Joerg Esleben is Assistant Professor at the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. He teaches in the field of German and Intercultural Studies His research interests include the works of Georg Forster (1754-1794), the cultural relations between Germany and India, Weimar cinema and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust. Recent publications are: “Übersetzung als interkulturelle Kommunikation bei Georg Forster.” Georg-Forster-Studien 9 (2004): 165-79; “‘Indisch lesen’: Conceptions of Intercultural Communication in Johann Gottfried Herder’s and Georg Forster’s Reception of Kalidasa’s Sakuntala.” Monatshefte für deutschen Unterricht, deutsche Sprache und Literatur 95.2 (2003): 217-29; “Goethe’s Faust in Canada, 1834-1970.” Refractions of Germany in Canadian Literature and Culture. Ed. Heinz Antor, Sylvia Brown, John Considine, and Klaus Stierstorfer. Berlin, New York: de Gruyter, 2003, 331-41.

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Research Description
My general field of current research are relations between the German-speaking cultures and the cultures and the cultures of the Indian subcontinent. Specifically, I am currently leading a collaborative research project about the work and writings of East German theatre director Fritz Bennewitz (1926-1995), who produced numerous plays by Bertolt Brecht, Shakespeare and others in India. The goal of this project is to make Bennewitz’s intercultural theatre work better known and to publish a volume containing selections of his writings in English translations along with extensive scholarly commentary. My other major research interest is the work of the eighteenth-century German travel writer and anthropologist Georg Forster.