The Evolution of Bourgeois and Non-bourgeois German Prose Fiction after 1850

Prof Gert Vonhoff is the lead investigator in the Leverhulme-funded project ‘The Evolution of Bourgeois and Non-bourgeois German Prose Fiction after 1850’. He is working on the project with two PhD students, both based at Exeter. The research aims at a remapping of German Realist prose, the history of early working-class prose and the question of whether one can speak of a white-collar workers' prose. Together with Prof Martina Lauster, emeritus professor at Exeter, he also leads an international team of editors who are editing the works of novelist, dramatist and editor Karl Gutzkow (1811-78). Using a new combination of print and online platforms (with editorial commentaries available online only), the Editionsprojekt Karl Gutzkow aims to make Gutzkow’s works available to a much wider audience, in recognition of his significance as a major public figure from the 1830s to the 1870s. The project has been supported by an MHRA research associateship; the MHRA also part-funded an international conference on Gutzkow at Exeter in 2010.