Sandra Richter

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Prof. Dr. Sandra Richter, since 1.1.2019: Director of the German Literature Archive Marbach and Professor of Modern German Literature at the University of Stuttgart.

Studied German language and literature, political science, philosophy, and art history at the University of Hamburg 1993-1997, 2003-2008 head of a junior research group in the Emmy Noether Program of the German Research Foundation, 2006 Reader in German language and literature and 2007 Professor of German language and literature at King's College London, since 2008 W3 Professorship in Stuttgart, 2009-2014 Director of the Institute for Literary Studies, since 2014 Director of the Stuttgart Research Center for Textual Studies.

2005 Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize, 2007 Philip Leverhulme Prize, 2007 Alfried Krupp Bohlen von Halbach Foundation Prize. Fellowships and visiting professorships at the School of Advanced Study of the University of London, the Centre national de la recherche scientifique/École normale supérieure (Paris), Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Renmin University (Beijing).

Member of the Expert Panel of the Elite Network Bavaria (2005-2011), 2006-2008, 2010-2012 member of various committees of the Euroscience Open Forum, 2011-2017 member of the Scientific Commission of the German Council of Science and Humanities, 2012-2018 member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the German Literature Archive Marbach, 2013-2016 member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Research Network Marbach-Weimar-Wolfenbüttel, 2016/2017 member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Collection and Research Network Gotha, since 2018 member of the Council for Information Infrastructures and the General Assembly of the Goethe-Institut.

Main areas of work: German and comparative literature from 1500 to the present, intellectual history, rhetoric, poetics and aesthetics. Monographs: Reformed Moral Teachings and German Literature from Jean Barbeyrac to Christoph Martin Wieland (Niemeyer 2002), Medicine, Medical Ethics and Beautiful Literature. Studies on secularization processes from the early 17th to the early 19th century (de Gruyter 2002), Poetics. Poetological Poetry, Poetics and Aesthetics from Novalis to Rilke (de Gruyter 2004), Lob des Optimismus. Geschichte einer Lebenskunst (C.H. Beck 2009), A History of Poetics. German Scholarly Aesthetics and Poetics in an International Context, 1770-1960 (de Gruyter 2010), Mensch und Markt. Why we fear and yet need competition (Murmann 2012), A World History of German-Language Literature (C. Bertelsmann 2017).