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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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

“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

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