“Das Druckenlassen verhält sich zum Denken, wie eine Wochenstube zum ersten Kuß”

(Friedrich Schlegel, 1798: “Publishing is to thinking as the birth chamber relates to a first kiss.”)


Intellectual and Literary History, 1700 – 1850: The Autonomy of Literature and Thought

1. [ForthcomingPretexts for Writing: German Prefaces around 1800Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press. New Studies in the Age of Goethe. Sponsored by the Goethe Society of North America. (125,000 words).

2. [2017] German Life and Letters. 70.1 Special number on Das Erblühen der Blumenlesen. German Anthologies, 1700-1850, edited and introduced together with Nora Ramtke. (136 pages, here.)

3. [2017] with Nora Ramtke. ‘Approaching the German Anthology, 1700 – 1850: An Introduction‘, German Life and Letters 70.1, 1-21.

4. [2014] ‘C.F. Gellert als Vorredner des Genies’ in Matthias Schaffrick and Marcus Willand (eds.), Theorien und Praktiken der Autorschaft. (spectrum Literaturwissenschaft) (Berlin/New York: de Gruyter), pp. 333-362.

5. [2013] ‘Kant’s Novel Interpretation of History’ , Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies 49.2. Special issue on the eighteenth-century German novel, edited by Matt Erlin and Sean Franzel, 171-190.


Cultural and Literary History, circa 1800: Consumerism

1. [2017] ‘E.T.A. Hoffmann und die Alltagskultur um 1800’. E.T.A. Hoffmann-Jahrbuch, 7-28.

2. [2016] ‘E.T.A. Hoffmann and the Hairdresser around 1800’, Publications of the English Goethe Society 85, 54-66. Read for free.

3. [2016] ‘Philologische Notizen zu Blähungspulver und Jean Paul’. Jahrbuch der Jean-Paul-Gesellschaft, 183-195. 

& submitted: ETA Hoffmann und die Alltagskultur um 1800 II (a supplement to (1), above).


Cultural Criticism since the Twentieth Century: Especially Wellness and Politics

1. [2017] ‘The Celebrification of Adolf Hitler’Celebrity Studies 8 (4) Forum, 1-5.

2. [2017] ‘On clichés, post-colonialism and the politicisation of Swiss literature: an interview with Martin R. Dean‘, German Life and Letters, 70.2, 284-290.

3. [2014] Oxford German Studies. 43.1 Special issue on Post-War Literature and Institutions, edited and introduced together with W. Daniel Wilson. (105 pages, see here). See ‘Preface’, 1-3:  here.

& submitted: on cancer narratives.


Shorter Academic Pieces (three pages and under, especially book reviews)

1. [2018, forthcoming] Miriam Albracht, Iuditha Balint and Frank Weiher (eds.), Goethe und die Arbeit. Modern Language Review.

2. [2017] James Hawes, The Shortest History of Germany. History Today (October 2017), pp. 104-105 for a general audience, here.

3. [2017] Malte Osterloh, Versammelte Menschenkraft. Die Großstadterfahrung in Goethes Italiendichtung. Modern Language Review, 112.2, pp. 535-536.

4. [2015] T. J. Reed, Light in Germany. Scenes from an Unknown Enlightenment. History Today (October 2015), pp. 57-58 – for a general audience.

5. [2015] Julia Bertschik and Wolfgang de Bruyn (eds.), Der Schatten des großen Königs. Friedrich II und die Literatur. Arbitrium, 33.3, pp. 325-327.

6. [2015] Charlotte Lee, The Very Late Goethe. Self-Conciousness and the Art of Ageing. Journal of Contemporary European Studies, 23.2, pp. 308-309. Here. 

7. [2014] Jörg Kreienbrock, Malicious Objects, Anger Management and the Question of Modern Literature. Monatshefte, 106.4, pp. 693-696.

8. [2013] ‘Vorrede zu Vorreden: Jean Paul’s Pretexts for Literary Parody’. Sylvia Naish prize lecture in newsletter of the Society of Friends of London’s Institute for Germanic and Romance Studies. 10 pages.

9. [2013] Thomas Wegmann, Dichtung und Warenzeichen. Reklame im literarischen Feld 1850-2000. Modern Language Review 108.1, pp. 322-3.

10. [with Rose Baker] Conference Report of  Theories and Practices of the Archive. Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach. April 2012.  (Here.)

11. [2012] Christoph Jürgensen and Gerhard Kaiser (eds.), Schriftstellerische Inszenierungspraktiken – Typologie und Geschichte. And Stephan Pabst (ed.), Anonymität und Autorschaft. Zur Literatur- und Rechtsgeschichte der Namenlosigkeit. Modern Language Review 107.4, pp. 1297-1300.

12. [2012] Olaf Kramer, Goethe und die Rhetorik. Modern Language Review 107.4, pp. 1279-1280.

13. [2010] Marcel Sturm, Goethes Weg nach Weimar: Kontinuität des Sturm und Drang in den Jahren 1770- 1790. New Perspectives on the Eighteenth Century. Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. 7.1, pp. 99-101.

14. [2010] Andrea Geier and Jan Süselbeck (eds.), Konkurrenzen, Konflikte, Kontinuitäten: Generationenfragen in der Literatur seit 1990. Focus on German Studies (17), pp. 125-127. (Here.)

15. [2010] Agnes Jäger, History of German Negation. Zeitschrift für Sprachwissenschaft. 29.1., pp. 191-195.


Writing Online for a General Audience (in English and German)

I have written for:

Times Higher Education supplement, on empathy and literature;

The Conversation on Britain, Switzerland and Brexit;

The Liberal Democrat Voice on Brexit, on strategy, on direction, and on liberal rent reforms.

The Huffington Post on historical cures for baldness;

The Neue Zürcher Zeitung on higher education (book review);

History Today on the Enlightenment (book review) and the history of Germany (book review);

The Chronicle , contributing academic satire;

Culture Wars on singleness;

The Huffington Post on internet dating;

The Huffington Post on Snowden and Goethe.

There’s a chat about summer reading with me on the website of the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and on Christmas reading here.


Online Educational Pages

For a general audience on germanlit.org, I have written five entries, on: 

C.F. Gellert and his novel;

Frederick II;

E.T.A Hoffmann (with Nicole Sütterlin);

and the present-day Swiss authors 

Thomas Hettche 

Martin Dean and

Melinda Nadj Abonji.


Academic Publishing Service: 

October 2010 – July 2012: Assistant to the Germanic Editor, Modern Language Review. Peer reviewer (Angermion, The German Quarterly, etc.)



Post: Germanic Studies, School of Languages and Cultures
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