Comparative Literature

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Dr Axel Stähler

Reader in Comparative Literature

 

Office: Cornwallis West G30

About

Before joining Comparative Literature at Kent in September 2007, I studied English and American culture and literature, German literature, and art history at the University of Bonn, where I completed my PhD in 1999 and my post-doctoral degree (Habilitation) in 2007. I have taught at the Universities of Bonn and Bamberg, for Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, and was co-ordinator of the international research project 'Fundamentalism and Literature' at the University of Münster. At the University of Bonn, I worked as a post-doctoral research fellow in a collaborative research project on Jewish-Christian interrelations.

Always looking to transcend the narrow boundaries of individual disciplines, the two most prominent and frequently interconnecting general threads informing my research are my particular interest in intermediality and the formation of identities, especially with respect to Jewish culture and literature. I have published widely on Jewish writers from the Anglophone and German-speaking diasporas and from Israel as well as on fundamentalism and literature, the eighteenth-century novel and early modern festival culture. Among my most recent publications are edited collections of articles on Anglophone Jewish Literature (2007) and on Writing Fundamentalism (co-edited with Klaus Stierstorfer; 2009). My monograph on Anglophone Jewish writing and Jewish postcoloniality, Literarische Konstruktionen jüdischer Postkolonialität, was published in 2009. I am currently writing a monograph on Modernism and Fundamentalism and a comparative and interdisciplinary monograph on Orientalist constructions of Jewishness in European literature and culture of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In addition, I am working on a study of intermediality and iconarratology in the eighteenth-century novel in England and Europe, and am co-editing with David Brauner (University of Reading) The Edinburgh Companion to Modern Anglophone Jewish Fiction. I am also a member of the international Research Network Gender in Antisemitism, Orientalism and Occidentalism (RENGOO) and a member of the AHRC Peer Review College.

