Contact details

Name:
Dr Godela Weiss-Sussex
Qualifications:
Staatsexamen Studienrat (FU, Berlin), MA (Cantab), PhD (London)
Position:
Reader in Modern German Literature
Institute:
Institute of Modern Languages Research
Location:
Institute of Modern Languages ResearchUniversity of London Senate House Malet Street London WC1E 7HU
Phone:
020 7862 8968
Email address:
godela.weiss-sussex@sas.ac.uk
Website:
http://modernlanguages.sas.ac.uk/staff/godela-weiss-sussex.html

Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
Gender studies, Language and Literature (German), Metropolitan history, Modernism
Regions:
Europe
Summary of research interests and expertise:
Dr Godela Weiss-Sussex's main research interests lie in the culture and literature of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries in the following areas: women’s writing, the works of German-Jewish writers produced in Germany and in exile; modernism, the city in literature and the visual arts; biology and literature. Her main current research projects focus on: German-Jewish women’s writing in the 20th and 21st centuries as ‘minor literature’; metropolitan consumer culture and the literary imagination; translingual writing.
Languages:
Spoken Written
German Fluent Fluent
French Intermediate Intermediate
Publication Details

Related publications/articles:

Date Details
01-Dec-2016 English and German Cultural Encounters: A.S. Byatt in Conversation with Martin Swales and Godela Weiss-Sussex

Edited Book

Publication of the 2015 Bithell Memorial Lecture

15-Apr-2016 Jüdin und Moderne. Literarisierungen der Lebenswelt deutsch-jüdischer Autorinnen in Berlin, 1900-1918 [Jewish Women and Modernity. Literary reflections on Jewishness, femininity and urban life by female German-Jewish authors in Berlin, 1900-1918]

Monographs

Monograph. Publisher: De Gruyter (Berlin); 275pp

01-Nov-2015 Tales of Commerce and Imagination. Department Stores and Modernity in Film and Literature

Edited Book

Book; co-edited with Ulrike Zitzlsperger (Frankfurt/Main: Peter Lang)

01-Nov-2015 'Einfuehrung'

Chapters

Introductory chapter for edited volume 'Tales of Commerce and Imagination', pp. 9-19, co-written with Ulrike Zitzlsperger

01-Nov-2015 'Confronting Stereotypes: Department Store Novels byGerman-Jewish Authors, 1916-1925'

Chapters

Chapter in volume 'Tales of Commerce and Imagination', pp. 89-106

01-Apr-2015 ‘Von der “Gefallenen” zur “Hüterin der Zukunft”. Außereheliche Mutterschaft in literarischen Texten des frühen 20. Jahrhunderts’

Chapters

Chapter in: Zwischen Demontage und Sakralisierung. Revisionen des Familienmodells in der europäischen Moderne (1880-1945), eds Christine Kanz and Frank Krause (Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2015), pp 151-168

01-Jan-2015 Protest and Reform in German Literature and Visual Culture, 1871-1918

Edited Book

Book; Co-edited with Charlotte Woodford (Munich: Iudicium)

01-Jan-2015 ‘Reformprogrammatik und Romanästhetik: Ruth Bré, Gabriele Reuter und Grete Meisel-Hess’

Chapters

Chapter in 'Protest and Reform in German Literature and Visual Culture, 1871-1918', eds Godela Weiss-Sussex and Charlotte Woodford, pp 168-188

01-Jan-2015 ‘Introduction’

Chapters

Chapter (with Charlotte Woodford), in 'Protest and Reform in German Literature and Visual Culture, 1871-1918', eds Godela Weiss-Sussex and Charlotte Woodford (see above), pp 7-12

01-Aug-2014 ‘Radical Feminist and Belligerent Journalist: Grete Meisel-Hess’

Chapters

Chapter in Discovering Women's History. German-Speaking Journalists (1900-1950), ed. Christa Spreizer

01-Dec-2013 Das Berliner Warenhaus. Geschichte und Diskurse / The Berlin Department Store. History and Discourse

Edited Book

Book; co-edited with Ulrike Zitzlsperger (Frankfurt/Main: Peter Lang)

01-Dec-2013 Einfuehrung / Introduction

Chapters

Das Berliner Warenhaus. Geschichte und Diskurse / The Berlin Department Store. History and Discourse (Frankfurt/Main: Peter Lang), pp. 7-15.

