Alexander Stephan

Stephan Alexander ( born August 16, 1946 in Lüdenscheid; † 29 May 2009 ) was a German -American German studies.


Alexander Stephan was a professor, Ohio Eminent Scholar and Senior Fellow of the Mershon Center for International Security Studies at Ohio State University.

Stephan had studied American Studies and German Studies at the Free University in Berlin and at the University of Michigan and his doctorate from Princeton University. He taught at Princeton, the University of California, Los Angeles ( UCLA) and the University of Florida. At Ohio State University Stephan took last true a research professorship in literature.

As a German scholar Stephan employed with modern German literature and " area studies ". His scientific interests were in the areas exile studies, literature of the Weimar Republic and the GDR literature. He had published monographs on Anna Seghers, Christa Wolf, Max Frisch and Peter Weiss. Stephan was the first German literary scholars, access to the FBI files of exiled German writers such as Brecht, Feuchtwanger, man and Seghers received. His evaluations of these files showed how tense the relationship of the American delegation was expelled from the Nazi Germany writers.

In the Mershon Center Stephan focused on the areas of International Security and European-American relations. He had dealt with the influence of American culture on the GDR and edited five collections of essays about Americanization and anti-Americanism in Germany and Europe since 1945.

Stephan was the founder of the book series Exile Studies / Exile Studies, member of the German PEN Center and scholarship among others, the Guggenheim Foundation and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. His publications have been discussed in magazines such as Der Spiegel and in international newspapers such as The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, The Nation, The Guardian on German television and CNN.

In 2007, a Festschrift for Stephen, cultural policy and politics of culture / Cultural Politics and the Politics of Culture (Oxford), edited by Helen Fehervary and Bernd Fischer appeared.

His wife Halina Stephan is Professor of Slavic Studies at Ohio State University. She works on Russian avant-garde and Polish theater and director of the OSU Center for Slavic and East European Studies.


  • Monitors. Expatriate. Exiles. Writers and the state. Bielefeld, 2007.
  • In sight of the FBI. German writers in exile in the files of American intelligence agencies. Stuttgart, 1995; Berlin, 1998 ( Tb, altered edition); engl. as ' Communazis. ' FBI Surveillance of German Emigré Writers. New Haven, 2000.
  • Anna Seghers: ' The Seventh Cross '. World and effect of a novel. Berlin, 1997.
  • Anna Seghers in exile. Bonn, 1993.
  • Max Frisch. Munich, 1983.
  • Christa Wolf. Munich, 1976, 4, ext '. and altered edition in 1991.
  • The German exile literature. Munich, 1979.
  • America on my mind to Americanization of German culture since 1945 ( with Jochen Vogt ). Munich, 2006.
  • The Americanization of Europe: Culture, Diplomacy, and Anti- Americanism after 1945, New York, 2006 Tb 2007..
  • The America of the authors. From Kafka to 09 / eleventh Munich, 2006.
  • Exile and Otherness: New Approaches to the Experience of the Nazi Refugees. Oxford, 2005.
  • Refuge and Reality: Feuchtwanger and the European Emigres in California ( with Pól O'Dochartaigh over ). Amsterdam, 2005.
  • Americanization and Anti- Americanism. The German Encounter with American Culture after 1945. New York, 2005 Tb 2007.
  • Anna Seghers, the decision. Novel. Works edition, Vol I, 7th Berlin, 2003.
  • Doblin, L. Feuchtwanger, A. Seghers, A. Zweig, Early 20th Century German Fiction. New York, 2003 Tb 2003.
  • Jeans, skirt and Vietnam. American Culture in the GDR ( with Therese Hörnigk ). Berlin, 2002.
  • ' Red = Brown '? Brecht Dialogue 2000. Nazism and Stalinism in Brecht and his contemporaries ( with Therese Hörnigk ). Berlin, 2000.
  • Uwe Johnson, Speculations About Jakob and Other Writings. New York, 2000, Tb 2000.
  • Themes and Structures. Studies in German Literature from Goethe to the Present. A Festschrift for Theodore Ziolkowski. Columbia, 1997.
  • Ulrich Plenzdorf, Günter Kunert, Anna Seghers, and others, The New Sufferings of Young W. and Other Stories from the German Democratic Republic ( with Therese Hörnigk ). New York, 1997, Tb 1997.
  • Christa Wolf: The Author's Dimension. Selected Essays. New York and London, 1993; Chicago, 1995.
  • Publisher of exile studies / Exile Studies. A Monograph Series. New York, 1993ff. ( Vols 1-10, Vol. 11 ​​in preparation).
  • Exile. Literature and the Arts in 1933. Bonn, 1990.
  • Writing in exile. On the Aesthetics of German Exile Literature 1933-1945 ( with Hans Wagener ). Bonn, 1985.
  • Peter Weiss. The Aesthetics of Resistance. Frankfurt, 1983, 2nd edition 1987, 3rd edition 1990.
  • Left Behind: Popular culture, religious fundamentalism and politics in the United States, George W. Bush, TV lecture, 2005.
  • Thomas Mann and the CIA, TV Feature, 2002.
  • Exiles and the CIA, TV Feature, 2002.
  • Brecht and the FBI, TV Feature, 2001.
  • In sight of the FBI. German authors in U.S. exile, TV movie ( with John Eglau ), 1995.