School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Josh Torabi

PhD Student in German/Comparative Literature



I am a PhD Candidate and Post-Graduate Teaching Assistant in the School of European Languages, Culture and Society at University College London, supervised by Professor Sonu Shamdasani and Dr Martin Liebscher (UCL) and Professor Rüdiger Görner (Queen Mary, University of London). I was Exchange Scholar in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Yale University for the 2017 Fall term, working under the auspices of Professor Kirk Wetters. My doctoral dissertation explores representations of music and myth (and the relationship between the two) in Romain Rolland’s Jean-Christophe, James Joyce’s Ulysses and Thomas Mann’s Doctor Faustus, taking as a starting point Nietzsche’s early model of aesthetic mythology in relation to the ‘spirit of music,’ presented in The Birth of Tragedy as the foundation of all art. I have recently taught on two Masters level modules: Madness and Literature (HHUMG001) and Modern Literary Theory (LITCG001) at UCL. My broader research interests are in English, French and German literature in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the relationship between literature and music, Nietzsche’s aesthetics, madness and literature, myth, psychoanalysis and archetypal literary criticism.



Torabi, J., Music, Myth and Modernity: from Nietzsche’s The Birth of Tragedy to Thomas Mann’s Doctor Faustus in Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics: The Eternal Return (vol. 2), forthcoming 2018. 
Torabi, J., Joyce and Music: the sound of avant-garde prose in Estudios de Literatura 1 (vol. 1): Las Artes de la Vanguardia Literaria.  Ana González-Rivas Fernández (General Editor). Sociedad Española de Literatura General y Comparada, 2018. ISBN 978-84-697-7808-1. pp. 93-100.