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  • 1981-1987
    Study of German Literature and History at the Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg (scholarship from the ‘Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes‘)

  • 1989
    Dr. phil. (scholarship from the ‘Landesgraduiertenförderung‘; Das Ich und die Andern. Fontanes Figuren und ihre Selbstbilder, summa cum laude)

  • 1989-1990 Completion of the first section of the training phase for ‘Höheres Lehramt‘ at the Schramberg-secondary school (Studienseminar Rottweil)

  • 1990-1993
    Academic councilor ad interim at the Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg (German Institute)

  • April 1993-March 1995
    Habilitation stipend from the ‘Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft‘ (Aporie des Kunstmythos. Die Texte E. T. A. Hoffmanns)

  • February 1995
    Colloquium and completion of the habilitation process

  • July 1995-December 1996
    Senior assistant at the Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg (German Institute II)

  • 1997

  • 1st June 1999
    Professorship (C4) for Literature and Media Theory at the University of Cologne (German Institute)

  • 2000-2005
    Sub-project manager: cultural studies research project: Media and Cultural Communication. Subproject: Representations of Gender in Film

  • since 2010
    Co-editor of the ‘Hoffmann-Jahrbuch‘;

    Guest professorships, lecturers and fellowships at the Washington University in St. Louis, in St. Petersburg, in Seoul, at the University of Pavia;

    Publications on European literature from the 18th to the 20th century, gender difference, psychoanalysis and film