Dr Michael Minden

Emeritus Fellow
University Positions
University Reader in German
Specialising in

Michael Minden is a Reader in Modern German Literature and Culture.

Academic interests

Michael Minden's research is focused on German and comparative literature and culture.

Degrees obtained

  • MA, Cantab.
  • PhD, Cantab.


Michael Minden is a graduate of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge. He teaches German literature, film, and culture. He is a Fellow, and erstwhile President, of Jesus College.

His books include The German Bildungsroman (1997) and A Cultural History of Modern German Literature (2011), and he has edited books and written articles on a wide range of subjects including Adalbert Stifter, Fritz Lang, and Thomas Mann.

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Publications, links and resources

  • Minden, M. (2014) Modernism’s Struggle for the Soul: Rainer Maria Rilke’s Die Aufzeichnungen des Malte Laurids Brigge and Ingeborg Bachmann’s Malina, German Life and Letters, NS, 47, 3, pp 320-340.
  • Minden, M. (2013) “Grass auseinandergeschrieben:” Günter Grass’s Hundejahre and Mimesis, German Quarterly, 86.1, pp 25-42.
  • Minden, M. (2011) Social Hope and the Nightmare of History: Christa Wolf’s Kindheitsmuster and Stadt der Engel. Publications of the English Goethe Society, 80, pp 196-203.

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