University Education

1976 - 1979     

Study of English/American Literature and Art History at the University of  Aachen.

08.1979 - 05.1980     

DAAD Grant University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

05.1984    

MA in American Literature, Linguistics and Art History.

09.1984 - 06.1985    

DAAD Grant Brown University, Providence.

12.1989    

Ph.D.: The Language of the Self and the Language of Society in the Works of Thomas Pynchon, (summa cum laude). Published as: Pynchon's Poetics: Interfacing Theory and Text.

09.1992 - 08.1994     

Grant to write the „Habilitation“ DFG Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.
 
05.1996    

„Habilitation“ Title: Moebius-Strips and Time-Loops: Topological and Temporal Metaphors in 20th Century American Literature and Culture.

Academic Career

since 04.2000        

Full Professor American Studies University of Cologne

10.1998      

Full Professor American Studies Universität of Hannover

04.1996 - 10.1998    

Professor for American Literature University of Bielefeld

1995        

Lecturer University of Aachen

04.1994 - 09.1994    

‘Visiting Scholar’ University of California, Berkeley

1992 - 1994    

Lecturer University of Aachen

04.1987 - 03.1992    

Lecturer University of Aachen

08.1985 - 03.1987  

Assistant University of Aachen

01.1981 - 07.1984    

Student Assistant University of Aachen       

Grants and Honors

1979-80        DAAD Grant University of Michigan

1984-85        DAAD Grant Brown University

1992-94        DFG Research Grant

1993             ‘Borchers-Plakette’ University of Aachen