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Prof.dr. K.A.E. Enenkel (Karl)

Faculty  Humanities
Phone  071 527 2668
Date of birthMarch 31, 1959
Place of birthWien
Ph.D.April 1, 1985
DissertationFrancesco Petrarca, De vita solitaria, Buch 1. Kritische Textausgabe und ideengeschichtlicher Kommentar
Date of accessionJuly 1, 2004
Inaugural lectureJanuary 28, 2005
Imagines agentes: Commonplace Books and the Organisation of Knowledge in Neo-Latin Literature
SubjectNeo Latin Philology


Neo-Latin literature, reception of classical antiquity, organisation of knowledge in the early modern peri, emblem studies, ideology in Roman literature

My inspiration

As professor of Neo-Latin Literature, my research focuses on the description of the literary genres (e.g. biography, autobiography, historiography, elegy, letter writing, prefaces and dedications), on the topic of the organisation of knowledge in the Early Modern Period (e.g. zoology, mythography, commonplace books and typologies of formal organisation of knowledge in the printed book), on emblem studies (Schoonhovius, Reusner, Vaenius; the Neo-Latin Emblem Book in the Low Countries and Germany), on the Reception of Classical Authors in the Early Modern Period (e.g. Ovid, Horace), on textual criticism (e.g. Petrarch) and on ideology in Roman literature (e.g. Vergil, Pliny the Younger, Ovid). Recent publications include contributions on Petrarch, Erasmus, Eobanus Hessus, Justus Lipsius and Leon Battista Alberti.