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PhD projects

Scottish-German Cultural Relations, German Literature in the 18th and 19th centuries, Disability, Literary Translation

Personal profile


Dr. Eleoma Bodammer (née Joshua) was promoted to the position of Reader in German at the University of Edinburgh in 2019. She holds a PhD in German Literature from the University of Manchester (awarded in 2000), which was fully funded by the British Academy. She also completed a BA Hons in German Studies at the University of Manchester.

Dr. Bodammer has held a number of managerial positions in the School, Department and Section:

  • 2019-ongoing; 2012-15 & 2005-07 Chair of Exam Boards for German
  • 2013-16 Head of German
  • 2015-17 & 2007-08 DELC Representative on the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures Board of Studies
  • 2015-17 DELC Representative in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures Undergraduate Studies Group
  • 2014 Chair of the German Research Seminar
  • 2012-13 DELC Postgraduate Director
  • 2013-14 DELC Student Complaints Investigator
  • 2010 Teaching Programme Review Liaison Officer for DELC
  • 2009-10 Head of the DELC Teaching Organisation
  • 2009-10 Chair of the DELC Year Abroad Coordinators Committee
  • 2009-10 Chair of the German Research Seminar
  • 2004-05 Chair of the Staff-Student Liaison Committee
  • 2004-18 and from 2019 Personal Tutor (formerly Director of Studies)
  • 2002-06 Year Abroad Coordinator for German
  • 2001-05 Library Tutor

She is course organiser for:

  • Researching Disability in German Literature and Society
  • Goethe & Schiller
  • Foundation German Language 3

Dr Bodammer won the EUSA Teaching Award for Best Assessment Feedback in 2018, and is one of just two members of the DELC academic staff who have won a EUSA award in its ten year history.

She has been nominated for the following EUSA Teaching Awards: 

  • 2016-17 Best Personal Tutor
  • 2015-16 Best Overall Teacher; Best Research or Dissertation Supervisor; Best Personal Tutor
  • 2014-15 Best Overall Teacher
  • 2010-11 Best Overall Teacher
  • 2013, 2012, 2009 EUSA Nominations for Best Course: German 2 (part of the teaching team)

She has also been nominated for the Principal’s Teaching Award in 2011 in the following categories: Best Feedback; The KPMG Teaching Employable Skills Award; The Campbell Award for Teaching in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences; The Endsleigh Overall High Performer




Research Interests

Dr Bodammer works in the field of eighteenth and ninteeenth-century German Literary Studies. Her current research interests focus on literary representations of disability in early nineteenth-century German literature.

In the past she has published on the German-language engagement with Robert Burns, German Romanticism, and nineteenth-century German literary landscapes. She has published a monograph on the works of Friedrich Leopold Graf zu Stolberg (1750-1819), and journal articles and book chapters on Goethe, E. T. A. Hoffmann, Stolberg, Heinrich Heine and Friedrich Schiller.

In 2011-12, Dr. Bodammer was awarded a major research grant of £81,664 for a full-time AHRC Fellowship on the research theme "Scottish-German Cultural Exchange".

She also launched the first volume of the German Department's academic journal, the Edinburgh German Yearbook, with an edited book on Cultural Exchange in German Literature (2007), and hosted a two day international conference on this theme in 2006. In 2010, she edited and contributed to the book Disability in German Literature, Theater and Film, which is the fourth volume of the Edinburgh German Yearbook.

Dr. Bodammer is co-leader and co-founder of the DELC research strand Cultural Encounters - Cultural Dialogues, together with Dr. Alexandra Smith.






 Undergraduate Teaching

  • YEAR 4: Specialist Final Year Course: Goethe & Schiller
  • YEAR 4: German Language Paper 1: Précis writing in German and German to English translation
  • YEAR 4: German Language Paper 2: Literary translation - German to English
  • YEAR 2: Researching Disability in German Literature and Society
  • YEAR 2: Crime and Detection in Literature: E. T. A. Hoffmann's Mademoiselle de Scudery
  • YEAR 1: German Language 2: B1+ level German Grammar
  • YEAR 1: German Literature Lectures: Goethe's early poetry

 Postgraduate Teaching

  •  Postgraduate Portfolio for German for the MSc in Translation Studies

Research students

I would welcome potential PhD projects in the following fields of eighteenth and nineteenth-century German literature:

  • Scottish-German cultural relations
  • literary translation
  • literary disability
  • Goethe
  • German Romanticism


I am currently supervising the following PhDs: 

Karin Bosshard: Linguistic heterogeneity in Scottish novels in translation: Translating A Book of Death and Fish by Ian Stephen (Translation Studies)

Judith Drake: The Case of Disability Theatre in Contemporary Scotland (English Literature)


Past PhD Supervision:

Joanna Neilly, The Image of the Orient in the Works of E. T. A. Hoffmann (awarded in 2013 and funded by the AHRC)


I recently supervised the following Postgraduate Masters dissertations:

Jonathan Drake, Translating Faust I and II (2018) (MSc Translation Studies - German)

Emilie Kiermeier, Translation and Commentary of Scottish FolkTales (2017) (MSc Translation Studies - German)

Ellie Thornton, Genre, Identity and Film Adaptation: German Folk and Fairy Tales (2017) (MSC Comparative Literature)  

Thomas Reid, A Typology of Boredom in German Romantic Literature and its Relationship with Creativity and Artistic Production (2016) (Masters by Research)



Research Groups

DELC Research Strand Co-Leader: Cultural Encounters - Cultural Dialogues



Education/Academic qualification

German Literature, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Friedrich Leopold Graf zu Stolberg and the German Romantics, The University of Manchester

Award Date: 1 Jun 2000

German Studies, Bachelor of Arts, The University of Manchester

External positions

External Examiner, University of Kent

Oct 2013Jun 2018

External Examiner, Durham University


External Examiner, Newcastle University



  • PD Germanic languages
  • Cultural exchange
  • Anglo-German
  • Nineteenth Century
  • Literary Translation
  • Biography
  • Eighteenth Century
  • German Romanticism
  • Robert Burns
  • Literary Disability

College Research Themes

  • Health & Wellbeing


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