Conrad Wiedemann

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Conrad Wiedemann (born April 10, 1937 in Karlsbad ) is a German literary historian and university professor .


Wiedemann studied German, history and art history in Erlangen and Frankfurt am Main . He was full professor for modern German literary history at the University of Frankfurt am Main (1972–1976), University of Gießen (1976–1989) and at the Technical University in Berlin (1989–2004). Wiedemann held visiting professorships in Göttingen, Vienna and Jerusalem.

In 1987/88 he was a fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin . Since 1993 he has been a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW) and chairman of the local Commission for German Editions .

From 1978 to 2010 he was editor-in-chief of the comparative trade journal Germanisch-Romanische monthly . Wiedemann is the editor of the historical-critical Karl-Philipp-Moritz complete edition of the BBAW. He initiated and oversees the projects “ Berlin Classic ” and “Bibliographical Annals - Literature in the GDR 1945–1990” of the BBAW. He is also co-editor of Gotthold Ephraim Lessing's collected works at Deutscher Klassiker Verlag.

His main areas of work concern German literature from 1500–1800, cultural morphology in European comparison, epoch structures and rhetoric. Wiedemann is a recognized expert on European Baroque literature ; In the 1980s and 1990s he worked on a trilateral DFG project on the research focus “ Cosmopolitanism and Nationalism in German Literatures 1750 to 1850”. In addition to his projects at the BBAW, Wiedemann is a member of the board of the Sing-Akademie zu Berlin , whose history he also researches.

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