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Summary: Literature and the Holocaust; W. G. Sebald and H. G. Adler; South Africa in a comparative context; archives; cultural trauma; gender and queer identities in German literature
Location: Michael Sadler Building 2.16
Dr. Finch is on research leave from August 2017-July 2018.
Dr Finch is currently working on a book project entitled 'Holocaust Literature in German: Canon, Witness, Remediation'.
She is a co-investigator on a series of projects linking researchers in the UK and South Africa working on trauma, reconciliation and reparation in the aftermath of German Nazism and Afrikaner nationalism. In addition, she is a co-investigator on a major AHRC Care for the Future research project, 'Performing the Jewish Archive'. Her monograph on queer masculine identities in the works of W. G. Sebald, Sebald's Bachelors: Queer Resistance and the Unconforming Life, appeared with Legenda in 2013.
Dr Finch is a member of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures Transnational Holocaust Memory cluster.
Currently supervising the following projects:
Alexandru Bar: "The double identity of Tristan Tzara and Marcel Janco - the archives of an identity issue" ( Performing the Jewish Archive Project PhD Student 2015-2018)
Ian Ellison: "Towards a Melancholy Cosmopolitanism: Transnational Melancholy in Contemporary European Fiction" (2015-2018)
Dominic O'Key: "Creaturely Forms: Sebald, Coetzee, Devi" (Traumatic Pasts, Cosmopolitanism and Nation-Building PhD Student 2015-2018)
Completed postgraduate projects:
John March: "German Exile Photographers in Britain 1933-45" (MAR 2014-2017)
Dr Finch welcomes approaches from students interested in researching the following areas:
- The works of W. G. Sebald and H. G. Adler
- The representation of the Holocaust in literature
- Queer identities and poetics in German culture
- Gender and politics in contemporary German literature
- Edited with Lynn Wolff: Witnessing, Memory, Poetics: H. G. Adler and W. G. Sebald (Rochester: Camden House, 2014)
- Sebald's Bachelors: Queer Resistance and the Unconforming Life (Legenda, June 2013)
- Holocaust Translation, Communication And Witness In The Work Of H. G. Adler, in German Life and Letters 68:3, 425-441
- 'Gender, Identity, and Memory in the Novels of Antje Rávic Strubel', in Women in German Yearbook 28 (2012), 81-97
- 'Reconciliation, Revenge, Restitution. Edgar Hilsenraths and Ruth Klügers Late Writings as Holocaust Metatestimony', in German Jewish Literature After 1990, ed. Katja Garloff, Agnes Mueller (Camden House, forthcoming)
- Ressentiment beyond Nietzsche and Amery; H. G. Adler between Literary Ressentiment and Divine Grace in Re-thinking Ressentiment. On the Limits of Criticism and the Limits of its Critics, ed. Jeanne Riou, Mary Gallagher (Bielefeld: Transcript, 2016), pp. 71-86
- Prague Circles: H. G. Adlers Kafkaesque Hope in H. G. Adler. Life, Literature, Legacy, ed. Julia Creet, Sara R. Horowitz and Amira Bojadzija-Dan (Evanston: Northwestern UP, 2016), pp. 251-272
- 'Introduction: The Adler-Sebald Intertextual Relationship as Paradigm for Intergenerational Literary Testimony', with Lynn Wolff, in Witnessing, Memory, Poetics: H. G. Adler and W. G. Sebald (Rochester: Camden House, 2014), pp. 1-24
- 'Generational Conflicts, Generational Affinities: Broch, Adorno, Adler, Sebald' in Witnessing, Memory, Poetics: H. G. Adler and W. G. Sebald (Rochester: Camden House, 2014), pp. 232-253
- '"Like refugees who have come through dreadful ordeals": The Theme of the Anglo-Irish in The Rings of Saturn', in A Literature of Restitution: Critical Essays on W. G. Sebald, eds Jeannette Baxter, Ben Hutchinson, Valerie Henitiuk, (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2013), pp. 158-183
- 'Elfriede Jelinek, Gier', in The Novel in German since 1990, ed. Stuart Taberner, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011), pp. 151-164
- 'Recalling the goddess Pandora: From Utopia to Resignation, from Goethe to Peter Hacks in Irmtraud Morgner's Amanda', in Edinburgh German Yearbook vol. 3 (2009): Contested Legacies - Constructions of Cultural Heritage in the GDR, pp. 218-232
- 'Günter Grass and Gender', in The Cambridge Companion to Günter Grass, ed. Stuart Taberner (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009), pp. 81-95
- 'Günter Grass's account of German Wartime Suffering in Beim Häuten der Zwiebel: Mind in Mourning or Boy Adventurer?', in 'Germans as Victims' in The Literary Fiction of the Berlin Republic, eds Karina Berger, Stuart Taberner, (Rochester: Camden House, 2009), pp. 170-191
- '"Die irdische Erfüllung": Peter Handke's Poetic Landscapes and W. G. Sebald's Metaphysics of History', in W. G. Sebald and the Writing of History, eds Anne Fuchs, Jonathan Long (Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2007), pp. 179-197
- Emily Jeremiah,Nomadic Ethics in Contemporary Women's Writing in German. Strange Subjects (Rochester: Camden House, 2012), Journal of Contemporary European Studies 21:3 (2013): 467-469
- Thomas Krämer, Die Poetik des Gedenkens. Zu den autobiographischen Romanen H. G. Adlers (Würzburg: Königshausen and Neumann, 2012), Modern Language Review (forthcoming)
- Stephan Seitz, Geschichte als bricolage -- W.G. Sebald und die Poetik des Bastelns (Göttingen: V & R Unipress, 2011), Gegenwartsliteratur (forthcoming)
- John R.W. Speller, Bourdieu and Literature (OpenBook Publishers, 2012), Journal of Contemporary European Studies 20, (4) 2012, pp. 555 - 556.