01-Jan-2012 Beyond Glitter and Doom. Contingency in the Weimar Republic

Edited Book

Book; co-edited with Jochen Hung and Geoff Wilkes (Munchen: Iudicium)

01-Apr-2011 Matt Frei, Berlin – a Clash of Histories

Edited Book

Publication of the 2010 Bithell Memorial Lecture

01-Jan-2011 Introduction

Chapters

Chapter co-written with Katia Pizzi, in The Cultural Identities of European Cities (Oxford: Lang), pp. 1-5.

01-Jan-2011 ‘Berlin: Myth and Memorialization’

Chapters

Chapter in 'The Cultural Identities of European Cities', eds Katia Pizzi and Godela Weiss-Sussex, pp 145-164

01-Jan-2011 The Cultural Identities of European Cities

Edited Book

Book; co-edited with Katia Pizzi (Bern: Lang)

01-Jan-2011 Giving People Ideas – Text and Concept. Literary Texts as Thought Experiments

Edited Book

Book; co-edited with Susanne Kord and Ernest Schonfield (= Publications of the English Goethe Society 80, numbers 2-3) (London: Maney)

01-Feb-2010 Gina Kaus: Schriftstellerin und Öffentlichkeit. Zur Stellung einer Schriftstellerin in der literarischen Öffentlichkeit der Zwischenkriegszeit in Österreich und Deutschland

Review

Review in Austrian Studies, Vol 17, No 1, pp 210-212

01-Jan-2010 ‘Das Gewebe des Lebens. Anna Maria Jokls Die Reise nach London (1999)’

Article in 'Angermion. Yearbook for Anglo-German Literary Criticism, Intellectual History and Cultural Transfers', Vol 3, pp 19-31

01-May-2009 Peter Stein, Schillers ‘Wallenstein’-Trilogie auf der Bühne

Edited Book

Publication of the 2008 Bithell Memorial Lecture

01-Jan-2009 ‘The Mental Life of a Metropolitan Dweller. Georg Hermann’s Novel Die Nacht des Doktor Herzfeld (1912)’

Chapters

Chapter in 'Topography and Literature: Berlin and Modernism', ed Reinhard Zachau (Göttingen: V & R unipress), pp 101-110

01-Jan-2009 ‘Else Croner und die “moderne Jüdin”'

Chapters

Chapter in '‘Not an Essence but a Positioning’: German-Jewish Women Writers, 1900-1938', eds Andrea Hammel and Godela Weiss-Sussex, pp 55-76

01-Jan-2009 ‘Fragmentation of Identity as Opportunity for Individuation? Explorations of the German and British City Novel of the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries’

Chapters

Chapter in 'The Racehorse of Genius. Literary and Cultural Comparison', eds Martin Liebscher, Ben Schofield and Godela Weiss-Sussex, pp 102-119

01-Jan-2009 ‘Not an Essence but a Positioning’: German-Jewish Women Writers, 1900-1938

Edited Book

Book; co-edited with Andrea Hammel (München: Meidenbauer)

01-Jan-2009 The Racehorse of Genius. Literary and Cultural Comparison

Edited Book

Book; co-edited with Martin Liebscher and Ben Schofield (München: Iudicium) (= London German Studies XII)

2009 On the Relationship between Hesse’s Painting and Writing: Wanderung, Klingsors letzter Sommer, Gedichte des Malers and Piktors Verwandlungen

chapter in: I. Cornils (ed), A Companion to the Works of Hermann Hesse. Rochester, NY: Camden House

2009 Georg Hermann

Article in Killy Literaturlexikon: W. Killy et als (ed), Autoren und Werke deutscher Sprache. Gütersloh: Bertelsmann Lexikon Verlag, 2009.

01-Jan-2008 Verwisch die Spuren!’. Bertolt Brecht’s Work and Legacy. A Reassessment

Edited Book

Book; co-edited with Robert Gillett (Amsterdam: Rodopi) (= Amsterdamer Beiträge zur neueren Germanistik 66).

