Comparative Literature

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Dr Anna Katharina Schaffner

Reader in Comparative Literature and Medical Humanities

School Director of Education

Office: Cornwallis West G30A

Office Hours: Tuesday 11:15am-12:15pm

About

Anna Katharina Schaffner is a literary critic and a writer. She is interested in the medical humanities, cultural history, the history of sexuality, psychiatry and psychoanalysis, and mind-body theory. Her most recent book, Exhaustion: A History (Columbia University Press, 2016), charts the forgotten history of exhaustion from classical antiquity to the present day, examining the role of exhaustion symptoms in syndromes including melancholia, acedia, nervousness, neurasthenia, depression, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and burnout. Exhaustion: A History has been widely reviewed and discussed in national and international publications including in the Times Literary Supplement, New Republic, National Geographic, New Scientist, Psychology Today, BBC Future, Metro, The Irish Times, The Week, Knack (Belgium), New Zealand Listener, Die Welt am Sonntag (Germany), and Le Matin Dimanche (Switzerland), as well as on BBC Radio 4, CBC (Canada), WBUR (USA), Wisconsin Public Radio (USA), and Newstalk (Ireland).

Her previous monograph, Modernism and Perversion: Sexual Deviance in Sexology and Literature, 1850-1930 (Palgrave, 2012), charts the construction of the sexual perversions in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century medical, psychiatric, and psychological discourse, and illuminates the role played by literary texts in the formation of sexological knowledge. She has also published on David Lynch, contemporary German-speaking literature, and on avant-garde poetry. Her first novel, The Truth about Julia, was published by Allen & Unwin in March 2016.

She is currently writing a history of the idea of self-improvement.

 

