Professor Ritchie Robertson FBA
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.
- Taylor Professor of German, University of Oxford
- 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
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.
The medieval & Renaissance literature & history of Spain from 1200 to 1700, with special interests in literacy, libraries & the history of ideas; humanism; imperialism
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
History and culture of Russia & Eastern Europe, Medieval & Early Modern; cultural and social history of information technologies