Images of Masculinity between East and West

On 3 March 2018 the Austrian newspaper Die Presse featured an article on my recently completed research project "Masculinities in German and Chinese Literature" by writer and journalist Clementine Skorpil. The starting point of this project, which I conducted as an Erwin Schrödinger Fellow (Austrian Science Fund / FWF: J 3546) between 2014 and 2017 … Continue reading Images of Masculinity between East and West

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Solving the mystery of Stefan Zweig’s international success: new book out now!

My book on the Chinese reception of Stefan Zweig is out now! Abstract: During his lifetime Austrian novelist Stefan Zweig (1881–1942) was among the most widely read German-language writers in the world. Always controversial, he fell into critical disfavor as writers and critics in a devastated postwar Europe attacked the poor literary quality of his … Continue reading Solving the mystery of Stefan Zweig’s international success: new book out now!

Talk: Poetics and Politics – Stefan Zweig in Taiwan

As part of the Vienna Taiwan Lecture Series at the University of Vienna I will present a chapter of my forthcoming book on the reception of Stefan Zweig in the Chinese-speaking world: Arnhilt J. Höfle Poetics and Politics: Stefan Zweig in Taiwan Date: Wednesday, 22nd March, 2017 Time: 18:15 Location: SIN1, at the Department of … Continue reading Talk: Poetics and Politics – Stefan Zweig in Taiwan

Guest Lecture: Prof. Mark Gamsa on Translation and Intellectual Geography

ALL WELCOME! Prof. Mark Gamsa (Tel Aviv University) Translation and Intellectual Geography: Lu Xun’s Engagement with Gogol’s Dead Souls Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017 Time: 18:30 Location: SIN 1, at the Department for East Asian Studies/Chinese Studies This talk presents a new article, due to be published in the next issue of the journal Modern … Continue reading Guest Lecture: Prof. Mark Gamsa on Translation and Intellectual Geography

New Blog on Digital Humanities and Sino-German History

Despite a growing number of digital research tools, the potential of Digital Humanities (DH), the intersection of the humanities and computing, has certainly not been fully exploited yet. Henrike Rudolph, a member of the Graduate Programme “China in Germany, Germany in China” at the University of Hamburg, has recently started a new blog to highlight … Continue reading New Blog on Digital Humanities and Sino-German History

New Publication: The Liberating Masculinity of Goethe’s Werther and Its Repression in Modern China

Guo Moruo’s translation of Goethe’s novel The Sorrows of Young Werther (Die Leiden des jungen Werthers) in 1922 triggered a large-scale “Werther fever” in China. As “the bible of modern Chinese youth,” Werther soon became an icon of the New Culture Movement, an intellectual movement of the 1910s and 1920s that turned against the traditional … Continue reading New Publication: The Liberating Masculinity of Goethe’s Werther and Its Repression in Modern China

Stefan Zweig on the Screen: Maria Schrader’s Vor der Morgenröte

Maria Schrader’s episodic film Vor der Morgenröte, which is released today on 2 June 2016, depicts the last years in the life of Stefan Zweig. It is the most recent manifestation of a re-discovered interest in Zweig. It is different from other projects that have tried to solve the enigma of this best-loved and best-hated … Continue reading Stefan Zweig on the Screen: Maria Schrader’s Vor der Morgenröte

Talk: Stefan Zweig and (World) Literature in Exile

The reception of Stefan Zweig (1881-1942) presents one of the greatest literary conundrums of our time. While in the 1920s, at the height of his career, the Austrian-Jewish novelist was among the most widely read and most-acclaimed German-language writers, his works fell into radical critical disfavor in the second half of the century. The allegedly … Continue reading Talk: Stefan Zweig and (World) Literature in Exile

“Imagology”? An Interdisciplinary Workshop at UC Berkeley

"Imagology" or "Image Studies" is the critical analysis of intercultural imagery, of ethnic stereotyping and of the discursive construct called "national identity". It was developed in France after the Second World War as a sub-discipline of Comparative Literature. Rejected by aesthetically-oriented literary critics, mainly in the US, it received more attention by scholars of French … Continue reading “Imagology”? An Interdisciplinary Workshop at UC Berkeley