Short CV/Education and training

  • 1971 – 1777
    Studied German philology, English philology and American studies, Scandinavian studies and philosophy in Tübingen, Germany, and Oslo, Norway (recipient of a scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation)

  • 1977
    First state examination

  • 1984
    Doctoral studies, University of Tübingen

  • 1985 – 1996
    Research associate and C1 assistant professor in the Institute of Comparative Literature, Freie Universität (FU) Berlin, Germany

  • 1995
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification), FU Berlin

  • 1996
    Visiting professor, Columbia University, New York, USA

  • 1997 – 1998
    Research associate at the Centre for Literary and Cultural Research (ZfL), Berlin

  • 1998
    Acting professor, FU Berlin

  • 1998 – 2002
    C3 professor of modern German literature at LMU Munich, Germany

  • 2001 – 2002
    Acting professor at Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany (after receiving and declining an offer of a permanent professorship)

  • Since 2002
    Chair of modern German literature and general literary studies at LMU Munich

  • 2009
    Visiting professor, Deutsches Haus/German Department, New York University

  • 2009
    Vice president at LMU Munich

  • Since 2012
    Permanent visiting professor, Princeton University, USA

Selected publications

  • Robert Musil. Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften. Ein Versuch über den Roman. München: Hanser 2013.

  • Hg. mit Ingrid Belke: Siegfried Kracauer. Werke. 9 Bände, Frankfurt/M.: Suhrkamp 2004-2011.

  • "Verjährung ist [...] etwas Prosaisches". Effi Briest und das Gespenst der Geschichte. In: DVjs 83 (2009), S. 619-642.

  • Hg. mit Eckhard Schumacher: Am Anfang war... Ursprungsfiguren und Anfangskonstruktionen der Moderne. München: Fink 2008 (Reihe: Anfänge)

  • "Am Anfang war... der Fall. Ursprungsszenen der Moderne". In: Am Anfang war... Ursprungsfiguren und Anfangskonstruktionen der Moderne. Hg. Inka Mülder-Bach und Eckhard Schumacher. München: Fink 2008, S. 107-129 (Reihe: Anfänge)

  • Hg. mit Gerhard Neumann: Räume der Romantik. Würzburg: Königshausen und Neumann 2007 (Stiftung für Romantikforschung Bd. XLII).

  • "Der große Zug des Details. W. G. Sebald: Die Ringe des Saturn". In: Was aus dem Bild fällt. Figuren des Details in Kunst und Literatur. (FS Friedrich Teja Bach). Hg. Edith Futscher, Stefan Neuner, Wolfram Pichler und Ralph Ubl. München: Fink 2007, S. 283-309.

  • "Herrenlose Häuser. Das Trauma der Verschüttung und die Passage der Sprache in

    Hofmannsthals Komödie Der Schwierige". In: Hugo von Hofmannsthal. Neue Wege der

    Forschung. Hg. Elsbeth Dangel-Pelloquin. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft 2007, S. 162-185 (Wiederabdruck).

  • Im Zeichen Pygmalions. Das Modell der Studie und die Entdeckung der "Darstellung" im 18. Jahrhundert. München: Fink 1998

  • Siegfried Kracauer – Grenzgänger zwischen Theorie und Literatur. Seine frühen Schriften 1913-1933. Stuttgart: Metzler 1985


Selected projects

  • Head of the German Research Foundation (DFG) project leading to a new edition of the works of Siegfried Kracauer, 2001-2010

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the doctoral programme in literature (ProLit), since 2002

  • Speaker for the German Research Foundation (DFG) Research Unit "Beginnings (in) modernity" (sub-project: "The case of the beginning"), 2006-2012

  • Member of the DFG Research Training Group "Functions of the literary in globalization processes", since 2012

  • Member of the International Doctorate Programme "Mimesis" (Elite Network of Bavaria), since 2013

  • Co-editor of POETICA, since 2007

  • Student liaison for the German National Academic Foundation

  • Reviewer, including for the DFG, Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), Austrian Science Fund (FWF), Volkswagen Foundation, American universities (hiring and tenure committees), German National Academic Foundation

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