Dr Ian Ellison

DAAD PRIME Visiting Fellow
Dr Ian Ellison


Ian Ellison is the holder of a DAAD PRIME fellowship during which he is affiliated with the Centre for Modern European Literature and Culture and the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt. In the autumn of 2019 he received his PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Leeds and subsequently worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Deutsches Literaturarchiv in Marbach am Neckar funded by the ZEIT-Stiftung and the Deutsche Schillergesellschaft

Ian has been an international fellow of the Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform since his time as a DAAD-funded Visiting Researcher from 2017 to 2018. He also holds an MPhil in European Literature from the University of Bristol and a BA in Modern European Languages with distinction in French, German, and Spanish from the University of Liverpool.  

Research interests

Ian’s research interests encompass modern European literature, particularly in French, German, and Spanish. His first book Late Europeans and Melancholy Fiction at the Turn of the Millennium was published in 2022 by Palgrave Macmillan. His current postdoctoral research investigates conceptualizations of literary afterlife in European thought and culture, while undertaking a comparative examination of the literary afterlives of several modernist writers.

Alongside numerous academic book reviews, Ian has also written for the Times Literary Supplement and the Los Angeles Review of Books. He is also active as a literary translator and in 2023 was shortlisted for the Peirene-Stevns Translation Prize.  


In 2021 Ian was elected to the executive committee of the British Comparative Literature Association as an Early Career Researcher Representative, having previously served as a Postgraduate Representative between 2018 and 2020. From 2015 until 2017, he was a member of the organisational committee for the National Postgraduate Colloquium in German Studies and in 2018 he was also a member of the organisational committee for the annual conference of the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland (AHGBI).  

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