Jehnna Lewis


BA/MA, The University Professors Program at Boston University

Jehnna Lewis is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate at Penn. Her research interests include German literature and philosophy around the year 1800 with a special focus on Romanticism and the works of E. T. A. Hoffmann, aesthetics, intermediality, textual representations of music, and film. She is completing certificates in Cinema Studies and Teaching & Learning.

Jehnna has given talks on topics ranging from E.T.A. Hoffmann's Automate and absolute electronic music to Andrei Tarkvosky's Hoffmanniana and the palimpsestic nature of the screenplay. Most recently, she presented papers at the International Conference on Romanticism 2016 and at the MLA 2017.

Jehnna has taught introductory and intermediate language classes, including a German for Reading Knowledge course for graduate students in the summers of 2014 and 2015. She has also been a Teaching Assistant for courses on Freud and Tarkovsky. During her tenure at Penn, she has co-organized a graduate student conference on German film and film theory entitled “Geist & the Machine,” as well as a year-long lecture series on the subject of “Gewalt.”

Before coming to Penn, Jehnna earned a BA/MA dual-degree in Cultural Linguistics from the University Professors Program at Boston University and also spent a semester abroad enrolling in classes at the Technische Universität in Dresden, Germany.

Research Interests

German literature and philosophy around 1800, Romanticism, aesthetics, intermediality, film, film theory