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

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

Kicking off this year’s conference season: the GSA’s Annual Meeting, feat. Asian German Studies

The new academic year is fast approaching and, as every year, the conference season will be kicked off by one of the largest of its kind: the GSA’s annual meeting (18-21 September 2014). Members of the German Studies Association, which was founded in 1976 in the US as the Western Association for German Studies (WAGS) … Continue reading Kicking off this year’s conference season: the GSA’s Annual Meeting, feat. Asian German Studies

Sexuality, love, masculinities: an interdisciplinary conference in Stuttgart is pointing the way ahead

Despite the bourgeoning of gender studies in recent decades, the question of masculinities has been widely neglected. Gender studies have indeed often become synonymous with women studies, exclusively. For this reason, scholars of different disciplines decided in 1999 to found AIM Gender, an international working group for interdisciplinary men studies. The working group’s 2013 Annual Conference … Continue reading Sexuality, love, masculinities: an interdisciplinary conference in Stuttgart is pointing the way ahead