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Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht
Stanford University
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Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht

Company: Stanford University
Title: Professor of Comparative Literature, French and Italien
Location: Stanford, United States
Fields of operation: Education

Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht is the Albert Guérard Professor in Literature at Stanford University. Among his books on literary theory and literary and cultural history are Eine Geschichte der spanischen Literatur (1990; Spanish translation forthcoming); Making Sense in Life and Literature (Minnesota University Press, 1992); In 1926 – Living at the Edge of Time (Harvard University Press, 1998; translated into German, Hungarian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish); Vom Leben und Sterben der grossen Romanisten (Germany/Hanser, 2002); The Powers of Philology (University of Illinois Press, 2003; translated into German, Spanish, Georgian; Korean translation forthcoming); Production of Presence (Stanford University Press, 2004; translations into French, German, Hungarian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish); In Praise of Athletic Beauty (Harvard Press, 2006; translations into Cantonese, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Ukrainian); California Graffiti – Bilder vom westlichen Ende der Welt (Hanser Verlag, 2010); Unsere breite Gegenwart (Suhrkamp Verlag, 2010; translations into English, Portuguese, and Spanish); and Stimmungen lesen (Hanser Verlag, 2011; translations into English, Portuguese, and Spanish). After 1945 – Latency as Origin of the Present appeared in 2013 at Stanford University Press (German translation 2012; Portuguese translation 2014; Polish translation 2015; Hungarian, Russian, Spanish translations forthcoming).

Gumbrecht is a regular contributor to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, and Estado de São Paulo. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Professeur attaché at Collège de France, and a Professor Catedratico Visitante Permanente at the Universidade de Lisboa. He has received ten honorary doctorates in seven countries. A Visiting Professor at numerous academic institutions worldwide, he was a Distinguished Visitor at the Commonwealth Center of the University of Virginia; a Walker Ames Professor at the University of Washington; a Martin Buber Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (spring 2017); and a Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center, at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) in Palo Alto, of the Carl Friedrich von Siemens Foundation (Munich), and of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. Gumbrecht has been an instructor at the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University (summers of 2005 and 2012), where he is a Member of the Board. He has received the Miguel Espinosa Award for Essay in 2011, Province of Murcia (Spain). In 2012, Gumbrecht was awarded the José Vasconcelos World Award of Education. In 2015 he was the Whitney J. Oates Fellow in the Humanities Council at the Department of Literature at Princeton University. In the spring of 2017, he was a Martin Buber Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. He received the “Kulturpreis der Stadt Würzburg” in 2015. He has been acknowledged with Honorary Doctorates (ten in all) from universities in Canada, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Portugal, Russia, and Georgia; with the most recent from Leuphana Universität Lüneburg (Germany) in July 2017. Recently, Gumbrecht has been involved in the academic work of the Haute École Fédérale de Sport de Macolin (HEFSM) in Switzerland.