Prof. em. Eberhard Lämmert †

Germanist/literary scholar, founding director

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Eberhard Lämmert, born on September 20th, 1924 in Bonn, died on May 3rd, 2015 in Berlin, was awarded his doctorate in 1952 in Bonn for his dissertation “Bauformen des Erzählens” which is considered to be one of the most important works of post-war German Studies in Germany. In 1960, he habilitated for medieval and modern German philology in Bonn, followed by professorships in Berlin and Heidelberg. From 1976 to his retirement in 1992 he was professor for comparative literature at the Freie Universität Berlin. From 1976 to 1983 he was the university’s president. Guest professorships took him to Aarhus, Princeton, Cambridge, St. Louis and São Paulo, among other places.

Until 1999 he was director of the ZfL and chairman of the Centers for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (GWZ). From 1998 to 2004, he also acted as co-director at the Research Center for the European Enlightenment in Potsdam.

Eberhard Lämmert held the office of founding member of the board of trustees at the Einstein-Forum in Potsdam, the office of founding director and director of the Zentrum für Literaturforschung in Berlin as well as the office of director at the Research Center for the European Enlightenment in Potsdam. Furthermore, he was president of the The German Schiller Association (1988–2002). He was board member and chairman of the Deutscher Germanistenverband (1964–1976), reviewer at the German Research Foundation (DFG) as well as a member of the board of trustees and board member of the German Academic Exchange Service (1970–1999). From 1997, Lämmert was member of the PEN Centre Germany. He received honorary doctorates from the universities of Bonn and Potsdam. In 2010, he was awarded the honorary membership of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences in recognition of his extraordinary lifetime achievements in science.

Obituaries:

Research Interests

  • Literary theory
  • History of literary genres
  • Narrative art; late medieval literature
  • History of the independent writer from the 18th century to the present
  • History of sciences
  • Education policy

Publications

Selected:
 
  • Erfahrungen mit Literatur. Gesammelte Schriften. Hildesheim: Weidmann 2012
  • Respekt vor den Poeten. Studien zum Status des freien Schriftstellers. Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag 2009
  • Ed.: ›Für Viele stehen, indem man für sich steht‹. Formen literarischer Selbstbehauptung in der Moderne. Berlin: Akademie Verlag 2004 (with Eckart Goebel)
  • On Culture and Criticism. Dialogue with Chetana Nagavajara. Nakhon Pathom: Inst. of Research and Development Silpakorn University 2002 (with Reinhold Grimm, Ekavidya Na Thalang)
  • Ed.: Die erzählerische Dimension. Über eine Gemeinsamkeit der Künste. Berlin: Akademie Verlag 1999
  • Vorreden. Marbach: Deutsche Schillergesellschaft 1999
  • Ed.: Konkurrenten in der Fakultät. Kultur, Wissen und Universität um 1900. Frankfurt a.M.: Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag 1998 (with Christoph König)
  • Ed.: Wer sind wir? Europäische Phänotypen im Roman des 20. Jahrhunderts. München: Fink 1996 (with Barbara Naumann)
  • Ed.: Avantgarde, Modernität, Katastrophe. Firenze: Olschki 1994 (with Giorgio Cusatelli)
  • Ed.: Literaturwissenschaft und Geistesgeschichte 1910–1925. Frankfurt a.M.: Fischer Taschenbuchverlag 1993 (with Christoph König)
  • Ed.: Die Gruppe 47 in der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann 1991 (with Justus Fetscher, Jürgen Schutte)
  • Das überdachte Labyrinth. Ortsbestimmungen der Literaturwissenschaft 1960–1990. Stuttgart: Metzler 1991
  • Ed.: Literatur in einer industriellen Kultur. Stuttgart: Cotta 1989 (with Götz Grossklaus)
  • Ed.: Die Zukunft der Aufklärung. Frankfurt a.M.: Suhrkamp 1988 (with Jörn Rüsen, Peter Glotz)
  • Die Geisteswissenschaften im Industriezeitalter. Festvortrag anlässlich des 10-jährigen Bestehens des Fachbereichs Erziehungs- und Sozialwissenschaften. Hagen: Fernuniversität 1986
  • Die Entfesselung des Prometheus. Selbstbehauptung und Kritik der Künstlerautonomie von Goethe bis Gide. Paderborn: Universität 1985
  • Ed.: “Das war ein Vorspiel nur ...” Berliner Colloquium zur Literaturpolitik im ›Dritten Reich‹. Berlin: Frölich und Kaufmann 1985 (with Horst Denkler)
  • Ed.: Unser Commercium. Goethes und Schillers Literaturpolitik. Stuttgart: Cotta 1984 (with Wilfried Barner, Norbert Oellers)
  • Erzählforschung. Ein Symposion. Stuttgart: Metzler 1982
  • Ed.: Lieselotte Maas: Handbuch der deutschen Exilpresse 1933–1945. München, Wien: Hanser 1976
  • Ed.: Romantheorie. Dokumentation ihrer Geschichte in Deutschland seit 1880. Köln: Kipenheuer & Witsch 1975 (with Hartmut Eggert, Karl-Heinz Hartmann, Gerhard Hinzmann, Dietrich Scheunemann, Fritz Wahrenburg)
  • Ed.: Romantheorie. Dokumentation ihrer Geschichte in Deutschland 1620–1880. Köln: Kipenheuer & Witsch 1971 (with Hartmut Eggert, Karl-Heinz Hartmann, Gerhard Hinzmann, Dietrich Scheunemann, Fritz Wahrenburg)
  • Reimsprecherkunst im Spätmittelalter. Eine Untersuchung der Teichnerreden. Stuttgart: Metzler 1970
  • Ed.: Germanistik – eine deutsche Wissenschaft. Frankfurt a.M.: Suhrkamp 1967 (with Walter Killy, Karl Otto Conrady, Peter von Polenz)
  • Ed.: Friedrich von Blanckenburg. Versuch über den Roman. Stuttgart: Metzler 1965
  • Ed.: Wilhelm Scherer – Erich Schmidt. Briefwechsel. Berlin: Erich Schmidt 1963 (with Werner Richter)
  • Bauformen des Erzählens. Stuttgart: Metzler 1955