- Gert Hofmann, Rachel MacShamhráin, Marko Pajevic & Michael Shields (eds), German and European Poetics after the Holocaust: Crisis and Creativity (Camden House, 2011), Forum for Modern Language Studies (2012) 48 (4), p. 489.
- Markus Zisselsberger (ed.) The Undiscover'd Country. W.G. Sebald and the Poetics of Travel (Camden House, 2010), Journal of Contemporary European Studies 20 (3) 2012, pp. 410 - 412.
- J. J. Long, W. G. Sebald: Image, Archive, Modernity (New York: Columbia University Press, 2007), Studies in Twentieth- and Twenty-First Century Literature
- Monika Shafi, ed., Approaches to Teaching Grass's The Tin Drum (New York: MLA, 2008), Journal of European Studies 2009 39, pp. 256 - 258
- Günter Grass, Beim Häuten der Zwiebel, in Focus on German Literature 16
- Bruce Duncan, Goethe's Werther and the Critics (Camden House, 2005), in Goethe Yearbook 14, pp. 224-226
- Gisela Febel; Cerstin Bauer-Funke, eds. Menschen-Konstruktionen - Künstliche Menschen in Literatur, Film, Theater und Kunst des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts (Göttingen: Wallstein, 2004), in: Focus on German Literature, Summer 2005, pp. 164-167
- 'Enjoy your Cellar: Claustria, by Régis Jauffret (review). austrianresearchuk, 27 June 2013
- 'Nationalisms and Sexualities - as Opposed to What?'. Tendencies at Twenty symposium, University of York, 14 February 2013
- 'H. G. Adler, Austrian writer and nearly-forgotten witness'. austrianresearchuk, 2 August 2012
Recent Talks and Conference Presentations
- October 2015: "Reconciliation, Revenge, Restitution. Edgar Hilsenraths and Ruth Klügers Late Writings as Holocaust Metatestimony "GSA Washington conference, panel on German Jewish Literature After 1990: Beyond the Holocaust?
- 26 January 2015: 'H. G. Adlers Yellow Star: Emotion in the Transnational Holocaust Archive', at Transnational Holocaust Memory, University of Leeds
- 25 July 2014: 'Performing the Yorkshire Holocaust Survivors Association Archive', at Music, Memory and Migration conference, University of Leeds
- 4 April 2014: 'W. G. Sebald's Literary Capital: The Sebald Effect in Holocaust Literature?' at the Department of English, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
- 14 January 2014: Respondent, workshop on The Holocaust, Race, and Racism in the Postcolonial World, Wiener Library
- 25 October 2013: Keynote speaker: 'Canon and canon-formation in German-language Holocaust literature: the politics of testimony and transnational transmission', 'Transnational European Circulations: contemporary, historical and Holocaust literature' graduate conference, University of Copenhagen
- 4 October 2013, 'Forbidden Testimony, Transnational Memory: Klüger and Adler in America', GSA Denver conference
- 10 September 2013, 'Forgiveness and Literature', Liliesleaf Museum, Johannesburg
- 11 April 2013, "Ressentiment, Witness and Forgiveness: H. G. Adler and Holocaust memory", at 'Remembering and Managing the Past in Germany and South Africa: A Comparison' workshop, Nottingham Trent University
- 4 April 2013, 'The Testimonial Turn? Remembrance and Representation in German Holocaust Literature between 1962 and 1977', AGS Cardiff conference
- 14 February 2013: Invited Speaker: Nationalisms and Sexualities, Tendencies at Twenty, University of York
- 29 January 2013: Invited Speaker: 'Sebald's Bachelors: Queer Resistance and the Unconforming Life', University of Warwick German Seminar Series.
- 13 December 2012: Invited Speaker: German Intellectuals from Student Revolution to Reaction: Botho Strauß, Peter Handke, W. G. Sebald', University of Manchester CIDRAL Public Intellectuals Seminar Series.
- 11-12 November 2012: Invited Speaker: ''Prague circles: the vicissitudes of H. G. Adler's modernist poetics', H. G. Adler: Life, Literature, Legacy, hosted by the Israel and Golda Koschitzky Center for Jewish Studies and the Department of English at York University in Toronto