Dr Brigid Haines

About Me

I am Reader in German. A founder member of the UK organisation Women in German Studies, I have published widely on women's writing in German, including the monograph (with Margaret Littler) Contemporary Women's Writing in German: Changing the Subject). Since my 1991 monograph on the works of Adalbert Stifter, my other main focus has been on German writing from Eastern Europe. This has included the AHRC-supported projects, 'Maritime Bohemias: Representations of "Bohemia" in Libuše Moníková and other Contemporary German Writers', and 'Enduring Empires: History, Trauma and Identity in Recent German Writing from Central and Eastern Europe'. My current work is on the 'eastern turn' in German literature and on the work of Herta Müller, the 2009 Nobel laureate in Literature. My book (with Lyn Marven) Herta Müller (OUP) appeared in 2013. In summer 2013 the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) supported a period of research leave at the University of Potsdam. Also in 2013 the DAAD supported my application for the the visit of the Dresden-based writer Jörg Bernig to Swansea as writer-in-residence.

Areas of Expertise

  • The eastern turn in recent German-language literature
  • Herta Müller
  • gender and German culture
  • German film

Publications

  1. Connecting with the Real: Death, Dying and Displacement in Andreas Dresen's Halt auf freier Strecke (2011) and Michael Haneke's Amour (2012). In Nick Hodgin; Julian Preece (Ed.), Andreas Dresen. Lang.
  2. (Ed.). The Eastern Turn in Contemporary German-Language Literature. Brigid Haines; Anca Luca Holden (Ed.), Wiley.
  3. (Ed.). Herta Müller. Brigid Haines, Lyn Marven (Ed.), Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  4. (Ed.). Aesthetics and Politics in Modern German Culture: Festschrift in Honour of Rhys W. Williams. Oxford: Lang.
  5. Sport, Identity and War in Sasa Stanistic’s Wie der Soldat das Grammofon reparier’. In Aesthetics and Politics in Modern German Culture: Festschrift in Honour of Rhys W. Williams. (pp. 153-164). Oxford: Lang.

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Teaching

  • ML-321 Modern Languages Dissertation

    This module provides students with the opportunity to research one aspect of French, German, Italian or Hispanic culture in detail, and to present the findings of their research in a dissertation of 8000 words. The module will be taught by means of four practical seminars on research and writing skills, and through three formal supervision sessions with a dissertation supervisor. Your supervisor will help you to find a topic, suggest research strategies, agree a suitable title, discuss the structure of your dissertation, and will read closely and comment on one draft chapter. The topic may relate to a module you are doing at Level 3, provided that this does not involve a duplication of material and is agreed with the module coordinator in advance. The dissertations may be written in English, in your target language, or in Welsh (where Welsh-medium provision is available).

  • MLG160B German Language 1B

    This module is the foundation of advanced level study of German which will equip students with the skills needed to use German in day-to-day life and professional environments. The module aims to consolidate and extend the language skills developed by students at A level (or equivalent) and to facilitate their progress in linguistic competence. It concentrates on further developing fluency and accuracy in written and spoken German, establishing a firm grammatical understanding of the language, and extending students’ vocabulary to read, write, interpret and speak about issues related to contemporary German society and culture appropriate to levels B1/B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The module also aims to enhance students’ employability by providing a grounding in the vocabulary and use of German in contexts relating to the world of work. It is typically taken in conjunction with MLG160A. Classes will be conducted mainly in German. This module is also available through the medium of Welsh.

  • MLG160BW Iaith Almaeneg 1B

    Nod y modiwl yw atgyfnerthu ac ymestyn y sgiliau iaith a ddatblygwyd gan fyfyrwyr wrth astudio am Safon Uwch (neu gymhwyster cyfwerth) ac yn MLG160AW a hwyluso datblygiad eu hyfedredd ieithyddol. Mae'n canolbwyntio ar ddatblygu rhuglder a chywirdeb wrth ysgrifennu a siarad Almaeneg ymhellach, gan sefydlu dealltwriaeth ramadegol gadarn o'r iaith, ac ymestyn geirfa'r myfyrwyr i'w galluogi i ddarllen, ysgrifennu, dehongli a siarad am faterion sy'n berthnasol i gymdeithas a diwylliant Almaeneg cyfoes. Bydd y modiwl yn ceisio gwella cyflogadwyedd myfyrwyr drwy gyflwyno Almaeneg Proffesiynol iddynt, gan ddarparu sylfaen yng ngeirfa a defnydd Almaeneg ym myd gwaith. Cynhelir y dosbarthiadau yn Almaeneg yn bennaf. Mae'r modiwl hwn yn cael ei astudio'n aml ar y cyd ag MLG160AW. Mae fersiwn cyfrwng Saesneg o'r modiwl hwn ar gael hefyd, sef MLG160B.

