Teaching at Chicago since 2001
Professor Wellbery is the author of two studies that are considered classics in the field of German literary history: Lessing's Laocoön. Semiotics and Aesthetics in the Age of Reason (Cambridge University Press, 1984) and The Specular Moment: Goethe's Early Lyric and the Beginnings of Romanticism (Stanford University Press, 1996). His edited volume, Positionen der Literaturwissenschaft: Acht Modellanalysen am Beispiel von Kleists "Erdbeben in Chile" (Beck Verlag, 1984), which is now in its fourth printing, has for two decades served as the principle introduction to literary theory for students of German literature. Professor Wellbery is also the editor-in-chief of the monumental New History of German Literature, published by Harvard University Press in 2004. Professor Wellbery has been granted fellowships from the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin and the Carl Friedrich von Siemens Stiftung. In recognition of his scholarly achievement, he was awarded the Research Prize (Forschungspreis) of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 2005. Before coming to the University of Chicago, Professor Wellbery taught at Stanford University and Johns Hopkins University. He has held visiting professorships at the University of Bonn, Princeton University, the University of Copenhagen, and the State University of Rio de Janeiro. Since 1998, he has been co-editor of the Deutsche Vierteljahrsschrift für Literaturwissenschaft und Geistesgeschichte, the most distinguished journal in the field of German literary studies. In 2006, a collection of Prof. Wellbery's essays entitled Seiltänzer des Paradoxalen: Aufsätze zur ästhetischen Wissenschaft will appear in the prestigious Edition Akzente (Carl Hanser Verlag). He is currently working on a book on Nietzsche's Geburt der Tragödie as well as a broad-based study of Goethe and philosophy. In 2006-7 he co-directed, together with Prof. James Conant (Philosophy), a Sawyer Seminar sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation on the topic of "Non-Discursive Representation from Goethe to Wittgenstein." He is currently Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on German Literature and Culture.