Professor Hilda M Brown

B.Litt., M.A., D.Litt. (B.A. Western Australia)


Supernumerary Fellow in German

Professor Brown currently holds a Leverhulme Trust Emeritus Fellowship to undertake a project entitled ‘The total work of art (Gesamtkunstwerk): a 19th century quest'. Her research has for some years had a strong interdisciplinary bias. It involves studying connections between literature, drama, music, the visual arts, and the theory of landscape gardening, especially in works associated with German Romanticism.



H.M. Brown. The Quest for the Gesamtkunstwerk and Richard Wagner, Forthcoming publication, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 07 April 2016 (estimated)

H.M. Brown. Critique and Creativity: E.T.A. Hoffman and the Development of the Serapionic Principle. Camden House, New York, 2006.

H.M. Brown. Heinrich von Kleist. The Ambiguity of Art and the Necessity of Form. Clarendon Press, Oxford 1998.
H.M. Brown. Leitmotiv and Drama. Wagner, Brecht and the limits of 'epic' theatre. Clarendon Press, Oxford 1991, reprinted 1993.

Recent Articles

H.M. Brown. ‘Heinrich von Kleist’s “Poetology of the extreme” in the light of Freud and Aristotle’. Oxford German Studies. In press, 2008.
H.M. Brown. ‘Hieroglyph and Arabesque and the problems of collaboration in Romantic “Buchkunst” ’. Oxford German Studies vol. 37 no.2 (2008), pp. 207-226.
H.M. Brown. 'The theatre of dissent from Sturm und Drang to Brecht', Chapter 7 in A History of German Theatre, ed. Maik Hamburger and Simon Williams, Cambridge University Press 2008, pp. 146-170.

Please see Professor Brown's website for a full list of publications.