Dr K Gwyer

Kirstin Gwyer, MSt, DPhil
Departmental Lecturer in German


Kirstin Gwyer’s research interests are in twentieth- and twenty-first-century German literature, with a particular focus on Holocaust literature and contemporary German-Jewish and American-Jewish writing, postmodernism and post-postmodernism, and literature since the Wende.


German language, German literature from the eighteenth century to the present, with a special interest in modernist and contemporary writing. Prescribed authors offered include Thomas Mann, Kafka, Grass and Sebald.



‘Gynter Grass bald anders: Taking the Self out of Autobiography in Grass’s Beim Häuten der Zwiebel’, Oxford German Studies, 48.3 (2019)

‘H. G. Adler’s Complicated Modernism’, in A Modernist in Exile: The International Reception of H. G. Adler, ed. by Lynn L. Wolff (Legenda, 2019)

Giving up the Ghost: The Haunting of Modern Culture, ed. with Karen Leeder (in prep. for Palgrave Macmillan)

‘“You think your writing belongs to you?”: Intertextuality in Contemporary Jewish Post-Holocaust Literature’, Humanities 7.1 (2018), 20 (1-18). doi:10.3390/h7010020

‘Beyond Lateness? “Postmemory” and the Late(st) German-Language Family Novel’, in Figuring Lateness: Lateness, Belatedness and Late Style in Modern German Culture, ed. by Karen Leeder (= New German Critique 125 (2015)), 137-53

‘ “Schmerzensspuren der Geschichte(n)”: Memory and Intertextuality in H. G. Adler and W. G. Sebald, in Memory, Witnessing, Poetics: H. G. Adler and W. G. Sebald, ed. by Helen Finch and Lynn L. Wolff (Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2014), 112-36

Encrypting the Past: The German-Jewish Holocaust Novel of the First Generation (Oxford: OUP, 2014)

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