Dr Ruth Whittle, FHEA FHEA


Lecturer in German Studies

Department of Modern Languages: German Studies

Photograph of Dr Ruth Whittle

Contact details

Ashley Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


As a student you are most likely to know me in my role of year abrod tutor for German and Chair of the School's Year Abroad Committee. I teach courses on 19th- and early 20th-century German literature as well as language classes, particularly business German.

My research interests are in 19th- and 20th century German literature, literary history and the history of German Studies, and the pedagogy of learning.


  • She teaches German language and literature at all levels. Her particular interests are in business German and 19th century German literature.
  • Awarded a BUTF (Birmingham University Teaching Fellowship) for 2011/2012.

Postgraduate supervision

She has supervised theses on professional women’s biographical writing and female suicide.


Her Research interests include 19th and early 20th century German literature  as well as foreign language acquisition, particularly e-learning. In her current project she investigates the relationship between gender, canon and literary history.

Other activities

  • Departmental Erasmus tutor
  • Chair LCAHM Year Abroad Committee


Latest books

  • Monograph: Gender, Canon and Literary History; The Changing Place of Nineteenth-Century German Women Writers (1835-1918) (Berlin/Boston: 2013)
  • co-editor (with Suanne Kord) Re-Thinking the German Enlightenment, A Special Number of German Life and Letters in Honour of David Hill (Jan 2008)
  •  (with Debbie Pinfold) Voices of Rebellion, Political Writing by Malwida von Meysenbug, Fanny Lewald, Johanna Kinkel and Louise Aston (Oxford: Lang, 2005).
  • Lead author of Modern German Grammar (London: Routledge, 3rd ed. 2011).

Some recent articles

  • „Völkisch-nationale Weiblichkeitsentwürfe bei Ludwig Geiger und August Sauer“, in: Steffen Hoehne et al (eds.), August Sauer (1855-1926). Ein Intellektueller in Prag zwischen Kultur- und Wissenschaftspolitik, Cologne: Böhlau 2011;
  • „Karl Gutzkow in der deutschen Literaturgeschichte. Impotenter Reflexionsschwelger oder ‚Ritter vom Geiste‘. Gutzkow und seine Zeitgenossen. Bielefeld: Aisthesis 2011.

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