Venice. Annual Convention of the South Central Modern Language Association November 3, 2016
  • Dallas Symphony Orchestra Performance Prelude lecture series: Johannes Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem and Bela Bartok piano concerto No. 3 October 6, 8, 9, 2016
  • Dallas Goethe Center Symposium – panel on Philosophy and Aesthetics: "Man möchte sich fürchten, das Haus fiele ein": Goethe, Beethoven, and Nietzsche or the problem of music in 19th century German thought" April 22, 2016
  • Dallas Symphony Orchestra Performance Prelude lecture series: Richard Wagner's Die Walküre April 1, 2016
  • "Kaspar's Magic Flute: Soundtrack and Intertexuality in Herzog's Enigma of Kaspar Hauser and Mozart's Die Zauberflöte." Annual Convention of the South Central Modern Language Association 2015
  • Dallas Symphony Orchestra Performance Prelude lecture series: Anton Bruckner Symphony no. 5 in B-flat major October 15-18th, 2015
  • Dallas Symphony Orchestra Performance Prelude lecture series: Mozart's Requiem and Wolfgang Rihm Triple concerto (American premiere) April 16-18, 2015
  • "Empathetic Landscapes: Music and the Kantian Sublime in Werner Herzog's Lessons of Darkness" Annual Convention of the South Central Modern Language Association (SCMLA) Austin, TX October 18 – 21, 2014
  • Dallas Symphony Orchestra Performance Prelude lecture series: Chamber works by Beethoven, Haydn, and Schubert – set of 3 lectures 2014
  • "Re-imagining the Other in Film: Alterity and the Musical Sublime in Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo." Film panel Annual Convention of the South Central Modern Language Association (SCMLA) San Antonio, TX November 8 – 10, 2012
  • Invited lecture sponsored by the Dallas Goethe Center "Rainer Maria Rilke's poetry and Influence" –November 19, 2011
  • "Rilke, Absolute Music, and the Convergence of the Arts in fin de siècle Europe", Annual Convention of the South Central Modern Language Association (SCMLA) 2010
  • "The Habsburg Monarchy and the Development of Absolute Music": Habsburg Symposium 2009
  • "The Case of Wagner and Germanic Studies or: The Work of Art Beyond Good and Evil" Wagner Symposium, 2008
  • "Strauss' Wagnerian Salome and Musical Modernity" Salome Symposium and Performance, University of Dallas / Dallas Opera, 2008
  • Invited lecture: "Teaching Literature in the Foreign Language Curriculum in the 21st Century", University of South Carolina, 2007
  • "Time, Memory and Historical Subjectivity in Wim Wenders Himmel über Berlin" ACLA (American Comparative Literature Association), Puebla Mexico, 2007
  • "Is Tom Cruise a Modern Fridolin? Approaches Toward Teaching Literature and Popular Culture Using Schnitzler and Kubrick" Popular Culture Association /American Culture Association, Atlanta, Georgia, 2006

Awards & Honors

  • Thyssen Stiftung travel grant to Germany
  • King Haggerty travel award for a conference
  • Awarded semester long sabbatical
  • Elected to the board of trustees of the Dallas Goethe Center
  • Introduction to German Studies Course recognized as among the very best in the nation, top 10 (Exemplifier of best practices) by Educational Policy Improvement Center and the College Board
  • All expenses paid for AP Commission Work by the College Board
  • Travel and Accommodations grant for Workshop for Advanced Teaching Assistants: Introduction to German for the Professions/ Business German, Goethe-Institute, Chicago
  • European Conference Travel Grant from the Erasmus Institute, University of Notre Dame
  • Recipient of the June and Helmut Rehder Graduate Scholarship
  • Recipient of the Summer Fellowship in Germanic Studies at the University of Texas at Austin