Rolf Parr

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Rolf Parr (born September 22, 1956 in Essen ) is professor of German studies (literature and media studies) at the University of Duisburg-Essen , where he heads the master’s course in “Literature and Media Practice”.


After studying German, philosophy and pedagogy at the Ruhr University in Bochum , he worked there as a research assistant and started work in 1989 with the work “'Two souls live, ah! in my chest! ' Structures and functions of the mythization of Bismarck (1860–1918) ”.
Rolf Parr completed his habilitation in 1996 at the University of Dortmund in the subject of "Modern German Literature" with a study on literary-cultural associations ("Interdiscursive As-Sociation. Studies on literary-cultural associations, groups and associations from the Vormärz to the First World War") ).
After that he was a university lecturer at the University of Dortmund , visiting professor at the changing chair of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia at the University of Leiden / NL and from 2004 to 2010 professor for literary studies and didactics at the University of Bielefeld . There he was in charge of the master's degree in “Interdisciplinary Media Studies” until he moved to the University of Duisburg-Essen (2010).
Rolf Parr's main areas of work are: literary, media and cultural theory / history from the 18th to the 21st century; (Inter) discourse theory and research on normalism; Collective symbolism; Mythization of historical figures; literary life / literature business, literature / media relations; Watch TV; multilingual literature and media presentations of work.

Awards, honors

  • 1999: Award of the dissertation as particularly outstanding scientific work with the price of the Ruhr University Bochum for the year 1990.
  • 2016: Appointment as Honorary President of the International Wilhelm Raabe Society.
  • 2018: Diversity Prize from the University of Duisburg-Essen in the research category.

Works (selection)


  • Historical mythology of the Germans 1798-1918. Munich: Fink 1991 (together with W. Wülfing and K. Bruns), ISBN 978-3-7705-2605-5 .
  • “Two souls live, ah! in my chest ”. Structures and functions of the mythization of Bismarck (1860-1918). Munich: Fink 1992, ISBN 3-7705-2727-5 .
  • What is normal? A bibliography of the documents and research literature since 1945. Oberhausen: Athena 1999 (together with J. Link and M. Thiele).
  • Interdiscursive As-Sociation. Studies on literary-cultural groups between Vormärz and Weimar Republic. Tübingen: Niemeyer 2000, ISBN 3-484-35075-X .
  • Football - A bibliography of cultural studies. Heidelberg: Synchron 2006 (with colleagues from M. Alstedde, O. Siek and J. Stratmann), ISBN 978-3-935025-95-9 .
  • Authorship. A Brief Social History of Literary Intelligence. Heidelberg: Synchron 2008 (with colleagues from J. Schönert), ISBN 978-3-939381-01-3 .
  • Left). A bibliography on the concepts of 'interdiscourse', 'collective symbolism' and 'normalism' as well as some other lines of flight. Second, greatly expanded and revised edition. Heidelberg: Synchron 2010 (together with M. Thiele), ISBN 978-3-939381-31-0 .
  • The foreign as home. Local art, colonialism, expeditions. Konstanz: Konstanz University Press 2014, ISBN 978-3-86253-051-9 .
  • Literature in the Ruhr area since 1960. A history based on nodes. Stuttgart: Metzler 2019 (together with B. Caspers, D. Hallenberger, W. Jung), ISBN 978-3-476-04867-7 .


  • Handbook of literary-cultural associations, groups and associations. Stuttgart: Metzler 1998 (ed. Together with W. Wülfing and K. Bruns), ISBN 3-476-01336-7 .
  • Foucault manual. Life - work - effect. 2nd Edition. Stuttgart, Weimar: Metzler 2014 (ed. Together with C. Kammler and UJ Schneider), ISBN 978-3-476-02192-2 .
  • Raabe manual. Life - work - effect. Stuttgart, Weimar: Metzler 2016 (ed. Together with D. Göttsche and F. Krobb), ISBN 978-3-476-02547-0 .
  • Literature and multilingualism. A manual. Tübingen: Narr 2017 (ed. Together with T. Dembeck), ISBN 978-3-8233-6911-0 .
  • Basic themes in literary studies: reading. De Gruyter 2018 (ed. Together with A. Honold), ISBN 978-3-11-036467-5 .


