Focus on Sturm und Drang (J. M. R. Lenz, young Goethe, aesthetics of genius), the Vormärz period (Georg Büchner) up to and including early and classical modernism (Naturalism, Fin de siècle, cultural history of the Weimar Republic, Heinrich Mann, Frank Wedekind, Irmgard Keun), literary studies as cultural studies, gender studies, materialism and mediality, history of literary history, edition philology.