Paul Michael Lützeler

Paul Michael Lützeler

​Director of the Max Kade Center for Contemporary German Literature
Rosa May Distinguished University Professor in the Humanities
PhD, Indiana University
research interests:
  • Late 18th and Early 19th Century in German and European literature
  • Exile Literature (1933-1945)
  • Hermann Broch
  • Contemporary German Literature
  • Contemporary Discourses in the Humanities

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office hours:

  • Tuesday and Thursday, 2:30 to 3:30 pm
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Professor Lützeler's published works include an award-winning biography of Hermann Broch, three books on the idea of Europe in German and European literature, and seven other books on topics of 19th and 20th century German literature.

Professor Lützeler is the author of Hermann Broch. A Biography, a book that appeared in German, English, Spanish, and Japanese, and received the DAAD Prize of the German Studies Association. He is the editor of the Collected Works of Hermann Broch. He wrote three books on the idea of Europe in German and European literature, as well as seven other books on topics of 19th and 20th century German literature, and edited many volumes in his areas of research.

He is the editor in chief of the yearbook, Gegenwartsliteratur (2002 ff), and serves on the editorial boards of several scholarly journals. He is the director of the Max Kade Center for Contemporary German Literature at Washington University’s German department. He teaches both in the German department as well as in European Studies and the Comparative Literature program. His research and teaching interests include German and European Romanticism, German/Austrian-Jewish exile literature, contemporary German literature, German American cultural relations, contemporary scholarly discourses (postmodernism, post colonialism, globalization), and cultural studies in general.

Lützeler received many fellowships (e.g., Fulbright, Woodrow Wilson, ACLS, Guggenheim) and awards both for his research and his teaching; he is an honorary member of the AATG; he is a member of two German academies, and of the Academia Europaea; President of the International Hermann Broch Society; on the Executive Committee of the Gesellschaft fuer interkulturelle Germanistik; as well as President of the American Friends of the German Literary Archive in Marbach.

For further biographical or bibliographical information see the American and the German Wikipedia entries about Paul Michael Lützeler.

Spring 2019 Course

Traveling the USA in Contemporary German Literature (German 429A)

There is no decade since the 1950s when German or Austrian writers are not "on the road" in the United States. They are fascinated by the landscapes as well as by the cities, by the (popular) culture as well as the political movements. They meet people of various backgrounds, from different social levels, and with opposing world views, and try to make sense of their travel experiences that often include discussions with students at colleges and universities. Leading writers like Wolfgang Koeppen, Siegfried Lenz, and Guenter Kunert published successful reports and stories about their excursions in America from the 1950s to the 1970s, and the younger generation is equally well represented with their depictions from the 1970s into the new century: Peter Handke, Thomas Meinecke, Kathrin Roeggla and Felicitas Hoppe. Americans who read this literature about their country will often be surprised of the different European points of view. This undergraduate course is taught in German. Prerequisites: German 302D and 340C/D or 341/341D or equivalent, or permission of instructor.


    Distinguished Faculty Mentor Award, Washington University
    Arthur Holly Compton Faculty Achievement Award, Washington University
    Outstanding Educator Award, American Association of Teachers of German
    German Cross of Merit 1st class
    Austrian Cross of Honor in Arts and Sciences 1st class
    The Goethe Medal


    Selected Publications

    Kontinentalisierung: Das Europa der Schriftsteller. Bielefeld: Aisthesis, 2007.
    Bürgerkrieg global. Menschenrechtsethos und deutschsprachiger Gegenwartsroman (2009)
    Transatlantische Germanistik : Kontakt, Transfer, Dialogik (2013)
    Publizistische Germanistik: Essays und Kritiken (2015)

    Publizistische Germanistik. Essays und Kritiken.

    Publizistische Germanistik. Essays und Kritiken.

    Publizistische Germanistik shows how the results of literary-historical and -theoretical research in the languages ​​and forms of critique and essay in the media can be conveyed. For decades, the author has published numerous articles in weekly and daily newspapers (DIE ZEIT, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, DIE WELT, Frankfurter Allgemeine, Frankfurter Rundschau, Tagesspiegel) and in cultural magazines (Neue Rundschau, Merkur), resulting from his scientific work on contemporary literature and exile poetry, to the classical and romantic, to the literary Europe discourse and to the Zeitkritik resulted. The documentation of these critiques and essays is meant as an encouragement for the next generation in German literature not to lose sight of the aspect of journalistic mediation. If research forgets the public, Forgets also the public the research. In the introduction, the author addresses the triad of criticism, poetry, and science, and argues for a more intense relationship between these three very different institutions of literary operation, that is, for a conversation in which prejudices are broken down, thereby facilitating mutual inspiration.

    Transatlantische Germanistik. Kontakt, Transfer, Dialogik

    Transatlantische Germanistik. Kontakt, Transfer, Dialogik

    Transatlantische Germanistik: Kontakt, Transfer, Dialogik thematizes the development of literary and cultural studies during the last decades on both sides of the Atlantic. The study provides selective comparisons on a variety of topics: How is cultural studies considered as a new paradigm shift in German and American literary studies? How do you publish Germanic magazines in the USA? How can German literary publishers get involved in America? How can the reading behavior in Germany and America be characterized? How has the relationship between American German Studies and European Studies developed? In which tension is the German university between European reform and American model? How do foundations and intermediary organizations promote academic exchange? What are the intentions behind German participation in an American World's Fair? Which possible effects do expatriate American writers in Europe and / or European exile authors in the US? How can representatives of transatlantic German politics cooperate with colleagues on other continents in the context of globalization? The book is based on the forty years of professional experience of a German-American literary scholar who has taught on every continent.