Dr K Gwyer

Kirstin Gwyer, MSt, DPhil
Departmental Lecturer in German
 

Research

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

Teaching

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.

 

Publications

‘Planetarity in the Global? Modern Jewish Literature in English’, in Disseminating Jewish Literatures: Knowledge, Research, Curricula, ed. by Ruth Fine, Natasha Gordinsky, Kader Konuk, Claudia Olk, Galili Shahar, and Susanne Zepp (Berlin, Boston: de Gruyter Mouton, 2020)

‘In the Shadow of No Memories? The Role of Dementia in Contemporary Aftermath Writing’, in Violent Memories: The Politics of Dementia in Contemporary Literature, Film and Comics, ed. by Irmela Marei Krüger-Fürhoff, Nina Schmidt and Sue Vice (Berlin: de Gruyter, 2020)

‘Gynter Grass bald anders: Taking the Self out of Autobiography in Grass’s Beim Häuten der Zwiebel’, Oxford German Studies, 48.3 (2019), 328-45

‘H. G. Adler’s “Grenzgängertum”: Trans-Border Travel between Enlightenment Epistemology and Modernist Representation’, in A Modernist in Exile: The International Reception of H. G. Adler, ed. by Lynn L. Wolff (Cambridge: 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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