Hendrick Heimböckel



Hendrick Heimböckel, M.A./M.Ed.
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Graduiertenkolleg „Modell Romantik“
Bachstraße 18k | R. 104 a
07743 Jena
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Curriculum Vitae

Hendrick Heimböckel (born 1987) earned his Bachelor in German studies, history and philosophy at the University of Münster and Macalester Group in St. Paul, Minnesota between 2007 and 2011. From 2011 to 2014 he completed a Master of Comparative Studies and Cultural Poetry and a Master of Education majoring in German and philosophy. During his studies he worked as an assistant in the Department of Modern German Literature. From May 2014 to October 2015 Hendrick was a trainee teacher at the Euregio Gesamtschule Rheine to qualify for teaching in academic secondary schools and integrated schools in North Rhine Westphalia. He has been a PhD student at the ‘Romanticism as a Model’ research training group since October 2015.

Doctoral project

Totality and Otherness – The Aesthetics of the Absolute in the Prose of the German-Speaking Generation of the 1890s

This PhD project on the German-language prose of the 1920s to the 1950s emerges from an historical systematic investigative frame of reference: Which representative forms in German-language romantic prose (1795–1830) are realisations of reflections on the ‘the absolute’, a key expression in the philosophy and poetry of Romanticism? Can a production model of aesthetics for figure development in narrative texts and a reception model of aesthetics for endowing with existential meaning be derived from the semantic features and function of these styles in the particular contexts of action? Considering the deviations and constants in the content, are these models integrated into the prose of the 1920s to the 1950s in light of the scientific, technical, social and political developments, changes and pauses that occurred?

The point of departure for the analysis undertaken in this thesis is the literary representations of the phenomenon of the epiphany. The expression ‘epiphany’ as a religious term refers to a transcendental experience that is associated with the appearance of a divine being. While the philosophy and poetry of Romanticism turn epiphanies into a phenomenon of textual reflection by means of theorising the absolute, romantic narrative literature portrays both religious and profane epiphanies by means of the perception of figures. In these epiphanies encounters with other people, nature and art evoke transcendental experiences. The phenomenon of the epiphany acts as a model for narrative experience and can contribute to the existential giving of meaning for readers. The task of the research is accordingly to analyse epiphanies and other representations of reflections on the absolute in romantic narrative literature, their abstraction to production and reception models of aesthetics and their application to the corpus from the 1920s to the 1950s in terms of their deviation and constancy.

Research interests

Modern German literature (18th to 20th century, particularly 1790–1820 and 1920–1960), the aesthetic modern (1790–1960) as an international phenomenon (Germany, France, Great Britain, US), representations of epiphanies as narrative processes, literature in association with narrative theory, media semiotics and philosophy, historical semantics / history of ideas, semantic interfaces between high and popular culture.



  • Poetische Äquivalenzen zwischen André Bretons Manifesten, Louis Aragons Der Pariser Bauer und Hans Henny Jahnns Die Nacht aus Blei, in: Karina Schuller/Isabell Fischer (Hg.): „Der Surrealismus in Deutschland (?)“, Interdisziplinäre Studien, Münster 2016, S. 124-140.



  • Auf der Suche nach religiösen Erfahrungen: Darstellungsverfahren und Funktionen von Epiphanien bei Wackenroder, Novalis und Hoffmann [Finden und Erfinden. Die Romantik und ihre Religionen 1790-1820, Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Pietismusforschung (IZP), Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, 17.-19. May 2017]
  • (Profane) Epiphanien – Poetologien der Einbildungskraft bei Schelling, Novalis und Aragon [Romantisme et Surréalisme. Eine Wahlverwandtschaft?/ Une affinité elective?, CIERA –Interdisciplinary Center for German Studies and Research, Université Lyon II, 18.-19. March 2016]
  • Poetische Äquivalenzen in Hans Henny Jahnns ‚Die Nacht aus Blei‘, André Bretons ‚Manifesten‘ und Louis Aragons ‚Le paysan de Paris‘ [Surrealismus in Deutschland (?), Kunstmuseum Pablo Picasso/Münster, 03.-05. March 2014]