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Prof. Dr. Dieter Martin has taught at the German Department of the University of Freiburg since 2005, first as an adjunct professor and since 2013 as a tenured pro- fessor. He studied German and musicology in Erlangen and Heidelberg, earned his PhD in Heidelberg, and then came to Freiburg, where he completed his habilitation thesis in 1998. His research interests include literature and music, textual criticism, edition philology, and recep- tion theory and history. “The sheet remained in the typewriter; no one typed on it for nine days,” notes the writer Christa Wolf – for her, there is no longer any leisure. Photo: spinetta/Fotolia walk on the seashore. In the present, the quartet of researchers has determined, various narrative models exist side by side – from classical to extremely fragile. This, too, is a quality peculiar to modernism: Everything seems possible. And the leisure? Then as now, it is not possible to simply conjure it up at will. There are of course certain activities we can engage in to experience leisure, like taking walks, meditating, and writing, but there is no magic formula. “We are not writing self-help books,” says Klinkert. “There are already enough of them.” Dieter Martin adds: “Studying leisure doesn’t just mean investigating thought models of the past but also providing ideas for alternatives” – alternatives to the modern practice of using free time as a means of restoring one’s strength for work as efficiently as possible. Leisure is more than free time, says Martin: “Leisure resists being defined in terms of the contrast between work and free time that characterizes existence in modern society.” It is adventure enough to delve deeply into texts and bring the social and cultural significance of leisure hidden within them to the surface. This makes the concept of leisure easier to grasp for the general public – even if it will always remain a highly subjective experience. Further Reading Feitscher, G. / Sennefelder, A. K. (in press): Fernsehverweigerer und Techno-Philosophen. Konzeptionen medialer Muße bei Rainald Goetz, Adam Wilson und Jean-Philippe Toussaint. In: Gemmel, M. / Löschner, C. (Eds.): Ökonomie des Glücks. Muße, Müßiggang und Faulheit in der Literatur. Berlin. Martin, D. (2014): Muße, Autonomie und Kreativität in der deutschen Dichtung des 18. Jahrhunderts. In: Hasebrink, B. / Riedl, P. P. (Eds.): Muße im kulturellen Wandel. Semantisierungen, Ähnlichkeiten, Übersetzungen. Berlin/Boston, pp. 167–179 (= linguae & litterae 35). Klinkert, T. (2013): Muße und Erzählen in der Romania. Lecture, summer semester 2013; published as a podcast at: Georg Feitscher studied communication science and German studies in Greifswald and then modern German literature in Freiburg and Paris, France. He has worked as a research assistant at collaborative research center 1015, “Leisure: Concepts, Spaces, Figures,” since 2013. He is writing a dissertation under Prof. Dr. Dieter Martin entitled Suspended Time and Narrational Spaces of Seclu- sion: Leisure and Authorship as Exemplified by the Autobio- graphic Narrative Model. Anna Karina Sennefelder studied German and Romance studies at the University of Freiburg. She has served as a research assistant at collaborative research center 1015, “Leisure: Concepts, Spaces, Figures,” since 2013 and is writing a dissertation under Prof. Dr. Klinkert entitled Suspended Time and Narra- tional Spaces of Seclusion: Leisure and Authorship in Autobiographically Structured Narrative Texts from Senan- cour to Proust. Photo: Conny Ehm Prof. Dr. Thomas Klinkert studied French and German studies in Amiens, France, and in Munich. After completing his PhD, he moved to the Uni- versity of Regensburg, where he completed his habilitation in 2001. From 2003 to 2007 he worked there as professor of Romance literature, and since 2007 he has served in the same function at the University of Freiburg. His research focuses on literature and knowledge, literature and historical semantics, the self-reflectivity of literature, literary theory, and literature and cultural memory. Photos: Markus Herb 38