Prof. Dr. Sven Kramer

Dr Kramer joined Leuphana University of Luneburg by the end of 2005, when he was appointed as Professor of German Literature and Literary Cultures. He received his Dr. phil. and his habilitation degrees at Hamburg University. From 2002 through 2005 he had been DAAD Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, Canada, and in the fall of 2005 he held the position of Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

His publications include studies on in the depiction of violence in literature, for example books on torture in German literature (Die Folter in der Literatur, 2004) and on Holocaust-literature (Auschwitz im Widerstreit, 1999), as well as an edited volume on visual aspects of the Holocaust (Die Shoah im Bild, 2003). He has also worked on left-wing terrorism in literature (Die Subversion der Literatur, 1996). Further fields of research comprise the aesthetics of the Frankfurt School, particularly Adorno and Benjamin (Rätselfragen und wolkige Stellen, 1991; Benjamin zur Einführung, 2003, fourth edition 2013), the theory and the history of the essay and the essay-film (ed. Der Essayfilm. Ästhetik und Aktualität, 2011), and studies on individual authors and filmmakers, such as H. G. Adler, Améry, Büchner, Erpenbeck, Geissler, Gstrein, E. T. A. Hoffmann, Kafka, Tieck, P. Weiss, as well as Cronenberg, Kluge, Marker, Riefenstahl. 

He serves as co-editor of the Zeitschrift für kritische Theorie (Journal for Critical Theory) and of Amsterdamer Beiträge zur neueren Germanistik.

Articles in English: 

  • “Reconsidering 'Heimat': Jenny Erpenbeck's Novel Heimsuchung (2008),” in: Michael Gratzke, Margaret-Anne Hutton, Claire Whitehead (eds.): Readings in Twenty-First-Century European Literatures, Bern: Lang, 2013, pp. 197-210.
  • “Including and Excluding the Holocaust: Changing Perceptions in German and Euro­pean Identities,” in: Paul Gifford / Tessa Hauswedell (eds.): Europe and Its Others. Essays on Interperception and Identity, Oxford u.a.: Lang, 2010, pp. 153-167.
  • “Christian Geissler: Critical Companion of the Left,” in: Gerrit-Jan Berendse / Ingo Cornils (eds.): Baader-Meinhof Returns: History and Cultural Memory of German Left-Wing Terrorism, German Monitor No. 70, Amsterdam, New York: Rodopi, 2008, pp. 157-170.
  • “Demarcations and Exclusions: Terrorism, State Violence, and the Left in German Novels of the 1970s and 1980s,” in: Robert Weninger (ed.): Gewalt und kulturelles Gedächtnis. Repräsentationsformen von Gewalt in Literatur und Film seit 1945, Tübingen: Stauffenberg, 2005, pp. 255-265. 
  •  “Belated Exile in H. G. Adler’s Novel Die unsichtbare Wand,” in: Alexander Stephan (ed.): Exile and Otherness. New Approaches to the Experience of the Nazi Refugees, Bern: Lang, 2005, pp. 227-248. 
  • “Jean Améry’s Autobiographical Essays,” in: The Germanic Review, vol. 79, 2004, 2, pp. 137-143. 
  • “Talking Around Trauma: On the Relationship Between Trauma, Narration, and Catharsis in Literature,” in: Newsletter for Trauma Research,, No. 2, August 2004. ULR: 

Contact information:

Prof. Dr. Sven Kramer
Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
Scharnhorststr. 1, Raum C 5.210
D- 21335 Lüneburg
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