"The history and theory of lyric poetry is one of my main areas of research. In a current project, I am researching the female poets of the Early Enlightenment. I am interested in how women were integrated into literary life around 1700, whether they entered learned male circles simply as lone ‘Wunderthiere’ (in contemporary German parlance, meaning legendary creatures), the extent to which female poets knew of each other or even exchanged ideas at that time. Were they each other’s role models and did they encourage each other to pursue further spiritual and artistic activities? As a first step towards answering these questions, extensive records are being created in a digital research environment called NodeGoat on what texts they produced and what poetological standards they followed."
Sonja Klimek, 40 years old, born in Dortmund. Since November 2020: Professor of Modern German Literature and Literary History at Kiel University. Previously junior fellow at Walter Benjamin Kolleg, University of Bern/Switzerland and postdoc at the University of Fribourg/Switzerland and Oxford University/UK. 2008: Doctoral degree at the Université de Neuchâtel/Switzerland, 2019: Habilitation (postdoctoral lecture qualification) at the University of Fribourg/Switzerland.