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.