  • MLG204 Power and the Personal: Shifting Identities in Modern German Culture

    How far are contemporary German identities still shaped by memories of the Second World War and the Cold-War division of Europe which followed? Or are the influences of global and youth culture more significant? Is German national identity inevitably associated with guilt? What part is played in identity formation by gender, migration and generation? What is it like to be Jewish in Germany today? Is there still a place for religion in expressions of Germanness? Is it still possible to talk of a west and an east German identity, or has that divide been overcome? How intimately are German identities still influenced by questions of `Heimat' (home / belonging / place)? These questions and others are posed in the texts and films on this module, all of which are outstanding examples of German cultural expression in the new Berlin Republic. At the heart of the module is the question: how is the personal sphere of identity bound up with the workings of power?

  • MLG270B Intermediate German Language 2B

    This module is the foundation of advanced level study of German which will equip students who have previously taken MLG108 and MLG109 Beginner German with the skills needed to use German in general and professional environments. The module concentrates on further developing fluency and accuracy in written and spoken German, establishing a firm grammatical understanding of the language, and extending students’ vocabulary to read, write, interpret and speak about issues related to contemporary German society and culture. The module also aims to enhance students’ employability by providing a grounding in the vocabulary and use of German in contexts relating to the world of work. It is typically taken in conjunction with MLG270A. Classes will be conducted mainly in German.

  • MLG270BW Iaith Almaeneg Canolradd 2B

    Mae'r modiwl hwn yn gosod y sylfaen ar gyfer astudio Almaeneg ar lefel uwch a fydd yn dysgu'r sgiliau sy'n angenrheidiol i ddefnyddio Almaeneg mewn amgylchiadau cyffredinol a phroffesiynol i fyfyrwyr sydd wedi cwblhau modiwlau Almaeneg i ddechreuwyr (MLG108 AC MLG109 neu gwrs cyfwerth). Mae'n canolbwyntio ar ddatblygu rhuglder a chywirdeb wrth ysgrifennu a siarad Almaeneg, gan sefydlu dealltwriaeth ramadegol gadarn o'r iaith ac ymestyn geirfa'r myfyrwyr i'w galluogi i ddarllen, ysgrifennu, dehongli a siarad am faterion sy'n ymwneud â chymdeithas a diwylliant Almaeneg cyfoes. Bydd y modiwl yn ceisio gwella cyflogadwyedd myfyrwyr drwy gyflwyno Almaeneg Proffesiynol iddynt, gan ddarparu sylfaen yng ngeirfa a defnydd Almaeneg ym myd gwaith. Cynhelir y dosbarthiadau yn Almaeneg yn bennaf. Mae'r modiwl hwn yn cael ei astudio'n aml ar y cyd ag MLG270AW. Mae fersiwn cyfrwng Saesneg o'r modiwl hwn ar gael hefyd, sef MLG270B..

  • MLG343 Power and the Personal: Shifting Identities in Modern German Culture

    How far are contemporary German identities still shaped by memories of the Second World War and the Cold-War division of Europe which followed? Or are the influences of global and youth culture more significant? Is German national identity inevitably associated with guilt? What part is played in identity formation by gender, migration and generation? What is it like to be Jewish in Germany today? Is there still a place for religion in expressions of Germanness? Is it still possible to talk of a west and an east German identity, or has that divide been overcome? How intimately are German identities still influenced by questions of `Heimat' (home / belonging / place)? These questions and others are posed in the texts and films on this module, all of which are outstanding examples of German cultural expression in the new Berlin Republic. At the heart of the module is the question: how is the personal sphere of identity bound up with the workings of power?

  • MSS106 Hollywood: A History of American Film

    Hollywood: A History of American Cinema is a contextual and chronological study of the history of Hollywood, its effect on American society and its attempts to reflect the changes of that society. Key films are studied in depth and in relation to each other and to social and political developments in the USA.

Supervision

  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    MA
    Other supervisor: Professor Julian Preece
  • Women writers in literary journalism: Edna Staebler in context (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Yan Wu
  • Elective Affinities: Memory Empathy and the Weight of History in the work of Herta Muller (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Katharina Hall
  • Fluid sexuality in the writing of Jeanette Winterson (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Sarah Gamble
  • 'Intercultural and Intertextual Encounters in Michael roes'''' Travel Fiction.' (awarded 2013)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Julian Preece

Research Groups

  • Centre for Contemporary German Culture

    The Centre for Contemporary German Culture (CCGC) produces world-class research on the literature and culture of twentieth- and twenty-first century Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The Centre is unique to Wales and makes an important contribution to German Studies in Britain, Europe and North America. It aims to promote and stimulate further research on the work of contemporary German-language authors and film-makers in the English-speaking world.

  • GENCAS (Centre for Research into Gender and Culture in Society)

    Interdisciplinary Gender Research Centre, Swansea University.