Anja Lemke

Professor of Modern German Literature, University of Cologne
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Office Hours
4:30 – 6:00 pm
Courses Offered

Fall 2021

GER 307

Topics in German Culture and Society: Cultures of Melancholy: Literature, Art and Science

GER 517

Modernism and Modernity: Art/Work. On the relation between modern aesthetics and labor


Anja Lemke is Professor of German Literature at the University of Cologne (since 2012) and Director of the Erich Auerbach-Institute for Advanced Studies. She studied German and Spanish literature, political science and philosophy in Freiburg, Madrid, Hamburg (PhD 2001, Habilitation 2009). She taught and researched at the Institute for Comparative Literature at Goethe-University in Frankfurt, at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research and at the KWI in Essen. She also was a fellow at the International Käte-Hamburger-Kolleg “Morphomata”, visiting scholar at UC Berkeley and Max Kade-Professor at Johns-Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Her main fields of interest are “aesthetics, poetics and theory of literature”, “literature and other discourses, especially economics, forms of labor and education”, “aesthetic figurations of the possible and the forthcoming”, and “aesthetic forms and formation (especially of the novel)”.

Her works include a book on Martin Heidegger und Paul Celan Konstellation ohne Sterne. Zur geschichtlichen Zäsur bei Martin Heidegger und Paul Celan, (2002), a book on Walter Benjamin Gedächtnisräume des Selbst. Walter Benjamins Berliner Kindheit um Neunzehnhundert (2005) and as part of a collective authorship „Art Works. Ästhetik des Postfordismus (2017). She is currently working on a book on Kontingenz und Potentialität - Formen des Möglichen im Roman um 1800 and preparing a collective volume together with Niklaus Largier (Hg.): Theorien des Möglichen, Berlin: August 2021 (forthcoming).

Selected Publications