Modern German Literature


The section of Modern German Literature is dedicated to modern German literature from the Baroque period to the present, with particular attention to its European, intermedial and knowledge-historical contexts.



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In Modern German Literature, Professor Caroline Torra-Mattenklott's research and teaching focuses on literature, aesthetics and poetics from the 18th to the early 20th century, the interaction of literature with other art and the relationship between literature and forms of knowledge.

Professor Metz's professorship of Modern German Literature represents the field in its wide range from the 17th century to the present. At the same time, two fields of research in literary theory and history are prominent: On the one hand, with its focus on cultural and knowledge theory, it takes a look at how historically independent literary epistemologies emerge at the intersection of poetics, aesthetics, knowledge culture, and media theory. On the other hand, it profiles contemporary literature research with an application-oriented profile."

Professor Stephan Braese, who holds the Ludwig Strauss Professorship for European-Jewish Literary and Cultural History, examines above all the conditions of the emergence and impact of literary and scientific texts by Jewish authors in Central Europe from the end of the 18th century to the present.