Literary historian
Bad Frankenhausen, 15 March 1935

Foreign member

Department of Language and Literature


Membership of SASA
Foreign member since  15 December 1988

Field of study
history of literature (Slavonic studies)

BA in Slavonic studies, German studies and the history of eastern Europe, The Philipps University of Marburg,  University of Belgrade, Goethe University Frankfurt, The Free University of Berlin (Die Freie Universität Berlin) (1954‒1960); University of Frankfurt, PhD (1960); habilitation (1969)

Georg August University of Göttingen, full professor (1970‒)

Accession speech
Lecture at SASA delivered in april 1990, ‘Ivo Andrić, a Poet’

Membership of other academies
Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities (1980); Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, corresponding member (1989); Austrian Academy of Sciences (1995); Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (2003)

Membership of editorial boards
Opera slavica, series editor