Dieter Borchmeyer

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Dieter Borchmeyer (born 3 May 1941 in Recklinghausen) is a German literary critic.


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Dieter Borchmeyer

Borchmeyer is Professor Emeritus of Modern German Literature (Neuere Deutsche Literatur) and Dramatic Theory (Theaterwissenschaft) at the University of Heidelberg, where he is currently Seniorprofessor. Borchmeyer is President of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts. His principal fields are German literature from the 18th to the 20th century and music theatre. He has published on Goethe, Schiller, Mozart and Richard Wagner. [1]


Borchmeyer began his study of German studies and Catholic Theology in 1961 at the University of Munich. After gaining his doctorate in 1970 he taught from 1972 until 1979 at a Munich Gymnasium and simultaneously carried out teaching duties at the German Department of the University. After his Habilitation in 1979 he taught at the Universities of Erlangen and Würzburg. In 1982 he was called to the Professorship of Dramatic Theory at the University of Munich. Since 1988 he is Professor of Modern German Literature (Neuere Deutsche Literatur) and Dramatic Theory (Theaterwissenschaft) at the University of Heidelberg.

In connection with the invitation to the pianist and musicologist Siegfried Mauser, who had been convicted by law, Borchmeyer was met with fierce criticism in the context of a planned event on the Heidelberg lectures on cultural theory. [2]

Works (Selection)

I. Books

II. Editions

III. Festschrift

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  2. Volker Oesterreich: Nun hat er den Salat. In: Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung, 21. November 2018.