Michael Gratzke is Professor of German and Comparative
Literature as well as Head of School. He previously held a post as
Senior Lecturer in German at the University of St Andrews in
His research focuses on representations of extreme experiences
and states of mind such as in masochism, war, and love. He is the
author of two monographs (Liebesschmerz und Textlust,
2000) and (Blut und Feuer, 2011).
He has widely published on German literature from the 1750s to
the present. Authors include Ewald von Kleist, Lessing, Goethe,
Heinrich von Kleist, Eichendorff, Sacher-Masoch, Ernst Jünger, Bert
Brecht, Heiner Müller, Elfriede Jelinek, Christoph Geiser and
He is currently working on a third book addressing
representations of love in 21st century literature
written in German, English and Finnish. This project links in with
the international, multidisciplinary Love Research Network
which he has founded in 2011.
He is also German Subject Editor of Forum for Modern Language
Studies (Oxford University Press) and serves on the
Editorial Board of the Journal
for Popular Romance Studies which is published online.
- 2013; Readings in twenty-first century literatures; Michael
Gratzke, Margaret-Anne Hutton, Claire Whitehead eds.; Peter
- 2012 (revised paperback) and 2001; Die Liebe des Plato. Leopold
von Sacher-Masoch (author); Michael Gratzke (ed. & afterword);
- 2011; Blut und Feuer. Heldentat, Heldentum und Heldenverehrung
bei Lessing, Kleist, Fontane, Jünger und Heiner Müller; Michael
Gratzke; Königshausen & Neumann;
- 2000; Liebesschmerz und Textlust. Figuren des Masochismus in
der Literatur; Michael Gratzke; Königshausen & Neumann.
Recent articles and chapters
- 2015; „Liebe (und/oder sexuelles Begehren)“; Michael Gratzke;
Rücksendungen zu Jacques Derridas Die Postkarte. Ein essayistisches
Glossar; Matthias Schmidt (ed.);p Vienna, Berlin; Turia &
- 2015; ‘„Schwärzester Tag meines Lebens.“: Heterobeziehungen und
Jungsfreundschaften bei Wolfgang Herrndorf’; Michael Gratzke;
Wolfgang Herrndorf; Anina Klappert ed.; Verlag der
- 2014; Heldentum ohne Gesinnung : Ernst Jüngers romantische
Schlacht mit der Moderne; Heroisches Elend. Der Erste Weltkrieg im
intellektuellen, literarischen und bildlichen Bewusstsein der
europäischen Kulturen; ed. Gislinde Seybert ; Thomas Stauder;
Peter Lang, p. 763-779.
- 2012; ‘Heldenmädchen und gespaltene Männer: Selbstaufgabe und
Selbstermächtigung bei Kleist vom Ampitryon bis zum Käthchen von
Heilbronn und darüber hinaus’; Germanistische Mitteilungen; vol.
38.1, p. 47-66.
- 2012; ‘Werther's Love. Representations of Suicide, Heroism,
Masochism, and Voluntary Self-Divestiture’; Publications of the
English Goethe Society; vol. 81.1, p. 28-36.
- 2011; ‘Ihr habt verbreitet/ die Lehre der Klassiker. Bert
Brecht und Heiner Müller lesen Kleists Prinz Friedrich von
Homburg’; Michael Gratzke; Performance and performativity in the
life and work of Heinrich von Kleist; German Life and Letters; ed.
Seán Allan and Elystan Griffiths, vol. 64.3; p. 455-471;
- 2011; ‘Mullemänner: Dealing with Austria’s Past and Weak
Masculinity in Doron Rabinovici's Suche nach M and Arno Geiger's Es
geht uns gut’; Michael Gratzke; Austrian Studies; ed. Allyson
Fiddler and Florian Krobb; vol. 19; p. 99-113;
Michael Gratzke is the founder and co-ordinator of the
international, multidisciplinary Love Research
We are an international network of researchers from a variety of
disciplines including literary and film studies, philosophy,
anthropology, management, sociology, political science, and
geography. Some of us are based in the UK, many others in other
European countries, Israel, India and North America. In our
collaborative and comparative research we look at experiences and
representations of love. There is no limit to the scope of our work
regarding the types of love studied such as parental love, romantic
love, love-thy-neighbour, patriotism etc.
We currently focus sharply on the present. This focus does not
imply that somehow at midnight of the first of January 2000 a
paradigm shift had occurred. Love is durable and it is flexible. It
is shaped and reshaped by physiological and psychological
constants, by the extremely longue durée of evolutionary processes,
by centuries of love doctrines, and by profound changes in society
that have occurred in the last century and decades. While we tend
to believe in eternal values of love and even eternal love, our
experiences often feel new, unprecedented and challenging.
Michael Gratzke has been teaching German language, German
literature, comparative literature, Critical Theory, Cultural
Studies and some history at all levels from Further Education to
He is currently supervising three PhD students who have been
working on representations of masculinity in recent Austrian
literature, notions of belonging (Heimat) in German and
English-language poetry, and goth youth culture in the GDR.
Jutta Kling, who worked on notions of irony and queerness in 19c
English and German literature, and Marissa Munderloh who worked on
identity discourses in German Hip Hop communities, have been
awarded their doctorates at St Andrews/Tübingen and St Andrews
Michael Gratzke is the Head of School in the School of
Languages, Linguistics & Cultures.
The University of Hull describes the top four duties of a Head
- Heads provide general and academic leadership and vision in
their School/Department, enabling it to contribute fully to the
delivery of the University’s Strategic Plan. Heads lead in a
visionary manner that inspires their staff and students, promotes
and encourages scholarship and academic excellence, and enhances
the stature and academic reputation of the School/Department,
Faculty and University.
- Heads provide academic leadership in relation to learning and
teaching, research and enterprise, and engagement; including
scholarship and the development of professional practice.
- Heads manage and administer the School/Department within the
University and Faculty delegation framework, ensuring that the
governance, management and organisational structures and processes
are effective, efficient and transparent. Heads ensure that the
process of decision making is clear and that the operational
processes conform to the University’s Charter, Statutes,
Ordinances, policies, procedures and institutional rules. Heads
must ensure that they are conversant with those regulations that
are relevant to the School/Department.
- Heads contribute to the Faculty’s functions pertaining to
planning, student administration, human resources, finances and
procurement, marketing and communication, risk management and
intellectual property. The optimum allocation of resources.”