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Dr Steffan G Davies

M.A., M.St., D.Phil.(Oxon.)

  • BS8 1TE


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Research interests

My research interests lie in the German literature and history of the late eighteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries, and in the interplay of literature, historiography and history. My doctoral thesis traced the influence of Schiller’s History of the Thirty Years War and drama Wallen­stein on subsequent historiographical as well as literary interpretations of Wallenstein, analysing the figure’s role in the construction of German national and ethnic identity in the nineteenth century.

As well as publishing on other texts by Schiller and Goethe, I have worked in detail on the novelist Alfred Döblin (1878-1957), uncovering Döblin’s response to the traumas of war and exile in his novel Hamlet oder Die lange Nacht nimmt ein Ende (1946/1956, translated into English as Tales of a Long Night, 1984). This has led me to a new field, crossing a broad timespan once again: the poetics of exile in German literature since around 1800. This project was enabled by a two-year Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship from September 2017 to August 2019. In 2013 I was awarded an Arts Faculty "Rising Star" award for my research. I am an editor of German Life and Letters and was a co-editor of Angermion from 2010 to 2016.

I warmly welcome proposals for postgraduate work in these fields, and would also welcome contact in Welsh and on links between Wales and the German-speaking world.

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  • Migration Mobilities Bristol

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  • Research Output

    Internationales Alfred-Döblin-Kolloquium Cambridge 2017: Natur, Technik und das (Post-)Humane in den Schriften Alfred Döblins

    Davies, S. (ed.) & Midgley, D. (ed.), 31 Dec 2019, Peter Lang International Academic Publishers. 304 p. (Jahrbuch für Internationale Germanistik, Reihe A (Gesammelte Abhandlungen und Beiträge))

    Research output: Book/ReportEdited book

    Weimar Classicism and Intellectual Exile: Schiller, Goethe and Die Horen

    Davies, S., Oct 2019, In : Modern Language Review. 114, 4, p. 751-787 37 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
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    Review of: Gerrit Brüning, Ungleiche Gleichgesinnte. Die Beziehung zwischen Goethe und Schiller 1794-1798 (Göttingen: Wallstein, 2015)

    Davies, S., Feb 2018, In : German Quarterly. 91, 1, p. 86-87 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 9 Downloads (Pure)


    Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

    Davies, Steffan G (Recipient), 4 Apr 2013

    Prize: Election to learned society

    Goethe Prize

    Davies, Steffan G (Recipient), 1999

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

    Rising Star Award for Research

    Davies, Steffan G (Recipient), Nov 2013

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants


    London, New York, Paris… and Bath: German literary exiles since 1790

    Steffan G Davies (Speaker)

    18 May 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic talk, debate, discussion

    Where Are We Now? The Location of Modern Languages and Cultures

    Steffan G Davies (Speaker)

    21 Apr 202022 Apr 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    'Fluchtgeschichten': Vorlesung SoSe 2020

    Steffan G Davies (Keynote/plenary speaker)

    9 May 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk