*1944

1972

Marriage to Bettina Friedl →website


Education:

1963

Abitur (High School Diploma), Heilbronn

1963–1967

Study of American, English and German Literatures and Languages,
and Philosophy at the University of Heidelberg (Germany)
and

1967-1968

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

1970

Dr. phil., Heidelberg University

1973-1974

Yale University

1979

Habilitation, Heidelberg University


Teaching Positions:

1970-1979

Assistant Professor, Heidelberg University

1979-1981, 1981-1986

Associate Professor (Privatdozent), Heidelberg University

1984

Visiting Professor, University of New Mexico

1986-1987

Visiting Professor, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf

1987-2008

Full Professor and Chair of American Studies,
Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf


Offices:

1989-1993

Member of the Advisory Board of the German Association
of American Studies

1987-1988, 1990-1991

Head of Department, Anglistisches Institut,
Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf

1991-1992

Vice-Dean (Prodekan), Philosophische Fakultät,
Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf

1992-1993

Dean, Philosophische Fakultät,
Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf

1994-1996, 2000-2001, 2005-2006

Head of Department, Anglistisches Institut,
Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf


Fellowships and Awards:

1967-1968

Jacob Gould Shurman Fellow, Cornell University

1972-1974

Independent Research Grant, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

1973-74

Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University

1979

Travel Research Grant, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

1984

Fulbright Travel Grant

1986

Award for Exceptional Academic Merits, Association of German University Professors
on the occasion of the 600th anniversary of Heidelberg University
(Förderpreis des Deutschen Hochschulverbandes)

2001-2002

Research Sabbatical, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

2002-2003, July – October 2006, July – October 2007

Visiting Scholar, Center for the History of American Civilization,
Harvard University


Organization of Conferences
(Workshops):

1981
Der amerikanische Transzendentalismus:

workshop at the annual conference of the German Association of
American Studies (organization and chair), Würzburg.

1989
Modernism and Thinking: Beginnings, Contexts, Continuations:

workshop at the annual conference of the German Association of American Studies (organization and chair), Laufen.

1991
Philosophical Aesthetics in America and Europe:
Comparisons, Conflicts, Contrasts:

workshop at the annual conference of the German Association of American Studies (organization and chair), Münster