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 and nomadism; ethics; and mothering (Emily Jeremiah).
Recent publications include a major study of Goethe by Professor W. Daniel Wilson, Goethe Männer Knaben: Ansichten zur 'Homosexualität' (2012), and a book on contemporary women’s writing in German by Dr Emily Jeremiah, Nomadic Ethics in Contemporary Women’s Writing in German: Strange Subjects (2012).
Dr Hughes is currently writing a monograph examining the interaction between sport, culture and national identity in Germany, traced in part through the biography of the celebrated boxer Max Schmeling (1905-2005), whose life has been the subject of numerous literary, artistic and cinematic adaptations. He also has ongoing research interests in the work of modern German-language authors including Joseph Roth and Hermann Hesse.
Dr Jeremiah is working on a co-edited volume, Motherhood in Literature and Culture, to be published by Routledge in 2017, and on a monograph provisionally entitled Becoming Woman, which will explore the depiction of young women in contemporary German and Anglo-American literature.
Professor Wilson is working on a book on the history of Germany's most important literary society - the Goethe Society (Goethe-Gesellschaft in 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.