Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht


(1948, Germany)

Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht is the Albert Guérard Professor in Literature in the Departments of Comparative Literature and of French and Italian at Stanford University, a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, an associate professor at the Collège de France, and a permanent visiting professor at the University of Lisbon. As a scholar, Gumbrecht focuses on the histories of the national literatures in Romance and German language, teaches and writes about the western philosophical tradition and examines forms of aesthetic experience in 21st century everyday culture. Over the past forty years he has published more than two thousand texts, including books such as In Praise of Athletic Beauty, 2006. He is a regular contributor to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, and Estado de São Paulo.

In praise of athletic beauty