Doctor of Philosophy, University Freiburg, 1971. Habilitation, University Freiburg, 1979.
Privatdozent University Freiburg, Germany, 1979-1981. Professor German literature University Essen, Germany, 1981-1999. Professor German literature, aesthetics and media University Bochum, Germany, since 1999.
Visiting professor École Normale Supérieure, Paris, 1994, Tateshina, Japan, 2000, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, 2003, Charlottesville, Virginia, 05. Fellow IKKM, Weimar, Germany, 2009—2010.