PD Dr. Erik Schilling - Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prizewinner 2020
Modern German Literature, LMU Munich
PD Dr. Erik Schilling
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Erik Schilling's research is concerned with the literature and theory of the postmodern era, modern lyrics, the history of genres, and forms of intertextuality, particularly intertextual relationships between modern and ancient literature. In his dissertation, Schilling examined the contemporary German-language historical novel through a comparative look at the works of Umberto Eco. His habilitation thesis dealt with hymnic poetry in its contexts from the 18th to the 20th century. In this work, Schilling adopts a novel method to take a fresh look at texts by writers such as Goethe, Hölderlin, Nietzsche and Rilke. His approach combines remarkable productivity and diversity with philological diligence and great sensitivity in dealing with literary objects and the available research on them. Of particular note is the way in which his studies of literature and literary theory relate to and stimulate one another. In this way, Schilling is contributing important new impetus to the self-description of literary studies and its interpretive practice.