Denis Scheck

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Denis Scheck
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Denis Scheck, 2010
Born (1964-12-15) December 15, 1964 (age 53)
Nationality German
Occupation Journalist, Literary critic
Known for presenting the television show Druckfrisch

Denis Scheck (born 15 December 1964) is a German literary critic and journalist.


Born in Stuttgart, he studied German studies, contemporary history and political science at the universities of Tübingen, Düsseldorf and Dallas, and earned a master's degree at the University of Texas at Dallas. He was a Visiting Professor at the University of Göttingen in 2004.[1]

Scheck has been a literary agent, translator of American and British authors, publisher and independent critic. In 1997, he was appointed literary editor at Deutschlandfunk. He has presented the ARD programme Druckfrisch since February 2003.


Scheck criticized the decision of German publisher Thienemann to change a handful of racist and racially insensitive terms in Otfried Preussler’s “The Little Witch,” a German children’s classic from the nineteen-fifties.[2] In January 2013, he went on TV, dressed up as a minstrel, with his face painted in black, red lips and white gloves, in order to raise his protest.[3] What followed was an outcry, during which Scheck was accused of using racist symbols and, therefore, promoting racism.


  • King Kong, Spock & Drella – ein Lexikon amerikanischer Trivialmythen
  • Hell’s Kitchen – Streifzüge durch die zeitgenössische US-Literatur


  • Kritikerpreis des Deutschen Anglistentages, 2000
  • Übersetzerbarke des Deutschen Literaturübersetzerverbandes, 2007
  • Hanns-Joachim-Friedrichs-Award, 2012


  1. "Press Release: Denis Scheck takes over Guest Professorship for literature criticism in Göttingen". (in Deutsch). January 23, 2004. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  2. Wilder, Charly (2013-01-16). "Redacting Racism: Edit of Classic Children's Book Hexes Publisher". Spiegel Online. Retrieved 2015-12-06. 
  3. "A Fight in Germany Over Racist Language". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2015-12-06. 

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