René Wellek Literary critic

René Wellek (August 22, 1903, Vienna  — November 11, 1995, Hamden, Connecticut) was a Czech-American comparative literary critic. Like Erich Auerbach, Wellek was an eminent product of the Central European philological tradition and was known as a vastly erudite and "fair-minded critic of critics. René Wellek was born and raised in Vienna, speaking Czech and German. He studied literature at the Charles University in Prague, and was active among the Prague School linguists there, before moving to teach in the School of Slavonic and East European Studies in 1935, now part of University College, London. From World War II on, Wellek lived in America. He taught first at the University of Iowa, where he taught for seven years, and then, beginning in 1946, at Yale University, where he established and chaired a department of comparative literature. In the United States, he was "widely regarded as a founder of the study of comparative literature in the United States." With Austin Warren, Wellek published a landmark volume entitled Theory of Literature, one of the first works to systematize literary theory.

Personal details

Date of birth
August 22nd, 1903
United States of America,Czech Republic
Date of death
November 11th, 1995 at age of 92
Place of death
Places lived
pop. 1,731,236 (2012)


1. Charles University in Prague Colleges/University

- Doctorate / Germanic philology

Charles University in Prague (also simply Charles University; Czech: Univerzita Karlova v Praze; Latin: Universitas Carolina Pragensis; German: Karls-Universität zu Prag) is the oldest and largest university in the Czech Republic. Founded in 1348, it was the first university in Central Europe. It is one of the oldest universities in Europe in continuous operation, and a top university in Central and Eastern Europe that also ranks among the 1.5 percent world’s best universities.

Type Public university
Ovocný trh 3-5, 116 36 - Prague, Prague
2012. 19,500
2012. 32,500
Local tuition
2011. 6.9 K €
Official web page
Wikipedia article

Institution social analysis

Notable alumni by career
Notable alumni by gender

People attended Charles University in Prague connected by profession and/or age

b. 1907., Academic
b. 1898., Academic
b. 1905., Actor
b. 1900., Writer
b. 1898., Physicist
b. 1898., Academic
b. 1905., Actor
b. 1904., Mathematician

Written work

1.Immanuel Kant in England, 1793 1838

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1931. at Princeton

2.The rise of English literary history

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1941. at Chapel Hill

3.History of Modern Criticism: 1750–1950

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1955. at New Haven
1981. at New York City

4.The concept of realism in literary scholarship

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1961. at Groningen


Editions Subjects Co-authors
1962. at Englewood Cliffs

6.Concepts of criticism

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1963. by Yale University Press (420 pages)

7.The literary theory and aesthetics of the Prague school

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1969. at Ann Arbor (37 pages)

8.Discriminations: further concepts of criticism

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1970. by Yale University Press at New Haven (387 pages)

9.Four critics

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1981. at Seattle (92 pages)

10.The attack on literature and other essays

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1982. by University of North Carolina Press at Chapel Hill (199 pages)

Awards won

1951 Guggenheim Fellowship for Humanities, US & Canada

Awarded for Presented by Discipline Award shared with
Literary Criticism
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation


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