Martin Baeumel holds an M.A. in German Literature from the University of Alabama and an M.A. in History from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. His dissertation on the situational pragmatics of poetry examines texts from 1700 to 1770. In it, he seeks to write a history of the emergence of the lyric genre and account for the shifting field of possibilities for poetic utterances and their semantic and semiotic effects. Other areas of interest include historical semantics, textual processes of differentiation and narrative theory with a focus on the 17th to the 19th century. His translation of essays by Jurek Becker appeared in April 2010, and an article on the observation of part and whole as a strategy for writing and reading in Alexander von Humboldt’s travel narratives is forthcoming.