Born in Dublin, 1939. Professor emeritus of German Studies at National University of Ireland, Galway. Undertook his undergraduate studies of German literary history and Dr. phil. at Munich University. Authored books on Stilbruch als Stilmittel - Studien zur Literatur der Spät - und Nachromantik
(1980) and The Austrian Anschluss in History and Literature
(2000) as well as many articles in several research areas including "Vormärz", intercultural studies, travel and expedition literature, the critical "Volksstück", literature as testimony and German-Jewish studies.
Details of this year's festival programme can be found elsewhere on this website.