Dr Axel Stähler
Reader in Comparative Literature
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Office: Cornwallis West G30
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.back to top
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I teach modules on the Shoah, on Jewish writing, on medieval literature, and on the Renaissance.back to top