Thomas No.

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Thomas Anz (born February 24, 1948 in Göttingen ) is a German literary scholar . Before his retirement , he was most recently Professor of Modern German Literature at the University of Marburg .


Anz studied modern German literature, linguistics and sociology in Munich. In 1976 he received his doctorate with a dissertation on early expressionism ; he was then a research assistant at Walter Müller-Seidel . In 1981/82 Anz worked as a feature editor for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung . From 1982 to 1990 he was an academic advisor at the University of Munich , after his habilitation from 1987 to 1990 private lecturer and head of the "postgraduate course in literary criticism " in Munich, then until 1998 professor for modern German literary studies and literature mediation at the University of Bamberg , since October 1998 professor for modernity German literature in Marburg. In 1999 he founded the online magazine , which is also published monthly in print .

According to his own statements, his work focuses on modern literary literature between 1900 and 1933, contemporary German-language literature after 1968, history of literature, medicine and psychology since the 18th century, history of literature and historical cultural anthropology , psychological aesthetics, literary criticism and literary evaluation, literary theory and methodology and literature mediation in the media.



  • Literature of existence. Literary psychopathography and its social significance in early expressionism . Metzler, Stuttgart 1977, ISBN 3-476-00356-6 (also dissertation, University of Munich 1976).
  • Healthy or sick? Medicine, morals and aesthetics in contemporary German literature . Metzler, Stuttgart 1989, ISBN 3-476-00652-2 (plus habilitation thesis, University of Munich 1987).
  • Franz Kafka . 2nd edition Beck, Munich 1992, ISBN 3-406-33162-9 (Beck's series of authors' books; 143).
  • Literature and lust. Happiness and unhappiness in reading . Beck, Munich 1998, ISBN 3-406-42800-2
  • Expressionist literature . 2nd edition Metzler, Stuttgart 2010, ISBN 978-3-476-12329-9 (Metzler Collection; 329).
  • Marcel Reich-Ranicki . Dtv, Munich 2004, ISBN 3-423-31072-3
  • Dislike and pleasure in the disgusting in literature and art. In: disgust. Representation and interpretation in the sciences and arts. Ed. Hermes A. Kick. Guido Pressler Verlag, Hürtgenwald 2003. pp. 148–159
  • Franz Kafka. Life and Work (CH Beck Knowledge). New edition Beck, Munich 2009, ISBN 978-3-406-56273-0
  • Marcel Reich-Ranicki. His life Insel Verlag, Berlin 2020, ISBN 978-3-458-68108-3


  • Literature and emotion . In: Mitteilungen des Deutschen Germanistenverbandes , Vol. 54 (2007), no. 3, pp. 283–388, ISSN  0418-9426 (together with Martin Huber).
  • Literature in the 21st Century . In: Mitteilungen des Deutschen Germanistenverbandes , vol. 55 (2008), no. 2, pp. 113-218, ISSN  0418-9426 (together with Ellen Schindler-Horst).
  1. Objects and basic concepts . 2007.
  2. Methods and theories . 2007.
  3. Institutions and fields of practice . 2007.
  • The literature, a home. Talks about and by Marcel Reich-Ranicki . Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt, Munich 2008, ISBN 978-3-421-04380-1 .
  • Sigmund Freud and the knowledge of literature (spectrum literary studies; 16). Walter de Gruyter, Berlin 2008, ISBN 978-3-11-020038-6 (together with Peter-André Alt ).
  • Nature - culture. On the anthropology of language and literature . mentis Verlag, Paderborn 2009, ISBN 978-3-89785-682-0 (Deutscher Germanistentag; 2007).
  • Literature as a game. Evolutionary, aesthetic and educational aspects (spectrum literary studies; 22). De Gruyter, Berlin 2009, ISBN 978-3-11-022143-5 (together with Heinrich Kaulen).


  • Lutz Hagestedt (Hrsg.): Literature as pleasure. Encounters between poetry and science; Festschrift for Thomas Anz on his 60th birthday . Edition Belleville, Munich 2008, ISBN 978-3-936298-97-0

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