Niklaus Largier is the Sidney and Margaret Ancker Professor of German and Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley. He is also affiliated with the Programs in Medieval Studies and Religious Studies, the Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory, the Designated Emphasis in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, and the Berkeley Center for New Media. After studying German Literature, Philosophy, and Russian in Zurich and Paris, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Zurich in 1989.
Professor Largier’s research deals with German literature and philosophy, especially questions of the relations among literature, philosophy, theology, and other fields of knowledge. In addition to a vast range of articles and books, he has coedited two collections of essays on spirituality and literature (1995 and 1999) and an important medieval collection of vernacular sermons (1998). He is currently working on two projects: a book on imagination, practices of figuration, aesthetic experience, and notions of possibility, tentatively entitled “Figures of Possibility;” and a book on the history of practices and the poetics of prayer (with David Marno). In 2015, Largier received the Anneliese Maier Research Award from the Humboldt Foundation.