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TitelPhD Studentship: The Image of Berlin in English-language Texts
BeschreibungPostgraduate Studentship in the School of Languages, Cultures and Area Studies, The University of Liverpool

Fully Funded PhD Studentship: The Image of Berlin in English-language Texts

SOCLAS invites applications from EU and UK students with a degree level qualification for a three-year PhD studentship worth £12,600 per annum, plus fees, commencing September 2008. The deadline for applications is Friday, 4 April 2008.

Full details and application form can be found on:

For further information or informal enquiries, please contact the project supervisor, Dr Lyn Marven (

Candidates will be expected to write a short proposal for the studentship, setting out their intended topic of study, and should read the project description below for possible areas of interest.

Project Description

This project looks at the image of Berlin in English-language texts, considering cultural transfer, image creation and narrative genre/form. Berlin imagines itself as a global metropolis, setting its sights on other world cities; the view from abroad nonetheless reconnects it to Germanness, even while acknowledging its unique history. Investigating Berlin as simultaneously setting and/or metaphor, this project will be a valuable addition to the growing interest in city literature and memoirs, as well as travel literature, by considering the specifically foreign view on Berlin.

The focus might include 20th century literature (novels set in Berlin which use the city as setting or emblematic of a particular image, including contemporary literature by authors such as McEwan and Eugenides), spy and Cold War fiction (Le Carré, Deighton et al), and/or reportage and memoirs (from Isherwood's famous early 20th century texts to the post-Wall interest in the GDR, Garton Ash and Funder). It might also consider travel guides across the century (which provide a fascinating insight into the foreign view of the city and how it is marketed), or even examine how English-language histories of the city have changed their frame and perspective over the century in response to the city's changing status. The project could consider how the image of the city translates and travels - seeing what Berlin stands for abroad (an often contradictory set of associations from the Weimar Republic image of decadence and sexuality, through to the historical connections with Nazism, the Wall and communism) and how it functions as a touchstone for these themes within English-language writing; it could reveal how such images are created, constructed and perpetuated.

The project might also compare German works in English translation with native English-language writing, to see what cross-currents or differences exist between the two.

Deadline for applications

Candidates should submit the completed application form by Friday, 4 April 2008 to the School Director of Postgraduate Studies, Dr Godfried Croenen ( ).

School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies (SOCLAS)
Modern Languages Building
University of Liverpool
Chatham Street, Liverpool, L69 7ZR
Tel. +44 (0)151 794 2749
Fax. +44 (0)151 794 2357

Preference will be given to candidates who hold, or expect to receive, by autumn 2008 a Masters or equivalent qualification. Candidates may hold a first degree in Modern Languages, English or History; a candidate's potential as a researcher is more important than prior activity in this field. Reading knowledge of German is desirable, but not necessary.

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PersonName: Lyn Marven 
Funktion: Kontakt 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies (SOCLAS), University of Liverpool 
Strasse/Postfach: Chatham Street 
Stadt: Liverpool, L69 7ZR 
Telefon: +44 (0)151 794 2749 
Fax: +44 (0)151 794 2357 
SchlüsselbegriffeLiteratur 1880 - 1945; Literatur- u. Kulturgeschichte
Klassifikation04.00.00 Allgemeine Literaturgeschichte > 04.06.00 Beziehungen einzelner Völker zur deutschen Literatur;
17.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1914-1945) > 17.03.00 Geistes- und Kulturgeschichte
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