Peter Utz

Professor of German Literature at the Department of Literature of the University of Lausanne. Specialized in the work of Robert Walser, he has worked at length on the publication of a critical essay on this author, with the title Tanz auf den Rändern: Robert Walsers “Jetztzeitstil” (Suhrkamp, 1998), later translated into French as Robert Walser: Danser dans les marges (Zoé, 2001). Peter Utz is also very interested in the process of translation, which is the focus of his work Anders gesagt – autrement dit – in other words. Übersetzt gelesen: Hoffmann, Fontane, Kafka, Musil (Carl Hanser, 2007). Recently his studies have focused on the culture of catastrophe in Swiss literature: Kultivierung der Katastrophe: Literarische Untergangsszenarien aus der Schweiz (Fink, 2013).