Professor of Contemporary German Literature, Culture and Society – School of Languages, Cultures and Societies
Professor Taberner’s research focuses on the relationships between politics and writing, the role of the German intellectual in the period after 1945, and literature after 1989. He has written on the Holocaust, its impact on post-unification Germany, ‘normalisation’ and national identity, and relationships between Germans and Jews, as expressed in film, literature and intellectual debate. He has also written on ageing in contemporary German-language literature. His book Aging and Old-Age Style in Günter Grass, Ruth Klüger, Christa Wolf, and Martin Walser appeared in late 2013. Professor Taberner is currently completing a book-project on ‘German-language Literature and Transnationalism’, funded by the AHRC, and a volume of essays on Transnationalism in Contemporary German-Language Literature, edited with Elisabeth Herrmann and Carrie Smith-Prei.
University Academic Fellow – School of English
Dr Matthew Boswell’s research focuses on Holocaust representation across a variety of media and artistic forms, including literature, film, documentary, comedy, the graphic novel, popular music and digital performance. In his monograph Holocaust Impiety in Literature, Popular Music and Film (2012) he discusses provocative responses to the Holocaust by non-victims, arguing that while such works are often shocking, the value of shock should not be lightly dismissed in the context of the Holocaust. He is currently holds an AHRC Leadership Fellowship for a project entitled Virtual Holocaust Memory: from Testimony to Holography.
Associate Professor in German – School of Languages, Cultures and Societies
Dr Helen Finch’s monograph on queer masculine identities in the works of W. G. Sebald, Sebald’s Bachelors: Queer Resistance and the Unconforming Life, appeared with Legenda in 2013. She is currently working on a book project entitled ‘Holocaust Literature in German: Canon, Witness, Remediation’. She is a co-investigator on a series of projects linking researchers in the UK and South Africa working on trauma, reconciliation and reparation in the aftermath of German Nazism and Afrikaner nationalism. In addition, she is a co-investigator on a major AHRC Care for the Future research project, ‘Performing the Jewish Archive’.
Centenary Chair in World Cinemas – School of Languages, Cultures and Societies
Professor Cooke is the Centenary Chair in World Cinemas. His research focuses on contemporary German cinema in its political, aesthetic and industrial contexts and he has recently worked on projects which looks at digital heritage and the relationship between European heritage cinema and the wider heritage sector. Professor Cooke has also been involved in filmmaking projects, and recently worked with young Germans to make a series of short films about the former communist East German Stasi prison at Bautzen. Professor Cooke’s publications include Contemporary German Cinema (2012) and Representing East Germany: From Colonization to Nostalgia (2005).
Professor of German – School of Languages, Cultures and Societies
Professor Finlay works on German literature in its social and historical contexts; the role of the writer-intellectual; contemporary Austrian drama and the stage; literature & National Socialism; and post-1989 narrative fiction. He is also currently developing research into the Armenian genocide. His publications include New German Literature: Life-Writing and Dialogue with the Arts (with Julian Preece and Ruth Owen) (2007) and Religion and Identify in Germany Today. Doubters, Believers, Seekers in Literature and Film (with Julian Preece and Sinead Crowe) (2010). Professor Finlay was also a member of the editorial board which oversaw the production of a new edition of The Collected Works of Heinrich Böll for Kiepenheuer & Witsch.