Werner Nell

Werner Nell

Associate Professor



Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Arts and Science


Liaison Queen's University and Martin-Luther Universität Halle-Wittemberg, Germany

2017-2018 John G. Diefenbaker Scholar

Research interests: Comparative Literature (theory and practice), European-Transcontinental Literary and Cultural Relations, Transnational Literature, Comparative Regionalism Studies, Intercultural German Studies


Habilitation, 1995
Zweites Staatsexamen, 1979
Erstes Staatsexamen, 1977


Professor Nell has been a liaison between the German Department at Queen's and the Germanistisches Institut, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Saale), Germany since 2007. He visited Queen's numerous times as a guest lecturer, teaching graduate courses on a variety of topics. Dr. Nell has been instrumental in setting up a Student Exchange Agreement between Queen's and Halle in 2008. Since then, numerous students from both institutions have participated in the program.

Professor Nell has published over a dozen books on literature, history and sociology. He has edited numerous volumes of journals and books; his publications also include articles, book chapters, and dictionary entries. His latest book is Atlas der fiktiven Orte. Utopia, Camelot und Mittelerde. Eine Entde­ckungsreise zu erfundenen Schauplätzen.  His latest project is a book on the history of world literature since the modern age (Eine kurze Geschichte der Weltliteratur seit der Neuzeit).