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David Wellbery

David E. Wellbery is the LeRoy T. and Margaret Deffenbaugh Carlson University Professor and Chair of the Department of Germanic Studies at the University of Chicago, where he also directs the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on German Literature and Culture.

The author of seminal studies in German studies—most notably, Lessing’s Laocoön: Semiotics and Aesthetics in the Age of Reason (1984) and The Specular Moment: Goethe’s Early Lyric and the Beginnings of Romanticism (1996)--Prof. Wellbery is also the editor-in-chief of the monumental A New History of German Literature and serves on the editorial boards of several distinguished journals.

He has taught at Stanford and Johns Hopkins and held visiting appointments at the University of Bonn, Princeton University, the University of Copenhagen, and the State University of Rio de Janeiro.

He has received numerous fellowships and honors nationally and internationally. In 2008, Prof. Wellbery was elected a Corresponding Member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

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