I am Reader in European Intellectual History in the Department of Modern Languages, and Director of the Institute for German Studies. I also direct the University's Graduate Centre for Europe.
My research interests are in modern German intellectual history and in the cultural history of war and political violence in twentieth-century Germany.
DPhil, University of Oxford
MA, University of Oxford
BA, University of Oxford, in Philosophy and Modern Languages (First Class Honours)
I completed my first degree and a doctorate at the University of Oxford.
I was a Junior Research Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford (1990-94) and a Humboldt Research Fellow in Germany (1994-95). I was Lecturer in German at the University of St Andrews for ten years before coming to Birmingham in 2005.
I have held visiting professorships at California State University, Long Beach (2004) and Loyola University Maryland (2011-12).
I currently teach the following undergraduate courses in the Department of Modern Languages:
German language (at all levels)
Nietzsche (final-year option)
German First World War Writing (final-year option)
Fascism in Western Europe (final-year option)
Thomas Mann (second-year option)
Cultures of Protest and Terror in West Germany, 1967-1977 (second-year option)
I also teach on a variety of European Studies programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
I am currently supervising six PhD projects:
Nietzsche, Goethe and Nineteenth-Century Traditions of "Bildung"
The Creative and Critical Power of the Aphorism in Nietzsche and Hohl
The Son as Adam and Christ: Literary Uses of Biblical Imagery in Hartmann von Aue's Gregorius, Kafka's Die Verwandlung, and Thomas Mann's Der Erwählte
A Critical Analysis of the Relationship between Nietzsche's Idea of the Dionysian and Artistic Creation in the Works of Thomas Mann and Gabriele D’Annunzio
A Comparative Study of Thomas Mann's Der Zauberberg and T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land
Shakespeare and German Reunification: The Interface of Politics and Performance
I have supervised a further two PhD and eleven Master's theses to successful completion.
I welcome applications from prospective postgraduate students wishing to research aspects of modern German intellectual and cultural history.
I research aspects of modern German intellectual history and the cultural history of war and political violence in twentieth-century Germany.
My research specialisms are:
The reception of Weimar classicism
The roots and reception of Nietzsche's thought
The First World War in German culture and memory
The writings of Thomas Mann
Nazi cultural practices and their legacies
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