  • Gottschalk, Kerner & Co. Functions of the telefigure ›Spielleiter‹ between exceptionality and normality. Frankfurt a. M .: Suhrkamp 2001 (ed. Together with M. Thiele), ISBN 3-518-12175-8 .
  • (Not) normal journeys. Fascinations of a modern type of narrative. Heidelberg: Synchron 2003 (ed. Together with U. Gerhard and others), ISBN 3-935025-28-9 .
  • Cross passes. Contributions to the literary, cultural and media history of football. Heidelberg: Synchron 2003 (edited together with R. Adelmann and Th. Schwarz), ISBN 978-3-935025-58-4 .
  • Time discourses. Reflections on the 19th and 20th centuries. Heidelberg: Synchron 2003 (edited together with R. Berbig and M. Lauster), ISBN 978-3-935025-55-3 .
  • Foucault in cultural studies. Heidelberg: Synchron 2007 (edited together with C. Kammler), ISBN 978-3-935025-96-6 .
  • "The best bites of the cake". Wilhelm Raabe's narrative: contexts, subtexts, connections. Göttingen: Wallstein 2009 (ed. Together with SR Fauth and E. Rohse), ISBN 978-3-8353-0544-1 .
  • Peripheral centers or central periphery? Cultures and regions of Europe between globalization and regionality. Heidelberg: Synchron 2008 (ed. Together with G. Mein and W. Amann), ISBN 978-3-939381-22-8 .
  • Hospitality. Explorations of a threshold situation. Heidelberg: Synchron 2009 (ed. Together with P. Friedrich), ISBN 978-3-939381-19-8 .
  • Globalization and contemporary literature. Constellations, concepts, perspectives. Heidelberg: Synchron 2010 (ed. Together with G. Mein and W. Amann), ISBN 978-3-939381-29-7 .
  • Guy Helminger. a speech anatomist at work. Heidelberg: Synchron 2014 (ed. Together with Th. Ernst and CD Conter), ISBN 978-3-939381-69-3 .
  • Left kitsch. Confessions - icons - total works of art. Munich: Fink 2015 (ed. Together with B. Gruber), ISBN 978-3-7705-4996-2 .
  • Spatial representation of cultural encounters. Heidelberg: Synchron 2015 (ed. Together with C. Dauven-van Knippenberg and Ch. Moser), ISBN 978-3-939381-82-2 .
  • Repeat / repeat. Heidelberg: Synchron 2015 (ed. Together with Jörg Wesche, Carla Dauven-van Knippenberg and Bernd Bastert), ISBN 978-3-939381-83-9 .
  • New realisms in contemporary literature. Paderborn: Fink 2016 (ed. Together with SR Fauth), ISBN 978-3-7705-6109-4 .
  • Theories, models and problems of regional literary historiography. Essen: Klartext 2016 (ed. Together with B. Caspers, D. Hallenberger and W. Jung).
  • Cultural anatomies: walking. Heidelberg: Synchron 2017 (edited together with D. Hahn and A. Mohnkern), ISBN 978-3-939381-92-1 .
  • Kathrin Röggla. Munich: edition text + kritik 2017 (ed. Together with I. Balint and T. Nusser), ISBN 978-3-86916-543-1 .
  • Autofiction as Utopia // Autofiction as Utopia. Paderborn: FInk 2019 (ed. Together with Y. Delhey and K. Wilhelms), ISBN 978-3-7705-6406-4 .
  • Text - body - text body. Heidelberg: Synchron 2019 (ed. Together with C. Dauven-van Knippenberg, Ch. Moser and M. Wagner-Egelhaaf), ISBN 978-3-947960-03-3 .
  • Windhoek / Essen. City perception in pictures and text. Berlin: Ch. A: Bachmann 2020 (ed. Together with J. Augart). ISBN 978-3-96234-031-5


Series Editorships

  • Amsterdam German Studies. Heidelberg: Synchron 2016ff.
  • Discursivities. Literature - culture - media. Heidelberg: Synchron 2001ff. (together with Klaus-Michael Bogdal and Alexander Honold).
  • Literature and media. Marburg: Tectum 2011ff. (together with Gunter E. Grimm, Volker Wehdeking and Christof Hamann).
  • Writings of the Fritz-Hüser-Institute for literature and culture of the working world. Essen: Klartext 2011–2019 (together with the members of the Scientific Advisory Board).
  • Scenes / interfaces. Paderborn: Fink 2016ff. (together with Todd Herzog and Tanja Nusser).
  • Literary Multilingualism / Literary Multilingualism. Tübingen: Fool 2019f. (together with Till Dembeck)

Secondary literature

  • Th. Ernst, G. Mein (ed.): Literature as an interdiscourse. Realism and normalism, interculturality and intermediality from modernity to the present. A commemorative publication for Rolf Parr for his 60th birthday. Paderborn: Fink 2016.
  • Art. “Parr, Rolf.” In: Kürschner's German Scholars Calendar 2011. Bio-bibliographical directory of contemporary German-speaking scientists. 23rd edition. Berlin: De Gruyter 2011, vol. 3, p. 3098.
  • J. Hirsch: Your own way into the heart of the student. In: H 1. The magazine of Bielefeld University, 2 (2008), pp. 12–13.
  • M. Strecker: When the Brazilians dance. Lecture series "Headball": Rolf Parr on national prejudices in football. (Star of the week). In: Neue Westfälische Zeitung (January 14/15, 2006).

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ [1] , Rolf Parr Honorary President of the Raabe Society.
  2. [2] , Diversity Awards 2018 from the University of Duisburg-Essen.
  9. Synchron Wissenschaftsverlag der authors. Retrieved April 21, 2019 .
  12. ^ Literary Multilingualism / Literary Multilingualism - Series - Literary Studies. Retrieved April 21, 2019 .