Short CV/Education and training

  • since 1975
    Studied German and Italian philology, philosophy and pedagogy in Bonn, Germany

  • 1980
    First state examination for secondary-school teaching certification in German and philosophy (plus partial examination in education)

  • 1984
    PhD in (modern) German philology supervised by Beda Allemann

  • 1983 – 1989
    Research associate for Beda Allemann, German Department of the University of Bonn

  • 1988 – 1994
    (intermittently) adjunct lecturer of general and comparative literature at the GHS University of Essen, Germany

  • 1989 – 1990
    Winter semester: adjunct lecturer of recent German literature, University of Bonn

  • 1991
    Summer semester: adjunct lecturer of recent German literature, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany

  • 1992
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) in Bonn

  • 1992 – 1993
    Lecturer in the German Department, University of Bonn

  • 1992
    Offer of a C3 professorship in European literature of the modern era at the GHS Distance-University of Hagen, Germany

  • 1995
    Offer of a C4 professorship in general and comparative literature at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

  • 1996
    Elected to the executive committee of the German Society for General and Comparative Literature (DGAVL)

  • 1997
    Elected to the executive committee of the International Comparative Literature Association (ICLA)

  • 2002
    Max Kade Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Notre-Dame, Indiana, USA

  • 1999 – 2005
    President of the German Society for General and Comparative Literature (DGAVL)

  • 2005
    Member of the Academia Europaea

  • Since 2007
    President of the Jean Paul Society

Selected publications

  • Schmitz-Emans, M.: Schnupftuchsknoten oder Sternbild. Jean Pauls Ansätze zu einer Theorie der Sprache. Phil. Diss., Univ. Bonn 1984. Bonn (Bouvier) 1986. (= Literatur und Reflexion. Neue Folge. Ed. by Beda Allemann, Bd. 1).

  • Schmitz-Emans, M.: Poesie als Dialog. Vergleichende Studien zu Paul Celan und seinem literarischen Umfeld. Chapters. I-V. Heidelberg (Carl Winter Universitätsverlag) 1993.

  • Schmitz-Emans, M.: Zwischen weißer und schwarzer Schrift. Edmond Jabès' Poetik des Schreibens. Munich (Wilhelm Fink Verlag) 1994.

  • Schmitz-Emans, M.: Spiegelt sich Literatur in der Wirklichkeit? Überlegungen und Thesen zu einer Poetik der Vorahmung. Darmstadt/Göttingen (Wallstein-Verlag) 1994. (= answer to the 1993 prize question of the German Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung, Darmstadt: Spiegelt sich Literatur in der Wirklichkeit?).

  • Schmitz-Emans, M.: Schrift und Abwesenheit. Historische Paradigmen zu einer Poetik der Entzifferung und des Schreibens. Habilitation (postdoctoral) thesis submitted to Bonn. Munich (Wilhelm Fink Verlag) 1995.

  • Schmitz-Emans, M.: Die Sprache der modernen Dichtung. Munich (Wilhelm Fink Verlag) 1997.

  • Schmitz-Emans, M.: Die Literatur, die Bilder und das Unsichtbare. Spielformen literarischer Bildinterpretation vom 18. bis zum 20. Jahrhundert. (Saarbrücker Beiträge zur Vergleichenden Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft 7) Würzburg (Königshausen & Neumann) 1999.

  • Schmitz-Emans, M.: Seetiefen und Seelentiefen. Literarische Spiegelungen innerer und äußerer Fremde. Würzburg (Königshausen & Neumann) 2003.

  • Schmitz-Emans, M.: Einführung in die Literatur der Romantik. Darmstadt (Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft) 2004. / Italian edition (translated by Margherita Versari): Introduzione alla letteratura del Romanticismo tedesco. Bologna (CLUEB) 2008.

  • Schmitz-Emans, M.: Fragen nach Kaspar Hauser. Entwürfe des Menschen, der Sprache und der Dichtung. Würzburg (Königshausen & Neumann) 2007.

  • Schmitz-Emans, M.: Poetiken der Verwandlung (Comparanda. Literaturwissenschaftliche Studien zu Antike und Moderne 12). Innsbruck, Vienna, Bozen (Studienverlag) 2008.


Selected projects

  • German Research Foundation (DFG) project: Experiments in literary depiction

  • Director of the "Encyclopaedias of the imaginary" research project at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

  • Editor of the Yearbook of the Jean Paul Society

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • German Research Foundation (DFG) review board 105

  • President of the Jean Paul Society, since 2007

  • Member of the Academia Europaea, since 2005

  • President of the German Society for General and Comparative Literature (DGAVL), 1999 – 2005

  • Elected into the executive committee of the International Comparative Literature Association (ICLA), 1997

  • Elected into the executive committee of the German Society for General and Comparative Literature (DGAVL), 1996

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