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The English Department remembers Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. (mult.) em. Herbert Grabes

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Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. (mult.) Herbert Grabes (1936-2015)


Professor Herbert Grabes died on December 5, 2015, at the age of 79. He had been Professor of English and American Literature at Justus Liebig University Giessen since 1970. We mourn the loss of one of the most internationally recognised scholars of English and American literature in Germany. Herbert Grabes's many publications range from mirror imagery in medieval and Renaissance literature to the theory of fiction, from the novels of Vladimir Nabokov to postmodern aesthetics. Until his wholly unexpected death, he was working on a study of the history of literary historiography in England. He was founding editor of the Yearbook of Research in English and American Literature (REAL) and the European Journal of English Studies (EJES). From 1977 to 1980 he served as President of the German Association of University Professors of English. He received honorary doctorates from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and the University of Bucharest. The English Department will remember him as an esteemed colleague, a brilliant scholar, and a committed teacher.