Conference Report

July 20, 2009

Jonathan Gray of Royal Holloway, University of London recently received an AGS travelling scholarship, which he used to attend a conference on ‘Hamann and Tradition’ at Hunter College in New York. You can learn more about the conference and Jonathan’s contribution on his blog at

‘Save German at QUB’ on Facebook

July 9, 2009

Facebook users can keep up-to-date with the campaign to save German at Queen’s University Belfast by joining the ‘Save German at QUB’ group:


July 8, 2009

London German Studies XII: The Racehorse of Genius. Literary and Cultural Comparisons

07 May 2009

Martin Liebscher, Ben Schofield, Godela Weiss-Sussex
Institute of Germanic Studies publications, Volume 94 
£20.50 (GBP) (approx. $33.13 USD, €23.79 EUR)
Paperback (157 pages) ISBN: 9780854572212 (IGRS and iudicium Verlag, Munich)

NBA ‘Not an Essence but a Positioning’

July 8, 2009

‘Not an Essence but a Positioning’: German-Jewish Women Writers (1900-1938)

01 Jun 2009

Andrea Hammel, Godela Weiss-Sussex
Institute of Germanic Studies publications , Volume 93 
£42.00 (GBP) (approx. $67.87 USD, €48.74 EUR) 
Paperback (244 pages) ISBN: 9780854572205
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This volume explores the relationship between identity – understood not as an essence, but rather a positioning – and the work of German-Jewish women authors. The period 1900-1938 provided them with a wide range of possible self-identifications, both between Jewish tradition (or ‘Jewish renaissance’) and acculturation, and between a traditional and modern understanding of the position of women. By examining their texts in the historical and literary contexts in which they were written, the analyses in this book reveal traditions and positions that are not necessarily communicated directly by the German-Jewish authors themselves.
The volume contributes a major contribution to the understanding of writers who have largely been excluded from the literary canon to date and to the re-evaluation of their works. In addition to Gertrud Kolmar, Else Lasker-Schüler, Veza Canetti, Else Ury and Mascha Kaléko, the authors considered here include the less well-known: Klara Blum, Ulla Wolff-Frank, Auguste Hauschner, Anna Goldschmidt, Else Croner, Anna Gmeyner, Selma Kahn, Ruth Landshoff-Yorck, the journalist Regina Neisser and the salonière Berta Zuckerkandl-Szeps.       

FLORIAN KROBB: ‘Female Writers’ Narratives in the Jahrbuch für jüdische Geschichte und Literatur: Ulla Wolff-Frank, Auguste Hauschner, Anna Goldschmidt’;
GABRIELE VON GLASENAPP: ‘”Was sollen unsere Töchter lesen?” Die jüdische Journalistin und Literaturpädagogin Regina Neisser’;
GODELA WEISS-SUSSEX: ‘Else Croner und die “moderne Jüdin”‘;
MARTINA LÜKE: ‘Else Ury – A Representative of the German-Jewish “Bürgertum”‘;
ANDREA HAMMEL: ‘Idealized and Demonized: Representations of Jewish Motherhood by Anna Gmeyner and Selma Kahn’;
MONIKA SHAFI: ‘Urban Experience and Identity in Gertrud Kolmar’s Die jüdische Mutter’;
ANDREAS KRAMER: ‘Topographien von Heimat in Else Lasker-Schülers Prosa’;
CHRISTINA PAREIGIS: ‘Glasperlenhebräisch. Das Fremd-Wort in den Schriften von Klara Blum und Gertrud Kolmar’;
BETTINA SPOERRI: ‘”Auf meinem Diwan wird Österreich lebendig.” Die jüdische Journalistin Berta Zuckerkandl-Szeps und ihr Wiener Salon’;
ALEXANDER KOŠENINA: ‘Veza Canetti – Fundstücke aus dem literarischen Nachlass’;
SIGRID BAUSCHINGER: ‘”It will never be again as it once was.” Mascha Kaléko’s Berlin and What was Left of It’;
KERRY WALLACH: ‘Mascha Kaléko Advertises the New Jewish Woman’;
URSULA KRECHEL: ‘”In hartes Grau verwandelt ist das Grün.” Ruth Landshoff-Yorck: Jüdin, Deutsche, Berlinerin’;
Index of Names.

HEFCE review of Modern Languages in HE

July 3, 2009

As part of the current HEFCE review of Modern Languages provision in the UK, the following on-line questionnaires have been set up.

MFL department questionnaire:

For subject associations:

For staff of Institution-Wide Language Programmes:

AGS members are ecnouraged to distribute these links widely and draw the attention of relevant colleague to their existence.