Sharp, Francis Michael

Sharp, Francis Michael: Professor emeritus of German at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. Earned his PhD at the University of California at Berkeley and taught for six years at Princeton University before returning to California. His general areas of interest have been German Expressionism as well as postwar literature in both Germany and Austria. Publications. His interest in Austrian poets and writers began with a dissertation, a book and several articles on Georg Trakl.  In the past few years he has published essays on Expressionist poetry, Max Frisch, Peter Handke, Thomas Bernhard, Martin Walser, Doron Rabinovici and Barbara Frischmuth in various journals and collections.  His translation of the Israeli-Austrian Doron Rabinovici’s first novel Suche nach M: Roman in zwölf Episoden was published as The Search for M in 1997.  His most recently published work is: “American Writers Reading Bernhard,” which appeared in: Trans: Internet-Zeitschrift für Kulturwissenschaften.

Selected Publications:

  • The Poet’s Madness: A Reading of Georg Trakl, Cornell, 1981.
  • „Thomas Bernhard: Literary Cryogenics or Art on Ice,“ Modern Austrian Literature, Vol. 21, Numbers 3/4, 1988.
  • „Trakl: Metaphors and Readers,“ The Dark Flutes of Fall: Critical Essays on Georg Trakl, Camden House, 1991.
  • „An Innocent Abroad? Helmut Halm in the Golden State, „Leseerfahrungen mit Martin Walser: Neue Beiträge zu seinen Texten, Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 1995.
  • „Georg Trakl, “ Major Figures of Austrian Literature: The Interwar Years 1918–1938, Ariadne Press, 1995 .
  • „Thomas Bernhard: Narcissistic Alliances and the Talking Cure,“ Mimetic Desire: Theories of Narcissism and German Literature, Camden House, 1995.
  • „Martin Walser and Unification: Thoughts out of Season?“ The Berlin Wall: Representations and Perspectives, Peter Lang, 1996
  • “Menschheitsdämmerung: The Aging of a Canon.”  A Companion to the Literature of German Expressionism, ed. By Neil H. Donahue, Camden House, 2005.


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Vienna in the Fiction of Thomas Bernhard and Doron Rabinovici: A Study in Contrast (18 Nr.)

American Writers Reading Bernhard (17.Nr.)

Doron Rabinovici’s Ohnehin: Selective Memory and Multiple Pasts (16.Nr.)

Barbara Frischmuth: The Theory and Praxis of Mediating Cultures through Literature (15.Nr.)

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