Anselm Haverkamp

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Anselm Haverkamp (born July 18, 1943) is a German-American professor of literature and philosophy. He received his academic education in Freiburg/Brsg, Zurich, Bonn and Konstanz. After his PhD in Heidelberg and his Habilitation in the Konstanz School of Criticism, he moved from Konstanz to Yale; since 1989 he has taught as professor of English at New York University, where he also founded the Poetics and Theory Program. Since 1994 he has served as founding member of the newly established European University Viadrina in Frankfurt an der Oder, East of Berlin. In 2009, he was made a Honorary Professor of Philosophy at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.

Haverkamp was a member and co-editor of the research group Poetik und Hermeneutik in its later phase, 1979-1996. Under the influence of the Yale School of deconstruction (Paul de Man, Jacques Derrida), he developed the Konstanz School's Rezeptionsästhetik (Wolfgang Iser, Hans Robert Jauß, Wolfgang Preisendanz) from a theory of literary response (Reader-response criticism) to a theory of literary latency.[1] Relevant parts of this theory are the theory of metaphor or metaphorology, including the history of rhetoric and historical epistemology, as well as the relationship of philosophy and literature.

Main references of his work include the Poetics of Aristotle, the Rhetoric of Quintilian, the Aesthetics of Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten, as well as the work of Benjamin and Derrida, Hans Blumenberg and Stanley Cavell. Relevant literary authors include Ovid, Shakespeare and Keats, Hölderlin, Joyce and Beckett.

More recently, Haverkamp has extendes the theory of latency into the fields of historical epistemology, art theory and legal studies. He is a regular contributor and editor of Texte zur Kunst (Berlin) und Law and Literature (Berkeley).

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Books edited
  • Theorie der Metapher, Darmstadt (Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft) 1983 (Neuauflage 1996)
  • Poetik und Hermeneutik XIII - Individualität, München (Fink Verlag) 1988
  • Poetik und Hermeneutik XV - Memoria: Vergessen und Erinnern, München (Fink Verlag) 1993
  • Gewalt und Gerechtigkeit, Derrida – Benjamin, Frankfurt am Main (Suhrkamp Verlag) 1994
  • Memory Inc., ANY 15, 1996
  • Die Sprache der Anderen, Frankfurt am Main (Fischer Verlag) 1997
  • Die paradoxe Metapher, Frankfurt am Main (Suhrkamp Verlag) 1998
  • Hans Blumenberg - Ästhetische und metaphorologische Schriften, Frankfurt am Main (Suhrkamp Verlag) 2001, ISBN 3-931659-61-5
  • Walter Benjamin after the 20th Century. The Future of a Past, New York (Cardozo Law School) 2004
  • Derrida/America. The present state of America's Europe, New York (Cardozo Law School) 2005
  • Hans Blumenberg - Theorie der Unbegrifflichkeit, Frankfurt am Main (Suhrkamp) 2007, ISBN 3-931659-61-5
  • Hans Blumenberg - Paradigmen zu einer Metaphorologie, Commentary, Frankfurt am Main (Suhrkamp Studienbibliothek) 2012
  • Typik und Politik im Annolied. Zum Konflikt der Interpretationen im Mittelalter. 1979 (medieval allegory)
  • Laub voll Trauer - Hölderlins späte Allegorie, München 1991 // Leaves of Mourning : Hölderlin’s Late Work, with an Essay on Keats and Melancholy. Translated by Vernon Chadwick. Albany: SUNY Press 1996 (late Hölderlin)
  • Hamlet, Hypothek der Macht. Berlin (Kadmos Kulturverlag) 2001, 2nd ed. 2004 (Shakespeare and Philosophy) ISBN 3-931659-30-5
  • Figura cryptica. Theorie der literarischen Latenz. Frankfurt am Main (Suhrkamp Verlag) 2002, (Theory of Latency) ISBN 3-518-29174-2
  • Latenzzeit. Wissen im Nachkrieg. Berlin (Kadmos Kulturverlag) 2004, (Post-War Theory) ISBN 3-931659-61-5
  • Metapher. Die Ästhetik in der Rhetorik. München (Fink) 2007 (Rhetoric and Aesthetics); ISBN 3-7705-3751-3
  • Diesseits der Oder. Frankfurter Vorlesungen., Berlin (Kadmos Kulturverlag) 2008, (Frankfurt Lectures)
  • Begreifen im Bild. Methodische Annäherungen an die Aktualität der Kunst, Berlin (August Verlag) 2009, (Historical Epistemology)
  • Shakespearean Genealogies of Power, London, New York (Routledge) 2011, (Political Theology)
  • Die Zweideutigkeit der Kunst, Berlin (August Verlag) 2012 (Ambiguity of Art)


  1. ^ Katrin Truestedt, „Anselm Haverkamp—Geschichte und Latenz“, in: Kultur: Theorien der Gegenwart, ed. Stephan Moebius, Dirk Quadflieg, 2. Aufl. Wiesbaden 2010. As well as Stefanie Diekmann and Thomas Khurana (Eds.), Latenz: 40 Annäherungen an einen Begriff, Berlin 2007.

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