Dr Alexandra Lloyd

Lecturer in German

Alexandra Lloyd, MA, PGCE, DPhil, FHEA       
Fellow by Special Election in German, St Edmund Hall 

Stipendiary Lecturer in German, Magdalen College, Trinity College, University College                


Alex Lloyd’s main research interests are in post-1945 literature and film, particularly cultural memory, depictions of children and childhood, and intersections between literature and visual culture. Her AHRC-funded doctoral thesis (Wadham College, 2012) examined post-1989 representations of childhood and youth under Nazism. A revised version of the thesis appeared in Legenda’s Germanic Literatures series in 2020: Childhood, Memory, and the Nation: Young Lives under Nazism in Contemporary German Culture.

Recently, Alex has been working on a monograph examining responses to the legacy of fascism and World War II in German-language comics. A new introduction to the White Rose resistance circle is forthcoming with Bodleian Library Publishing in 2022, and a special issue of Oxford German Studies (‘The White Rose and the Uses of Culture’) is in preparation, co-edited with Karolina Watroba (All Souls). As both a singer and a linguist, Alex is also interested in the relationship between language, translation, and music.


Alex teaches German language and literature from the mid-eighteenth to the twenty-first century, in particular post-1945 literature and film. Modern prescribed authors offered include Thomas Mann, Günter Grass, Christian Petzold, and Christa Wolf. Recent undergraduate lectures include series on post-Wende literature and film, women’s writing, and cultural memory. Other recent courses taught include Advanced German Translation (Paper XII) and a special subject on the Master of Studies course (Literature and Visual Culture after 1900). Recent mini-lectures (‘Teddy Talks’) on ‘How to spot a liar in literature’ and ‘Children’s views of World War II’ are available as University of Oxford podcasts.

In June 2019 Alex received a Teaching Excellence Award from Oxford University’s Humanities Division. The award is made ‘in recognition of the high quality of her teaching’ and ‘the important contribution she makes to the teaching of German’. 

For a number of years she was part of the team which runs the Oxford German Network, an initiative of the German department of the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages dedicated to cross-cultural cooperation between schools, cultural organisations, businesses, and policy-makers. She continues to collaborate with the network through the Oxford German Olympiad’s White Rose awards. 


Childhood, Memory, and the Nation: Young Lives under Nazism in Contemporary German Culture, Germanic Literatures 23 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2020)

‘Emotional History and Legacies of War in Recent German Comics and Graphic Novels’, in Documenting Trauma in Comics: Traumatic Pasts, Embodied Histories, and Graphic Reportage, ed. by Dominic Davies and Candida Rifkind (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020)

The White Rose: Reading, Writing, Resistance, ed. by Alexandra Lloyd (Oxford: Taylor Institution Library, 2019)

‘Afterimages of a Saint: Felicitas Hoppe’s Johanna and the Poetics of Writing History’, Journal of Romance Studies, 18 (2018), 341-56


Yoko Tawada in Dialogue, ed. by Christoph Held, Henrike Lähnemann, and Alexandra Lloyd (Oxford: Taylor Institution Library, 2018)

‘Translating Tawada’, in Yoko Tawada in Dialogue, ed. by Christoph Held, Henrike Lähnemann, and Alexandra Lloyd (Oxford: Taylor Institution Library, 2018)

‘Wir wollten doch wissen, wie groß die Gefahr war: The German War Child as Icon and Agent in Berlin School Essays, 1946’, The War Child in the Occupation Period (1945-9), ed. by Beate Müller, Debbie Pinfold, Ute Wölfel, special issue of German Life and Letters, 69 (2016), 437-52


‘Songs of Innocence and Experience:’ Michael Haneke’s Cinematic Visions of Childhood’, Modern Language Review, 111 (2016), 183-207


Childhood in German Film after 1989, ed. by Alexandra Lloyd and Ute Wölfel, special issue of Oxford German Studies, 44 (2015)


‘Rescreening Erich Kästner after the Wall: Adaptations in the Berlin Republic’, Childhood in German Film after 1989, ed. by Alexandra Lloyd and Ute Wölfel, special issue of Oxford German Studies, 44 (2015), 289-310


‘Dolls and Play: Material Culture and Memories of Girlhood in Germany, 1933-1945’, in Dolls Studies: The Many Meanings of Girls’ Toys and Play, ed. by Miriam Forman-Brunell and Jennifer Whitney (New York: Peter Lang, 2015), pp. 37-63


‘Institutionalized Stories: Childhood and National Socialism in Contemporary German Museum Displays’, Post-War Literature and Institutions, ed. by Seán M. Williams and W. Daniel Wilson, special issue of Oxford German Studies, 43 (2014), 89-105


‘Writing Childhood in Ruth Klüger’s weiter leben: Eine Jugend‘, Forum for Modern Language Studies, 49 (2013), 175-83



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