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Professor Allyson Fiddler

Professor Allyson Fiddler

Professor

Bowland North
Lancaster University
Bailrigg
Lancaster
United Kingdom
LA1 4YN


Tel: +44 1524 592471
Location: B82, Bowland North

Affiliations

Centre for Gender and Women's Studies
Centre for Transcultural Writing and Research
Centre for Performance and Practice

My research interests encompass contemporary German-speaking culture in a number of forms - literary, filmic, and more broadly socio-political. I'm very interested in the Nobel-prize-winning author Elfriede Jelinek and continue to publish articles and chapters on her work.  My recent work and publications have focused on issues concerning literary and cultural protest, or resistance against the extreme right in present-day Austria. 

PhD Supervision Interests

Contemporary German Cultural and Literary Studies, including film studies, single-author/playwright/film-maker studies, women's studies, and especially interested in Austrian Studies

Current Teaching

GERM 100/101: German Studies Part I

GERM 233: Becoming German: identity-formation in modern German society and culture

DELC 212: Cinema and Society in Europe and Latin America: Thematic and Formal Perspectives

DELC 213: The Writer and the Text in 20th-Century World Literature

DELC 352: Images of Austria: National Identity and Cultural Representation

DELC 320: Dissertation supervision

Research Interests

My main research focus currently is towards a monograph entitled Resisting Haiderisation. This will contextualise and analyse various different forms of cultural resistance to the populist right-wing in Austria. The impetus is presented by the rise to instutional power of Austria's Freedom Party (FPÖ) in 2000 when it formed a coalition government with the People's Party. Since that time there have been a great number of works, texts, performances, films, essays, songs and so on that have consciously expressed resistance and criticism of this turn to the right. My book will provide a context for reading some of the more important examples.

My recent publications have focused on intercultural themes in contemporary, Austrian culture, dealing, for example, with Austrian-Slovenian cultural history and conflict, with multicultural influences in twenty-first century literature and film, with the representation of sport in culture and as constitutive of national identity, and with popular music and films as examples of cultural protest.

Additional Information

Editorial and International Boards

I am a member of the following international advisory and editorial boards: Modern Austrian Literature, Austrian Studies, the Ingeborg Bachmann Centre (based at the Institute for Germanic and Romance Studies, London) and the Elfriede Jelinek Forschungszentrum, Vienna.

Modern Austrian Literature is a journal that comes out of the organisation Modern Austrian Literature and Culture Association and this can be visited at: http://malca.org/.

The Elfriede Jelinek Research Centre in Vienna is on line at: http://www.praesens.at/elfriede-jelinek-forschungszentrum/.

2014

Translating gender in Austrian literature

Fiddler, A., Howes, G., Leeder, K., Mitchell, M., Pozarkova, M., Kunzelmann, H. & Friedrich, B. 7/04/2014

Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products

More than Mozart and Mahler

Fiddler, A. 24/03/2014

Research output: Other contribution

Performing Austria: protesting the musical nation

Fiddler, A. 20/02/2014 In: IASPM@Journal. 4, 1, p. 5-20 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2012

Lights, camera, …protest! Austrian film-makers and the extreme right

Fiddler, A. 29/02/2012 In: Journal of European Popular Culture. 2, 1, p. 5-18 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2011

The Austrian Noughties: Films, Texts, Debates

Fiddler, A. (ed.), Hughes, J. (ed.) & Krobb, F. (ed.) 1/12/2011 In: Austrian Studies. 19, 1, p. 1-236 236 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

Gauging the millennium's first decade: introduction

Fiddler, A. & Krobb, F. 1/12/2011 In: Austrian Studies. 19, 1, p. 1-5 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Fooling around with film: political visions of Austria - past, present and future

Fiddler, A. 1/12/2011 In: Austrian Studies. 19, 1, p. 126-141 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Of political intentions and trivial conventions: Erika Pluhar's Die Wahl (2003) and Marlene Streeuwitz's Jessica, 30. (2004)

Fiddler, A. 01/2011 In: German Life and Letters. 64, 1, p. 133-144 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2010

Wie lange bleiben blaue Flecke? Erinnerungen und Gedanken aus Großbritannien zum 10. Jahrestag der schwarz-blauen Koalition.

