David Wellbery, the LeRoy T. and Margaret Deffenbaugh Carlson University Professor of Germanic Studies, Comparative Literature and the College, was elected a corresponding member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities.
Wellbery’s work focuses on classical German literature and its significance for contemporary theoretical questions. He is a well-known literary critic and has taught at the University of Chicago since 2001. His most recent publications include the 1,000-page A New History of German Literature (Belknap Press: 2005), for which he served as editor-in-chief; Seiltänzer des Paradoxalen (2006).
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