Gerhard Dünnhaupt

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Gerhard Dünnhaupt , FRSC (born August 15, 1927 in Bernburg (Saale) ) is a German Germanist , bibliographer and book historian . He wrote an annotated bibliography on German baroque literature .

Origin and career

Dünnhaupt is the son of a printer and newspaper publisher from Köthen (Anhalt) . From 1964 he studied Modern Languages ​​and Literatures at the University of Toronto and obtained his doctorate in 1972 from Brown University (USA) on the German versions of the epics by Ludovico Ariosto and Torquato Tasso .

Since 1972 he has taught German and bibliography at the University of Washington , four years later he moved to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor , where he taught literary studies and comparative literature until 1992 . In between, he also held visiting professorships at the University of Illinois , the University of Göttingen and Cornell University . Since 1992 he has been Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan and at the same time honorary professor at Queen's University in Kingston (Canada). Dünnhaupt is an honorary member of the Modern Language Association and a life member of the Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada .

Research priorities

Dünnhaupt's main research areas are German Renaissance and Baroque literature as well as bibliography and the book and cultural history of the early modern period . The fruitful society (1617–1680) and the history of its Anhalt homeland are also among the subjects dealt with in numerous articles. He was editor of " Rarissima litterarum " and review editor of " Michigan Germanic Studies ". In September 1983 he organized the " Martin Luther Quincentennial Conference" .



  • Bibliographical Handbook of Baroque Literature: Hundreds of personal bibliographies of German authors of the 17th century . 3 vols. Hiersemann, Stuttgart 1980–1981, ISBN 3-7772-8029-1
  • Diederich from Werder. Attempt to reevaluate his major works . Herbert Lang, Bern 1973, ISBN 3-261-01084-3
  • The Princely Printing House in Koethen . (AGB XX.4). Booksellers Association, Frankfurt am Main 1979, ISBN 3-7657-0934-4
  • Personal bibliographies for Baroque prints . 6 vols. Anton Hiersemann, Stuttgart 1990–1993, ISBN 3-7772-9013-0



  • Adalbert Elschenbroich: Model of a manual. Gerhard Dünnhaupt's monumental bibliography. In: The time. Volume 37, No. 49 (1982), lit. p. 5.
  • European literature of the late Renaissance and the Baroque period, mostly from the collection of Prof. Gerhard Dünnhaupt. Bassenge, Berlin 1996 (380 pages).
  • Karl F. Otto Jr .: Dünnhaupt's Handbuch der Barockliteratur , in: Monatshefte 76 (1984), pp. 332-340.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Matthias Freundel: druckhaus köthen. The Chronicle (1869–1994) . Volume 1. Koethen 2007