Peter Sprengel

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Peter Sprengel (born November 3, 1949 in Berlin ) is a German literary and theater scholar. He became known as the author of two standard works on German-language literature from 1870 to 1918.

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Sprengel studied German and Greek in Hamburg and Tübingen. In 1976 he received his doctorate at the University of Hamburg with Karl Robert Mandelkow with the dissertation Sociological Aspects of Innerity with Jean Paul (as a book 1977, see works). In 1981 he qualified as a professor in the subject of German Philology with The Reality of Myths. Investigations into the work of Gerhart Hauptmann based on the handwritten estate . From 1976 to 1982 Sprengel worked as a research assistant at the Technical University of Berlin and was then awarded a Heisenberg scholarship . Appointments as a university professor led Sprengel to the University of Erlangen in 1986 and to the University of Kiel in 1989 . From 1990 until his retirement in 2016, he taught German literature from the 18th to 20th centuries as a full professor at the Free University of Berlin .


  • Tim Lörke, Robert Walter-Jochum and Gregor Streim (eds.): From the edges to the modern. Studies of German-language literature between the turn of the century and the Second World War. Festschrift for Peter Sprengel on his 65th birthday. Königshausen and Neumann, Würzburg 2014. ISBN 978-3-8260-5484-6 .


  • Inwardness. Jean Paul or The Suffering of Society. Munich and Vienna 1977
  • Jean Paul in the judgment of his critics. Documents on the history of Jean Paul's impact in Germany. Beck, Munich 1980, ISBN 3-406-07297-6
  • The reality of myths. Investigations into the work of Gerhart Hauptmann based on the handwritten estate. Berlin 1982 (publications of the Gerhart-Hauptmann-Gesellschaft e.V. 2)
  • Gerhart Hauptmann. Epoch - work - effect . Munich 1984
  • The staged nation. German Festival 1813–1913. With selected texts . Tübingen 1991, ISBN 3-7720-1855-6
  • Literature in the Empire. Studies on modernity . Berlin 1993, ISBN 3-503-03064-6 .
  • Scheunenviertel Theater. Jewish drama troops and Yiddish drama in Berlin (1900–1918). Berlin 1995.
  • Popular Jewish theater in Berlin from 1877 to 1933. Berlin 1997.
  • Darwin in poetry. Traces of the theory of evolution in German-language literature of the 19th and 20th centuries. Würzburg 1998, ISBN 3-8260-1408-1 .
  • History of German-Language Literature 1870–1900. From the founding of the empire to the turn of the century. Munich 1998, ISBN 3-406-44104-1 .
  • From Luther to Bismarck. Kulturkampf and national identity with Theodor Fontane, Conrad Ferdinand Meyer and Gerhart Hauptmann. Bielefeld 1999, ISBN 3-89528-236-7 .
  • History of German-Language Literature 1900–1918. From the turn of the century to the end of the First World War. Munich 2004, ISBN 3-406-52178-9 .
  • The poet stood on the high coast. Gerhart Hauptmann in the Third Reich. Berlin 2009, ISBN 978-3-549-07311-7 .
  • Gerhart Hauptmann: Bourgeoisie and great dream. Munich 2012, ISBN 978-3-406-64045-2 .
  • Rudolf Borchardt . The lord of words . CH Beck, Munich 2015, ISBN 978-3-406-68207-0 .

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