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Professor Ulrike Zitzlsperger

Research interests

Dr Ulrike Zitzlsperger welcomes enquiries about postgraduate supervision (for MRes, MPhil and PhD degrees) in the fields of Culture and Literature of Twentieth-Century Berlin, and 16th-century culture in Germany.

Culture and Literature of Twentieth-Century Berlin

Dr Zitzlsperger's main research interest concentrates on the culture and literature of twentieth-century Berlin with a particular focus on the 1920s and 1990s. Aspects explored include the role of city myths, literary and autobiographical perceptions of the city, film and photography reflecting public spaces in periods of transition, topographical shifts within the cityscape and the interface between architecture, town-planning and literature. An interdisciplinary conference co-organized in Exeter in 2004 - ‘Aufbrüche zur Metropole: Berliner Kultur in den zwanziger Jahren und heute' (Berlin Culture in the 1920s and Today) - built upon these interests and resulted in a co-edited volume with a wide range of international contributors from various fields of research.

Dr Zitzlsperger's publications also consider a variety of individual authors such as Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Tucholsky, Georg Hermann, Heinrich Mann, Joseph Roth, Mynona, Hans Sachs, Georg Hermann, Peter Schneider, and Alexander Osang.

A new research project considers semi-public spaces - predominantly hotels, railway stations and cafés - that reflect and in some cases present a microcosm of fundamental political, social and cultural shifts. This project analyses how historical and political change impacts upon such ‘semi-public' spaces in 20th century Germany and Austria and how they and their literary, photographic, cinematic and journalistic representations in turn shape our (sometimes stereotyped) understanding of particular epochs, such as, for example, the ‘Roaring Twenties'.

In the same context Dr Zitzlsperger, together with Godela Weiss-Sussex (IGRS, London), is exploring the cultural role of Berlin's department stores up 1938 and today.

Dr Zitzlsperger contributes to The Year's Work in Modern Language Studies with reviews on publications covering the 16th century in Germany.

Forthcoming conferences (for further details please contact

* Centre for the Interdisciplinary Study of Sexuality and Gender in Europe (CISSGE): Annual Conference - ‘Gender, Agency and Violence: European Perspectives from Medieval Times to the Present Day' (London: 18th and 19th March 2010)

* Places of Mystery, Imagination and History: European Hotels and Railway Stations in the 20th Century (London 2011)