Klaus Weissenberger

  • Weissenberger
Professor
Ph.D., University of Southern California
713-348-3215
Rayzor Hall 335
Research and Teaching: 

German literature; poetry; non-fictional prose and exile literature

I am very much interested in the investigation of the literary genres in general and their specific constituents in particular. Which elements, structures and forms distinguish poetry from everyday language? What constitutes non-fictional literary prose? What is the impact of persecution and exile on the multitude of authors who had to escape from Nazi-Germany?

Regarding poetry I have done specific research on the elegy from Goethe to Paul Celan. Aside from the investigation of this sub-genre, I published articles on expressionist poets, Grillparzer, Hofmannsthal, Kraus, Werfel, Csokor, Else Lasker-Schüler, Rose Ausländer, Else Lasker-Schüler, and Paul Celan. To the study of non-fictional prose I contributed with general articles on the literary diary, the literary travel journal, the literary autobiography, the essay and the aphorism and specific articles on the autobiography of Marie v. Ebner-Eschenbach, Arthur Schnitzler, and the exile authors Manès Sperber, Arthur Koestler, Soma Morgenstern and Jacov Lind. Separate articles were devoted to the entire non-fictional literary prose of Arthur Koestler and Stefan Zweig. With respect to their exile works, I investigated Alfred Döblin, Joseph Roth and Franz Werfel. At present, I am working on an extensive monograph on the non-fictional literary prose in exile.

Selected Publications: 
  • Zwischen Stein und Stern: Mystische Formgebung in der Lyrik von Else Lasker-Schüler, Nelly Sachs und Paul Celan (Berne: Francke, 1976).
  • Die Elegie bei Paul Celan (Berne: Francke, 1969).
  • Die Elegie von Goethe bis Celan (Berne: Francke, 1969).
  • Ed., Prosakunst ohne Erzählen: Die Gattungen der nicht-fiktionalen Kunstprosa (Tübingen: Max Niemeyer, 1985).
  • Ed., Die deutsche Lyrik von 1945 bis 1975: Zwischen Botschaft und Spiel (Düsseldorf: Bagel, 1981).
  • “Stefan Zweig’s Non-fictional Prose in Exile,” in: Birger Vanwesenbeeck and Mark H. Gelber (eds.), Stefan Zweig and World Literature: Twenty-first Century Perspectives (Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2014) 122-51.
  • “Arthur Koestlers nicht-fiktionale Kunstprosa,” in Robert G. Weigel (ed.), Arthur Koestler: Ein heller Geist in dunkler Zeit (Tübingen: Francke, 2009), 113-40.
  • “Joseph Roths Präzisierung seiner dichterischen Intention im Exil,” in Robert G. Weigel (ed.), Vier große galizische Erzähler: W.H. Katz, Soma Morgenstern, Manès Sperber, Joseph Roth (Frenkfurt/M.: Peter Lang, 2005), 53-73.
  • “Prosa,” Historisches Wörterbuch der Rhetorik, vol. VII (Tübingen: Max Niemeyer, 2005), 321-48.
  • “Kunstprosa der Moderne, 18. Bis 20. Jd.,” Historisches Wörterbuch der Rhetorik, vol. IV (Tübingen: Max Niemeyer, 1998), 1506-31.
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