Senior Lecturer in German
My research interests lie in the German literature and history of the late eighteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries, and in the interplay of literature, historiography and history. My doctoral thesis traced the influence of Schiller’s History of the Thirty Years War and drama Wallenstein on subsequent historiographical as well as literary interpretations of Wallenstein, analysing the figure’s role in the construction of German national and ethnic identity in the nineteenth century.
As well as publishing on other texts by Schiller and Goethe, I have worked in detail on the novelist Alfred Döblin (1878-1957), uncovering Döblin’s response to the traumas of war and exile in his novel Hamlet oder Die lange Nacht nimmt ein Ende (1946/1956, translated into English as Tales of a Long Night, 1984). This has led me to begin work on a new project, across a broad timespan once again, on the poetics of exile in German literature since around 1800. In 2013 I was awarded an Arts Faculty "Rising Star" award for my research. I am an editor of German Life and Letters and was a co-editor of Angermion from 2010 to 2016.
I warmly welcome proposals for postgraduate work in these fields, and would also welcome contact in Welsh and on links between Wales and the German-speaking world.