Alexandra Schamel

Alexandra Schamel studied in Munich and Rennes and obtained an MA in General and Comparative Literature, French and Recent and Modern History at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. Schamel is author of the book “Der Schelmenroman als Antiromanze: Frauenbild und Liebesthema” (2003).

After her MA degree, she worked for the publishing house Martin Meidenbauer as an author of children’s literature and non-fictional books. In 2012, she completed her doctorate with a thesis titled “Die ästhetische Schwelle: Räume der Allegorie bei Baudelaire und Proust” as a member of the Promotionsstudiengang Literaturwissenschaft in Munich.

From January to May 2017 she researched as a visiting scholar at the Institute of European Studies and the French Department at the University of California, Berkeley.

She currently has a teaching assignment at the Institute of General and Comparative Literature at the University of Munich (chair Prof. Dr. Robert Stockhammer).

Her research focuses on nineteenth and early twentieth century French literature and culture in the European context, in particular the compensative dynamics of literary imagery in periods of social and historical transition, the conceptualisation of time and memory, and the interrelation of ethics and aesthetics. She also works on European Enlightenment, its philosophical and anthropological background, more specifically, the paradoxical interlocking of personal authenticity and masking oneself as a result of the enlightened ‘regime of visibility’ (Marivaux, Laclos, Rousseau). Other interests include autobiographical writing and exile, Marguerite Yourcenar and Marguerite Duras.

In her free time, she enjoys singing and playing the piano.


  • Promotionsstudiengang Literaturwissenschaft München 2007-2012