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Professor Gerrit-Jan Berendse

Professor Gerrit-Jan Berendse

Emeritus Professor

School of Modern Languages

Media commentator

Gerrit-Jan Berendse was born in the Netherlands in 1959 and studied German language and literature, philosophy and art history at the universities of Utrecht, Göttingen and Frankfort on the Main. PhD in 1990 at Utrecht University on GDR poetry in the in the 1960s and 70s. Teaching positions since 1991 at Dickinson College in Carlisle (Pennsylvania, USA), Utrecht University, the University of Canterbury in Christchurch (New Zealand), and at Cardiff University. Here he started working in what was then called the School of European Studies as Chair of European Culture and Literature in 2002 but retired in 2017 due to ill health.

He is an expert in German speaking poetry and in the link between aesthetics and European terrorism. His publications include Die ‘Sächsische Dichterschule’ (1990), KRAWARNEWALL (1997), Grenz-Fallstudien (1999), Terror and Text (2002), Schreiben im Terrordom (2005), Baader-Meinhof Returns (2008) and Vom Aushalten der Extreme (2011). In 2014 he edited a special number of the peer-reviewed journal German Life and Letters on German poetry and translation. As an Emeritus he is writing a monograph on surrealism in the German Democratic Republic.

Prof. Berendse is Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales, member of the AHRC Peer Review College, corresponding member of the Sächsische Akademie der Künste, and a research fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.





  • Berendse, G. 2012. Politisches Gedicht 13. Nov. 1974, BRD. In: Röhnert, J. and Geduldig, G. eds. Rolf Dieter Brinkmann: Seine Gedichte in Einzelinterpretationen. Berlin: De Gruyter, pp. 688-697.









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