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Publications

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Book
Stähler, A. (2009). Literarische Konstruktionen jüdischer Postkolonialität: Das britische Palästinamandat in der anglophonen jüdischen Literatur. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter.
Stähler, A. (2007). The Frictions of Fiction. [Online]. Online Jewish Book Community. Available at: http://www.jbooks.com/interviews/index/IP_Stahler.htm.
Stähler, A. (2000). "Perpetuall Monuments": Die Repräsentation von Architektur in der italienischen Festdokumentation (ca. 1515–1640) und der englischen court masque (1604–1640). Muenster: LIT.
Edited book
Brunotte, U., Ludewig, A.-D. and Stähler, A. eds. (2015). Orientalism, Gender, and the Jews: Literary and Artistic Transformations of European National Discourses. Berlin and Boston: de Gruyter.
Brauner, D. and Stähler, A. eds. (2015). The Edinburgh Companion to Modern Jewish Fiction. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Stähler, A. and Stierstorfer, K. eds. (2009). Writing Fundamentalism. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Stähler, A. ed. (2007). Anglophone Jewish Literature. London and New York: Routledge.
Pontzen, A. and Stähler, A. eds. (2003). Das Gelobte Land. Erez Israel von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart in Quellen und Darstellungen. Reinbek: Rowohlt.
Article
Stähler, A. and Vice, S. (2014). Introduction: Writing Jews and Jewishness in Contemporary Britain. European Judaism [Online] 47:3-11. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.3167/ej.2014.47.02.02.
Stähler, A. (2013). Anti-Semitism and Israel in British Jewish Fiction: Perspectives on Clive Sinclair’s 'Blood Libels' (1985) and Howard Jacobson’s 'The Finkler Question' (2010). Jewish Culture and History [Online] 14:112-125. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1462169X.2013.805899.
Stähler, A. (2013). Constructions of Jewish Identity and the Spectre of Colonialism: Of White Skin and Black Masks in Early Zionist Discourse. German Life and Letters [Online] 66:254-276. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/glal.12015.
Stähler, A. and Vice, S. (2013). Writing Jews in Contemporary Britain. Jewish Quarterly 60:117-118.
Stähler, A. (2012). Apocalyptic Visions and Utopian Spaces in Late Victorian and Edwardian Prophecy Fiction. Utopian Studies [Online] 23:162-211. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/utp.2012.0005.
Stähler, A. (2011). Fighting the Fever: Archives of Atrocity in Alain Resnais’ 'Nuit et Brouillard' and David Grossman’s 'See Under: Love'. Comparative Critical Studies [Online] 8:207-220. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/ccs.2011.0019.
Stähler, A. (2010). The Holocaust in the Nursery: Anita Desai’s 'Baumgartner’s Bombay'. Journal of Postcolonial Writing [Online] 46:76-88. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17449850903478197.
Stähler, A. (2009). Embryonic Creatures and Wonders of Psychology (II): Samuel Richardson, Laurence Sterne and the Problems of Iconarratology. Anglistik 20:139-161.
Stähler, A. (2009). Metonymies of Jewish Postcoloniality: The British Mandate for Palestine and Israel in Contemporary British Jewish Fiction. Journal for the Study of British Cultures [Online] 16:27-40. Available at: http://www.jsbc.de/09-back-numbers.htm#Vol.16,1/2009.
Stähler, A. (2009). Orientalist Strategies of Dissociation in a German "Jewish" Novel: 'Das neue Jerusalem' (1905) and its Context. Forum for Modern Language Studies [Online] 45:51-89. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/fmls/cqn060.
Stähler, A. (2008). Writ(h)ing Images: Imagination, the Human Form, and the Divine in William Blake, Salman Rushdie, and Simon Louvish. English Studies [Online] 89:94-117. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00138380701770951.
Stähler, A. (2008). Embryonic Creatures and Wonders of Psychology (I): Samuel Richardson’s Clarissa as Iconotext. Intermediality in Its English and European Editions, c. 1749–1799. Anglistik 19:7-38.
Stähler, A. (2008). “Like Another Lucretia” – die Evidenz der Bilder. Samuel Richardsons Clarissa und seine Ikonotexte. Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 245:56-76.
Stähler, A. (2007). “Not Afraid of Ambiguity”: Caryl Phillips in Interview with Axel Stähler. Anglistik 18:197-203.
Stähler, A. (2005). Schreiben gegen die Katastrophe. Oskar Baums 'Das Volk des harten Schlafs' (1937) und Franz Werfels 'Die vierzig Tage des Musa Dagh' (1933). Zeitschrift für Deutsche Philologie 124:204-226.
Stähler, A. (2003). The Arduous Path to the True Temple of Love. Research Opportunities in Renaissance Drama 42:34-61.
Stähler, A. (2003). Inigo Jones’s 'Tempe Restored' and Alessandro Piccolomini’s 'Della institution morale'. Seventeenth Century 18:180-210.
