Christoph Bode

Christoph Bode (born May 13, 1952 in Siegen/North Rhine-Westphalia) is a literary scholar. His fields are British and American Literature, Comparative Literature, Literary Theory, Narratology, and Travel Writing. He is Full Professor and Chair of Modern English Literature in the Department of English and American Studies at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. Since 2009, Bode has been a reviewer and occasional columnist for Times Higher Education.

Christoph Bode (2010)

Early life and educationEdit

Christoph Bode is the second child of the private language school director and university lecturer (Anglistik und Amerikanistik) Dr. Adolf Bode and his wife Ute Bode (born Kuß). Bode was educated in his home town of Siegen (1959–1971), before reading English and American Literature, Geography, and Philosophy/Pedagogy at Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany, and University College Cardiff (1971–1976). After his graduation from Marburg in 1976 (state examination), Bode received his Ph.D. from the same university in 1978 (English and American Literature, with Philosophy/Pedagogy as minor subject). This was followed by Bode's alternative service as conscientious objector (1978–1980).

Career in academiaEdit

From 1977 to 1986, Bode was Assistant Professor and, from 1986 to 1992, Associate Professor at Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel, Germany. In 1989/90 he temporarily filled the position of a Professor of English and American Literature at Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen, Germany. In 1992 he was made Professor of English and American Literature at Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg, and in 1997 he was Visiting Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. In 2000, Bode received the offer of a Chair of English Literature from the LMU Munich.

Focus in research and teachingEdit

Bode is a specialist in British, European, and American Romanticism and Modernist Literature. With a background in Philosophy and Aesthetics (Ästhetik der Ambiguität, 1988), he is also a Narratologist (The Novel, 2011; "Narrating Futures" project) and an expert in Poetics. Other facets of his research include Literary Theory and Travel Writing. Christoph Bode has been the president of the Gesellschaft für englische Romantik (Society for English Romanticism) since 2001.


Bode is a member of some 15 learned societies and associations, among them

Prizes, awards, fellowshipsEdit

Referee and advisory boardsEdit

Bode serves on about a dozen advisory boards, among them the European Research Council, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, Volkswagenstiftung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, Fulbright Commission, Cusanus-Werk, European Romantic Review, Literature Compass, and Routledge.



Bode has published 15 Monographs, among them

  • Aldous Huxley, "Brave New World, München: Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 1985. (Text und Geschichte: Modellanalysen zur englischen und amerikanischen Literatur, Bd. 13; utb 1312); 2., verbesserte Auflage 1993.
  • Ästhetik der Ambiguität: Zu Funktion und Bedeutung von Mehrdeutigkeit in der Literatur der Moderne, Tübingen: Max Niemeyer Verlag, 1988. (Konzepte der Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft, Bd. 4).
  • John Keats: "Play On", Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag C. Winter, 1996. (Anglistische Forschungen, Bd. 241).
  • Der Roman: Eine Einführung, Tübingen: Francke, 2005 (second, enlarged edition 2011).
  • Selbst-Begründungen: Diskursive Konstruktion von Identität in der britischen Romantik 1: Subjektive Identität, Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2008.
  • Fremd-Erfahrungen: Diskursive Konstruktion von Identität in der britischen Romantik 2: Identität auf Reisen, Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2009.
  • The Novel: An Introduction, Oxford/Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.


Bode has co-edited 8 collections, among them

  • Hugo Keiper and Richard J. Utz, Nominalism and Literary Discourse: New Perspectives, Amsterdam/Atlanta: Rodopi, 1997. (Critical Studies, Vol. 10).
  • Ulrich Broich, Die Zwanziger Jahre in Großbritannien: Literatur und Gesellschaft einer spannungsreichen Dekade, Tübingen: Gunter Narr Verlag, 1998.
  • Sebastian Domsch, British and European Romanticisms: Selected Papers from the Munich Conference of the German Society for English Romanticism, Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2007.
  • Jacqueline Labbe, Romantic Localities: Europe Writes Place, London: Pickering & Chatto, 2010.

Series EditorEdit

  • As president of the Gesellschaft für englische Romantik, Bode has been co-editor of the series "Studien zur englischen Romantik" with Die Blaue Eule publishers, as of 2005 with WVT Trier.
  • Co-editor, Münchener Universitätsschriften: Texte und Untersuchungen zur Englischen Philologie, Frankfurt/Main, Peter Lang Verlag (since 2007).
  • Co-editor, Literatur - Kultur - Theorie, Würzburg, Ergon Verlag (since 2007).


Bode has published well over 70 articles, among them

  • Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!': Notes on the Non-teachability of Poetry, Anglistik & Englischunterricht Vol. 53 (1994): Teachable Poems from Sting to Shelley, 139-152.
  • Why Theory Matters, Theories and Functions of Literature, eds. Rüdiger Ahrens, Laurenz Volkmann. Heidelberg, Universitätsverlag C. Winter, 1996, 87-100.
  • Beyond/Around/Into One's Own: Reiseliteratur als Paradigma von Welt-Erfahrung, Poetica 26: 1-2 (1994), 70-87.
  • Anglistische Literaturwissenschaft und/oder Cultural Studies?, Anglia 114: 3 (1996), 396-424.
  • Azores High, Iceland Low: The Location and Dynamics of Shakespeare's Meaning and Value, Historicizing/Contemporizing Shakespeare: Essays in Honour of Rudolf Böhm, eds. Christoph Bode, Wolfgang Klooß, Trier: WVT, 2000, 25-51.
  • Poststructuralist Pooh, Anglistentag 2000 Berlin: Proceedings, ed. Jürgen Schlaeger, Trier: WVT, 2001, 343-354.
  • Unfit for an English Stage? Inchbald's Lovers' Vows and Kotzebue's Das Kind der Liebe, European Romantic Review 16, 3 (2005), 297-309.
  • Europe, Romanticism: An Oxford Guide, ed. Nicholas Roe, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005, 126-136.
  • "I have travelled a good deal in Concord": Romantic Cosmopolitanism and the Quest for the Universal in the Particular, Symbolism: An International Annual of Critical Aesthetics 7 (2007), 259-280.
  • Discursive Constructions of the Self in British Romanticism, Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net, Issue 51, August 2008 [published in January 2009], Modelling the Self: Subjectivity and Identity in Romantic and Post-Romantic Thought and Culture, guest-edited by Mark Sandy and Sarah Wootton, 16pp. [1]


There are some 60 reviews and handbook entries by Bode.


  1. ^ List of new members Archived 2012-04-26 at the Wayback Machine, Academia Europaea, retrieved 2011-12-19.
  2. ^ Narrating Futures Project, LMU Munich
  • "Bode, Christoph," in Kürschners Deutscher Gelehrten-Kalender, De Gruyter: Berlin (23rd ed.) 2011. ISBN 978-3-598-23630-3
  • Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Bode, Christoph in Annual Report on English and American Studies (AREAS), eds. Anja Holderbaum, Anne Kimmes, Joachim Kornelius, Trier: WVT, 1 ff. (1991 ff.) (biannual) ISBN 978-3-86821-339-3

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