Christoph Schmitt-Maass

Retaining Fee Lecturer; Montgomery-DAAD Fellow and Tutor in German Literature, Lincoln College

I studied German Literature and Religious Studies at Marburg (Germany) and Zurich (Switzerland), before obtaining a MA from the University of Marburg (2004) and a PhD from the University of Basel (2007). In 2017 I was nominated a ‘Privatdozent’ at Potsdam University, after I had completed my ‘Habilitationsschrift’ (second dissertation). A research fellow at Oxford and Princeton, I wrote my third book.

Prior to being elected to a Tutorial Fellowship at Lincoln College, Oxford, I was a research assistant at the Institute for German Philology at the University of Munich. I’m also acting as German Tutor at Somerville College and St Hilda’s College.

I teach German literature and language to undergraduates, focusing mostly on the period 1770 to present (with small excursions into the Baroque era).

My research covers German Literature from Baroque to present, focusing Enlightenment, Sattelzeit, Vormärz, Modernity, and Exile. Currently, I’m working on the reception of French Jansenism in German speaking lands (1670-1780) and are preparing a bigger essay about failure in Enlightenment (Pascal, Pope, Goethe).

I’ve been awarded a range of fellowships, including research grants from the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Klassik Stiftung Weimar, the Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel, the Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach, the Francke Foundations at Halle, and the Austrian Exchange Service (OeAD).

Publications

Kritischer Kannibalismus. Eine Genealogie seit der Frühaufklärung. Bielefeld: transcript 2019 (lettre).

Fénelons "Télémaque" in der deutschsprachigen Aufklärung (1700-1832). 2 Vols. Berlin: De Gruyter 2018 (Frühe Neuzeit, Vol. 220).

Das gefährdete Subjekt. Selbst- und Fremdforschung in der deutschsprachigen Ethnopoesie der Gegenwart. Heidelberg: Synchron 2011 (Diskursivitäten, Vol. 13).

(ed., with Fabian Lampart, Dieter Martin) Der Zweite Dreißigjährige Krieg. Deutungskämpfe in der Literatur der Moderne Würzburg: Ergon 2019 (Klassische Moderne, Vol. 38).

(ed., with Ritchie Robertson, Barry Murnane, Stefanie Stockhorst) Essen, töten, heilen. Praktiken literaturkritischen Schreibens im 18. Jahrhundert. Göttingen: Wallstein (Das achtzehnte Jahrhundert, Supplementa).

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