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PD Dr. Dagmar Stöferle

Summer Semester 2014

Dagmar Stöferle is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Romance Philology at LMU Munich. After studying French and German literature in Constance, Rennes, Berlin she received her Ph.D. in 2008 from the Humboldt University Berlin with a doctoral thesis in French Literature, which focused on apocalyptic and autobiographical writing in the work of Agrippa d’Aubigné (1552-1630). She worked from 2008 to 2010 as a postdoctoral researcher at the Flaubert Centre Munich.

Her research as a Junior Researcher in Residence at CAS is part of her habilitation project "Marriage as a Fiction of Nation", based on the hypothesis, that Goethes's Hermann und Dorothea, Manzoni’s I Promessi Sposi, and Hugo's Notre-Dame de Paris represent a specific variation of the so-called marriage-novel. A judicial reading of the texts will try to give an answer on the question: Who is married (or not) by whom for which purposes? The monograph thus analyses the function of marriage since its secularization around 1800 as well as the function of a literature which creates fictional unions of man and woman.