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Dr Steffan Davies

Dr Steffan Davies

Dr Steffan Davies
M.A., M.St., D.Phil.(Oxon.)

Senior Lecturer in German

Office 2.73, 21 Woodland Rd
21 Woodland Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1TE
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+44 (0) 117 928 8798


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 is being enabled by a two-year Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship from September 2017. 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.


Student consultation hours: I am currently on research leave, and can be contacted by e-mail. 

I joined the department in September 2007 after studying German and History at Oxford University and completing a DPhil on the figure of Wallenstein in German literature and historiography after Schiller. From 2005 to 2007 I was a Laming Fellow at the Queen’s College Oxford, dividing my time between Oxford and Berlin. I am on the Councils of the English Goethe Society and the Internationale Alfred Döblin-Gesellschaft, and I am Treasurer of the Association for German Studies in Great Britain and Ireland.  



I am currently on research leave. I have recently taught or co-taught the following undergraduate options:

  • GERM 10037: Introduction to German History and Thought
  • GERM 22039: Literature and Politics, 1800-1871
  • GERM 20030: Talking to Tyrants: Politics, Thought and Drama in 1780s Germany
  • GERM 30053: The Culture of Classical Weimar
  • GERM 30058: Exiles and Migrants in German Literature
  • MODL 30017: Prague: A Tale of Three Cities

At MA level I have convened the unit on The Rise of the Novel in Nineteenth-Century Europe and contributed to the core courses Institutions of Culture and Research Skills. I was Undergraduate Programme Director for German from 2014 to 2017. 

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

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