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We are pleased with this issue to announce the results of the annual Max Kade Award for the Best Article published in The German Quarterly within the calendar year. The winner for 2013 is Henry Pickford, who published "Thinking with Kleist: Michael Kohlhaasand Moral Luck" in the Fall issue (86.4). Focusing on Kleist's famous novella, Pickford proposes a new reading of Kleist's famous "Kant crisis" by arguing that, in addition to the more familiar epistemological and metaphysical aspects of this encounter, there was also an ethical component. Making reference to the concept of "moral luck" as coined by Thomas Nagel, and modifying it with ideas from Max Weber, Pickford offers a subtle and more comprehensive reading of one of the most fateful intersections of literature and philosophy in the German tradition.

Dr. Pickford earned a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Yale, and a M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh and is currently a residential research fellow at the Kolleg Friedrich Nietzsche of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar. He is the author and editor of several books on aesthetics and literature, with special emphasis on Ludwig Wittgenstein and Theodor W. Adorno. The AATG and the Editorial Board join in congratulating Henry Pickford on this fine achievement.

It is with great pleasure that we also announce that the winner of this year's AATG--The German Quarterly Graduate Student Essay Contest is Sandra Niethardt, who submitted "Offene Welt--Beschranktes Gluck: Jean Pauls das 'Leben des vergnugten Schulmeisterlein Wutz' als literarisches Zeugnis einer Ubergangsepoche." As a benefit of the award, her article will be published in a forthcoming issue of The German Quarterly. In her sophisticated and very well-researched essay, Sandra Niethardt not only provides a new reading of Jean Paul's story, but moreover convincingly demonstrates that it enacts through the title figure some of the larger anxieties attending the transition during what Reinhart Koselleck called the Sattelzeit from a stable world order that provided external values to one in which individuals must create their own meanings.

Sandra Niethardt is currently in her fifth year in the Carolina-Duke Ph.D. Program in German Studies. She received her M.A. degree in German philosophy at the Christian-Albrechts-Universitat Kiel and was a member of the doctoral research group at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universitat Bonn. Currently, she is writing her dissertation on concepts of selfhood, identity development, and narrative techniques in the works of Christoph Martin Wieland, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Karl-Philipp Moritz, and Jean Paul. We warmly congratulate Sandra Niethardt on this accomplishment.

Robert E. Norton

University of Notre Dame

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Author:Norton, Robert E.
Publication:The German Quarterly
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Date:Sep 22, 2014
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