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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Language, Literature and Humanities

CV & Research

 

Short Biographical Sketch

1940 February 7th, born in Braunschweig
1960 Abitur, Freiherr-vom-Stein-Gymnasium, Frankfurt/Main
1960-66 Studied English and American Literature and Culture, German Literature, Philosophy, and Sociology at Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universitaet, Frankfurt/Main
1964-65 Studied at the University of Bristol (England)
1967 Staatsexamen für das Lehramt an Gymnasien in English, German, and Philosophy (magna cum laude)
1968 Received Ph.D. at Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universitaet, Frankfurt/Main (magna cum laude), Ph.D. Thesis: Die Dichtungstheorie S.T. Coleridges. Die Imagination als Paradigma der romantischen Poetologie (S.T. Coleridge's Theory of Poetry and Poetics)
1968-72 Wissenschaftlicher Assistent, Department of English and America Studies, University of Frankfurt/Main (Assistant Professor)
1972 Married the Swiss citizen Ruth Weisshaupt; one son Christopher, born in 1973; one daughter Katharina, born in 1976
1972-93 Professor of American and English Studies, University of Frankfurt/Main.
1974-75 Research Fellowship of the American Council of Learned Societies in American Studies, Yale University, New Haven, Ct. (U.S.A.)
1976-77 Chair of the Department of English and American Studies University of Frankfurt/M.
1979-80 Dean of the Fachbereich Neuere Philologien
1981-83 Director of the Zentrum für Nordamerika-Forschung der Universitaet Frankfurt/Main (Center for North American Studies)
1984 Fall Semester, Visiting Professor, Department of English, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (U.S.A.)
1986-88 Director of the Center for North American Studies, University of Frankfurt/Main
1988 Nominated for the Council of the American Studies Association (U.S.A.)
1988-90 Member of the Council of the German Association for American Studies
1989-90 Fall Quarter 1989 and Winter Quarter 1990 Resident Fellow at the Humanities Research Institute of the University of California, Irvine (U.S.A.) as a member of the Research Group "The Work of Intellectuals"
1990-93 Vice-President of the German Association for American Studies
1990-91 Wintersemester 1990/91, Visiting Professor of American Literary Studies, University of Constance
1991-92 Chair of the Department of English and American Studies and Acting Director ofthe Center for North American Studies at the University of Frankfurt/Main
1993- Since April 1st, Full Professor and Chair of American Literary and Cultural Studies atHumboldt University, Berlin
1993-97 Member of the Council of the German Association for American Studies
1994-96 Chair of the Department of English and American Studies and Associate Dean of the Philosophische Fakultaet II at Humboldt University, Berlin
1995 Winter Quarter, Visiting Professor, American Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz (U.S.A.)
1997- Reelected as a Member of the Council of the German Association for American Studies (-2001)
1998 Member of the International Committee of the American Studies Association (-2001)
1999 Recipient of the Carl Bode-Norman Holmes Pearson Prize of the American Studies Association for Lifetime Achievement in American Studies
2000 Member of the Program Committee of the American Studies Association for the Convention in Detroit
2001 Visiting Professor Summer Session University of California-Irvine
2003 Visiting Professor Summer Session University of California-Irvine
2004- 05 Chair of the Department of English and American Studies at Humboldt University, Berlin
2005 April, Professor Emeritus
2005 Fall Semester, Harris German Distinguished Visiting Professor, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
2005-2008 Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the American Quarterly (American Studies Association)
2008 Sept.-October, Visiting Scholar Department of History, Columbia University, New York (co-teaching with Professor Volker Berghahn, History Dep.)
2010 Summer Quarter, Harris German Distinguished Visiting Professor, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH


 

 

Main Areas of Research and Teaching

Theory and History of American (Culture) Studies in an International Perspective, Literary and (Multi- and Inter-)Cultural Theory (esp. in Cultural Anthropology)

(current research on processes and practices of transculturation in the interrelations of American and European cultures/cultural theories since World War II);

20th Century American Multicultural Literature(s);

African American Studies (current research on the dynamics of a Black Multicultural Postmodernism in contemporary African American criticism and fiction);

Urban Theory and Forms of Representation of the Cultural Metropolis in 20th American Literature (in a comparative perspective; current research on New York City and Berlin in the 1920s and the 1990s);

American Film, Painting (20th Century), and Music (esp. Blues and Jazz).