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Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht

Albert Guérard Professor of Literature, Emeritus
Professor of Comparative Literature, Emeritus
Professor of French and Italian, Emeritus
Professor, by courtesy, of German Studies
Professor, by courtesy, of Iberian and Latin American Cultures
(including assistant professorships)
1974: Venia Legendi (Habilitation) Allgemeine und Romanische Literaturwissenschaft Universität Konstanz
1972: Universita degli studi di Pavia
1971-1974: Universität Konstanz

1971: Ph.D. Universität Konstanz

1970-1971: Universität München
1969-1970: Universidad de Salamanca
1969: Universität Regensburg 

1967-1969: Universität München
1967: Abitur, Siebold Gymnasium Würzburg

1966: Lyceé Henri IV, Paris
1958-1967: Siebold Gymnasium Würzburg

Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht is the Albert Guérard Professor in Literature in the Departments of Comparative Literature and of French & Italian (and by courtesy, he is affiliated with the Department of Iberian and Latin American Cultures/ILAC, the Department of German Studies, and the Program in Modern Thought & Literature). As a scholar, Gumbrecht focuses on the histories of the national literatures in Romance language (especially French, Spanish, and Brazilian), but also on German literature, while, at the same time, he teaches and writes about the western philosophical tradition (almost exclusively on non-analytic philosophy) with an emphasis on French and German nineteenth- and twentieth-century texts. In addition, Gumbrecht tries to analyze and to understand forms of aesthetic experience 21st-century everyday culture. Over the past forty years, he has published more than two thousand texts, including books, translated into more than twenty languages. In Europe and in South America, Gumbrecht has a presence as a public intellectual; whereas, in the academic world, he has been acknowledged with Honorary Doctorates (twelve 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. He has also held a large number of visiting professorships, at the Collège de France, University of Lisbon, University of Manchester, and the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, among others. In the spring of 2017, he was a Martin Buber Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. He recently taught in the Stanford's Bing Overseas Program at the campus in Santiago, Chile (spring quarter 2018).

A book project tentatively entitled "A Phenomenology of the Human Voice" is currently in progress.



Pigott Hall, Bldg 260, Rm 251

Office Hours

By appointment

Research Interests

  • Comparative Studies


  • French Languages, Literatures, and Cultures


  • German Languages, Literatures, and Cultures


  • Literary Criticism (history of criticism, theory of literature)


  • Luso-Brazilian Languages, Literatures & Cultures


  • Philosophy and Literature


  • Visual Arts and Visual Culture