Professor Ritchie Robertson FBA

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

Elected 2004

UK Fellow
2004
Literature, Modern languages

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.

Current post

Taylor Professor of German, University of Oxford

Past appointments

St John's College University of Oxford Official Fellow and Tutor in German, St John's College, Oxford

Jan 1989 - Jan 2010

St John's College University of Oxford Official Fellow and Tutor in German

Jan 1989 - Jan 2010

St John's College University of Oxford Official Fellow and Tutor in German, St John's College, Oxford

Jan 1989 -

Downing College University of Cambridge Fellow and Director of Studies in Modern Languages

Jan 1984 - Jan 1989

Lincoln College University of Oxford Fellow in German

Jan 1979 - Jan 1984

Lincoln College University of Oxford

Jan 1979 - Jan 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

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