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Department of European Studies and Modern Languages

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Dr David Clarke

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My research focuses on three main areas in German studies:

I have a long-standing interest in the literature and cultural history of the German Democratic Republic. Apart from my monograph on the well-known East German author Christoph Hein, I have also investigated representations of East Germans after unification, the training of writers in the GDR, and the industrial literature of the 1950s and 1960s.

I am also involved in research in contemporary German literature, with a particular emphasis on constructions of German identity in the post-unification period, and on issues of spatiality and memory. Authors whose work I have examined include Reinhard Jirgl, Hans-Ulrich Treichel, Christian Kracht and Uwe Tellkamp.

I also have a strong interest in contempoary German film. Here also, questions of German identity since unification play a significant role. Memory and spatiality are also key themes of my work on cinema.

My current research project focuses on commemoration of human rights abuses in the GDR.