2000 ff. Prof. of German Literature at Zürich University
2016: Senior Fellow at IFK, Wien
1998-2000 Prof. of German Literature and Cultural Studies at Hamburg University
1996-1998 Assistant at Einstein Forum, Potsdam
1994 Guest Prof. at University of California, Berkeley
1983-1996 Assistant at Szondi-Institute, FU Berlin (PhD and Habilitation)
Studies of German Literature, English Literature, Comp. Lit. and Philosophy in Tübingen, Chicago, Berlin
Project Leader of the Critical digital and print edition of Lavater-Correspondence (2017-2029)
Co-Founder and project leader of the NCCR "Mediality" at Zürich University (2005-2017); co-editor of its respective publication series at Chronos Verlag.
Founding editor of "figurationen - Literatur, Kultur, Gender"
Member of several cultural and literary societies, competitions, institutions.
Literature and the Arts (Interart)
Literary theory and poetology 1800 to present
Talk and chatter in 19th century European novels
Physiognomy and portraiture in literature and other arts
Facing the Text. Julian Rosefeldt gibt Manifesten ein Gesicht
Point of departure for my project is Julian Rosefeldt’s Manifesto, a film installation in twelve parts that engages artists’ writings from a wide range of areas including literature, architecture, painting, and film. Specifically, the project focuses on Rosefeldt’s cinematographic use of portraits within the framework of his encounter with conceptual writings about art. “Facing the Text” inquires the double strategy of Manifesto’s use of portraits: the various ways the film installations are “giving a face to a text” and “confronting – rereading, rethinking – a text,” i.e., the artists’ manifestos, at the same time. Rosefeldt’s work is innovative in that it offers a new, multi–medial perception of the portrait and a new way to see – to read – well-established texts of the aesthetic tradition. It designs the portrait as a showcase for the encounter of image and text.
In a second step, the project will investigate Rosefeldt’s work within various conceptual contexts, including literary theory, philosophy, art history, and cultural studies. This also comprises an investigation of the theoretical impact of the artists’ manifestos themselves (Marinetti, Giacomo Balla, Tristan Tzara, André Breton, Naum Gabo / Anton Pevzner, Barnett Newman, Claes Oldenburg, Sol LeWitt, Lars von Trier, etc.).
In order to situate Rosefeldt’s specific multi-medial arrangement of image and text, an extensive and intensive research of key theoretical positions (Goethe, Lichtenberg, Schopenhauer, Balzac, Blumenberg) will be necessary. The general framework of the project will be a delineation of the development from Johann Caspar Lavater’s physiognomic studies to the contemporary, post-physiognomic discourse of Julian Rosefeldt’s Manifesto.