Dr Anna Katharina Schaffner

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Anna Katharina
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United Kingdom
University of Kent
Comparative Literature
Lecturer in Comparative Literature
English, German, French
Teaching areas: 

Avant-Garde and Modernism, Vampires in Literature and Film, Psychoanalysis, Sexology

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My research interests include modernism, sexology, literature and science, psychoanalysis, history of sexuality, avant-garde and neo-avantgarde, contemporary German literature and cognitive literary theory.


Writers and directors I have published on include Franz Kafka, Thomas Mann, D.H. Lawrence, Marcel Proust, Georges Bataille, Freud, Richard von Krafft-Ebing, Havelock Ellis, Magnus Hirschfeld, Iwan Bloch, Frank Schulz and David Lynch.




  • Modernism and Perversion: Sexual Deviance in Sexology and Literature, 1850-1930 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). ISBN: 9780230231627 (hardback); 9780230231634 (paperback).
  • Sprachzerlegung in historischer Avantgardelyrik und konkreter Poesie, series 'k wie konkret', ed. Reinhard Krüger (Berlin: ECA, 2007). ISBN: 9783940842022.
  • Neo-Avant-Garde, ed. David Hopkins, ed. assistant Anna Katharina Schaffner (Amsterdam/Atlanta: Rodopi, 2006). ISBN: 904202125X.

Journal Articles

  • ‘Visions of Sadistic Women: Sade, Sacher-Masoch, Kafka’, German Life and Letters, 65:2 (April 2012), pp. 181–205.
  • ‘Fiction as Evidence: On the Uses of Literature in Nineteenth-Century Sexological Discourse’,Comparative Literature Studies 48:2 (June 2011). ISSN: 0010-4132.
  • ‘Richard von Krafft-Ebing’s Psychopathia Sexualis and Thomas Mann’s Buddenbrooks: Exchanges between Scientific and Imaginary Accounts of Sexual Deviance’, Modern Language Review 106:2 (April 2011), pp. 477–94.
  • ‘Kafka and the Hermeneutics of Sadomasochism', Forum for Modern Language Studies 46:3 (July 2010), pp. 334-50.
  • ‘”Wenn es Heimat gibt, dann liegt sie in der Sprache”: Frank Schulz’s Hagener Trilogie (1991-2006)’, Modern Language Review 105:3 (July 2010), pp. 777-94.
  • 'Fantasmatic Splittings and Destructive Desires: Lynch's Lost HighwayMulholland Drive and Inland Empire', Forum for Modern Language Studies 45:3 (July 2009), pp. 270-91.
  • 'Brasilianischer Konkretismus in Wort und Bild: Noigrandres und Grupo Rutura', Lusorama. Zeitschrift für Lusitanistik 75-6 (November 2008), pp. 97-116.
  • 'Linguistic Lunacy as Transgressive Practice', in Per Bäckström (ed.), Centre-Periphery: Avant-Garde and the OtherNordlit21 (Spring 2007). ISSN: 08091668.

Book Chapters

  • 'From Concrete to Digital: The Reconceptualisation of Poetic Space', in Peter Gendolla and Jörgen Schäfer (eds.), Beyond the Screen: Transformations of Literary Structures, Interfaces and Genres(Bielefeld: Transcript, 2010), pp. 179–97. ISBN:  9783837612585.
  • 'Situationistische Internationale', in Hubert van den Berg and Walter Faehnders (eds.), Metzler Lexikon Avantgarde (Stuttgart: Metzler Verlag 2009), pp. 303-5.
  • 'Inheriting the Avant-Garde: On the Clash of Tradition and Innovation in Concrete Poetry', in David Hopkins (ed.) and Anna Katharina Schaffner (editorial assistant.), Neo-Avant-Garde(Amsterdam/Atlanta: Rodopi, 2006), pp. 97-119. ISBN: 904202125X.
  • 'The Rhetorics of Surface and Depth in Digital Poetry', with Andrew Roberts, Rilune, 5 (July 2006).http://www.rilune.org/mono5/5_schaffner_roberts.pdf
  • 'Dadaist Codebreaking: The Assault on the Order of Signs', in Dafydd Jones (ed.), Dada Culture(Amsterdam/Atlanta: Rodopi, 2006), pp. 117-33. ISBN: 9042018690.
  • 'How the Letters Learnt to Dance: On Language Dissection in Dadaist, Concrete and Digital Poetry', in Dietrich Scheunemann (ed.), Avant-Garde/Neo-Avant-Garde: New Perspectives (Amsterdam/Atlanta: Rodopi, 2005), pp. 149-72. ISBN: 9042019255.