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German literature, culture, history of the 15th and 16th centuries; Reformation; northern Renaissance; gender studies; crime and society; humanism; materiality of textual transmission; history of printing.
Helmut Puff's teaching and research focus on German literature, history, and culture in the late medieval and early modern period. He specializes in gender studies, the history of sexuality, media history, the history of reading, and the literature of the Reformation and the Renaissance. Recently, Helmut Puff has moved on to research modes of seeing and visual culture in early modern Europe with a focus on German Renaissance art, especially Albrecht Dürer. His interest in the intersections between textuality, visuality, and spatiality, has led him to research the changing representations of ruins as well as the history of three-dimensional city models from the sixteenth century to the present.
From 2002 until 2005, Helmut Puff served as the North American co-editor of the journal Gender and History. Together with Nancy Hunt (History / IRWG) Helmut Puff directed a program entitled "Global Turns and Gender Returns"--an initiative to promote new transcultural intellectual alliances and conversations among gender scholars based in manifold locations throughout the world. Helmut Puff was elected to a five-year term on the MLA's Divisional Committee on German Literature prior to 1700. In 2005-06, he directed Academic Year in Freiburg, an exchange program of four mid-Western universities, one of them University of Michigan, with Albert-Ludwigs-Universitaet in Freiburg, Germany www.ayf.uni-freiburg.de.
Medieval and Early Modern Studies
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