Leonie A. Marx

Professor Emerita
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Teaching interests: modern German literature, especially of the twentieth century; prose fiction, women authors, and interdisciplinary approaches to literature

Research interests: German and Danish literature, German-Scandinavian literary relations, and exile studies

Professor Marx received her Ph.D. in German, Scandinavian, and Comparative literature. For two years, she taught Danish language, literature, and culture at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, before joining the University of Kansas. Her teaching concentrates on modern German literature, primarily of the twentieth century; it includes the study of prose fiction, women authors, and interdisciplinary approaches to literature. She has also taught at universities in Germany and Denmark and received a grant from the Danish Center for Advanced Studies in the Humanities.

In her research, she combines her interests in German and Danish literature, German-Scandinavian literary relations, and exile studies. She has published articles on Danish and German authors. Among her book publications are a pioneering analysis of the contemporary Danish author Benny Andersen (English edition, 1983; Danish edition 1986), a comprehensive study of the German short story since the late nineteenth century (Metzler, 3rd augmented edition, 2005), and a volume focusing on the literatures of Germany and Scandinavia, co-edited with Herbert Knust (1989). In addition, she has published book chapters, such as: "Der deutsche Frauenroman im 19. Jahrhundert" (Handbuch des Romans), "Thomas Mann und die Literaturen Skandinaviens" (Thomas-Mann-Handbuch), and "Die deutsche Kurzgeschichte" (Formen der Literatur).


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