“Dialogic” describes everything I do. Teaching English and comparative literature at Binghamton University 1969-2004 I wrote scholarly-critical essays and books, and still write them. Three main groups emerge. (1) Comparative studies that involve either of the two writers that gave me the most during my teaching years –- British Romantic poet William Blake and Russian Symbolist poet Konstantin Bal’mont. [Book: Blake and Goethe.] (2) International Romanticism, emphasis on comparison and influence. (3) Epiphanology. That’s the study of the recurrent epiphany patterns in the work of a given writer, and the exploring of their psychoanalytic implications. It’s dialogic because you discover the treasury of epiphanies we call “literature” is a colloquy or conversation: writers’ patterns of revelation differ hugely: setting them side by side you understand their rich diversity. [Book: Patterns of Epiphany.]
Also, the work of Thomas D. Boehm in designing the books’ covers and format, and in selecting the illustrations for the Bjerke volume, is deeply appreciated, as are Marina Zalesski’s selection of illustrations and her artistic design for the Pushkin volume.
To my co-editor Katharina Mommsen I feel a gratitude deeper than I can ever express. I want to thank her for allowing me to reproduce here these three volumes, which have been published under the auspices of the Mommsen Foundation and are also downloadable at egw.unc.edu.
(1) E-book Voices volume 1. Crimean Sonnets by Adam Mickiewicz, 18 poems translated from Polish. Trilingual edition (with German trans. by Engelhard), flipbook, trilingual audio. Co-edited with Katharina Mommsen. A west-east collection: the Polish poet visits a region with chiefly Islamic culture. Click title of any poem on any page to hear it in Polish, English, or German.