I have research interests in twentieth-century German literature, in particular: the literary ‘inner emigration’ or ‘inner exile’ of non-conformist writers in Nazi Germany (Andres, Wiechert, Bergengruen, le Fort, Reck-Malleczewen, Schneider, Jünger); the relationship between writers in inner and territorial exile; and post-war literature of the Adenauer era. I have further interests across the field of foreign language learning and teaching, including the development of foreign language proficiency, content-based language learning, pedagogical grammar, and language teacher development.
From 2016–2019 I will be Principal Investigator on a three-year Leverhulme Trust Research Project exploring 'Inner and Outer Exile in Fascist Germany and Spain'. I will be working with Co-Investigators Dr Mónica Jato and Dr Elisenda Marcer of Hispanic Studies and Emeritus Professor Bill Dodd of German Studies. The project will employ two research assistants and two PhD students to provide a unique contrastive study that focuses on terminology, self-identity, literary tropes and the uses of history, exploits archival sources to make little-known works available in English translation, and opens up the field for wider interdisciplinary research.