2014: Peter von Matt, Literary Scholar


Peter von Matt (born 20 May 1937) is a Swiss philologist.

Life

Born in Lucerne, Peter von Matt grew up in Stans in the canton of Nidwalden. He studied Art History as well as German and English studies in Zurich and received a doctorate with Emil Staiger on Franz Grillparzer. In 1970, he received his post doctorate lecturing qualifications with a work on E. T. A. Hoffmann.

From 1976 to 2002, von Matt taught at the University of Zurich as a Professor of Newer German Literature. He was a guest professor at Stanford University in 1980 and a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin in 1992/93. Von Matt is a member of the Deutsche Akademie fur Sprache und Dichtung, the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and the Sachsische Akademie der Kunste (Saxon Academy of the Arts). He writes regular contributions for the Frankfurter Anthologie. He is married to literary critic Beatrice von Matt-Albrecht and lives with her in Dubendorf near Zurich.

Works

Der Grundriss von Grillparzers Buhnenkunst (The outline of Grillparzer's Pear Art), Zurich 1965 (Dissertation)

Die Augen der Automaten. E.T.A. Hoffmanns Imaginationslehre als Prinzip seiner Erzahlkunst (The Eye of the Machines. E. T. A. Hoffmann's Imagination Teaching as a Principle of his Narrative Art), Tubingen 1971 (Post Doctorate Work, Habilitation)

... fertig ist das Angesicht. Zur Literaturgeschichte des menschlichen Gesichts (...the Face is done. About the Literary History of the human Faces), Munchen, Vienna 1983

Liebesverrat – Die Treulosen in der Literatur (Romantic Treachery - The Faithless in Literatur), Munchen 1989

Das Schicksal der Phantasie. Studien zur deutschen Literatur (Fantasy's Fate. Studies about German Literature), Munchen 1994

Verkommene Sohne, mibratene Tochter. Familiendesaster in der Literatur (Deteriorated Sons, Ill-bred Daughters. Family Disasters in Literature), Munchen 1995

Die verdachtige Pracht. Uber Dichtung und Gedichte (The suspicious Magnificence. About Poetry and Poems), Munchen 1998

Die tintenblauen Eidgenossen. Uber die literarische und politische Schweiz (The Ink-blue Swiss. About Swiss Literature and Poilics), Munchen 2001

Offentliche Verehrung der Luftgeister (Public Worship and Air Ghosts), Munchen 2003

Die Intrige. Theorie und Praxis der Hinterlist (The Intrigue. Theories and Practice of Trickery), Munchen 2006

Das Wilde und die Ordnung. Zur deutschen Literatur (The Wild and the Ordered. About German Literature), Munchen 2007

Der Entflammte. Uber Elias Canetti (The Inflamed. About Elias Canetti), Zurich 2007

Das Kalb vor der Gotthardpost. Zur Literatur und Politik der Schweiz. (The calf in front of the Gotthard post. About Swiss literature and politics), Munchen 2012. Winner of the 2012 Swiss Book Prize.

Awards

1991: Johann Heinrich Merck Prize for Literary Critque and Essay

1994: Johann Peter Hebel Prize

1995: Innerschweizer Kulturpreis (Innerswiss Culture Prize)

1997: Order of Pour le Merite for Science and Art

1998: Prize of the Frankfurter Anthologie

2000: Art Prize of the City of Zurich

2001: Friedrich Marker Prize for Essayists

2002: Prix Europeen de l'Essai Charles Veillon (Lausanne)

2004: Deutscher Sprachpreis (German Language Prize)

2006: Heinrich Mann Prize

2007: Brother Grimm Prize of the University of Marburg

2012: Swiss Book Prize for Das Kalb vor der Gotthardpost

2014: Goethe Prize