Short CV/Education and training

  • 1976
    Studied German philology and history at the University of Tübingen, Germany (with support from the German National Academic Foundation)

  • 1979
    Studied English and German philology and history, University College London, UK

  • 1980
    Studied German philology and history, University of Tübingen

  • 1983
    First state examination for secondary-school teaching certification

  • 1987
    PhD, University of Tübingen (with support from the German National Academic Foundation)

  • 1988
    Lecturer, University of Konstanz, Germany

  • 1988 – 1994
    Editorial assistant, Deutsche Vierteljahrsschrift für Literaturwissenschaft and Geistesgeschichte (German Quarterly for Literary Studies and Intellectual History – DVjs)

  • 1994
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification), University of Konstanz

  • 1995
    C3 professor of modern German philology, in particular literary theory and rhetoric, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

  • Since 1998
    C4 professor of modern German literary history with special emphasis on the modern era / literature as cultural studies, University of Münster, Germany

  • 2004
    Max Kade Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Washington, Seattle, USA

  • 2007
    Paul Celan fellow, Max Kade Centre for Contemporary German Literature, Washington University in St. Louis, USA

  • 2007
    Visiting professor at the National Mirzo-Ulugbek University of Tashkent, Uzbekistan

  • 2008
    Visiting professor in the Germanics Department, University of Washington in Seattle, USA

  • 2010
    German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) short-term visiting professorship at Xi'an International Studies University, PR China

Selected publications

  • Wagner-Egelhaaft, M. et al.: Transkulturalität. Türkisch-deutsche Konstellationen in Literatur und Film, Literaturwissenschaft Theorie & Beispiele, Münster: Aschendorff 2007.

  • Wagner-Egelhaaft, M., Petersen, J.: Einführung in die neuere deutsche Literaturwissenschaft.A workbook, 7th, completely revised edition, Berlin: Erich Schmidt 2006.

  • Wagner-Egelhaaft, M.: Autobiographie, Stuttgart, Weimar: Metzler 2000, 2. Aufl. 2005.

  • Wagner-Egelhaaft, M.: Die Melancholie der Literatur. Diskursgeschichte und Textfiguration, Stuttgart, Weimar: Metzler 1997.

  • Wagner-Egelhaaft, M.: Mystik der Moderne. Die visionäre Ästhetik der deutschen Literatur im 20. Jahrhundert, Stuttgart: Metzler 1989.

  • Wagner-Egelhaaft, M., Bischoff, D.: Mitsprache, Rederecht, Stimmgewalt. Genderkritische Strategien und Transformationen der Rhetorik, Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter 2006.

  • Wagner-Egelhaaft, M. et al.: Gespenster. Erscheinungen "Medien" Theorien, Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann 2005.

  • Wagner-Egelhaaft, M., Bischoff, D.: Weibliche Rede – Rhetorik der Weiblichkeit. Studien zum Verhältnis von Rhetorik und Geschlechterdifferenz, Freiburg i. Br.: Rombach 2003.

  • Wagner-Egelhaaft, M. et al.: Eine Allegorie. Andreas Hartknopfs Predigerjahre, Stuttgart: Reclam 2001.

  • Wagner-Egelhaaft, M.: Rahmen-Geschichten. Ansichten eines kulturellen Dispositivs. In: Deutsche Vierteljahrsschrift für Literaturwissenschaft und Geistesgeschichte 82/1, 2008. pp. 112-148.

  • Wagner-Egelhaaft, M.: Verortungen. Räume und Orte in der transkulturellen Theoriedebatte und in der neuen türkisch-deutschen Literatur. In: Hartmut Böhme (ed.), Topographien der Literatur. Deutsche Literatur im transnationalen Kontext, DFG Symposion 2004, Stuttgart, Weimar: Metzler 2005. pp. 745-768.

  • Wagner-Egelhaaft, M.: Stigma und Berührung – Droste anders lesen? In: Ortrun Niethammer (ed.), Transformationen. Texte und Kontexte zum Abschluss der Historisch-kritischen Droste-Ausgabe, Bielefeld: Aisthesis 2002. pp. 33-48.

  • Wagner-Egelhaaft, M.: Helena oder: Die Rede eines stummen Bildes. Rhetorik und Geschlecht. In: Baisch, K. et al. (eds.), Gender Revisited. Subjekt- und Politikbegriffe in Kultur und Medien, Stuttgart, Weimar: Metzler 2002. pp. 289-306.


Selected projects

  • Authorship as a scandal

  • Topographies of autobiography

  • Matter – Material – Materiality

  • Feminine talk – The rhetoric of femininity

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the central selections committee, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, since 2010

  • International Association of German Philology

  • Germanists' Association of Germany

  • Chairperson of the Literature Commission of Westphalia, Germany

  • Member of the executive committee for a university Excellence Cluster, since 2009

  • German Research Foundation (DFG) review board for "Literary, Theatre, and Media Studies", 2004

Additional qualifications

  • Principal investigator in the Münster Excellence Cluster "Religion and politics in the cultures of the premodern and modern eras"

  • Liaison to students from the German National Academic Foundation

  • Spokesperson of the "Practices of Literature" graduate school, 2008 – 2010

  • Peer reviewer for the Volkswagen Foundation's "Key topics in the humanities" funding programme, since 2007

  • Senator of the German Research Foundation (DFG), 2004 – 2010

  • German National Academic Foundation student liaison, since 2002

  • Chairperson of the Literature Commission of Westphalia, Regional Authority of Westphalia-Lippe, Germany, since 1998


Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • Cello


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