Carnegie Mellon's School of Fine Arts has its first National Endowment of the Humanities grant, receiving close to $290,000 to complete an English translation of the centuries-old "Hamburg Dramaturgy" by German writer G.E. Lessing.
Wendy Arons, an associate professor of dramatic literature and dramaturgy option coordinator in CMU's School of Drama, with collaborators Natalya Baldyga of Tufts University, Michael Chemers of the University of California at Santa Cruz and independent scholar Sara Figal, were awarded the three-year grant from the NEH's Scholarly Editions & Translations Program.
The "Hamburg Dramaturgy" comprises 101 short essays published serially from 1767-69 as commentary on productions at the short-lived Hamburg National Theater. It represents one of the first sustained critical engagements with the potential of theater as a vehicle for the advancement of cultural ideals, Ms. Arons said.
The translation began appearing online in late September at mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/mcpress/hamburg. The print edition of the fully annotated translation will be published by Routledge Press.