Univ.-Prof. Dr. Judith Frömmer

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Professorship of French and Italian Literature and Media Studies

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Curriculum Vitae:

1996 A-levels at Augustinus-Gymnasium Weiden
1996-2001 Studied Romance languages and literature, German and philosophy in Munich, Toulouse, Perugia and Hamburg
2002-2003 DAAD scholarship holder at the University of Oxford
2003-2005 Doctoral scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation
2005 Doctorate at the LMU Munich
2005-2013 Associate Professor at the Institute for Romance Philology at the LMU Munich
2008-2009 Humboldt Fellow at the Comparative Literature Department of UC Berkeley
2010-2016 Member of the Young Academy of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities
2011-2012 Fellow at the Institute for Cultural Research Vienna
2013 Venia legendi for Romance Philology and General and Comparative Literature
2013 Visiting professor at the Department of Literary Studies at the University of Erfurt
2013-2017 Former senior academic advisor at the Institute for Romance Philology at LMU Munich
2015-2016 Deputy Chair of French and General Literary Studies at the LMU Munich
2017-2021 W3 Professor of Romance Literary Studies (French and Italian, with a focus on the older periods) at the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg
since September 2022 Professor of French and Italian Literature and Media Studies, Faculty of Philological and Cultural Studies, University of Vienna

Research areas:

* Historical: early modern and early modern literature; epic poetry in antiquity, the Middle Ages, the early modern period and (post-)modernity; realism and neorealismo (19th and 20th centuries); serial formats of the 21st century
* Systematic: literature and/or political theory; founding narratives; (thought) figures of the Renaissance; anachronisms; humanist practices; philology and theory; intermedial reading practices
* Practical: edition and commentary project on Machiavelli's Libro dell'arte della guerra

"In their heterogeneous forms and readings, texts and artifacts from different languages, times and cultures open up media access to very different worlds. They allow us to experience (sometimes in a delightful, sometimes in a disturbing way) that everything could be completely different. Romance studies in particular requires a permanent change of perspective between globalization and particularization, between universality and contingency. As a philologist, I am concerned with a loving approach to literature: attentive, multi-interested, sometimes sympathetic reading and transmission as essential prerequisites for connecting through difference and at the same time recognizing the limits and restrictions of such binding forces." (Judith Frömmer)