Dr Joanna Neilly

Associate Professor, Fellow and Tutor in German, St Peter’s College


My research focuses on German literature and culture of the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and its later reception. Particular interests include German Romanticism, the writing of E.T.A. Hoffmann, myth, orientalism, and cultural transfer. 

I was awarded my Ph.D at the University of Edinburgh in 2013, for my thesis ‘The Image of the Orient in E.T.A. Hoffmann’s Writing’. My first book, derived from this thesis, is entitled E.T.A. Hoffmann’s Orient: Romantic Aesthetics and the German Imagination, and was published in Legenda’s ‘Germanic Literatures’ series in 2016.

I am now working on a new project which explores German Romanticism as a theoretical model for world literature.



E.T.A. Hoffmann’s Orient: Romantic Aesthetics and the German Imagination (Oxford: Legenda, 2016)

Articles in peer-reviewed journals

‘Wilhelm Müller’s Leiermann, Elfriede Jelinek’s Leierfrau, and Radical Repetition’, forthcoming in Publications of the English Goethe Society, 88:1 (2019)

‘German Romanticism as Translational World Literature: Friedrich Schlegel’s Lucinde and Andrés Neuman’s El Viajero del Siglo’, Modern Languages Open, 2018 (1), 24. Fully open access: https://www.modernlanguagesopen.org/articles/10.3828/mlo.v0i0.179/

‘Speculative Authorship: The Family Narrative as Editorial Project in Theodor Storm’s Carsten Curator’,  Forum for Modern Language Studies, 54:3 (2018), 320-34

‘The Dangers of Harmony: German Romantic Thought in Angela Carter’s The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman’, Forum for Modern Language Studies, 53:2 (2017), 200-219

‘Writers’ Lives for the Nation: Karl Gutzkow’s Author-Biographies and the German Book Market’, Oxford German Studies, 45:2 (2016), 157-74

Alla Turca versus the Romantic East: E.T.A. Hoffmann and Oriental-Style Music’, German Life and Letters, 67:2 (2014), 139-58

Edited journals

‘The Author in the Popular Imagination: Views from the Nineteenth Century’, Special Issue of Forum for Modern Language Studies, 54:3 (2018) (with Sandra Mayer)

MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities, 6: ‘Melancholy’ (2011) (with Alex Stuart)

MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities, 5: ‘Myth’ (2010) (with John McKeane)


I teach the German Paper VIII, Papers X and XI (Goethe, Hoffmann, Hölderlin, Kleist, Heine, Mann), and the prelims literature papers. I also teach translation into and from German.

As a former attendee of the Sutton Trust Summer School (now replaced by UNIQ Summer School at Oxford), I am particularly interested in schools access work. I have led seminars at UNIQ and college-based academic taster sessions.

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