Peter Davies


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Recent and current PhD topics supervised:
German and Austrian Romani writing and the Holocaust
GDR literary responses to the 17 June 1953 uprising
Memory and Heimat in the work of Jenny Erpenbeck and Monica Maron
Walter Benjamin and Roland Barthes
Avant-garde manifesto
Heiner Müller's democratic theatre
Trauma and memory in German and French Holocaust literature
Decadence at the German and Scandinavian fin-de-siecle

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Personal profile


BA Hons (Manchester), Ph.D (Manchester)

  • Chair of Modern German Studies
  • REF Unit of Assessment Coordinator for UoA26

Research Interests

Professor Davies' research specialisms include:

  • Holocaust writing and translation
  • Translation and Interpreting Studies
  • Myth, modernity and literature
  • Myths of matriarchy in German culture
  • Gender and the body
  • German-language literature and culture, 1880-1945

He is happy to discuss supervision of topics in German, Holocaust writing, Translation Studies, comparative literature with German, myth and literature, gender and the body in the period 1880-1945.

Research activity

In 2004-5 Professor Davies was a Research Fellow of the Alexander-von-Humboldt-Stiftung, conducting research into matriarchal myths in German-language culture.

From 2000-2003 he co-directed the AHRB Major Research Project “The Modern Restoration: Re-thinking German Literature, 1930-1960” with Professor Stephen Parker and Dr Matthew Philpotts, Manchester

From 1998-2000 he was Leverhulme Trust Research Fellow at the University of Manchester, conducting research into Stalinism and Literature in the GDR.


Taught postgraduate courses

  • MSc in Comparative Literature (Holocaust writing)
  • MSc Translation Studies 

Undergraduate courses

  • The Third Reich in Literature and Testimony (final year honours option)
  • Antisemitism in literature
  • German 1b literature (Franz Kafka)
  • Diaspora, Migration, Exile (second year half course)
  • Honours Translation
  • German Language Paper 1


  • PT Germanic literature


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