Dr Brigid Haines
Reader
Modern Languages
Telephone: (01792) 604028
Room: Office - 435
Fourth Floor
Keir Hardie Building
Singleton Campus

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.), Andreas Dressen. (pp. 169-192). Oxford: Peter Lang.
  2. Begegnung mit einer Krankheit: Richard Wagners Herr Parkinson im internationalen Vergleich. Spiegelungen: Zeitschrift für deutsche Kultur und Geschichte Südosteuropas
  3. INTRODUCTION: THE EASTERN EUROPEAN TURN IN CONTEMPORARY GERMAN-LANGUAGE LITERATURE. German Life and Letters 68(2), 145-153.
  4. & (Eds.). Herta Müller. Brigid Haines, Lyn Marven (Ed.), Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  5. '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.

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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.

  • MLG100B Introduction to German Culture (B) - Since 1945

    This module provides all students of German with an insight into the main historical and cultural developments in Germany from the end of the Second World War to the present. It also examines examples of German literature and 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.

  • MLG244 German Cinema of the New Millennium

    Since the turn of the millenium, German film has been enjoying a renaissance. Films such as Goodbye, Lenin (dir. Wolfgang Becker, 2003), Downfall (dir. Oliver Hirschbiegel, 2004), and The Lives of Others (dir. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck , 2006) have attracted worldwide audiences. Viewers have been drawn to the sometimes sensitive, sometimes sensationalist depictions of Germans attempting to come to terms with the double calamities of fascism and communism. The new movement in German film production is explored in this module through other key films by both young and established filmmakers. The chosen films examine the lasting effects of traumatic moments in twentieth-century German history: pre-First World War, the Third Reich, 1968 protest, the GDR and its disappearance. But they also contribute to debates in the twenty-first century, post-unification Berlin Republic on transnationalism, city life versus 'Heimat', the 'normalisation' of Germany as a nation, and the troubling persistence of neo-Nazism; furthermore, they offer new perspectives on universal themes such as conflict, violence and friendship, youth, age and gender. You will examine the cultural, political and economic contexts of contemporary German film production and analyse in detail the aesthetic strategies employed in the selected films.

  • MLG344 German Cinema in the New Millennium

    Since the turn of the millenium, German film has been enjoying a renaissance. Films such as Goodbye, Lenin (dir. Wolfgang Becker, 2003), Downfall (dir. Oliver Hirschbiegel, 2004), and The Lives of Others (dir. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck , 2006) have attracted worldwide audiences. Viewers have been drawn to the sometimes sensitive, sometimes sensationalist depictions of Germans attempting to come to terms with the double calamities of fascism and communism. The new movement in German film production is explored in this module through other key films by both young and established filmmakers. The chosen films examine the lasting effects of traumatic moments in twentieth-century German history: pre-First World War, the Third Reich, 1968 protest, the GDR and its disappearance. But they also contribute to debates in the twenty-first century, post-unification Berlin Republic on transnationalism, city life versus 'Heimat', the 'normalisation' of Germany as a nation, and the troubling persistence of neo-Nazism; furthermore, they offer new perspectives on universal themes such as conflict, violence and friendship, youth, age and gender. You will examine the cultural, political and economic contexts of contemporary German film production and analyse in detail the aesthetic strategies employed in the selected films.

  • 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

  • Artistic Anatomy of Pain: Perception Influenced by Culture and Spirituality (current)

    Student name:
    MA
    Other supervisor: Prof Jim Milton
    Other supervisor: Dr Federico Lopez-Terra
  • Untitled (current)

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

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Yan Wu
  • 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 (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Steven Vine
  • '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.