Dr Kirstin Gwyer

Dr Kristin Gwyer
Stipendiary Lecturer in German
BA, MSt, DPhil

Kirstin Gwyer studied at St Hugh’s College, Oxford, for a BA in French and German, an MSt in European Literature, and a DPhil in German.

Since then, she has held Lectureships at St John’s and St Catherine’s and St Edmund Hall, a JRF at Merton, and Lectureships at St Hugh’s and St Anne’s and at New College, before joining Oriel as a College lecturer in 2016.

Research interests

Kirstin’s research interests are in the first-generation Holocaust novel; contemporary German-Jewish and American-Jewish literature; contemporary responses to the Holocaust; the German family novel since the Wende; ghosts and the ‘spectral turn’; postmodernism and post-postmodernism.

Selected publications

Encrypting the Past: The German-Jewish Holocaust Novel of the First Generation (Oxford: OUP, 2014)

‘“Schmerzensspuren der Geschichte(n)”: Memory and Intertextuality in H.G. Adler and W.G. Sebald’, in Memory, Witnessing, Poetics: H.G. Adler and W.G. Sebald, ed. by Helen Finch and Lynn L. Wolff (Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2014), 112-36

‘Beyond Lateness? “Postmemory” and the Late(st) German-Language Family Novel’, in Figuring Lateness: Lateness, Belatedness and Late Style in Modern German Culture, ed. by Karen Leeder (= New German Critique 125 (2015)), 137-53

Giving up the Ghost: The Haunting of Modern Culture, ed. with Karen Leeder (in prep. for Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)

A Modernist in Exile: The International Reception of H.G. Adler, ed. with Lynn L. Wolff (in prep. for Legenda, 2018)