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Tanvi Solanki

Postdoctoral Associate

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Goldwin Smith Hall, Room 194


Tanvi Solanki is the recipient of the Stanford H. Taylor Postdoctoral fellowship in the College of Arts and Sciences. She received her doctorate in the Department of German at Princeton University and is currently working on a book based on her dissertation, which is entitled "Reading as Listening: The Birth of Cultural Acoustics 1764-1803." In addition to 17th-19th century German literature and philology, her research fields include Sound Studies, Theories and Practices of Reading, Historical Prosody and Poetics, Media Studies, Concepts of Culture, Translation Theory, and Digital Humanities."

Office Hours
By appointment only


Journal Articles

  • “Sounding Culture from the Pulpit” Special Issue: “L’ouïe dans la pensée européenne au 18c siècle" (“Hearing in 18th Century European Thought”). Revue Germanique Internationale, ed. Clémence Couturier-Heinrich. Invited Essay. (Forthcoming 2018, in French).
  • “Cultural Hierarchies and Vital Tones: The Making of Herder’s ‘Mother Tongue’” Special Issue: “The Rise and Fall of Monolingualism.” German Studies Review 41.3 (2017), eds. David Gramling and Bethany Wiggin. Invited Essay (Forthcoming).
  • “A Book of Living Paintings: Tableaux Vivants in Goethe’s Die Wahlverwandtschaften (1809).” Special Issue: “Goethe and the Visual Arts.” Goethe Yearbook 23 (2016): 245-270.

Book Chapters  

  • “Rhythmus gegen den Fluss: Herder, die Oralität der Griechen und das ‘Meer der Gelehrsamkeit.’"In Materialitätsdiskurse der Aufklärung. Bilder - Dinge – Praxen, ed. Thomas Bremer, 81-92. Halle: Universitätsverlag Halle-Wittenberg, 2016.

Book Reviews

  • Remigius Bunia, Metrik und Kulturpolitik (Berlin: Ripperberger & Kremer, 2014), Monatshefte 109.1 (2017).  


  • Excerpts from Goethe, J.W.’s “My Life: Poetry as Truth” with Stanley Corngold and Ruth Gross in The Sufferings of Young Werther, ed. Stanley Corngold, 108-120. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2012.


Invited Talks and Presentations

  •  “The Eternal Tone: Theology between the Natural Sciences and Musicology, at “Betwixt and Between: Sound in the Humanities and Sciences,” organized by by the Max Planck Institute for History of Science, Berlin Vossius Center for History of Humanities and Sciences, University of Amsterdam, Berlin, Germany February 2018.
  • “Measured Listening,” “Taking Measure” Panel, Modern Languages Association Annual Convention, New York, NY, January 2018.
  • “Anthropologies of the Voice: Herder and Rousseau on the Tones of the ‘Primitives,’” “Reorientations around Goethe,” Atkins conference of the North American German Society, State College, PA, November 2018. 
  • “The Sound of Tragedy,” “Tragedy Today” Seminar, Annual Conference of the German Studies Association, Atlanta GA, October 2017.
  • "Das Rauschen des Papiers,“ “Papier Sound” Workshop, Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, Leipzig, Germany, July 2017.
  • “Tonbildung,” Literatur-Wissen-Medien Summer School, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, July 2017.
  • “Herder Hears Homer Singing,” “Soundscapes of the Ancient Greek World,” Cornell-Harvard-Lille Transatlantic Research Colloquium, Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studies in Science, Nafpolio, Greece, June 2017.
  • “The Emergence of Cultural Acoustics,” “Epistemes of Modern Acoustics” Colloquium, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Germany, June 2017.
  • ““Der Ton soll bleiben und Ewigkeit und Liebe Gottes tönen!: Sounding Culture from the Pulpit” Institute for German Cultural Inquiry and the Department of German Studies Colloquium, Cornell University, May 2017.
  • “Sounding Culture from the Pulpit” “L’ouïe dans la pensée européenne au 18c siècle,” Centre d’Étude des Relations et Contacts Linguistiques et Littéraires, Amiens, France, March 2017. 
  • “Moments of Cultural Conversion: Herder’s Acoustic Reading of Homer, Jakob Balde and Oliver Goldsmith,” “Herder und die Künste,” 2016 International Herder Society Conference, Universität Kassel, Germany, October 2016.
  • “Terpsichore and the Emergence of a German Meter” “Multilingual Philology and National Literatures: Re-Reading Classical Texts,” Université du Luxembourg, September 2016.
  • “Sonic Translations: Mediating Sound into Print,” “Technical Translations: Translation Technique” Princeton-Humboldt Post-Classicism Workshop, Department of Classics, Princeton University, December 2015.
  • “On Prosody as an Act of Reading to Listen” Penn-Princeton Premodern Forum, University of Pennsylvania, December 2015.
  • “The Acoustics of ‘Natursprache’ and ‘Muttersprache,’” Seminar on “The Rise and Fall of Monolingualism” Annual Conference of the German Studies Association, Washington DC, October 2015.
  • “To Nobody, the Well-Known: Hamann versus his Readers” German Department Graduate Symposium, Princeton University, November 2013.
  • “Tuning the Ear to the Rustle of Print” in “Re-Defining the Human: Modern Media and Subjectivity”, 2013-4 European Cultural Studies Colloquium, Princeton University, October 2013.
  • “Reading and Voicing: Orality as Technology of Erudition” in “Herder’s Interdisciplinarity: Music and the Visual Arts," International Herder Society Panel, Annual Conference of the German Studies Association. Denver, Colorado, October 2013.
  • “Style and Physiology: Herder's Training of a New Reading Subject” „Materialität von Aufklärung und Volkskultur: Bücher, Bilder, Praxen,“ Lutherstadt Wittenberg, May 2013.
  • “Rhythm Against Overflow: Herder and the "Meer der Gelehrsamkeit" "The Rhythm of Learning" International Graduate Student Conference of the Princeton University German Department and the Humboldt University, Princeton University, March 2013
  • “Between Constant Becoming and Absolute Fixity: Goethe as Bibliographic Nomad,” in “Stilstellung und Dynamisierung,” The International Society for Eighteenth Century Studies Congress in Graz, Austria, July 2011.
  • “The Place of Music in the Origin of Language and the Division of the Arts: Herder, Condillac and Rousseau,” American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC, March 2011.
  • “Freedom in Things: The Rhetoric of Rainer Maria Rilke’s Kunst-Ding and Hegel’s Symbolic Art,” in “Sinn und Sinnlichkeit: Uses and Abuses of Aesthetics Today,” Graduate Student Conference at Cornell University, Department of German Studies, February 2011.
  • “Veiled Beauty: Living Pictures in Goethe’s Elective Affinities,” in “Goethe and the Visual Arts,” Goethe Society of America Panel, American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies Conference, Richmond, VA, March 2009.


  • German Studies
  • Institute for German Cultural Studies