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Professor Ritchie Robertson FBA

German, Dutch and Scandanavian Languages and Literatures Western Europe Germany, Austria History Historical Studies of Language and Literature
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About this Fellow

I have a long-standing interest in German modernist writing, shown in my first book, Kafka: Judaism, Politics, and Literature (OUP, 1985), in Kafka: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2004), and in my Cambridge Companion to Thomas Mann (edited, 2002). I addressed a larger theme in The 'Jewish Question' in German Literature, 1749-1939 (OUP, 1999). More recently my interests have shifted to the Enlightenment period, which is the centre of my Mock-Epic Poetry from Pope to Heine (OUP, 2009), my Lessing and the German Enlightenment (edited 2013 for the Voltaire Foundation), and Goethe: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2016). Isaiah Berlin and the Enlightenment, a collection of essays edited with Laurence Brockliss, will appear with OUP late in 2016. I am now working on a large general study of the Enlightenment for Penguin Books.

Website: http://www.mod-langs.ox.ac.uk/robertson

Appointments

Current post

  • Taylor Professor of German, University of Oxford

Past Appointments

  • Fellow in German, Lincoln College University of Oxford, 1979 - 1984
  • Fellow and Director of Studies in Modern Languages, Downing College University of Cambridge, 1984 - 1989
  • Official Fellow and Tutor in German, St John's College, Oxford, St John's College University of Oxford, 1989 - 2010
  • Official Fellow and Tutor in German, St John's College University of Oxford, 1989 - 2010
  • Official Fellow and Tutor in German, St John's College, Oxford, St John's College University of Oxford, 1989
  • , Lincoln College University of Oxford, 1979 - 1984

Publications

Kafka: Judaism, Politics and Literature 1985

1970

The 'Jewish Question' in German Literature 1999

1970

The Cambridge Companion to Thomas Mann 2002

1970

Kafka: A Very Short Introduction 2004

1970

Mock-Heroic Poetry from Pope to Heine 2009

1970

Lessing and the German Enlightenment 2013

1970

Goethe: A Very Short Introduction 2016

1970

Other Early Modern Languages and Literatures to 1830 Fellows

Professor Nigel Leask

Literature & culture of the 'long Romantic period', with a focus on empire, nation & travel writing. My recent focus is Scottish literature & thought 1750-1850, with a special emphasis on Robert Burns & his poetic & intellectual circle.

Professor Peter Mack

Renaissance rhetoric & dialectic; medieval & renaissance European literature, thought & cultural history

Professor Helen Watanabe-O'Kelly

Early modern German culture; European court culture, especially festivals, of the early modern period; the representation of women in German literature; writing by women in German.

Professor Aurora Egido

History and Critique of 16th and 17th centuries of Spanish Literature in its variables subjects, genres and authors, from Garcilaso to Gracián (including Santa Teresa, Cervantes, Góngora and Calderón, among others), with studies and critical editions