Norbert Miller

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Norbert Miller (born May 14, 1937 in Munich ) is a literary and art scholar. Since 1973 he has been professor of literature at the Technical University of Berlin and retired in 2006.


Miller grew up in Berlin, Vienna and Munich. From 1956 to 1962 he studied literature, musicology and art history in Frankfurt am Main, Munich and Berlin. As a student of Kurt May , he came into contact with Walter Höllerer (May's assistant at the time) in Frankfurt around 1958 , who became his teacher and friend. Miller became Höllerer's assistant at the Technical University of Berlin in 1962 . He received his doctorate in 1967 from the Free University of Berlin with investigations into the sensitive narrator at the beginning of the novel in the 18th century. From 1973 Miller held a professorship for comparative literature at the TU Berlin. Until 2004 he was managing director of the institute there.

Miller is still the editor of the magazine Language in the Technical Age and founded the Literary Colloquium Berlin together with Walter Höllerer . He lives in Berlin- Schlachtensee .


Miller's research interests include European literature , art, and music from the 18th to 20th centuries. In particular , he has repeatedly researched the debates of European classicism between Winckelmann and Byron in numerous essays and books, with the aesthetic transfer processes between the arts being the focus of his representations. As an art scholar, he has been fascinated by the anti-classical tendencies in European art since the Enlightenment, to which he has dedicated weighty monographs in his books on Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1978), Horace Walpole (1986) and William Beckford (2012). At the center of his research on music are the configurations of romantic music, particularly with regard to the history of the opera seria in the 19th century.

On various occasions - especially in the work on European Romanticism in Music (1999/2007) - he worked with the musicologist Carl Dahlhaus . He is editor of the works of Goethe ( Munich edition ), Jean Pauls , Gérard de Nervals and Marie Luise Kaschnitz '. In addition, he is co-editor of the critical edition of Nietzsche's works .


honors and awards

Works (selection)

  • The sensitive narrator. Investigations at the beginning of novels in the 18th century . Hanser Verlag, Munich 1968 (Phil. Diss. FU Berlin 1967)
  • Archeology of the dream. Attempt on Giovanni Battista Piranesi . Hanser Verlag, Munich 1978
  • Introduction. In: Paul Heyse. A bibliography , ed. by Werner Martin, Georg Olms Verlag, Hildesheim / New York 1978, pp. V-XI.
  • Strawberry Hill . Horace Walpole and the aesthetics of beautiful irregularities . Hanser Verlag, Munich 1986
  • Emanuel Geibel , Paul Heyse and literary Munich at the time of Maximilian II. In: "Italy lies in ourselves" - The Art of the German-Romans , ed. by Christoph Heilmann, Hirmer Verlag, Munich 1987, pp. 29–37.
  • Paul Heyse - the citizen as a poet prince. For the new edition of all works . In: Paul Heyse - Collected Works. Series III, Volume 5, reprint Georg Olms Verlag, Hildesheim / Zurich / New York 1991, pp. 777–817.
  • With Carl Dahlhaus: European Romanticism in Music . Two volumes, Stuttgart: Metzler, 1999/2007.
  • The hiker. Goethe in Italy . Hanser Verlag, Munich 2002
  • The tremendous power of music. Goethe and his composers . Hanser Verlag, Munich 2009
  • Fonthill Abbey. The dark world of William Beckford. Hanser, Munich 2012, ISBN 978-3-446-23871-8
  • Marblemania. Cavalier journeys and the Roman antique trade. Deutscher Kunstverlag, Munich 2018, ISBN 978-3422074439 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. member entry by Norbert Miller at the Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz , accessed on 27.10.17
  2. TU Berlin: Federal Cross of Merit for Norbert Miller , in: Informationsdienst Wissenschaft from September 28, 2010, accessed on October 12, 2010