William F. Vilas Research Professor Emeritus of German
Jost Hermand received the Dr. phil. in German literature and art history from the University of Marburg in 1955 and joined the Department in 1958, where he was named the William F. Vilas Research Professor of German in 1967. He has been visiting professor at Austin (Texas), Harvard, Berlin, Bremen, Marburg, Giessen, Kassel, Essen, Freiburg, Oldenburg, Potsdam, and Munich. He is an ACLS Fellow, recipient of the Hilldale Award for Academic Excellence, fellow of the Vienna Academy, and member of the Saxon Academy in Leipzig. His research and teaching encompass German literature and culture since 1750, with special emphasis on democratic traditions, German-Jewish relations, fascism, and Germany after 1945, as well as on schools of criticism and a comparative arts approach to German culture.
Recent Publications Include:
- Deutsche Kulturgeschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts. Darmstadt: Primus, 2006.
- Freundschaft. Zur Geschichte einer sozialen Bindung.Cologne: Böhlau, 2006.
- Pro und Contra Goethe. Dichterische und germanistische Stellungnahmen zu seinen Werken. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2005.
- Nach der Postmoderne. Ästhetik heute. Cologne: Böhlau, 2004.
- Beethoven. Werk und Wirkung. Cologne: Böhlau, 2003.