List of Publications
*Reframing Antifascism: Memory, Genre and the Life Writings of Greta Kuckhoff (manuscript submitted to Palgrave) (90,000 words).
Greta Kuckhoff belonged to the anti-Nazi group, 'The Red Orchestra'. She survived the end of the War and spent the next thirty years working to commemorate their antifascist resistance. Through radio broadcasts, letters, exhibitions, journal articles, film, and autobiography, she challenged those who condemned the group as traitors or hailed them as Soviet spies. Using previously unpublished archival sources, this book traces the fascinating interventions of this key figure from the GDR and raises provocative questions about remembering antifascism in contemporary Germany.
*‘Communicating History: The Archived Letter and Memories of "The Red Orchestra"’, in Becoming East Germans: Socialist Structures and Sensibilities after Hitler, ed. Mary Fulbrook and Andrew Port, Berghahn, in press, 8,800 words.
*’Reframing Antifascism: Greta Kuckhoff as Author, Commentator and Critic’, in ed. Anna Saunders and Debbie Pinfold, Remembering and Rethinking the GDR: Multiple Perspectives and Plural Authenticities, Palgrave Macmillan, in press, 6,200 words.
Single Authored Monographs:
Women Without A Past? German Autobiographical Writings and Fascism. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi. 2007, 381 pp. ISBN 9042022280
Who remembers, and how? Debates about the role of memory as history - and of literature as memory - have increasingly come to fascinate those interested in how we look at our pasts as a means for understanding the present. Women without a Past? brings together for the first time autobiographies written by seven women who experienced Nazism from different perspectives: Elfriede Brüning, Hilde Huppert, Greta Kuckhoff, Elisabeth Langgässer, Melita Maschmann, Inge Scholl, and Grete Weil. Their autobiographies provoke diverse and challenging answers to questions about who remembers what, when, where, how and on behalf of whom. This book foregrounds the positive political potential of re-reading well-known texts and seeking out reasons why others have been marginalized. It examines autobiography as a form of writing at the very centre of contemporary debates on the 'self', 'truth' and 'history'. Women without a Past? offers new insights into the politics of memory and autobiography, and will be of particular interest to researchers and students engaging with women's writing and memories of Nazism.
Reviewed in: Monatshefte, Gender & History, German Quarterly, Forum for Modern Language Studies, Debatte, H-German. Reviewers’ comments: 'Sayner writes with ease and confidence', 'Sayner's book impresses with its close textual readings and stringent argumentation', 'insightful', 'provocative re-readings of known texts' and 'painstakingly detailed analysis', 'a vital source'.
ed. with Nigel Harris, The Text and Its Context. Studies in Modern German Literature and Society Presented to Ronald Speirs on the Occasion of his 65th Birthday, Oxford; New York; Frankfurt am Main: Lang, 2008, pp. 356. ISBN 978-3-03910-928-9
‘Educating Educators of Memory’, Journal for Educational Media, Memory and Society, 2011, 3 (2), 137-154.
‘The Personal and the Political: Remembering Adam Kuckhoff, Remembering Resistance’, in Antifaschismus Revisited: Geschichte – Ideologie – Erinnerung, Special Issue Zeitschrift der Auschwitz-Stiftung Brüssel, Éditions Kimé, Paris, Nr. 104, ed. Carola Hähnel-Mesnard, 2009, 122-36.
‘Memories of Victimhood: Nazism and the Challenge of the Autobiographical’, Forum for Modern Language Studies, 43, 2007, 301-315.
‘Ich lebe nicht wirklich in dieser Zeit: Negotiations of Local and National Identities in Elfriede Brüning's Jeder lebt für sich allein’, German Monitor, 68, 2007, 317-332.
‘Man muß die bunten Blüten abreißen…: Memories of Fascism in Melita Maschmann's Fazit’, Forum for Modern Language Studies, Special Issue, Representations of War, 41, 2005, 213-225.
