Certified in French studies, Bryn Mawr College, Avignon, France, 1980. Degree, University Tubingen, Germany, 1982. Doctor of Philosophy, University Tubingen, Germany, 1987.
Habilitation, University Tubingen, Germany, 1993.
Assistant professor French and Italian University Tubingen, 1987—1994. Visiting professor French and Italian University Regensburg, Germany, 1994. Visiting professor Italian University Munich, 1994—1996.
Visiting professor French and Italian University Cologne, Germany, 1996—1998, associate professor French and Italian, 1998—2005. Professor French and Italian University Kiel, Germany, since 2005. Member science council Center International Rencontres sur le XVII Siecle, since 2004.
Member of Modern Language Association, North America Society 17th Century French Literature (executive committee since 2005).
Married Ingeborg Stockle, September 20, 1985.