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


  1. (Eds.). Herta Müller and the Currents of European History. Wiley.
  2. 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.
  3. Begegnung mit einer Krankheit: Richard Wagners Herr Parkinson im internationalen Vergleich. In Spiegelungen: Zeitschrift für deutsche Kultur und Geschichte Südosteuropas. (pp. 1-240).
  5. & (Eds.). Herta Müller. Brigid Haines, Lyn Marven (Ed.), Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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  • 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.


  • Representations of the Humane in Selected Works of Fiction by Heinrich Boll. (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Julian Preece
  • Fetishism and Fluidity: Jeanette Winterson's Narratives of Diverse Pleasure and Desire (awarded 2018)

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

    Student name:
    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.