Gerhard P. Knapp studied German, English and French literature as well as philosophy, psychology and history, in Frankfurt and in Berlin (Germany). He received M.A. and Dr. phil. degrees from Technische Universität, Berlin, where he also taught medieval studies. Subsequently he taught German and comparative literature in Canada and at the University of Utah and held visiting appointments, most notably at the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands). At present, he is Professor Emeritus of German and Comparative Literature at the University of Utah, with a concentration in 19th- and 20th-century literature (See profile). He is the (co)author of twelve full-length scholarly books and (co)author of several shorter monographs on English, German/Swiss literature, philosophy and sociology. In addition, he has (co)edited international anthologies on literary topics, (co)edited critical editions and published articles on literature, critical methodology, theatre, philosophy etc. in anthologies, handbooks, on CD-ROM and in periodicals in the USA, Austria, Canada, England, France, Germany, Netherlands, Korea and Switzerland. Knapp was Co-Editor-in-Chief of the international theme volume series Amsterdamer Beiträge zur neueren Germanistik (Amsterdam – New York) and, since 2003, has been editor for literature, philosophy, music, and culture in the German-speaking countries of The Literary Encyclopedia, a function in which Jennifer Marston William (Purdue University) has joined him in 2008.