Paul Michael Lützeler

Paul Michael Lützeler

​Director of the Max Kade Center for Contemporary German Literature
Rosa May Distinguished University Professor in the Humanities
PhD, Indiana University
research interests:
  • Late 18th and Early 19th Century in German and European literature
  • Exile Literature (1933-1945)
  • Hermann Broch
  • Contemporary German Literature
  • Contemporary Discourses in the Humanities
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Professor Lützeler's published works include an award-winning biography of Hermann Broch, three books on the idea of Europe in German and European literature, and seven other books on topics of 19th and 20th century German literature.

Professor Lützeler is the author of Hermann Broch. A Biography, a book that appeared in German, English, Spanish, and Japanese, and received the DAAD Prize of the German Studies Association. He is the editor of the Collected Works of Hermann Broch. He wrote three books on the idea of Europe in German and European literature, as well as seven other books on topics of 19th and 20th century German literature, and edited many volumes in his areas of research.

He is the editor in chief of the yearbook, Gegenwartsliteratur (2002 ff), and serves on the editorial boards of several scholarly journals. He is the director of the Max Kade Center for Contemporary German Literature at Washington University’s German department. He teaches both in the German department as well as in European Studies and the Comparative Literature program. His research and teaching interests include German and European Romanticism, German/Austrian-Jewish exile literature, contemporary German literature, German American cultural relations, contemporary scholarly discourses (postmodernism, post colonialism, globalization), and cultural studies in general.

Lützeler received many fellowships (e.g., Fulbright, Woodrow Wilson, ACLS, Guggenheim) and awards both for his research and his teaching; he is an honorary member of the AATG; he is a member of two German academies, and of the Academia Europaea; President of the International Hermann Broch Society; on the Executive Committee of the Gesellschaft fuer interkulturelle Germanistik; as well as President of the American Friends of the German Literary Archive in Marbach.

For further biographical or bibliographical information see the American and the German Wikipedia entries about Professor Lützeler.

Spring 2019 Course

Traveling the USA in Contemporary German Literature (German 429A)

There is no decade since the 1950s when German or Austrian writers are not "on the road" in the United States. They are fascinated by the landscapes as well as by the cities, by the (popular) culture as well as the political movements. They meet people of various backgrounds, from different social levels, and with opposing world views, and try to make sense of their travel experiences that often include discussions with students at colleges and universities. Leading writers like Wolfgang Koeppen, Siegfried Lenz, and Guenter Kunert published successful reports and stories about their excursions in America from the 1950s to the 1970s, and the younger generation is equally well represented with their depictions from the 1970s into the new century: Peter Handke, Thomas Meinecke, Kathrin Roeggla and Felicitas Hoppe. Americans who read this literature about their country will often be surprised of the different European points of view. This undergraduate course is taught in German. Prerequisites: German 302D and 340C/D or 341/341D or equivalent, or permission of instructor.


    Distinguished Faculty Mentor Award, Washington University

    Arthur Holly Compton Faculty Achievement Award, Washington University

    Outstanding Educator Award, American Association of Teachers of German

    German Cross of Merit 1st class

    Austrian Cross of Honor in Arts and Sciences 1st class

    The Goethe Medal



    Selected Publications

    Kontinentalisierung: Das Europa der Schriftsteller. Bielefeld: Aisthesis, 2007.
    Bürgerkrieg global. Menschenrechtsethos und deutschsprachiger Gegenwartsroman (2009)
    Transatlantische Germanistik : Kontakt, Transfer, Dialogik (2013)
    Publizistische Germanistik: Essays und Kritiken (2015)