Karl Heinz Göller

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Karl Heinz Göller (born May 13, 1924 in Neheim-Hüsten (now the city of Arnsberg); † April 22, 2009 ) was a German Anglicist and founder of the Medievalist Association .


During the Second World War he served as a radio operator in the Air Force and was a prisoner of war until 1945. After the war he studied English and German in Bonn , did his doctorate in 1955 on the Scottish poet of the 17th century James Thomson and completed his habilitation in 1962 on Middle English Arthurian literature. He taught at the Universities of Bonn and Göttingen , then in 1967 he was offered the chair for English studies at the University of Regensburg , where he remained until his retirement in 1992. In 1973 he was President of the German Anglists' Association .

It was thanks to Göller's vision that the German Medieval Association was founded in 1983. The Medieval Academy of America served as a model. He headed the association from 1983 to 1989. The same European idea was the reason for his later involvement in Eastern Europe. After the fall of communism, he advocated the idea of ​​a Central European intellectual space, and he used his influence to promote English studies at Polish universities. The Jagiellonian University in Kraków awarded him the Medal of Merit in 2004.

Göller's publications were numerous and varied: six books and over 110 essays on subjects as heterogeneous as Old English elegies , Geoffrey Chaucer , William Shakespeare , Percy Bysshe Shelley , TS Eliot , Sylvia Plath , Ted Hughes , nursery rhymes and science fiction .


  • King Arthur in English literature of the late Middle Ages , Göttingen 1963.
  • Epochs of English Poetry , Düsseldorf 1970.
  • History of Old English Literature , Berlin 1971.
  • Romance and Novel: The Beginnings of the English Novel , Regensburg 1972.
  • as editor: connections, influences, effects. Congress files for the first symposium of the Medievalist Association - Tübingen 1984. Edited by Jörg O. Fichte, Karl Heinz Göller and Bernhard Schimmelpfennig , Berlin and New York 1986.



  • Uwe Böker , Manfred Markus and Rainer Schöwerling (ed.), The Living Middle Ages: Studies in Mediaeval English Literature and Its Tradition: A Festschrift for Karl Heinz Göller, Regensburg 1989.
  • Władysław Witalisz (editor), And gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche: Studies on Language and Literature in Honor of Professor Dr. Karl Heinz Göller, Kraków 2001.
  • Uwe Böker (ed.), Of Remembraunce the Keye: Medieval Literature and Its Impact through the Ages: Festschrift for Karl Heinz Göller on the Occasion of his 80th Birthday, Frankfurt 2004.


  • Göller, Karl Heinz , in: Who is who? - The German Who's Who, 48 (2009/2010).
  • Rolf Breuer , Karl-Heinz Göller, Regensburg, on his 80th birthday, Anglistik, 15 (2004), 2. 218–220.
  • Wilhelm Busse: Obituary Karl Heinz Göller 1924–2009 , Das Mittelalter, Perspektiven mediävistischer Forschung, 14 (2009), pp. 162–163.
  • Richard Utz, In Memoriam Karl Heinz Göller, obituary on the website of the Anglistenverband ( [1] ), also in: Perspicuitas, Internet Periodicum for Medieval Linguistics, Literature and Cultural Studies, University of Duisburg-Essen, January 2010.


  1. Neheim-Hüsten only existed as a municipality since 1941