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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Dr Michael Minden

Dr Michael Minden
Reader in Modern German Literature and Culture
German & Dutch
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
Contact details: 
Telephone number: 
+44 (0)1223 339 339

Jesus College
United Kingdom


Michael Minden is a graduate of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge.  He teaches German literature, film and culture.  He is a Fellow, and erstwhile President, of Jesus College.  His books include The German Bildungsroman (1997) and A Cultural History of Modern German Literature (2011), and he has edited books and written articles on a wide range of subjects including Adalbert Stifter, Fritz Lang and Thomas Mann.

Research interests: 

European Modernism

Recent research projects: 

Literature and Experience

Published works: 

‘Social Hope and the Nightmare of History: Christa Wolf’s Kindheitsmuster and Stadt der Engel’, Publications of the English Goethe Society, 80, 2011, 196-203

‘ “Grass auseinandergeschrieben:”  Günter Grass’s Hundejahre and Mimesis’, German Quarterly, 86.1 (Winter 2013), 25-42

‘Modernism’s Struggle for the Soul: Rainer Maria Rilke’s Die Aufzeichnungen des Malte Laurids Brigge and Ingeborg Bachmann’s Malina’, German Life and Letters, NS, 47, 3 (July 2014), 320-340


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