Prof., Prof. h.c. Dr. Michael STEPPAT

Myra and Charlton Hinman Research Fellow


School of Linguistics and Literary Studies

University of Bayreuth

D-95440 Bayreuth

E-Mail: Michael.Steppat@uni-bayreuth.de


Office: 1.09 GW1 (Consultations by arrangement)

Primary Investigator (Bavarian Academic Center for China):

Intercultural communication and identity: Perspectives on America (cooperative program network with Shanghai International Studies University)

Context: Bayreuth Institute for American Studies (BIFAS)

Continuing award:

New Variorum Edition of Shakespeare (DFG)


Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted;

nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider.

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed,

and some few to be chewed and digested:

that is, some books are to be read only in parts; others to be read, but not curiously;

and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.

Francis Bacon, "Of Studies" (1612)


Do you never have the sense that our metaphors eat up our world?

I mean of course everything connects and connects--all the time--

and I suppose one studies--I study--literature because all these connections

seem both endlessly exciting and then in some sense dangerously powerful--

as though we held a clue to the true nature of things?

Roland, in Antonia S. Byatt, Possession (1990)



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