David Wellbery
Germanic Studies

David Wellbery is a scholar of German literature and culture. Two of his books, Lessing’s Laocoön (1984) and The Specular Moment (1996), are considered classics in the field of German literary history, and his edited volume, Positionen der Literaturwissenschaft: Acht Modellanalysen am Beispiel von Kleists “Erdbeben in Chile” (1984), has for three decades served as the principal introduction to literary theory for students of German literature. His current research project is a large-scale study of Goethe’s literary work and scientific and aesthetic writings. Wellbery is the LeRoy T. and Margaret Deffenbaugh Carlson University Professor in the Department of Germanic Studies.