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English educator

Rüdiger Ahrens, German English educator. Recipient German Order of Merits, 1999; grantee Volkswagen Foundation, 1979-1980, Fulbright, 1978.


Ahrens, Rüdiger was born on January 3, 1939 in Höxter, Germany.


Professor (honorary), University Nanchang, China, 1994. Degree (honorary), University Caen, 1996.


Assistant professor Hannover (Germany) University, 1968-1970. Professor English Trier University, 1970-1980, Würzburg (Germany) University, since 1980. Visiting professor Wolfson College, Cambridge (England) University, 1975-1976, Academy Social Sciences, Beijing, 1987, Tokyo, 1987, Australia, 1990.

Honorary visiting professor Nanchang, 1994, dean of faculty, 1998-2000, Academy Senate, 2000-2002.


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    • Author: Die Essays von Francis Bacon, 1974, Theoretical Essays on English Literature, 2 vols., 1975. (with E. Wolff) Theory of English and American Literature, 2 vols.

      , 1978-1979. (with Heriot-Watt University Drescher, K.H. Stoll) Lexicon of English Literature, 1979. Author, editor: W. Shakespeare: Didactic Manual, 3 vols.

      , 1982, Anglistentag, 1989, Würzburg, Proceedings, 1990. (with H. Antor) Text-Culture-Reception, Cross-Cultural Aspects of English Studies, 1992. (with L. Volkmann) Why Literature Matters, Theories and Functions of Literature, 1996, Anglophone Cultures in Southeast Asia, 2002, European Language Policy, 2003, W. Sheakespear: Time, Plays, Reception, 2004, Anglophone Cultures and The Teaching of English, 2004.

      Editor Anglistik, Symbolism.


National selection board German Academy Exchange Service, l975—. Trustee Görres Society, l982—. Member of Association University Professors in Germany, Academy Scientiarum et Artium Europaea, Association Teachers Modern Languages, International Association University Professors English, Modern Language Association.


Married Uta Ahrens; children: Jan, Martin.

Uta Ahrens

Jan Ahrens

Martin Ahrens