Jürgen Joachimsthaler

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Jürgen Joachimsthaler (born April 13, 1964 - † January 7, 2018 in Marburg ) was a German literary scholar and professor of recent and recent German literature and literary theory at the Philipps University of Marburg .


Jürgen Joachimsthaler studied German language and literature and history in Regensburg, where he was a research assistant from 1990 until his doctorate on Max Bernstein in 1994. Then Joachimsthaler worked in teaching, publishing and editing activities in Germany and Poland. From 2001 he worked as a DFG scholarship holder at the TU Dresden. In 2006 he moved to Heidelberg University, where he completed his habilitation in 2010. In 2013 he was appointed to a chair there. In 2014 he moved to the Philipps University of Marburg as a professor for modern and recent German literature and literary theory. Until his death he was the managing director of the Institute for Modern German Literature. Since 2014 Joachimsthaler has also been Adjunct Professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax .

From 2002 to 2010 Joachimsthaler was managing director of the Central European Association of Germanists, and in 2016 he was appointed to the Johann Gottfried Herder Research Council.

Research priorities

The focus of Joachimsthaler's research activities included literature and literary life from the 18th to the 21st century, in particular romanticism, classical modernism, post-war literature and current German literature. He also researched the interculturality of German literature and the intercultural relations to the literature of East Central Europe, as well as the theory and practice of translation.

Publications (selection)

As an author

  • Max Bernstein, critic, writer, lawyer (1854–1925): a contribution to literary, legal, censorship, cultural, social and general history between 1878 and 1925 with comments on "naturalism" and the practical application of the socialist law , to Ibsen, Conrad, Gerhart Hauptmann and other contemporaries . Lang, Frankfurt am Main / Berlin / Bern / New York / Paris / Vienna 1994, ISBN 978-3-631-48427-2
  • Neighborhood philology: culture of remembrance, literature and science between Germany and Poland . Königshausen and Neumann, Würzburg 2007, ISBN 978-3-8260-3485-5
  • Text margins: the cultural diversity in Central Europe as a problem of representation of German literature . Winter, Heidelberg 2010, ISBN 978-3-8253-5919-5

As editor

  • with Walter Schmitz: Negotiations of Identity: Literature and Culture in Silesia since 1945 . Thelem, Dresden 2004, ISBN 978-3-935712-37-8
  • with Martin Grimberg: Poetics vs. Grammar . Thelem, Dresden 2008, ISBN 978-3-939888-23-9
  • with Eugen Kotte: Cultural Studies (s): Concepts of different disciplines . Martin Meidenbauer, Munich 2010, ISBN 978-3-89975-224-3

Individual evidence

  1. Jürgen Joachimsthaler , Philipps University Marburg , accessed on February 1, 2018