01-Jan-2008 ‘“A Ridiculous Thing to Do”: Yvonne Kapp and Brecht in Translation’

Chapters

Chapter in '‘Verwisch die Spuren!’. Bertolt Brecht’s Work and Legacy. A Reassessment', eds Robert Gillett and Godela Weiss-Sussex, pp 309-320

01-Jan-2007 ‘“Ich gehe und gehe [...] und gehe und sehe.” Female Experience of the City’

Chapters

Chapter in 'Berlin: Kultur und Metropole in den Zwanziger und seit den Neunziger Jahren', eds Godela Weiss-Sussex and Ulrike Zitzlsperger, pp 46-61

01-Jan-2007 Berlin. Kultur und Metropole in den Zwanziger und seit den Neunziger Jahren

Edited Book

Book; co-edited with Ulrike Zitzlsperger (München: Iudicium)

01-Jan-2006 Urban Mindscapes of Europe

Edited Book

Book; co-edited with Franco Bianchini (Amsterdam: Rodopi) (= European Studies 23)

01-Jan-2006 ‘Berlin Literature and its Use in the Marketing of the “New Berlin”’

Chapters

Chapter in 'Urban Mindscapes of Europe', eds Godela Weiss-Sussex with Franco Bianchini, pp 237-258

01-Jan-2004 ‘Impressionismus als Weltanschauung. Die Kunstkritik Georg Hermanns’

Chapters

Chapter in 'Georg Hermann. Deutsch-jüdischer Schriftsteller und Journalist, 1871-1943', ed Godela Weiss-Sussex, pp 87-101

01-Jan-2004 Georg Hermann: Deutsch-jüdischer Schriftsteller und Journalist, 1871-1943

Edited Book

Edited volume (Tübingen: Max Niemeyer) (= Conditio Judaica 48)

01-Jan-2003 ‘Fontane und die englische Malerei: Die Briefe aus Manchester’

Articles

Article, Fontane Blätter 75 (2003), pp 64-80

01-Jan-2001 ‘Der Blick auf Berlin in Romanen exilierter Schriftsteller 1933 bis 1938’

Chapters

Chapter in 'Berlin - Wien - Prag. Moderne, Minderheiten und Migration in der Zwischenkriegszeit', eds Susanne Marten-Finnis and Matthias Uecker (Bern: Lang), pp 185-206

01-Jan-2001 ‘Fontane’s and Georg Hermann’s Berlin. Relationships to Contemporary Painting’

Chapters

Chapter in 'Theodor Fontane and the European Context: Literature, Culture and Society in Prussia and Europe', eds Helen Chambers and Patricia Howe (Amsterdam: Rodopi), pp 231-252

01-Jan-2001 Metropolitan Chronicles. Georg Hermann’s Berlin Novels, 1897 to 1912

Monographs

Monograph (Stuttgart: Heinz) (= Stuttgarter Arbeiten zur Germanistik 379)

Research Projects & Supervisions

Research projects:

Details
Biological Discourses and German Literature around 1900

Joint research project with David Midgley (Cambridge); with a research network attached.

Contested memory: Lower Silesia in historiography, geography and literature

Femininity, Jewishness and the City: Jewish Women Writers in Berlin (1900-1938)

current project: monograph

Minor / Minority Literatures

The Department Store as Paradigm of Modernity

Joint research project with Ulrike Zitzlsperger (Exeter); with an attached research network.

Current PhD topics supervised:

Dates Details
From:
Until:
Hans Sachs and satire

student: Sharon Baker

Past PhD topics supervised:

Dates Details
From: 01-Oct-2012
Until: 01-Oct-2015
Contested memory: Lower Silesia in historiography, geography and literature

student: Steven Jefferson

From:
Until:
'Deutsche Jugend wohin?' Eine Untersuchung des Generationsdiskurses nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg am Beispiel von Zeitschriften der 'jungen Generation'

student: Steffen Stadthaus

From:
Until:
Discourses of democracy, consumption, youth and women in the Weimar Republic newspaper Tempo (1928-1933)),

student: Jochen Hung

Available for doctoral supervision: Yes

Professional Affiliations

Professional affiliations:

