Joel Lande completed his Ph.D. in 2010 at the University of Chicago in the Department of Germanic Studies. He is currently completing a book manuscript with the tentative title "The Persistence of Folly: Comedy and the Fool in the Age of Enlightenment." This is the first book-length examination of the social, philosophical, and literary forces that transformed theatrical performance and comic literature in the German-speaking lands in the eighteenth century. Lande's current research is centered in the fields of German literary studies and theater history, but his interests and competencies reach into other areas of European literature, especially classical antiquity and its various receptions. He also maintains an active intellectual engagement with the European philosophical tradition and its contemporary Anglo-American interpretation. Lande has published articles in theDeutsche Vierteljahrsschrift für Literaturwissenschaft und Geistesgeschichte and in multiple collected volumes. The conference volume, Dynamische Figuren: Gestalten der Zeit im Barock, which he co-edited, appeared in 2013. In the course of his studies, Lande spent extended periods of time in Basel, Berlin, and Konstanz. His teaching experience includes courses at all levels of the curriculum in both German language and literature, among these a number of self-designed courses on drama in the Enlightenment period. At Princeton, Lande has coordinated and lectured in the two-semester sequence, Interdisciplinary Approaches to Western Culture: Antiquity to the Modern Period (HUM 216-219), and served as Resident Faculty Fellow of Forbes College.