Research in German
Our research staff are experts in literature, culture, film and history. Our particular strengths lie in the study of Goethe and the Goethezeit (Professor W. Daniel Wilson); film; the culture of the Weimar Republic; Austrian literature and culture; sport and culture (Dr Jon Hughes); gender studies (Dr Emily Jeremiah, Dr Anja Peters, W. Daniel Wilson); nineteenth-century women writers and publishers (Anja Peters); migration. nomadism, and translation; ethics; and mothering (Emily Jeremiah).
Notable recent publications include an interdisciplinary study by Dr Jon Hughes of the German boxer Max Schmeling, Max Schmeling and the Making of a National Hero in Twentieth-Century Germany (2017), a major study of Goethe by Professor W. Daniel Wilson, Goethe Männer Knaben: Ansichten zur 'Homosexualität' (2012), and books on contemporary women’s writing by Dr Emily Jeremia: Nomadic Ethics in Contemporary Women’s Writing in German: Strange Subjects (2012) and Willful Girls: Gender and Agency in Contemporary Anglo-American and German Fiction (2018).
Dr Hughes is in the process of developing a research project examining the evolution of sportswriting as a journalistic genre in Germany. He also has interests in film and national identity, the Neue Sachlichkeit, and in the work of Joseph Roth and Hermann Hesse.
Dr Jeremiah is co-editor with Gill Rye et al. of Motherhood in Literature and Culture: Interdisciplinary Perspectives from Europe (2017), and is currently working on a project relating to ageing, gender, and creativity.
Professor Wilson is working on a book on the history of Germany's most important literary society - the Goethe Society (Goethe-Gesellschaft, Weimar) - in the Weimar Republic and especially the ‘Third Reich’.
We welcome postgraduate students with research interests in German Studies. PhDs and MA by Research dissertations supervised in the School include projects on DEFA's Indianerfilme, Justice and the Law in recent French and German Crime Fiction, Otherness in the Cinema of the Weimar Republic, Work and Workers in the Literature of the Weimar Republic, and Representations of the Holocaust in Recent Literature in English and German.