I am Chair of Women in German Studies: https://womeningermanstudies.wordpress.com. 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, I have published extensively on the ‘Eastern Turn’ in contemporary German literature. 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'. I have worked extensively on Herta Müller, the 2009 Romanian-German Nobel laureate in Literature. My latest book (with Lyn Marven) Herta Müller (OUP) appeared in 2013, and I am co-organiser of the conference Herta Müller and the Currents of European History in London in September 2017: https://networks.h-net.org/node/79435/discussions/165865/cfp-herta-müller-and-currents-european-history-london-15032017.

A new research interest is the themes of Illness, death and dying in literature and film. My essay on Andreas Dresent and Michael Haneke has recently appeared in this volume: https://peterlangoxford.wordpress.com/2017/01/18/andreas-dresen-published/, and I am currently working on Parkinson’s Disease narratives, including Richard Wagner’s Herr Parkinson

Areas of Expertise

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

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.), (pp. 169-192). Oxford: Peter Lang.
  2. & (Eds.). The Eastern Turn in Contemporary German-Language Literature. Brigid Haines; Anca Luca Holden (Ed.), Oxford: Wiley.
  3. & (Eds.). Herta Müller. Brigid Haines, Lyn Marven (Ed.), Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  4. 'Die akute Einsamkeit des Menschen': Herta Müller's 'Herztier'. In Valentina Glajar, Bettina Brandt (Ed.), Herta Müller: Politics and Aesthetics. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.
  5. Saša Stanišić, 'Wie der Soldat das Grammofon repariert': Reinscribing Bosnia, or: Sad Things, Positively. In Lyn Marven and Stuart Taberner (Ed.), Emerging German-Language Novelists of the Twenty-First Century. (pp. 105-118). Rochester, New York: Camden House.

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Teaching

  • ML-102 Modern European Film: Themes and Perspectives

    This module explores themes of metamorphoses and adaptation in six contemporary European films. Each film depicts transformative human experiences, significant events that can be seen as rites of passage in various stages of people's lives. The module also introduces methods by which such experiences are represented through the medium of film. The films selected for this module are in French, German, Italian, and Spanish, and are all subtitled.

  • 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).

  • MLG100A Introduction to German Culture (A) - 1871 to 1945

    This module provides all students of German with an insight into the main historical and cultural developments in Germany from national unification in 1871 to the end of the Second World War. It also examines examples of short texts in German and German film against the historical background in which they were produced. The module provides students with the skills and foundation knowledge which they need to pursue other academic modules in German in more detail.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • MLG307 Translation for Exchange Students I

    The aim of this module is to tackle the specific problems which native speakers of German face in translating German texts into English. Students are given material for translation every week, drawn from a range of different sources (historical, journalistic, literary, theoretical).

  • 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

  • An Aesthetic for its Time? Currency and Anachronism in Heinrich Böll’s ‘Aesthetik des Humanen’ (current)

    Student name:
    MA
    Other supervisor: Prof Julian Preece
  • Fetishism and Fluidity: Jeanette Winterson's Narratives of Diverse Pleasure and Desire (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Steven Vine
  • Women writers in literary journalism: Edna Staebler in context (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Yan Wu
  • 'Affective Affinities: Memory, Empathy and the Weight of History in the work of Herta Mueller' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Katharina Hall

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.