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University of Pittsburgh

kLAUS POST

Visiting Professor
1518 Cathedral of Learning
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Education

PhD, German, The Ohio State University, 1970
MA, German, The Ohio State University, 1967

BA-equivalent, Germanistik/Theologie, Universität Bonn, 1961-1965

Courses Taught

  • German Writing (Undergraduate)
  • Advanced German Structure (Undergraduate)
  • Phonetics (Undergraduate)
  • Major Cultural Periods (Undergraduate Seminar)
  • Advanced Literature: Postwar German Poetry (Undergraduate Seminar)
  • Lyric Poetry Günter Eich (Graduate Seminar)
  • Lyric Poetry: Rainer Maria Rilke (Graduate Seminar)

Profile

Klaus Post, Akademischer Direktor a.D. at the University of Augsburg, coordinator of the partnership between the University of Augsburg and the University of Pittsburgh and repeatedly Guest-Professor of German at the University of Pittsburgh has taught classes (on the undergraduate and the graduate level) in nearly all periods of German literature from the late Middle-Ages to Contemporary German literature with emphasis on the ages of Romanticism, Realism, Change of the Century, Modernism, and Contemporary Poetry. 


His research interests include topics on early and late Romanticism (Eichendorff, Hoffmann), the interconnection of mythology and literature (Hauptmann, Rilke), and the theory and history of poetry (Celan, Eich, Bachmann). In his various publications on Gerhart Hauptmann he analyzes the interface between naturalism and irrationalism. 


In his current project on Ingeborg Bachmann he tries to interrelate personal suffering, social violence, and poetic reflecions. 

He has accepted guest-lecturerships in Russia, Bulgaria, and the Czech-Republic, has taught seminars for the “Deutsche Studienstiftung” in Alpbach (Austria) and developed ERAMUS-cooperations with European Universities such as Naples, Porto, Coimbra, Dublin and Oslo. 


He has published books on Günter Eich and Gerhart Hauptmann, was editor on different scholarly publications, has written articles on Joseph von Eichendorff, E.T.A.Hoffmann, Conrad Ferdinand Meyer, Theodor Fontane, Rainer Maria Rilke, Ingeborg Bachmann, on topics of the novel, migration literature and autobiography, was coordinator of poetry-slams at the University of Augsburg and editor of volumes on contemporary poetry. 

 

Recent Publications

  • Günter Eich: Zwischen Angst und Einverständnis (Bonn: Bouvier-Verlag, 1977)

  • Gerhart Hauptmann: Bahnwärter Thiel. Text, Materialien, Kommentar (München: Carl Hanser-Verlag, 1979)

  • “Rainer Maria Rilkes ‘Neue Gedichte’”. in: Große Werke der Literatur. Eine Ringvorlesung an der Universität Augsburg. Ed. Hubert Zapf and Vilmar Geppert, vol. 10, Tübingen: Francke -Verlag, 2007. 97-119. 

  • “Vom Aufbruch und vom Scheitern. Eichendorff im Spiegelbild seiner ‘Zwei Gesellen’”, in: Literatur im Spiel der Zeichen. Festschrift für Hans Vilmar Geppert. Ed.Werner Frick, Fabian Lampert, and Bernardette Malinowski. Tübingen: Francke-Verlag, 2006. 167-190. 

  • ‘“Seht ihr, Freunde, seht ihrs nicht!’ Ingeborg Bachmans Nachlaß-Zyklus ‘Ich weiss keine bessere Welt’ im Spannungsfeld von Verstörung und poetischer Rreflextion”, in: Grenzgänge. Studien zur Literatur der Moderne. Festschrift für Hans-Jörg Knobloch. Ed. Helmut Koopmann and Manfred Misch, Paderborn: mentis-Verlag, 2002. 273-295

  • “‘Der Gang der Wasserspinne’. Zur Lyrik Gino Chiellinos”, in: Exil. Transhistorische und transnationale Perspektiven. Ed. Helmut Koopmann and Klaus D. Post. Paderborn: mentis-Verlag, 2001. 283-314. 

  • “Gottessohn und Menschensohn. Gerhart Hauptmann und sein ‘Narr in Christo Emanuel Quint’”, in: Zeitgeschehen und Lebensansicht. Die Aktualität der Literatur, Gerhart Hauptmanns.  Ed. Walter Engel and Jost Bomers, Berlin: Erich Schmidt-Verlag, 1997. 40-54.

  • “Titanismus und Menschenliebe: Zu Gerhart Hauptmanns prometheischem Erbe”, in: Wegbereiter der Moderne. Studien zu Schnitzler, Hauptmann, Thomas Mann, Hesse, Kaiser, Traven, Kafke, Broch, von Unruh und Brecht. Festschrift für Klaus Jonas. Ed. Helmut Koopmann and Clark Muenzer. Tübingen: Max Niemeyer-Verlag, 1990. 47-67. 

Working Papers

  • Ingeborg Bachmanns late poetry (Article in Progress) 

Awards and Honors

  • Dissertation scholarship awarded by the Ohio-State-University in 1968/69
  • First Augsburg faculty-member to receive the Prize for Excellency in Teaching, awarded by  the  Bavarian State Government in 1998