Franz Josef Worstbrock

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Franz Josef Worstbrock (born January 20, 1935 in Dülmen ) is a German specialist in German .


After the state examination, Franz Josef Worstbrock worked as an assistant at the Institutum Erasmianum in Münster from 1960 to 1963 , and since 1963 as an assistant at the Germanic seminar at the University of Hamburg . Franz Josef Worstbrock received his doctorate in Münster in 1961 in Classical Philology with a thesis on the poetics of Virgil's Aeneis ; In 1971 he completed his habilitation at the University of Hamburg in the subject of German Philology , supervised by Karl Heinz Borck , with an investigation into the history and poetics of German minnesang . In 1973 he accepted a position at the TU Berlin , from there in 1983 he moved to the University of Münster . From 1988 until his retirement he held the chair for German Language and Medieval Literature at LMU Munich .

Franz Josef Worstbrock is a corresponding member of the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen and worked as a (initially full, then corresponding) member of the Rhenish-Westphalian Academy of Sciences in various commissions of the Düsseldorf Academy.


Franz Josef Worstbrock's areas of work include German Philology and Medieval Comparative Studies. Special research focuses are the Latin and German poetry of the Middle Ages, the history of rhetoric, the poetics of courtly novels, humanism, the reception of antiquity as well as the history and theory of translation.

As editor he worked, among other things, on the magazine for German antiquity and German literature and (with an abundance of own articles) on the author's lexicon - The German literature of the Middle Ages ; In addition, he publishes its supplementary work, the author's lexicon German Humanism 1480–1520 .

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