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Publications

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Article
Schaffner, A. (2017). 'Catastrophe Sociology' and the Metaphors We Live by: On Kathrin Röggla's 'wir schlafen nicht'. Modern Language Review 112:205-222.
Schaffner, A. (2014). Exhaustion and the Pathologization of Modernity. Journal of Medical Humanities [Online] 37:327-341. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10912-014-9299-z.
Schaffner, A. (2012). Visions of Sadistic Women: Sade, Sacher-Masoch, Kafka . German Life and Letters [Online] 65:181-205. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0483.2011.01566.x.
Schaffner, A. et al. (2012). Reading Space in Visual Poetry: New Cognitive Perspectives. Writing Technologies [Online] 4:75-106. Available at: http://www.ntu.ac.uk/writing_technologies/current_journal/124937.pdf.
Schaffner, A. (2011). Richard von Krafft-Ebing's Psychopathia Sexualis and Thomas Mann's Buddenbrooks: Exchanges between Scientific and Imaginary Accounts of Sexual Deviance. Modern Language Review [Online] 106:477-94. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.5699/modelangrevi.106.2.0477.
Schaffner, A. (2011). Fiction as Evidence: On the Uses of Literature in Nineteenth-Century Sexological Discourse. Comparative Literature Studies 48:165-199.
Schaffner, A. (2010). "Wenn es Heimat gibt, dann liegt sie in der Sprache": Frank Schulz's Hagener Trilogie (1991–2006). Modern Language Review [Online] 105:777-794. Available at: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25698808.
Schaffner, A. (2010). Kafka and the Hermeneutics of Sadomasochism. Forum for Modern Language Studies [Online] 46:334-350. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/fmls/cqq013.
Schaffner, A. (2009). Fantasmatic Splittings and Destructive Desires: Lynch's Lost Highway, Mulholland Drive and Inland Empire. Forum for Modern Language Studies [Online] 45:270-291. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/fmls/cqp105.
Schaffner, A. (2008). Brasilianischer Konkretismus in Wort und Bild: Noigandres und Grupo Ruptura. Lusorama. Zeitschrift fuer Lusitanistik 75:97-116.
Schaffner, A. (2007). Linguistic Lunacy as Transgressive Practice. Nordlit [Online] 21:103-114. Available at: http://uit.no/humfak/publikasjonar/32?SubjectId=1197&From=0.
Schaffner, A. and Roberts, A. (2006). Rhetorics of Surface and Depth in Digital Poetry. RiLUnE [Online] 5:37-48. Available at: http://www.rilune.org/mono5/5_schaffner_roberts.pdf.
Book section
Schaffner, A. (2017). Sexology. in: Holmes, J. and Ruston, S. eds. The Routledge Research Companion to Nineteenth-Century British Literature and Science. Abingdon: Routledge. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/9781472429872.
Schaffner, A., Wagner, G. and Neckel, S. (2017). Introduction. in: Schaffner, A. K., Wagner, G. and Neckel, S. eds. Burnout, Fatigue, Exhaustion: An Interdisciplinary Perspective on a Modern Affliction. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 1-23. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-52887-8.
Schaffner, A. (2017). Pre-modern Exhaustion: On Melancholia and Acedia. in: Schaffner, A. K., Wagner, G. and Neckel, S. eds. Burnout, Fatigue, Exhaustion: An Interdisciplinary Perspective on a Modern Affliction. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 27-50.
Schaffner, A. (2015). Sexology and Literature: On the Uses and Abuses of Fiction. in: Böni, O. and Johnstone, J. eds. Crimes of Passion: Repräsentationen der Sexualpathologie im frühen 20. Jahrhundert [Crimes of Passion: Representations of Sexual Pathology in the Early Twentieth Century]. Berlin: De Gruyter, pp. 37-48.
Schaffner, A. (2013). Heimat und Sprache. in: Taeube, D. ed. macht heimat! Mettingen: Draiflessen Collection, pp. 142-148. Available at: http://www.draiflessen.com/sonderausstellung/katalog.
Weller, S. and Schaffner, A. (2012). Introduction. in: Schaffner, A. K. and Weller, S. eds. Modernist Eroticisms: European Literature after Sexology. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 1-22. Available at: http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?pid=594803.
Schaffner, A. (2012). 'Seasick in the Land of Sexuality': Kafka's Eroticisms. in: Schaffner, A. K. and Weller, S. eds. Modernist Eroticisms: European Literature After Sexology. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 80-104.
Schaffner, A. (2011). Dissecting the Order of Signs: On the Textual Politics of Dada Poetics. in: Adamowicz, E. and Robertson, E. eds. Dada and Beyond : Dada Discourses. Amsterdam and Atlanta: Rodopi, pp. 37-50.
Schaffner, A. (2010). From Concrete to Digital: The Reconceptualisation of Poetic Space. in: Beyond the Screen: Transformations of Literary Structures, Interfaces and Genres. Bielefeld: Transcript, pp. 179-97. Available at: http://www.netzliteratur.net/schaffner/concrete_to_digital.pdf .
