2011 Marbacher Sommerschule

"Die Literatur und die Kuenste: Bild, Schrift, Ton 1750-2010"

The new Partnership with the Deutsches Literaturarchiv in Marbach allows Penn graduate students to take three-week summer workshop.

What is the Marbacher Sommerschule?

The Sommerschule Literaturwissenschaft in Marbach examines German-language literature and develops and employs critical, interpretive approaches in the history and practice of literary studies. The Sommerschule engages current, cultural-studies debates surrounding the discipline of Germanistik while also investigating philological-hermeneutic concepts and their historical development.

Offered to a select, highly-qualified, international group of students, the Sommerschule centers on the history of literary studies, and source materials, as well as an intensive engagement with literary and theoretical texts. With its debut in 2003, the Sommerschule is held biannually in Marbach

The Sommerschule Literaturwissenschaft in Marbach is a joint project of the German National Literary Archive (das Deutsche Literaturarchiv Marbach), the Universität Stuttgart, the DAAD, and the University of Pennsylvania.

For more information, please visit: The Sommerschule's official homepage (in German).

Sommerschule 2011

5th Internatioal Sommer School, Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach

Literature and the Arts: Image, Text, Sound 1750 - 2010
(Die Literatur und die Kuenste: Bild, Schrift, Ton 1750-2010)
18 July - 5. August 2011

Information and Schedule:

The 5th International Marbacher Summer School is a collective
project of the Deutsches Literaturarchivs Marbach, the Universität
Stuttgart, the University of Pennsylvania and the DAAD.

Sommerschule 2009: Menschen beschreiben.

In the summer of 2009, four Penn grad students participated in: "Describing Humans: Literature, Anthropology, Psychology from 1800 to 2000," July 19th to August 6th, 2009.

During the Schiller-Year 2009, the Sommerschule shifts its view to the relationship between literature, anthropology and psychology from the second-half of the eighteenth century to the present. The “anthropological turn” around 1750 ushered in numerous and comprehensive educational programs (Bildungs- und Erziehungsprogramme) as well as cognitive and aesthetic models of the human subject. The Sommerschule seeks to investigate the complex interaction of literary technique and philological observation with medicine, evolutionary biology, and psychology that constituted and still constitute discourse surrounding the human. In what ways were scientific advances productive for literature as well? Focusing on the specific advancements in the history of the human sciences, what forms of periodization appear, what sorts of categorical reshuffling must occur, and what sort of new interpretive constellations arise?    

The entire Sommerschule atop the Schillerhöhe.

A typical class session.

Horst Thomé, Marcel Lepper and Liliane Weissberg consult between classes.

Penn grad students Matt Handelman and Leif Weatherby listen attentively.



Prof. Dr. Horst Thomé
Universität Stuttgart
Schnitzlers medizinische Schriften – Tiefenpsychologie und realistische Prosa – Psychologismus, Krise der Erkenntnistheorie

Prof. Dr. Liliane Weissberg
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Literatur und Geschlecht um 1800 – Romantische Psychologie
Dr. Marcel Lepper
Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach
Literatur und Kognitionstheorie um 1900 – Phänomenologische Anthropologie: Hans Blumenberg

Selection of invited speakers:

Dr. Wilhelm Hemecker
Ludwig-Boltzmann-Institut für Biographik, Österreichisches Literaturarchiv, Wien
Hatte Oedipus einen Oedipuskomplex? Heinz Politzers Freud-Interpretationen

Prof. Dr. Robert Jütte
Institut für Geschichte der Medizin, Robert-Bosch-Stiftung
Literatur und Psychiatrie im 19. Jahrhundert
Prof. Dr. Sandra Richter
Universität Stuttgart
Literatur, Anthropologie, Psychologie ­– Einführung
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Riedel
Universität Würzburg
Schillers anthropologische Ästhetik
Dr. Thomas Schmidt
Leiter der Arbeitsstelle Literarische Museen und Gedenkstätten in Baden-Württemberg
Schwimmen lernen: Bewegungskultur in der Literatur um 1800

Prof. Dr. Céline Trautmann-Waller
CNRS, Paris
Dr. Neil Vickers
King’s College, London
Psychologie in Literatur und Ideengeschichte um 1800