Prof Margaret Littler

Emeritus Professor

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I have taught at Manchester University since 1990, was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1998, and to Professor in 2006. I was Director of Graduate Studies in the former Faculty of Arts (1998-2001), and have continued to be centrally involved in postgraduate teaching and supervision. I am on the editorial board of the leading UK journal in German Studies,  German Life and Letters, and regularly review articles for other journals (The German Quarterly, Seminar, Gegenwartsliteratur). I was a founder member of Women in German Studies and organised its 10th anniversary conference in Manchester in 1998, and I have been actively involved in the Internationale Verein für Germanistik (attending its conferences in Vancouver 1995, Vienna 2000,  Paris 2005 and Warsaw 2010). In Vienna 2000 I co-chaired the panel Geschlechtsforschung und Literaturwissenschaft. From 2006-2008 I was co-director of the AHRC-funded Migration and Diaspora Cultural Studies Network in Manchester. From 2012-2015 I was Germanic Studies representative on the Executive Committee of the University Council for Modern Languages (UCML), and I was President of the Association for German Studies in the UK and Ireland (AGS) from 2017-2020.

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Teaching Areas:


  • GERM 30510 German Language
  • GERM10350 German Cultural Studies
  • LALC 20481 Translating New Writing
  • GERM 30632 New German Identities: Turkish-German Culture
  • LALC 10002 Introduction to World Cinema


  • MA in Languages and Cultures (by research) 
  • MATIS supervision in German-English translation topics
  • MAIC: I convene the course 'Border Crossings: Comparative Cultures of Diaspora' for the MA in Intercultural Communication

Research Students:

I am currently supervisor of one PhD Student, and have supervised ten PhDs to completion:

  • Chris Gribble (2001) Theodor W. Adorno and Paul Celan
  • Elaine Ellery (2006) German-Jewish Literary Expression in the Third Reich with particular reference to Gertrud Kolmar 
  • Kate Roy (2008) Cartographies of Identity in the Works of Emine Sevgi Özdamar and Leila Sebbar
  • Pauline Eyre (2010) Permission to Speak: Representations of the Disabled Body in German Women's Literature of the 1970s and 1980s
  • Rachel Ramsay (2010) Jewish and Turkish Encounters in Contemporary German Language Literature
  • Leanne Dawson (2009) Femme: Representations of Queer Femininities in Post-War German Culture
  • Ahmet Alver (2012) The Politics of Memory: Aesthetics and Narrative in March 12th Novels
  • Sevinc Elaman (2012) Gender Roles and the Image of “New Woman” in the Works of Halide Edip Advar and Edith Wharton
  • Gözde Naiboglu (2015)Beyond Representation: Ethics and Aesthetics of Representation in Turkish-German Cinema since Reunification
  • Joseph Twist  (2015) From Gastarbeiter to Muslim: Cosmopolitan Literary Responses to post-9/11 Islamophobia
  • William Hall Space and Time in the works of Hoffmann and Kleist

External positions

President, Association for German Studies in Great Britain and Ireland

7 Sep 20177 Sep 2020

Vice-President , Association for German Studies in Great Britain and Ireland

Apr 2014Sep 2017

Editor, German Life and Letters

Nov 1997 → …

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