Schumacher studied German language and literature, philosophy , ethnology and education at the Westphalian Wilhelms University in Münster . His most important academic teachers were Friedrich Ohly , Helmut Arntzen and Hans Blumenberg . In 1994, Schumacher received his doctorate in Münster with an extensive study on the imagery of sin , which was funded by the Cusanuswerk Episcopal Study Foundation . He worked on research projects on literature from the environment of the Heidelberger Hof with Jan-Dirk Müller and on visual poetry with Ulrich Ernst . During his work at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal , he completed his habilitation there in 2000. Since March 2007, he has been a university professor for German Medieval Studies at Bielefeld University .
Schumacher's main research areas are pre-modern German literature and language, European literary studies (older comparative literature ), historical semantics , the interfaces between philology and cultural studies and mediality (voice, writing, gestures, sound, image and scene). In terms of time, his subjects range from Gregor the Great , the Merseburger Zaubersprüche , Walther von der Vogelweide , Thomasîn von Zerclaere and Oswald von Wolkenstein to Annette von Droste-Hülshoff , Fritz Lang and Robert Schindel .
Together with Sabine Seelbach , he now publishes the Göppingen works on German studies . As part of a research group at the Bielefeld Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) on the subject of Felix Culpa? On the cultural productivity of guilt , he organized a workshop with Katharina von Kellenbach on the subject of impurity and guilt in March 2019 . In doing so, he attempted to understand the silence within the Catholic Church on the offenses of sexual abuse from the impurity metaphor of biblical and theological language.
- Sin filth and purity of heart. Studies on the metaphor of sin in Latin and German literature of the Middle Ages (= Münstersche Mittelalter-Schriften. 73). Wilhelm Fink, Munich 1996, ISBN 3-7705-3127-2 (also: Münster, University, dissertation, 1994/1995) ( digitized version ).
- Doctors with the tongue. Licking dogs in European literature. From the patristic exegesis of the Lazarus parable (Lk. 16) to the 'Romanzero' Heinrich Heines (= Aisthesis essay. 16). Aisthesis-Verlag, Bielefeld 2003, ISBN 3-89528-310-X (Also as an e-book (PDF), ibid. 2019, ISBN 978-3-8498-1409-0 ).
- Collaboration in: Klaus-Michael Bogdal , Kai Kauffmann, Georg Mein : BA in German studies. A textbook (= Rororo. 55682 Rowohlt's Encyclopedia ). Rowohlt-Taschenbuch-Verlag, Reinbek near Hamburg 2008, ISBN 978-3-499-55682-1 .
- Introduction to German literature in the Middle Ages. WBG - Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, Darmstadt 2010, ISBN 978-3-534-19603-6 (Also as an e-book (PDF), ibid. 2011, ISBN 978-3-534-70610-5 ; as well as an e-book (epub ), ibid. 2012, ISBN 978-3-534-70611-2 ).
- ZiF research group Felix Culpa? , accessed February 15, 2018.
- Unreinheit und Schuld / Impurity and Guilt , accessed on December 19, 2019. Cf. the radio report by Norbert Reck: Living with guilt. What can religions contribute to this? , accessed December 19, 2019.
- Cf. Meinolf Schumacher: Empty spaces of guilt. The Ark Narrative and the Question of Accepting the Unclean , accessed on June 27, 2020.
- Meinolf Schumacher: Weeds Among the Wheat: The Impurity of the Church Between Tolerance, Solace, and Guilt Denial , accessed December 19, 2019.
- Literature by and about Meinolf Schumacher in the catalog of the German National Library
- Bielefeld University's website
- Comprehensive list of publications (with links to digital copies)
- Online directory of university German studies
- Discussion of the FAZ on 'Doctors with the Tongue'
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German literary scholar, Germanist and Medievalist|
|DATE OF BIRTH||May 8, 1954|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Dortmund|