Fiddler, A. 2010 Die beschämte Republik. 10 Jahre nach Schwarz-Blau in Österreich. Baker, F. & Herczeg, P. (eds.). Vienna: Czernin Verlag, p. 71-77 7 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Wie aktuell sind Elfriede Jelineks feministische Theatertexte der 70er und 80er Jahre?

Fiddler, A., Gürtler, C., Honegger, G., Janke, P., Jürs-Munby, K. & Clar, P. 03/2010 Jelinek[Jahr]Buch. Janke, P. (ed.). Vienna: Praesens Verlag, p. 177-185 9 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

A political 'brief': performativity and politicians in short works of Austrian satire

Fiddler, A. 2010 Aesthetics and politics in modern German culture: Festschrift in honour of Rhys W. Williams. Haines, B., Parker, S. & Riordan, C. (eds.). Oxford: Peter Lang, p. 179-193 15 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2007

Die Ausgesperrten. Intermediale Blickpunkte und Hörweisen.

Fiddler, A. 2007 Elfriede Jelinek: “Ich will kein Theater”: Mediale Überschreitungen. Janke, P. (ed.). 3 ed. Vienna: Praesens Verlag, p. 307-319 13 p. (Diskurse, Kontexte, Impulse).

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2006

Shifting boundaries: responses to multiculturalism at the turn of the twenty-first century.

Fiddler, A. L. 2006 A history of Austrian literature.. Kohl, K. M. & Robertson, R. (eds.). Rochester, N.Y.: Camden House, p. 265-289 25 p. (Studies in German literature, linguistics, and culture).

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Im Netz der Moral: Monologe, Massenmedien und Mythology in Elfriede Jelineks 'Babel'.

Fiddler, A. L. 2006 Das Analoge straubt sich gegen das Digitale? Materialitaten des deutschen Theaters in einer Welt des Virtuellen. Barnett, D., McGowan, M. & Jürs-Munby, K. (eds.). Theater der Zeit, p. 101-112 12 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Jelinek: 'Burgtheater'.

Fiddler, A. L. 2006 Landmarks in German comedy.. Hutchinson, P. (ed.). 35 ed. Hamburg: Peter Lang, p. 227-242 16 p. (Britische und irische Studien zur deutschen Sprache und Literatur).

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

'Remember me, but ah! forget my fate': Goran Rebic's Picture of 'Balkan Vienna' in Jugofilm (1997).

Fiddler, A. L. 1/03/2006 In: Studies in European Cinema. 3, 3, p. 201-210 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2005

Carinthia, interculturalism, and Austrian national identity: cultural reflections on 10 October 1920.

Fiddler, A. 04/2005 In: German Life and Letters. 58, 2, p. 195-210 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Sport and national identity in the 'new' Austria: sports plays by Jelinek, Franzobel and Streeruwitz.

Fiddler, A. 2005 Blueprints for no-man's land: connections in contemporary Austrian culture. Stewart, J. & Ward, S. (eds.). Oxford: Peter Lang, p. 111-130 20 p. (Britische und irische Studien zur deutschen Sprache und Literatur; British and Irish studies in German language and literature).

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Jelinek and the university curriculum: honouring by teaching.

Fiddler, A. 2005 In: Modern Austrian Literature. 38, 1-2, p. 69-72 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2004

Female Subjectivity in Women's Writing of the 1970s and 1980s.

Fiddler, A. 2004 Cambridge Companion to the Modern German Novel. Bartram, G. (ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 249-265 17 p. (Cambridge companions to literature).

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2002

Staging Jörg Haider: protest and resignation in Elfriede Jelinek’s Das Lebewohl and other recent texts for the theatre.

Fiddler, A. 1/04/2002 In: Modern Language Review. 97, 2, p. 353-364 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2001

Theorizing and 'Playing' Sport in Elfriede Jelinek: Some Notes on Ein Sportstück.

Fiddler, A. L. 2001 From Perinet to Jelinek: Viennese theatre in its political and intellectual context. Oxford: Peter Lang, p. 271-281 11 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

From Perinet to Jelinek: Viennese theatre in its political and intellectual context.

Fiddler, A., Fiddler, A. (ed.), Yates, W. E. (ed.) & Warren, J. (ed.) 2001 Oxford: Peter Lang. 290 p. (Britische und Irische Studien zur deutschen Sprache und Literatur).

