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Contemporary Arts and Performance, European Languages and Cultures, Gender
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
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
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 (FP÷) 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.
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/.
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