Schaffner, A. (2009). Situationistische Internationale. in: van den Berg, H. and Fahnders, W. eds. Metzler Lexikon Avantgarde. Stuttgart: Metzler Verlag, pp. 303-305.
Schaffner, A. (2006). Dadaist Codebreaking: The Assault on the Order of Signs . in: Jones, D. ed. Dada Culture:Critical Texts on the Avant-Garde . Amsterdam; Atlanta: Editions Rodopi, B.V., pp. 117-133. Available at: http://www.rodopi.nl/functions/search.asp?BookId=AVANT+18.
Schaffner, A. (2006). Inheriting the Avant-Garde: On the Reconciliation of Tradition and Invention in Concrete Poetry. in: Hopkins, D. and Schaffner, A. K. eds. Neo-Avant-Garde. Amsterdam; Atlanta: Rodopi, pp. 97-117. Available at: http://www.rodopi.nl/functions/search.asp?BookId=AVANT+20.
Schaffner, A. (2005). How the Letters Learnt to Dance: On Language Dissection in Dadaist, Concrete and Digital Poetry. in: Scheunemann, D. ed. Avant-Garde/Neo-Avant-Garde. Amsterdam; Atlanta: Editions Rodopi , pp. 149 -172. Available at: http://www.rodopi.nl/functions/search.asp?BookId=Avant+17.
Book
Schaffner, A. (2016). The Truth About Julia. [Online]. London: Allen and Unwin. Available at: https://www.allenandunwin.com/browse/books/fiction/crime-mystery/The-Truth-About-Julia-Anna-Schaffner-9781760294403.
Schaffner, A. (2016). Exhaustion: A History. New York: Columbia University Press.
Schaffner, A. (2012). Modernism and Perversion: Sexual Deviance in Sexology and Literature, 1850-1930. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Schaffner, A. (2007). Sprachzerlegung in historischer Avantgardelyrik und konkreter Poesie . Krueger, R. ed. Berlin: ECA.
Edited book
Schaffner, A.K., Wagner, G. and Neckel, S. eds. (2017). Burnout, Fatigue, Exhaustion: An Interdisciplinary Perspective on a Modern Affliction. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Schaffner, A.K. and Weller, S. eds. (2012). Modernist Eroticisms: European Literature after Sexology. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Hopkins, D. and Schaffner, A.K. eds. (2006). Neo-Avant-Garde. [Online]. Amsterdam; Atlanta: Rodopi. Available at: http://www.rodopi.nl/functions/search.asp?BookId=AVANT+20.
Review
Schaffner, A. (2017). Fool Rushes In. Times Literary Supplement [Online]:1-1. Available at: http://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/private/toni-erdmann-review-anna-katharina-schaffner/.
Schaffner, A. (2017). The People of the Book: Strange Birds and Book Smuggling in the Third Reich. Times Literary Supplement [Online]:1-2. Available at: https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/book-smugglers-albatross-press/.
Schaffner, A. (2017). The Red-Light Cosmos. Times Literary Supplement [Online]:1-2. Available at: https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/private/the-red-light-cosmos/.
Schaffner, A. (2016). Mann's Inhumanity to Mann. Times Literary Supplement [Online]:1-1. Available at: http://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/manns-inhumanity-to-mann/.
Schaffner, A. (2016). Because the Night. Times Literary Supplement [Online]:1-1. Available at: http://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/private/because-the-night/.
Schaffner, A. (2016). Shock Therapy. Times Literary Supplement [Online]:1-1. Available at: http://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/private/shock-therapy/.
Schaffner, A. (2016). An Alternative Model. Times Literary Supplement [Online]:1-1. Available at: http://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/private/an-alternative-model/.
Schaffner, A. (2016). Sieg High. Times Literary Supplement [Online]:1-1. Available at: http://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/private/sieg-high-drugs-nazi-germany/.
Schaffner, A. (2016). It's all in your Head. Times Literary Supplement [Online]:1-1. Available at: http://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/private/its-all-in-your-head/.
Schaffner, A. (2015). Look Who's Back. Times Literary Supplement [Online]:1-3. Available at: http://www.the-tls.co.uk/tls/public/article1604500.ece.
Schaffner, A. (2015). Our Sweet Teeth. Times Literary Supplement [Online]:1-4. Available at: http://www.the-tls.co.uk/tls/public/article1595296.ece.
Schaffner, A. (2015). The Twee Tribe. Times Literary Supplement [Online]:13-13. Available at: http://www.the-tls.co.uk/tls/public/article1520299.ece.
Schaffner, A. (2014). German burnout. Times Literary Supplement [Online]:1-2. Available at: http://www.the-tls.co.uk/tls/public/article1374502.ece.
Total publications in KAR: 45 [See all in KAR]
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Teaching

I teach modules on European modernism, and on vampires in literature and film.

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Comparative Literature, School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

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Last Updated: 07/02/2018