Professor Ricarda Schmidt

Professor in German


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Telephone: 01392 724224

I am the principal investigator of an AHRC-funded research project on Heinrich von Kleist (in collaboration with Sean Allan from Warwick University and Steven Howe as post-doc from Exeter University) which will be completed on 30/4/2014. In July 2011 we hosted an international conference on 'Constructive and Destructive Functions of Violence in the Work of Heinrich von Kleist' in Exeter, acts published by Königshausen und Neumann, 2012. Our jointly authored book

Unverhoffte Wirkungen: Erziehung und Gewalt im Werk Heinrich von Kleists

(Königshausen und Neumann) is due in 2014. We posted 6 podcasts about Kleist's life and work in the context of the European Enlightenment. These podcasts form part of an open access platform targeted at interested members of the general public and have been available for download via the project website and iTunesU from July 2012. As of June 2013, the podcasts had been accessed 7343 times from 637 distinct users. Over half those visiting the site are based outside the UK.

The podcasts are accessible at:

My other main research interests are E.T.A. Hoffmann, intermediality, gender studies, 20th-century German literature, German film.