Name Activity
The Higher Education Academy (HEA) member
Internationale Vereinigung für Germanistik (IVG) member
Association for German Studies (AGS) member
Theodor-Fontane-Gesellschaft member
Women in German Studies (WIGS) member
Editorial Board of Studies in Contemporary Women’s Writing (Peter Lang series) member
Zentrum Juedische Studien Berlin-Brandenburg (Humboldt Universität Berlin) associate / cooperation partner
Advisory Board of gfl (German as a Foreign Language) (journal) member
Editorial Board of igrs books member and editor of German-language books
Editorial Board of Publications of the Institute of Germanic Studies member
Editorial Board of Bithell Series of Dissertations chair
Steering Committee of the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women’s Writing (CCWW) member
King's College, Cambridge Fellow
Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies member

Collaborations:

Name Type Activity Start date End date
AHRC-funded network on Motherhood in post-1968 European Literature AHRC research network member of steering committee 2013
Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women’s Writing (CCWW) member of steering committee
Network ‘Biological Discourses and German Literature around 1900’ co-organiser
Network ‘Department Stores as Paradigm of Modernity’ co-organiser
Network 'European Shakespeare' co-organiser
Network 'German in the World' co-organiser
AHRC-funded London Arts and Humanities Partnership subject area representative
Relevant Events

Related events:

Date Details
25-Nov-2016 Germanistik in the UK: current situation and initiatives

Contribution to a one-day symposium at the Sorbonne, Paris: 'Teaching and Research in 'Strategically Important' Languages. A Comparative Perspective between France and the UK'

21-Oct-2016 Gadji Beri Bimba

Public engagement activity as part of 'Cabaret Voltaire', an event on DADA poetry at the Bloomsbury Festival

24-Oct-2015 What Have You Got in Your Pockets? Poetry and Translation Workshop

Public engagement activity as part of the Bloomsbury Festival

15-Oct-2015 AS Byatt in Conversation with Martin Swales and G. Weiss-Sussex

Biennial Bithell Memorial event; public engagement activity

30-Sep-2015 Translation Competition: Walpurgistag

Public engagement activity, launched in cooperation with the DAAD

12-Dec-2014 'Dinggedicht' poetry competition

Public engagement activity. Collaboration with the DAAD and the British Museum (Oct-Dec 2014); including a prize-giving event at the British Museum (12 December 2014), supported by the German Embassy

12-Dec-2014 ‘The Power of the Object in German Literature’

Public engagement event. Collaboration with the British Museum: Lecture and Reading at British Museum Late Event

11-Dec-2014 'Die Biographie des Dings'

Public engagement activity. Writing workshop led by Berlin author Annett Groeschner

05-Jul-2012 Auf der Spur alter Berliner Warenhaeuser

Public Engagement activity. Guided tour through Berlin with Michael Bienert: locations of early 20th century Berlin department stores

05-Jul-2012 Das Berliner Warenhaus - Kommerz und Imagination

Public engagement event: reading by Berlin author Annett Groeschner; Literaturhaus Berlin

01-Mar-2012 Narratives and Ageing

Public engagement event: Reading by Jane Gardam and Martin Walser

03-Jul-2011 Shakespeare - a German Writer

Public engagement event. With Globe Education (Globe Theatre London): Two performances of lecture-cum-performance plus additional public lecture at the International Shakespeare Festival, Globe Theatre, Neuss am Rhein, Germany

11-Nov-2010 Berlin: A Clash of Histories

Public engagement event. Bithell Memorial Lecture by broadcaster Matt Frei

14-Oct-2010 Shakespeare - ein deutscher Dramatiker

Public engagement event. With Globe Education (Globe Theatre London): production of lecture-cum-performance at Shakespeare’s Globe, London

22-Sep-2009 The Good German

Public Engagement event. Reading by American writer Joseph Kanon

Knowledge transfer activities:

Details
Elisabeth Landau's Novel 'Der Holzweg' (1918): A Gendered Discussion of Heimat and Nation

Paper presented at the MLA Annual Convention in Philadelphia, 5 January 2017

Gender and Nation: German-Jewish Women Authors, 1870-1918

Organisation of a Special Session at the MLA Annual Convention in Philadelphia, 5 January 2017

'Das doppelte Martyrium des Weibseins und des Judentums': Femininity and Jewishness in the Works of Female German-Jewish Writers in Berlin (1900-1918)

Invited Talk at the University of Nottingham (School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies Research Seminar Series)on 22 March 2017

Heimattreue oder nomadische Emanzipation? Elisabeth Landaus Roman Der Holzweg (1918)

