Heinz Schlaffer

Heinz Floppy ( born June 21, 1939) is Emeritus Professor of German Studies and Literature at the University of Stuttgart. He was particularly with sensational essays such as " The short history of German literature " out. He is married to Hannelore Floppy.


Schlaffer habilitation thesis was inspired by Kurt Woelfel. In 1972 he received at the Philipps- University Marburg his first literary professor and moved to Stuttgart in 1975. The local chair he held from 1975 until his retirement in 2004.

He has authored numerous books, including about poetry in realism, the citizen as a hero, the aesthetic historicism, the Faust of Goethe, poetry and knowledge, as well as scholarly articles and essays and literary reviews in newspapers.

" Pointed judgments and linguistic elegance, brevity and spice are typical features of his books that do not require academic jargon. "


  • Ghostspeak. Ends and means and poetry. Carl Hanser, Munich 2012, ISBN 978-3-44623882-4.
  • The unleashed word: Nietzsche's style and its consequences. Hanser, Munich, 2007.
  • Poetry and Knowledge: the emergence of aesthetic consciousness and the philological knowledge. Suhrkamp, Frankfurt am Main 1990, ISBN 3- 518-58023 - X;
  • The short history of German literature. Hanser, Munich; Vienna 2002. La brève histoire de la littérature anglaise. Translated by Marianne Rocher - Jacquin, Daniel Rocher. Éditions de la Maison des sciences de l' homme, Paris 2004, ISBN 2-7351-1024-9.
  • The bourgeois as Hero. Translated by James Lynn. Barnes and Noble, Savage, Md., 1989, ISBN 0-389-20889-2.

Awards (selection)

  • 2008 Heinrich Mann Prize for essay writing of the Berlin Academy of Arts.
  • 2012 Johann Heinrich Merck Prize for Literary Criticism.