Author Archives: Scott Abbott

About Scott Abbott

Ph.D. in German Literature from Princeton University, 1979. Then I taught at Vanderbilt University, BYU, and Utah Valley State College. At Utah Valley University, I'm Director of the Program in Integrated Studies and former Chair of the Department of Humanities and Philosophy. My publications include a book on Freemasonry and the German Novel, two co-authored books with Zarko Radakovic (published in Serbo-Croatian in Belgrade), and translations of a book by Austrian author Peter Handke and of a catalogue of an exhibit called "The German Army and Genocide." More famously, my children are in the process of creating good lives for themselves: as a model and manager, as a teacher of Chinese language, as a watershed scientist and science writer, as a jazz musician, as a corrections officer, as university students, and as parents. I share my life with UVU historian Lyn Bennett and our yellow dog Blue. Some publications at http://works.bepress.com/scott_abbott/

Summer Reading

  Savoring the freedom of the summer, finishing my half of the book with Zarko Radakovic (We: A Friendship) and writing an introduction to a collection of my essays to be published as Dwelling in the Promised Land as a Stranger: … Continue reading

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German Romanticism

Preparing for my fall seminar on German Romanticism, I pulled this volume from my shelf and marveled again to have a physical connection to German writers and their thought. Like my own skin, the paper is spotting and wrinkling. Early … Continue reading

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memento mori

late-summer image-thoughts while walking this morning a turkey skull? perched on the street as I passed by and as a truck barreled down the hill. i watched the destruction from the side A beautiful, tall, vigorous douglas fir — until … Continue reading

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Zarko and Nina / Photo and Drawing

When Zarko posted these images side by side on his Facebook page, I thought he was responding to Nina’s work with photos of scenes she reminded him of—first his photo of the Gobi desert, then his photo of an Umbrian … Continue reading

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Caroline Michaelis Böhmer Schlegel Schelling

  Portrait by Tischbein Reading Robert Richards’ The Romantic Conception of Life for my fall seminar on German Romanticism, I come to a section about the personalities that made up the early Romantic circle in Jena. In a footnote, Richards confesses that … Continue reading

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Island Soul — a new chapbook suite by Alex Caldiero

  A triptych in the colors of the Sicilian flag, Island Soul comprises 2008 Notebook 1 (2 January-3 April) and Notebooks 2a (May) and 2b (Feb, March, May). For Utah’s Arts Magazine, 15 Bytes, I wrote about Alex’s chapbooks, about the idea … Continue reading

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Scenes from a morning walk

Meleagris gallopavo Building site. The cutaway is perfect for dozens of cliff swallow burrows. At least I identified them as cliff swallows. More common for cliff swallows are nests built of mud dabs under overhangs. Marks of conspiracy Santaquin Peak, … Continue reading

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Shadows

Down the hill from our house, between Douglas fir trees, squat two tubs we fill with fresh water every evening. Birds, insects, and deer (and the occasional coyote) visit and drink, as is this doe. Her fawn watches me sitting … Continue reading

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Robert Walser: Walking

I’ve been reading a beautiful little book of Robert Walser’s occasional essays on paintings, translated for the most part by Susan Bernofsky and published by New Directions. A copy of the painting in question is pasted to the page preceding … Continue reading

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The First Review of our THE PERFECT FENCE

Texas A&M University Press just sent us the following review. Thank you Wayne Franklin.

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