Paper presented at the conference 'Women and Heimat in German Literature and Visual Culture, 1871-1933', 12-13 May, IMLR (co-organisers: Caroline Bland and G. Weiss-Sussex)

Berlin: Early 20th-Century Department Stores

Paper presented at SAS launch event of Cities@SAS research hub, 1 June 2016

Juedin und Moderne

Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association for German Studies (AGS), Newcastle, 2 September 2016

Department Stores and the Discourse of Modernity in early 20th-Century Berlin Fiction

Invited talk at the Centre for Metropolitan History seminar series, Institute for Historical Research (IHR), School of Advanced Study, University of London, on 12 October 2016

Book launch: 'Juedin und Moderne'

Paper presented at the conference 'Juedin und Moderne: German-Jewish Women's Writing in the early 20th Century and in Exile', 20 October, IMLR

Feminism, Motherhood and Eugenics in pre-WWI Berlin; or: How to promote reform through literary writing?

Paper presented at Multi-disciplinary Gender Research Seminar (16/2/15), University of Cambridge

The department store as habitat of the sophisticated urbanite: Georg Hermann’s 'Der kleine Gast' (1925)

Conference paper presented at the conference 'Urban Microcosms' at the University of Bristol, 14-16 September

Book Launch: Tales of Commerce and Imagination

Paper presented at the launch of this volume on the department store as symbol of modernity in film and Literature, co-edited by G Weiss-Sussex and U. Zitzlsperger.

'Confronting Stereotypes: Department Store Novels by German-Jewish Authors, 1916-1925’

Paper presented at the School of Humanities, University of Exeter (research seminar)

Die Literarisierung naturwissenschaftlicher Weltanschauung: Die Form des monistischen Entwicklungsromans

Paper presented at the conference 'German Literature and Biological Thought around 1900' at the IMLR

Ein deutsch-jüdischer Zeitroman aus weiblicher Perspektive: Audnals 'Der Holzweg' (1918) als Absage an das Projekt der Assimilation

Paper presented at the annual Women in German Studies (WIGS)conference

'Modern Women'

Paper presented (with Flora Willson) at King's College, Cambridge (Research Seminar)

'Femininity, Jewishness and the City: Jewish Women Writers in Early 20th-Century Berlin'

Paper presented at Director's Seminar series at the IMLR

Großstadtjüdinnen. Konzepte einer literarischen Figur in Romanen jüdischer Autorinnen um 1900

Paper presented at the annual Women in German Studies (WIGS)conference

Tales of the Unexpected: German-Jewish Women Writers in early 20th Century Berlin

Paper presented at the German Department, University of Cambridge (research seminar)

Feminismus, Eugenik und Judentum: Grete Meisel Hess

Keynote at conference ‘Deutsch-jüdische Schriftstellerinnen um 1900’ in Porto, Portugal

Femininity, Jewishness and the City: Jewish Women Writers in Early 20th-Century Berlin

Invited Lecture at City University, New York (CUNY)

‘Reformprogrammatik und Romanästhetik: Romane aus dem Umkreis des Bunds fuer Mutterschutz'

Paper presented at the conference 'Protest and Reform in Wilhelmine German Culture' at the IMLR

'Juedische Reaktionen auf antisemitische Warenhaus-Literatur'

Paper presented at the conference 'Kommerz und Imagination II: Literarische und filmische Beiträge zur Warenhaus-Debatte im frühen 20. Jahrhundert' at the Literaturhaus Berlin

Tales of the Unexpected: German-Jewish Women Writers in early 20th Century Berlin

Paper presented as part of the Dean's Seminars series at SAS

'Juedische Schriftstellerinnen in Berlin'

Invited Lecture at the Freie Universitaet Berlin

‘Nun sind sie da, für die du gekämpft.’ Grete Meisel-Hess (1879-1922) als Autorin in der Nachfolge Hedwig Dohms (1831 – 1919)

Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association for German Studies (AGS)

‘The Mental Life of a Metropolitan Dweller. Georg Hermann’s Novel Die Nacht des Doktor Herzfeld (1912)’

Keynote at conference ‘Topography and Literature: Berlin and Modernism’ in Sewanee, Tennessee (The University of the South)

Consultancy & Media
Available for consultancy:
Yes
Media experience:
Yes
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