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Prof. Dr. Thomas Rommel



Professor Dr. Thomas Rommel is the former Rector and Provost of Bard College Berlin, A Liberal Arts University, and served as Director of Programs at the American Academy in Berlin. He received his doctorate and Habilitation in Literary Studies at the University of Tübingen and was Professor of Literature and coordinator of undergraduate and graduate programs in the Humanities at Jacobs University Bremen. He held visiting positions at Northern Arizona University, Columbia University in New York, and Joensuu University, Finland. For ten years he was on the board of the Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing, ALLC.

His research interests include 18th-century thought, Romanticism, and Liberal Arts education. He has written books on Lord Byron, on 18th-century literature and the history of ideas, and an introduction to the philosopher and economist Adam Smith. His other books deal with plagiarism, canonical literature, and the complexity of text-reader interaction. He is the author of numerous book chapters and articles and serves as co-editor of the series “Literatur – Kultur – Ökonomie / Literature – Culture – Economy” with Lang publishers.

He is currently working on a monograph on Bernard Mandeville.

In 2002 Rommel was the first-ever recipient of the Krupp College Teaching Award, and in 2003 he was awarded the "Bremer Kooperationspreis" with Bremen University. He was “Vertrauensdozent der Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes” and in this function mentored academically gifted students.

Winter Semester 2017/18

"Had I plantation of this isle." Narratives of exploration and exploitation, Thursdays, 18:00-20:00

  • 18th-Century Thought
  • Romanticisim
  •  Literature and Economics
  • Canonicity
  • Liberal Arts Education

Monographs and Edited Volumes

50 Klassiker der Weltliteratur. Berlin: Contumax Verlag, 2013.

Grundbegriffe der Literatur. Münster: Lit Verlag, 2012.

Plagiate - Gefahr für die Wissenschaft?: Eine internationale Bestandsaufnahme. Münster: Lit Verlag, 2011.

Das Selbstinteresse von Mandeville bis Smith. Ökonomisches Denken in ausgewählten Texten des 18. Jahrhunderts. Heidelberg: Carl Winter Verlag, 2006.

Mapping Uncertain Territories. Space and Place in Contemporary Theatre and Drama. Ed. with Mark Schreiber. Trier: WVT, 2006.

Studium Literaturwissenschaft. Arbeitstechniken und Neue Medien. With Hans-Werner Ludwig. Tübingen: A. Francke Verlag (UTB), 2003.

Adam Smith für Anfänger. Der Wohlstand der Nationen. Eine Lese-Einführung. With Helen Winter. München, DTV, 1999. Fifth edition 2013.

"Anglistik im Internet". Proceedings of the 1996 Erfurt Conference on Computing in the Humanities. Ed. with Doris Feldmann and Fritz-Wilhelm Neumann. Heidelberg: Carl Winter Verlag, 1997.

„And trace it in this poem every line" Methoden und Verfahren computerunterstützter Textanalyse am Beispiel von Lord Byrons Don Juan. (Tübinger Beiträge zur Anglistik; 15). Tübingen: Narr Verlag, 1995.