Dr. Weissenberger is a professor at Rice University. His research interests include German literature; poetry; non-fictional prose; and exile literature. Dr. Weissenberger is 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?