Manfred Brauneck

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Manfred Brauneck (born April 22, 1934 in Königszelt , Silesia ) is a German university professor , literary scholar , theater scholar and theater historian .


Manfred Brauneck is the son of a Silesian painter . His father also designed sets for a city theater . After attending school, Brauneck studied literature, philosophy and art history at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich . After a university career, his habilitation followed with a habilitation thesis on naturalism in European theater .

In 1973 he accepted the position of professor at the chair for theater studies at the University of Hamburg and, as director, organized the Hamburg theater collection there, a kind of museum for stage sets, text books, theater photos and a library, based on an idea of ​​the then President of the University of Hamburg, Professor Peter Fischer -Appeals to a newly established center for theater research. In 1987 he developed together with the director Juergen Flimm a new concept for the course drama theater direction . Among his students was the dramaturge Bernd Stegemann .

Although he was able to retire in 1999 , he extended his employment contract for three years and became emeritus in 2002 . Nonetheless, he retained the provisional leadership of the chair for some time and also advocated the establishment of a postgraduate course in dramaturgy .

In September 2010 he was awarded the Balzan Prize for his research on the “history of theater in all its forms of expression” .


In addition to his teaching activities, he is also the author of numerous specialist books and began writing the five-volume standard work Die Welt als Bühne in 1992 . History of European Theater. His other publications include:

  • Sixt Birck: All the dramas. Edited by Hildegard Brauneck by v. Manfred Brauneck, Vol. 1: Ezechas. Zorabel. Joseph. Beel. (Editions of German literature from the 15th to 18th centuries, Vol. 12) Berlin 1969 ISBN 978-3-11-000359-8 ; Vol. 2: The German Pieces. Edited by Wolfgang Brauneck The Latin pieces. Edited by Manfred Wacht (editions of German literature from the 15th to 18th centuries, vol. 67) Berlin 1976, ISBN 978-3-11-006758-3 ; Vol. 3: Latin Dramas. Edited by Manfred Wacht (Editions of German literature from the 15th to 18th centuries, vol. 95) Berlin 1976, ISBN 978-3-11-008391-0
  • The German drama from Expressionism to the present. Interpretations. CC Buchners, Bamberg 1970, ISBN 9783766143037 ; 2nd expanded edition 1972; 3rd edition 1977
  • Religious folk art. DuMont, Cologne 1979, ISBN 3-7701-0967-8
  • Theater in the 20th century. Rowohlt, Reinbek near Hamburg 1982, ISBN 3-499-16290-3
  • Foreign theater in the Federal Republic of Germany and in West Berlin. 1. Working report on the research project “Popular Theater Culture”. Published by the University of Hamburg, Hamburg 1983
  • Erwin Piscator : Zeittheater. The political theater and other writings. 1915-66. Rowohlt, Reinbek 1986 (co-editor Peter Stertz)
  • Naturalism. Manifestos and documents on German literature 1880–1900. Metzler, Stuttgart 1987 (co-editor Christine Müller)
  • Classics of theater directing. Positions and comments on theater in the 20th century. Rowohlt, Reinbek 1988, ISBN 3-499-55477-1
  • Author lexicon of German-language literature of the 20th century. Rowohlt, Reinbek 1995
  • 100 years of the Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg. Dölling and Galitz, Hamburg, Munich 1999, ISBN 3-933374-34-0
  • Theater Lexicon 1. Terms and epochs, stages and ensembles. Rowohlt, Reinbek, 5th completely revised new edition August 2007, ISBN 978-3-499-55673-9 (co-editor Gérard Schneilin)
  • Theater Lexicon 2. Actors and directors, stage managers, dramaturges and stage designers. Hamburg 2007 (co-editor Wolfgang Beck)
  • Small world history of the theater. CH Beck, Munich 2014, ISBN 978-3-406-66851-7 .


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Individual evidence

  1. OSTSEE-ZEITUNG: 2010 Balzan Prize for Manfred Brauneck (September 6, 2010) ( Memento from January 5, 2013 in the web archive )
  2. Schwäbische Zeitung: 2010 Balzan Prize for Manfred Brauneck (September 6, 2010)