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Adrian Hsia†

(Retired as of January 2007)

adrian [dot] hsia [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) 

I studied English and German Literature, sociology and philosophy at three universities: Universität zu Köln, Freie Universität Berlin, and Universität Basle. I obtained my Dr. phil degree from the Freie Universität in 1965. Then I taught German and English at the Studienkolleg of the Universität zu Köln until the summer of 1968, when I joined the Department of German at McGill.

My research is centred on aspects of culture, now known in Germany as "Kulturologie". My book on the Chinese Cultural Revolution focussed on socio-historiscal aspects of culture, while my later studies on Hermann Hesse, Bertolt Brecht, Franz Kafka, and Goethe concentrated on the cross-cultural aspects of literature. Gradually, my interests included intellectual aspects as I began to edit German philosophical discourses on China by, among others, Kant and Hegel. Now I am widening it to a full-scale study on major philosophers of Western Europe and North America. My literary research has already expanded to include works written, besides German, in English and French languages, as my more recent publications demonstrate. These books are on the European literature of the 17th and 18th centuries. My focus is now shifting to the 19th century. Gradually, I am returning to the 20th century, which was my original specialty. Only I shall expand it to Western European Literature.

Up to date, I have published 19 books (with two others in preparation) and over 80 articles. In addition, I have given over 120 conference papers and public talks on three continents. I was a research fellow of the Canada Council, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and Herzog August Bibliothek, the Baptist University of Hong Kong, the Stiftung Klassisches Weimar, among others. I also gave (Chinese) National Science Council and Tamkang Chair lectures. So far, I organised and co-organised 14 international symposia on three continents and also held Visiting Professorships at 9 German and Asian Universities. I have received substantial research funding from Canadian and especially German foundations. In addition, I have served as evaluator for Canadian institutions such as SHRCC and to assess candidates for research prizes for the Alexander v. Humboldt Foundation. I have also evaluated "Habilitationsarbeiten" for German universities.