Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Norbert Christian Wolf

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Professorship for Modern German Literature with special emphasis on Austrian Literature at the Faculty of Philological and Cultural Studies

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Curriculum Vitae:


born 1970 in Innsbruck
1989-1991 Studied German language and literature and history at the University of Vienna; studied percussion instruments at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
1991-1992 Studied German and History at the University Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3; internal guest student at the École Normale Supérieure Fontenay-St. Cloud; free student at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris
1992 Studied German language and literature, history and general and comparative literature at the Free University of Berlin
1992-1994 Continued studies in German and History at the University of Vienna
1994 Master of Philosophy at the University of Vienna
1994-1995 Research assistant on the FWF research project 5512 "Cultural equalization processes as reflected in literary productivity within monastic domestic culture 1700-1800 at the University of Vienna (as part of the trilateral research focus Differentiation and Integration. Language and Literature of German-speaking Countries in the Process of Modernization)"
1995-1998 Doctoral scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation, work on dissertation in Berlin
1998-1999 Research assistant at the Department of German Studies at the FU Berlin
1999 Doctorate at the FU Berlin
1999-2004 Research assistant at the Institute for German and Dutch Philology at the FU Berlin
2004 APART scholarship holder in Vienna
2005-2009 Junior Professor of Modern German Literature and Literary Theory at the Institute for German and Dutch Philology at the FU Berlin
2009 Habilitation at the Department of Philosophy and Humanities at the FU Berlin
2009-2020 University professor (§ 98 UG) at the University of Salzburg
since September 2020 Professor of Modern German Literature with a special focus on Austrian literature at the Department of German Studies at the University of Vienna

Research areas:

* German-language literature of the 18th to 21st centuries
* Literary sociology
* literary aesthetics
* Intermediality
* literary theory
* (Austrian) Enlightenment
* Classics and classics research
* (classical) modernism
* Contemporary literature


"My research is dedicated to the cultural and artistic memory of this country in its international historical context; with its particular focus on Austrian literary and cultural history of the modern and contemporary period, it operates in a thematic field that is of central importance for a critical discourse on Austria's historical and cultural self-image. In teacher training, I am also responsible for teaching literary as well as general aesthetic and text-analytical skills - skills that are necessary for democratic participation in the postmodern media society, but which cannot be taken for granted." (Norbert Christian Wolf)