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

1999

Modernist or Postmodernist? The Absurd question in Marlene Streeruwitz

Fiddler, A. 1999 Centre Stage: Contemporary Drama in Austria. Finlay, F. & Jeutter, R. (eds.). Amsterdam: Rodopi, p. 57-72 16 p. (Amsterdamer Publikationen zur Sprache und Literatur).

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

1998

'Other' Austrians: Post-1945 Austrian Women’s Writing.

Fiddler, A. & Fiddler, A. (ed.) 1998 Berne: Peter Lang. 247 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

1997

Postwar Austrian Women’s Writing.

Fiddler, A. 1997 Post-war women’s writing in German: feminist critical approaches. Weedon, C. (ed.). Oxford: Berghahn, p. 243-268 26 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Reading Elfriede Jelinek.

Fiddler, A. 1997 Postwar Women’s Writing in German. Weedon, C. (ed.). Oxford: Berghahn, p. 291-304 14 p. (Feminist Critical Approaches).

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Was geschah, nachdem die Briten Elfriede Jelinek gelesen hatten, oder die Jelinek-Rezeption in Großbritannien.

Fiddler, A. 1997 Elfriede Jelinek: die internationale Rezeption. Bartens, D. & Pechmann, P. (eds.). Graz: Droschl, p. 160-180 21 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

1994

Rewriting Reality: an introduction to Elfriede Jelinek.

Fiddler, A. 1994 Oxford: Berg. 200 p. (New Directions in European Writing).

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

1993

Jelinek’s Ibsen: “Noras” past and present.

Fiddler, A. 1993 In: Austrian Studies. 4, p. 126-138 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Demythologising the Austrian “Heimat”: Elfriede Jelinek as “Nestbeschmutzer”.

Fiddler, A. 1993 From High Priests to Desecrators: Contemporary Austrian Literature. McGowan, M. & Schmidt, R. (eds.). Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, p. 25-44 20 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

1991

Problems with porn: situating Elfriede Jelinek’s Lust.

Fiddler, A. 10/1991 In: German Life and Letters. 44, 5, p. 404-415 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  • The Author and the world: New interdisciplinary approaches to authorship

    06/01/2014 →
    What does it mean to be an author in the contemporary Western world? In line with the expanding remit of literary studies, this project assesses how authors function as cultural artefacts in a var ... Read more»
  • Resisting Haiderisation

    07/09/2007 →
    I'm writing a book about the many forms of cultural resistance to right-wing populism in Austria. When Jörg Haider's 'liberal' party formed part of a coalition government in 2000, the EU reacted wi ... Read more»
  • Intermediality in Elfriede Jelinek

    01/10/2006 → 31/12/2011
    Together with other international experts on Elfriede Jelinek and focused around the Elfriede Jelinek Research Centre at the University of Vienna, this project began with an week of interdisciplinary ... Read more»
  • A Marathon Effort Lifted by Humour

    13/07/2012
    The Times reviewed Sports Play, Jelinek's 1998 play on the theme of sport, war, and contemporary politics, which was given its world première in English at Lancaster University's Nuffield Theatre on ... Read more»
  • Sportstück zu Olympia

    12/07/2012
    The Styrian print run of Austria's largest daily prints a preview of the English-language world première of Jelinek's Sports Play.  The piece is by Michaela Reichart; p. 36.   ... Read more»
  • Sports Play, on Tour

    07/07/2012
    Lancaster University's première of Jelinek's play in English, produced by Just a Must theatre company and in a translation by Penny Black with Karen Juers-Munby is previewed here in the Guardian: "Pl ... Read more»
  • Jelinek Conference and World Première of Sports Play in English

    03/07/2012
    "Sports Play, Nobel Prize winning Elfriede Jelinek’s postdramatic exploration of the commodification of the human body in sport begins its UK tour at Live at LICA in Lancaster on the 11th, arriving ... Read more»
  • Rewriting Reality: an Introduction to Elfriede Jelinek

    01/01/1994
    Allyson Fiddler's expertise and many publications on Elfriede Jelinek were in demand when the Austrian writer won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2004. In this piece, Allyson is interviewed by Neda ... Read more»
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