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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

The 'Jewish Question' in German Literature 1999

The Cambridge Companion to Thomas Mann 2002

Kafka: A Very Short Introduction 2004

Mock-Heroic Poetry from Pope to Heine 2009

Lessing and the German Enlightenment 2013

Goethe: A Very Short Introduction 2016

Other Early Modern Languages and Literatures to 1830 Fellows

Professor Neil Kenny

Sixteenth & seventeenth century literature & thought in Europe, especially France; the role played by various dimensions of language (eg concept-formation; tense-aspect) in the shaping of knowledge & belief.

Professor Jeremy Lawrance

The medieval & Renaissance literature & history of Spain from 1200 to 1700, with special interests in literacy, libraries & the history of ideas; humanism; imperialism

Professor Joachim Whaley

The Holy Roman Empire in its European context from the fifteenth century to 1806; the legacy of the Holy Roman Empire in German-speaking central Europe from 1806 to the present

Professor Simon Franklin

History and culture of Russia & Eastern Europe, Medieval & Early Modern; cultural and social history of information technologies

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