Christoph Bode (2010)
Christoph Bode (2010)

Christoph Bode (born May 13, 1952 in Siegen/North Rhine-Westphalia) is a literary scholar. His fields are British and American Literature, Comparative Literature, Literary Theory, Narratology, and Travel Writing. He is Full Professor and Chair of Modern English Literature in the Department of English and American Studies at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. Since 2009, Bode has been a reviewer and occasional columnist for Times Higher Education.

Early life and education

Christoph Bode is the second child of the private language school director and university lecturer (Anglistik und Amerikanistik) Dr. Adolf Bode and his wife Ute Bode (born Kuß). Bode was educated in his home town of Siegen (1959–1971), before reading English and American Literature, Geography, and Philosophy/Pedagogy at Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany, and University College Cardiff (1971–1976). After his graduation from Marburg in 1976 (state examination), Bode received his Ph.D. from the same university in 1978 (English and American Literature, with Philosophy/Pedagogy as minor subject). This was followed by Bode's alternative service as conscientious objector (1978–1980).

Career in academia

From 1977 to 1986, Bode was Assistant Professor and, from 1986 to 1992, Associate Professor at Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel, Germany. In 1989/90 he temporarily filled the position of a Professor of English and American Literature at Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen, Germany. In 1992 he was made Professor of English and American Literature at Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg, and in 1997 he was Visiting Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. In 2000, Bode received the offer of a Chair of English Literature from the LMU Munich.

Focus in research and teaching

Bode is a specialist in British, European, and American Romanticism and Modernist Literature. With a background in Philosophy and Aesthetics (Ästhetik der Ambiguität, 1988), he is also a Narratologist (The Novel, 2011; "Narrating Futures" project) and an expert in Poetics. Other facets of his research include Literary Theory and Travel Writing. Christoph Bode has been the president of the Gesellschaft für englische Romantik (Society for English Romanticism) since 2001.


Bode is a member of some 15 learned societies and associations, among them

Prizes, awards, fellowships

Referee and advisory boards

Bode serves on about a dozen advisory boards, among them the European Research Council, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, Volkswagenstiftung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, Fulbright Commission, Cusanus-Werk, European Romantic Review, Literature Compass, and Routledge.



Bode has published 15 Monographs, among them


Bode has co-edited 8 collections, among them

Series Editor


Bode has published well over 70 articles, among them


There are some 60 reviews and handbook entries by Bode.


  1. ^ List of new members Archived 2012-04-26 at the Wayback Machine, Academia Europaea, retrieved 2011-12-19.
  2. ^ Narrating Futures Project, LMU Munich