Gumbrecht's main working areas are the histories of French, Spanish, and Italian literatures (especially the medieval periods, the 18th century, and the time around 1900), Argentinian culture between 1900 and 1930, literary theory, media-theory and the cultural history of the body. His more than 280 publications (translated into seventeen languages) include a (complete) History of Spanish Literature and monographs on Zola, on the history of aesthetic experience and on medieval narrative. His most recent publications in English are: Making Sense in Life and Literature (Minnesota University Press, 1992), and "Materialities of Communication" (Stanford Press, 1994, coedited with K.Ludwig Pfeiffer) Forthcoming in English publications include: "1926 - an essay in historical simultaneity" (Harvard University Press,1997), and "An Essay on the History of Spanish Literature" (Stanford Press, 1997).