Stähler, A. (1998). Between Tiger and Unicorn: 'The Temple of Love' (Inigo Jones). Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 61:176-197.
Book section
Stähler, A. (2015). Zionism, Colonialism, and the German Empire: Herzl’s Gloves and Mbwapwa’s Umbrella. in: Brunotte, U., Ludewig, A. -D. and Stähler, A. eds. Orientalism, Gender, and the Jews: Literary and Artistic Transformations of European National Discourses. Berlin and Boston: de Gruyter, pp. 98-123.
Stähler, A. (2015). 'Almost too good to be true': Israel in British Jewish Fiction, Pre-Lebanon. in: Brauner, D. and Stähler, A. eds. The Edinburgh Companion to Modern Jewish Fiction. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 237-252. Available at: http://www.euppublishing.com/book/9780748646159.
Brauner, D. and Stähler, A. (2015). Introduction: Modern Jewish Fiction. in: Brauner, D. and Stähler, A. eds. The Edinburgh Companion to Modern Jewish Fiction. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 1-15.
Stähler, A. (2015). The Writing on the Wall: Israel in British Jewish Fiction, Post-Lebanon. in: Brauner, D. and Stähler, A. eds. The Edinburgh Companion to Modern Jewish Fiction. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 253-266. Available at: http://www.euppublishing.com/book/9780748646159.
Stähler, A. (2013). Jewish Magic Realism. in: Ahrens, R. and Stierstorfer, K. eds. Symbolism. Berlin and Boston: de Gruyter.
Stähler, A. (2013). Introduction: A Jewish Magic Realism? in: Ahrens, R. and Stierstorfer, K. eds. Jewish Magic Realism. Berlin and Boston: de Gruyter, pp. 3-17.
Stähler, A. (2013). The Search for M…: Magic Realism in Doron Rabinovici and Benjamin Stein. in: Symbolism. Berlin and Boston: de Gruyter, pp. 122-150.
Stähler, A. (2012). Fantastic Fundamentalism: All Gods Great and Small. Fundamentalism, the Discworld and the Moon Kahani. in: Burning Books: Interaction and Negotiations of Fundamentalism and Literature. New York: AMS Press, pp. 57-90.
Stähler, A. (2011). The Re-Conceptualization of Space in Edwardian Prophecy Fiction: Heterotopia, Utopia, and the Apocalypse. in: Gregory, R. and Kohlmann, B. eds. Utopian Spaces of Modernism: British Literature and Culture, 1885–1945. Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 159-176. Available at: http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?pid=521172.
Stähler, A. (2009). Fundamentalist Fiction: Mazeway Resynthesis and the Writers of the Apocalypse. in: Stähler, A. and Stierstorfer, K. eds. Writing Fundamentalism. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 195-246.
Stähler, A. (2009). From the Belly of the Fish: Jewish Writers in English in Israel: Transcultural Perspectives. in: Schulze-Engler, F. and Helff, S. eds. Transcultural English Studies: Theories, Fictions, Realities. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, pp. 151-167.
Stähler, A. and Stierstorfer, K. (2009). Introduction. in: Stähler, A. and Stierstorfer, K. eds. Writing Fundamentalism. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, p. vii-xvii.
Stähler, A., Helff, S. and Sandten, C. (2009). Travelling Literatures: Introduction. in: Eckstein, L. and Reinfandt, C. eds. Anglistentag 2008 Tübingen: Proceedings. Trier: WVT, pp. 207-212.
Stähler, A., Helff, S. and Sandten, C. (2009). Section III: Travelling Literatures. in: Eckstein, L. and Reinfandt, C. eds. Anglistentag 2008 Tübingen: Proceedings. Trier: WVT, pp. 205-290.
Stähler, A. and Kern-Stähler, A. (2009). The Translation of Testimony and the Transmission of Trauma: Jonathan Safran Foer’s 'Everything is Illuminated' and Liev Schreiber’s Film Adaptation. in: Guignery, V. ed. Voices and Silence in the Contemporary English Novel. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 160-184.
Stähler, A. (2007). The “Aesthetics” of Fundamentalism in Recent Jewish Fiction in English. in: Pesso-Miquel, C. and Stierstorfer, K. eds. Fundamentalism and Literature. New York and Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 43-77.
Stähler, A. (2007). Introduction – Jewish Literature(s) in English? Anglophone Jewish Writing and the “Loquation” of Culture. in: Stähler, A. ed. Anglophone Jewish Literature. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 3-32.
Stähler, A. (2005). Reich, Tova (1942– ). in: Nelson, E. S. ed. Encyclopedia of Multiethnic American Literature. New York: Greenwood Press, pp. 1870-1871.
Stähler, A. (2005). Klein, Abraham Moses (1909–1972). in: Nelson, E. S. ed. Encyclopedia of Multiethnic American Literature. New York: Greenwood Press, pp. 1257-1258.
Stähler, A. (2005). Roiphe, Anne Richardson (1935– ). in: Nelson, E. S. ed. Encyclopedia of Multiethnic American Literature. New York: Greenwood Press, pp. 1911-1912.
Stähler, A. (2004). Imagining the Illusive/Elusive? Printed Accounts of Elizabethan Festivals. in: Jansohn, C. ed. Elizabeth I: Past and Present. Muenster: LIT, pp. 61-88.
