Department of European Studies and Modern Languages
Dr David Clarke
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.
current research project focuses on commemoration of human rights abuses
in the GDR.