Chapters in Edited Volumes:
‘Gendering the Memoirist: Antifascism and The Politics of Life-Writing’, in Life Writing and Political Memoir – Lebenszeugnisse und Politische Memoiren, ed. Magnus Brechtken, V & R unipress, 2012, pp. 243-58. ISBN 978-3-89971-978-9
‘Between Denigration, Idealization and Historicization: Memories of Nazism and Everyday Antifascism’, in Remembering the German Democratic Republic: Divided Memory in a United Germany, ed. David Clarke and Ute Wölfel, Basingstoke: Palgrave McMillan, 2011, pp. 237-248, ISBN 0-230-27550-8
‘Living Antifascism: Greta Kuckhoff’s writings in Die Weltbühne’, in Writing Under Socialism, ed. Meesha Nehru & Sara Jones, Nottingham: Critical, Cultural and Communications Press, 2011, pp. 71-94. ISBN 978-1-60271034-4
‘The Organic Intellectual: The Public and Political Impact of Greta Kuckhoff 1945-1949’, in Cultural Impact: Theoretical and Practical Issues of Reception in the German-Speaking World, ed. Rebecca Braun and Lyn Marvyn, Rochester, New York: Camden House, 2010, pp. 227-242. ISBN: 978 1 57113 430 1
‘“Ich schäme mich meiner Augen”: Photography and Autobiographical Identities in Grete Weil’s Leb ich denn, wenn andere leben’, in German Life Writing in the Twentieth Century. A Volume of Essays, ed. Birgit Dahlke, Dennis Tate and Roger Woods, Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2010, pp. 105-120. ISBN 978 1 57113 3137
‘Approaches to the Media’, in The Media: An Introduction, ed. Daniele Albertazzi and Paul Cobley, Harlow: Longman, 2009, pp. 13-34. ISBN: 9781405840361
‘Constructing Identities and Remembering Fascism: The Published Letters of Elisabeth Langgässer’, in Gender, the Letter and Politics, ed. by Caroline Bland and Maire Cross, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004, pp. 241-252. ISBN 0754638510
‘Eine Existenz aus Erinnerung: Grete Weils Leb ich denn, wenn andere leben’, in Zwischen Trivialität und Postmoderne: Literatur von Frauen in den 90er Jahren, ed. by Ilse Nagelschmidt et al., Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2002, pp. 95-112. ISBN 3631374453
The Year's Work is an annual critical bibliography of work done in Romance and Celtic, Germanic, and Slavonic studies. ‘YWMLS is the single most comprehensive evaluative survey of scholarship on European and Latin American languages and literatures. Taken together, the annual volumes offer an incomparable record of scholarly and critical trends as well as of the fluctuations of academic reputations of literary works and authors.’ James L. Harner, Literary Research Guide: An Annotated Listing of Reference Sources in English Literary Studies, 3rd edn (New York: Modern Language Assn of America, 1998), p. 540.
‘German Literature 1945-Present’, in The Year's Work in Modern Language Studies 2009, ed. Stephen Parkinson, 2011, pp. 687-685 ISBN: 978-1-907322-32-7.
‘German Literature 1945-Present’ in Years Work in Modern Language Studies 2008, ed. Stephen Parkinson, 2010, pp.685-721 ISBN: 978 1 906540 91 3.
‘German Literature 1945-Present’ in Years Work in Modern Language Studies 2007, ed. Stephen Parkinson, 2009, pp. 783-820 ISBN 978-1-906540-32-6.
‘Mastery over the Affects" and the Dangers of Critical Reflection’. H-Net Reviews. http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showpdf.php?id=25290, October 6,2009.
‘The Songs of Horror’. H-Net Reviews. http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showpdf.php?id=23756, February 1, 2009.
‘Literarischer Antisemitismus nach Auschwitz’, Monatshefte, 100:4, Winter 2008, pp. 638-640.
‘Jüdisch zu schreiben’. H-Net Reviews. http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=14622, June 2008.
Review of Pascale R. Bos, German-Jewish Literature in the Wake of the Holocaust: Grete Weil, Ruth Klüger and the Politics of Address (Palgrave 2005), H-German March 2007.