Prof. Dr. Frank Leinen
Frank Leinen has been working as a professor for Romance literary studies at the Heinrich Heine University of Düsseldorf since 1999. In 1990, he completed his PhD at the University of Trier, the same university he also received his habilitation in Romance philology from in 1998. Within his general interests in Latin American studies, he especially focuses on the field of Mexican studies and particularly on the discussion of cultural theoretical and cultural philosophical questions, as well as the study of 19th-century literature, contemporary literature and popular fiction.
In the field of Spanish philology, he is mainly dedicated to the analysis of writing under the threat of censorship. His most recent studies in French and Spanish literature, as well as contemporary film, focus above all on intercultural hermeneutics, post-colonialism and the topic of transcultural processes. The experimental French and Belgian comics represent another thematic priority in his work. Frank Leinen has been awarded several prizes in the field of research. In addition to the essays in the study areas mentioned above, the following have been published: “Flaubert and the commonplace. Manifestations of stereotypes in the works of Gustave Flaubert” (Flaubert und der Gemeinplatz. Erscheinungsformen der Stereotypie im Werk Gustave Flauberts, 1990); “Visions of a new Mexico. The cultural model, emerged from the Ateneo de la Juventud, in the context of the Mexican search of self: an analysis based on identity theory” (Visionen eines neuen Mexiko. Das aus dem Ateneo de la Juventud hervorgegangene Kulturmodell im Kontext der mexikanischen Selbstsuche: eine identitätstheoretische Analyse, 2000). (Ed), “Literary encounters. Romance studies of cultural identity, difference and alterity” (Literarische Begegnungen. Romanistische Studien zur kulturellen Identität, Differenz und Alterität, 2002). (Ed with Guido Rings), “World of pictures – world of text – world of comics” (Bilderwelten – Textwelten – Comicwelten, 2007).
Currently, he is working on the edition of the anthology “Mexico 2010: 200 years of independence – a 100 years since the Mexican Revolution. Culture on the move – myths under the microscope” (México 2010: 200 Jahre Unabhängigkeit – 100 Jahre Mexikanische Revolution. Kultur in Bewegung – Mythen auf dem Prüfstand.) The publication of the critical edition of the Journal d’un voyageur pendant la guerre, the diary of George Sand at the time of the Franco-German war in 1870/71, is planned for 2012.