Leslie Bodi is Founding Professor of the German Department of Monash University. His professional activities, research interests and numerous publications are centered around questions pertaining to the interdependence between literature and politics, the history of the Austrian Enlightenment, and the identitification and self-identification of cultural and literary systems in Europe.
Born 1922 in Budapest, schooling in Hungary and Italy, 1967-57 tutor and lecturer in the German Department of Budapest University, 1957 emigration to Australia. High School teacher, lecturer in German at Newcastle University College. 1961-1963 Senior lecturer at Monash University, established German Studies within the Department of Modern Languages in 1963.
1963-1987 Foundation Professor of German and Chairman of Department, Monash University.
Member of numerous professional societies such as the International Aassociation of Germanists (IVG), Australasian Universities Language and Literatur Assocation (AULLA), Australian Goethe-Society, Internationale Heinreich-Heine Gesellschaft, Gesellschaft zur Erforschung des 18. Jahrhunderts in sterrreich, Australian and sourth Pacific Association of Comparative Literature Studies, Modern Language Teachers Association of Victoria resp. Association of Teachers of German in Victoria, Society for German-Australian Student Exchange, International PEN-Club, Melbourne Centre, sterreichische Gesellschaft fr Germanistik (GG), Institut zur Erforschung sterreichischer und internationaler Lteraturprozesse.
Distinctions: Officer’s Cross, Order of Merit 1973; Federal Republic of Germany, Officer’s Cross, Order for Art and Literature, Republic of Austria 1976; Festschrift Antipodische Aufklrungen – Antipodean Enlightenments. Ed Walter Veit et. al., Frankfurt, Bern and New York 1987; Friedrich-Gundolf-Prize for German Studies Abroad, Academy of German Language and Literature 1989, Honorary Doctor of Letters, Monash University 1990; Goethe-Medal, Goethe Institute 1991; Associate Fellow Hungarian Academy of Sciences 1995; Doctor and Professor Honoris Causa, Estvs Lornd University, Budapest 1997; Humboldt Research Award 1997.
School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics