Professor of German Literature at the University of Hamburg
Office Hours: Monday and Thursday 12-1 pm
Cornelia Zumbusch studied German and English Literature, Art History and Philosophy in Tübingen and Berlin. She received her PhD from the Free University in Berlin in 2003 and her venia legendi from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich in 2009. In 2006 she was awarded the scholar’s prize of the Aby Warburg Foundation. She has held teaching positions at the LMU Munich (research assistant, 2003-2010) and at the University of Konstanz (substitute professor, 2010-2012). In 2012/13 she was a senior fellow at the International Research Centre for Cultural Studies (IFK), Vienna. In 2013 she was appointed full professor of German Literature at the University of Hamburg; since 2015 she serves as codirector at the Warburg-Haus, Hamburg; in 2019 she cofounded the Centre of Advanced Studies ›imaginaria of force‹, funded by the German research council.
Her teaching and research topics include 18th- and 19th -century German literature, cultural philosophy, literature and (natural) science, theories of prose and narration, aesthetics and affectivity. Current interests include poetics of force and energy around 1800 and forms of analeptic narration in the 19th century novel.
She is the author of Weimarer Klassik. Zur Einführung (2019); Die Immunität der Klassik (2011); Wissenschaft in Bildern. Symbol und dialektisches Bild in Aby Warburgs Mnemosyne-Atlas und Walter Benjamins Passagen-Werk (2004), She coedited various volumes, including a handbook on literature and emotions (Handbuch Literatur & Emotionen, ed. with Martin von Koppenfels, 2016) and she published articles on Wieland, Herder, Rousseau, Lenz, Goethe, Schiller, Kleist, Brentano, Eichendorff, Stifter, Keller, Fontane, Schnitzler, Nietzsche, Freud, Warburg and Benjamin.
Courses Spring 2020
German 171: Katastrophe Erzhälen
German 230: Fontanes Romane