Doctor of Philosophy, University Munich, 1974. Doctor habilitation, University Bielefeld, Germany, 1988.
Research assistant University Tuebingen, Germany, 1975-1979. Assistant professor German literature University Bielefeld, 1980-1989. Full professor German literature University Toronto, Canada, 1990-1994.
Professor German literature University Greifswald, Germany, since 1994. Visiting professor University Kiel, Germany, 1989, University Padova, Italy, 2001.
Member Modern Language Association, International Society of the Classical Tradition, Renaissance Society of America.
Married Olga Keckhut, August, 1969 (divorced 1987). 1 child, Elisabeth; married Yong-Soon Chong, April 18, 1997.