David Wellbery

Germanic Studies / Comparative Literature

David Wellbery is the LeRoy T. and Margaret Deffenbaugh Carlson University Professor in the Departments of Germanic Studies and Comparative Literature, as well as the John U. Nef Committee on Social Thought. He is also Chair of the Department of Germanic Studies and Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on German Literature and Culture. He is the author of  two works considered classics in the field of German literary history: Lessing’s Laocoön: Semiotics and Aesthetics in the Age of Reason (Cambridge University Press, 1984) and The Specular Moment: Goethe’s Early Lyric and the Beginnings of Romanticism (Stanford University Press, 1996). His honors include fellowships from the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin and the Carl Friedrich von Siemens Stiftung, and the Research Prize of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in recognition of his scholarly achievement.