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Vorlass Rolf Fieguth

Rolf Fieguth - German Slavist, literary scholar, translator from Polish, Russian and French.

Inventory of the personal archive of Rolf Fieguth

Rolf Fieguth was born in Berlin in 1941. He studied Slavonic studies, German studies and East European history in West Berlin and Munich. In 1967 he obtained a doctorate in Slavonic philology on the work of Adam Mickiewicz. From 1967 to 1979 he was a research fellow at the University of Konstanz, where he studied various philosophical and literary schools - from structuralism through Russian formalism to phenomenology and the aesthetics of reception. At the Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences, he worked on Classicism and Pre-Romanticism in Polish literature. In 1976 he was awarded a habilitation in Slavic studies in the field of literary studies for his entire scientific work. Between 1980 and 1983 he taught as a professor of Polish and Russian Studies at the Free University of Berlin. Since 1983 he has been full professor of Slavic languages and literatures at the University of Freiburg in Switzerland.

Professor Fieguth is a researcher of the works of Polish writers and poets from the Renaissance to the 20th century avant-garde and the present (Kochanowski, Norwid, Witkiewicz, Schulz, Gombrowicz, Różewicz), Polish and Soviet drama of the 20th century. He has translated into German Gombrowicz's "Trans-Atlantyk" and Norwid's "Vade-mecum", among others, as well as French-speaking Swiss authors such as Bille, Bouvier, Chappaz, Simonet.

For his academic work in the field of comparative and Slavic studies, his translation output and publishing activity (collected works of Witold Gombrowicz), he received the award of the Polish PEN-Club (2001), was awarded the medal of the Adam Mickiewicz University (2009) and received an honorary doctorate of the Poznań university (2017).

Part of Rolf Fieguth's research archive was donated to the Karl Dedecius Archive in 2013 and compiled electronically in 2015. It contains materials of scientific workshops on Russian literature and philosophy, Polish literature from the sixteenth to the twentieth century, French modernism, Central European structuralism, drafts of lectures, seminars, symposia, articles, as well as numerous reviews of scientific papers and correspondence with collaborators, publishers and cultural institutions.

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