Stähler, A. (2004). Mothers in Israel? Female Jewish Identities and Eretz Yisrael in the Works of Jewish Women Writers of the Anglo-American Diaspora: Anne Roiphe, Tova Reich and Linda Grant. in: Behlau, U. and Reitz, B. eds. Jewish Women’s Writings of the 1990s and Beyond in Great Britain and the United States. Trier: WVT Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, pp. 201-215.
Bertrams, O., Pontzen, A. and Stähler, A. (2003). Das Gelobte Land. in: Pontzen, A. and Stähler, A. eds. Das Gelobte Land. Erez Israel von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart in Quellen und Darstellungen. Reinbek: Rowohlt, pp. 9-34.
Stähler, A. (2003). Das Land als Aufgabe. Felix Weltsch, Max Brod und die “exemplarische Tat”. in: Pontzen, A. and Stähler, A. eds. Das Gelobte Land. Erez Israel von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart in Quellen und Darstellungen. Reinbek: Rowohlt, pp. 205-221.
Stähler, A. (2003). Konzeptionen von Erez Israel als Land und Staat in der Literatur der nordamerikanischen Diaspora nach 1948. in: Pontzen, A. and Stähler, A. eds. Das Gelobte Land. Erez Israel von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart in Quellen und Darstellungen. Reinbek: Rowohlt, pp. 243-268.
Stähler, A. (2003). Zur Konstruktion einer zionistischen Ethik in Max Brods Romanen 'Rëubeni. Fürst der Juden' und 'Zauberreich der Liebe'. in: Konkel, M., Pontzen, A. and Theissen, H. eds. Die Konstruktion des Jüdischen in Vergangenheit und Gegenwart. Paderborn: Schoeningh, pp. 135-153.
Stähler, A. (2003). Zionism, Xenophobia and a Gentle Genocide? or, The (Not So) Fearful Other in “Jewish” Fiction in English. in: Gomille, M. and Stierstorfer, K. eds. Xenophobic Memories: Otherness in Postcolonial Constructions of the Past. Heidelberg: Universitaetsverlag Winter Heidelberg, pp. 257-272.
Stähler, A. (2003). The Black Forest, the Unspeakable Nefas, and the Mountains of Galilee: Germany and Zionism in the Works of A. M. Klein. in: Antor, H. et al. eds. Refractions of Germany in Canadian Culture and Literature. New York and Berlin: De Gruyter, pp. 171-193.
Review
Stähler, A. (2015). Civil Antisemitism, Modernism, and British Culture, 1902–1939 by Lara Trubowitz. Modern Fiction Studies 61:565-567.
Stähler, A. (2013). Review of Alexander Pettit (ed): 'Samuel Richardson: Early Works. ‘Aesop’s Fables’, ‘Letters Written to and for Particular Friends’ and 'Other Works' Pettit, A. ed. Editionen in der Kritik VI. Berliner Beiträge zur Editionswissenschaft 13:61-69.
Stähler, A. (2012). Review of J. Hillis Miller, 'The Conflagration of Community: Fiction before and after Auschwitz'. Modern Language Review [Online] 107:909-910. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.5699/modelangrevi.107.3.0909.
Stähler, A. (2009). Review of Astrid Erll, 'Prämediation – Remediation: Repräsentation des indischen Aufstands in imperialen und post-kolonialen Medienkulturen (von 1857 bis zur Gegenwart)'. Studies in English Literary and Cultural History, 23. Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 57:205-208.
Stähler, A. (2009). Unsettling Questions: Palestine, Israel, the Holy Land and Zion. Wasafiri 24:75-79.
Stähler, A. (2008). Review of Ruth Mayer, 'Diaspora: Eine kritische Begriffsbestimmung'. Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 56:99-100.
Stähler, A. (2006). Review of: Victoria Aarons, 'What Happened to Abraham? Reinventing the Covenant in American Jewish Fiction', and Judith Oster, 'Crossing Cultures: Creating Identity in Chinese and Jewish American Literature'. Anglia 124:541-545.
Stähler, A. (2006). Review of Pól O’Dochartaigh and Alexander Stephan (eds), 'German Monitor 61; Special Issue on: Refuge and Reality. Feuchtwanger and the European Émigrés in California'. Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 158:392-393.
Stähler, A. (2006). Review of Gordon Campbell (ed), 'The Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance'. Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 158:154-157.
Stähler, A. (2005). Review of Monika Fludernik (ed), 'Diaspora and Multiculturalism: Common Traditions and New Developments' Cross/Cultures 66. Anglia 123:155-158.
Stähler, A. (2004). Review of J.R. Mulryne and Elizabeth Goldring (eds), 'Court Festivals of the European Renaissance. Art, Politics and Performance'. Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 156:368-370.
Conference or workshop item
Stähler, A. (2001). Janus – “the Beginnings and Ends of Things”: The Entry of James I into London (1604). in: Lucko, P. and Schlaeger, J. eds. Anglistentag 2000, Berlin. Trier: WVT Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, pp. 189-204.
Total publications in KAR: 66 [See all in KAR]
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Teaching

I teach modules on the Shoah, on Jewish writing, on medieval literature, and on the Renaissance.

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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: 01/08/2016