Alumni Profile

Noah Dylan Goldblatt

Graduate Alumni 2014


Noah Dylan Goldblatt first traveled to Germany as a Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Scholar in 2002. After studying at Helmholtz Gymnasium Hilden for one year, he began his studies as a Monroe Scholar at the College of William and Mary. During his junior year, he studied German Philology at the Free University of Berlin. In 2007, he received his B.A. in German Studies and Linguistics and began his graduate studies at the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Virginia as a President’s Fellow. He received his M.A. in 2009 and submitted a thesis entitled, “Die Hochzeit des Mönchs: Recovery of the Art of the Oral Story.” In Spring 2010, he completed his Ph.D. qualifying examination in the categories of Lyric Poetry, the High Middle Ages, and Freud. In recent years, he has served as a visiting scholar at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (2010-2011), and as a visiting lecturer at TU Dortmund (2011-2012). While in Dortmund, Noah Dylan Goldblatt taught six courses that examined transatlantic connections between German and American literature and film, including “Law in Literature: Lawmakers and Lawbreakers,” “Melancholics Anonymous: The Lyric Poetry of City Life,” “Film Noir and the Aesthetics of German Expressionism,” “Urban Poverty in Literature and Drama,” “Education and Electoral Politics in Germany and the USA,” and “Law and Violence in David Simon’s ‘The Wire’.” Last summer, he traveled to Iceland to complete literary research and linguistic training in Icelandic and Old Norse at the University of Iceland and at the University Centre of the Westfjords. Currently, Noah Dylan Goldblatt is a Ph.D. Candidate finishing his dissertation, “A Law Unto Himself: Jurisprudence in Gottfried’s ‘Tristan’.” In Spring 2014, he will present a portion of his dissertation at the Rhetorik der Evidenz Symposium and visit manuscript archives to perform grant-supported research on a project entitled, “Visual Manifestations of Legal Topoi and Tropes in Maximilian's ‘Theuerdank’ (1519).” His research and teaching interests include: law in literature, lyric poetry, psychoanalysis, the literature and art of the High and Late Middle Ages, the literature and art of the Jahrhundertwende, German Cinema, and creative applications for technology in German language and literature instruction. He also serves as a Teaching and Technology Support Partner (TTSP) for the German Department and as webmaster for, the central resource for German events hosted at the University of Virginia.