Julie Reahard

photo neededIn human chemistry, Julie A. Reahard (c.1958-) is an American Goethean scholar noted for []

Overview
In 1991, Reahard, in her PhD dissertation turned book From an Unknown Center to an Unknowable Boundary: Chaos Theory, Hermeneutics, and Goethe’s Die Wahlverwandtschaften, attempted to explain German polymath Johann Goethe’s 1809 physical chemistry based novella Elective Affinities in terms of chaos theory and or complexity theory; in this work see seems to have been one of the first to make a connection between Goethe's model of human chemistry and entropy (see: historical attempts on reaction decipherment). [1]

In 1993, at the Annual Meeting of the International Association for Philosophy and Literature, Pittsburgh, Pa, she presented some type of paper on black hole entropy in relation to Goethe's Die Wahlverwandtschaften (The Elective Affinities). [2]

Education
Reahard completed her BA in English at Michigan State University in 1980, her MA in 1984, in Old Germanic Languages and Literature, with a thesis on “A Thematic Analysis of Occurrence of the Hypermetric Lines in Old English” at the University of Nevada, Reno, and her PhD in 1991, in comparative literature, with a dissertation on “From an Unknown Center to an Unknowable Boundary: Chaos Theory, Hermeneutics, and Goethe’s Die Wahlverwandtschaften” at the University of Colorado. Her dissertation was published in 88-page book formate, in English and German, in 1997 as Aus einem unbekannten Zentrum, zu einer nicht erkennbaren Grenze: Chaos Theory, Hermeneutics, and Goethe’s Die Wahlverwandtschaften. [1] Reahard was a teaching fellow, Department of English, University of Nevada, Reno, 1981-84; I\instructor, Department of English, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1987-88; instructor, College of General Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 1988-89; Graduate Work, Literary Theory, University of Pennsylvania, 1988-91; Post Doctoral Research, History of Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1992-93; Associate Professor, English Department, Providence University, Shalu, Taiwan, 1996-98. Since 1993, she has been a tutor at St. John’s College, Santa Fe.

See also
Elective Affinities: Illustrated, Annotated, Decoded

References
1. Reahard, Julie A. (1993). “’In her black eyes I read a genuine interest in me and in my life.’ Black hole entropy: beyond the ‘event horizons’ of Goethe’s Werther and Wahlverwandtschaftern”, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Association for Philosophy and Literature, Pittsburgh, Pa, May.
2. Reahard, Julie A. (1997). Aus einem unbekannten Zentrum, zu einer nicht erkennbaren Grenze: Chaos Theory, Hermeneutics, and Goethe’s Die Wahlverwandtschaften (entropy, pg. 20). Rodopi.

External links
Reahard, Julie A. – WorldCat Identities.
Julie Reahard (faculty) – St. John’s College.

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