Dr Rebecca Braun

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United Kingdom
University of Liverpool
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Educated at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford (BA, MA) and New College, Oxford (D.Phil), I joined Liverpool University in the capacity of an Honorary Research Fellow in 2005. In 2007 I was awarded a two-year (2007-2009) Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship to begin research on my new project, 'Writing Life: The Making of the Author in Germany's Media Age'.


I have published a number of articles on self-presentation in contemporary writers, notably Günter Grass and Elfriede Jelinek. My doctoral thesis on ideas of authorship in Günter Grass is currently in press with OUP. My new research project, entitled 'Writing Life: The Making of the Author in Germany's Media Age', widens the approach taken in respect of Grass to look at a range of authors, from his politically-committed generation, through the more introspective authors of the 1970s and 1980s, to today's media-savvy young writers. Focusing on the literary strategies devised by a representative selection of well-known authors from these groups for negotiating their own publicly constructed identity, it aims to offer an alternative literary history that examines the development of German authorship less in political than in cultural and textual terms.

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Post-1945 German literature and culture


German Language Skills


Literary Culture in the Media Age (1960-present)

First-year Introduction to German Studies

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Günter Grass


Authors and the media from 1960 to the present

Elfriede Jelinek

Autobiography, in particular with respect to ethical issues / reader-writier responsibilities


September 2007

‘Der alte Fuchs und die Medien: Autorschaft und Öffentlichkeit in Grass’ neueren Werken’, ‘MedienGrass’ conference at the Medienarchiv Günter-Grass-Stifung Bremen / Jacobs University Bremen, Germany

September 2007

‘A Nobel Winner? The Impact of Internation Acclaim on Grass’s Recent Work’, ‘Changing the Nation: Günter Grass in International Perspective’, University of Liverpool.

March 2007

‘Negotiating the Self: Günter Grass’s Autobiographical Writings and the Changing Face of Authorship in Germany’s Media Age’, ‘German Life-Writing in the Twentieth Century’, University of Nottingham.

November 2006

‘Authorial Construction in Günter Grass’s Aus dem Tagebuch einer Schnecke and Das Treffen in Telgte’, WIGS Annual Meeting, University of Newcastle.

November 2004

‘What’s in a name? Ideas of authorship in Günter Grass’s Ein weites Feld and Im Krebsgang’, WIGS Annual Conference, Selwyn College, Cambridge University.

September 2004

‘Teaching an old dog new tricks: Günter Grass and the position of the author as ‘Gewissen der Nation’ in post-Wende Germany’, British-Academy Networks Conference on ‘Normalisation’, Leeds University.

May 2004

‘“Nicht mehr weinen, / auf dem Klo weinen müssen: allein”. Günter Grass’s Der Butt and the particularly male misery of beginning and ending a narrative’, Oxford Modern German Studies Colloquium: ‘Männer weinen heimlich: Portrayals of masculine sensitivity in German Literature’, Oxford University.

January 2004

‘The art of self-construction: Günter Grass’s use of Camus and Orwell in Kopfgeburten oder Die Deutschen sterben aus’, invited paper, German Sub-Faculty Research Seminar, Oxford University.

October 2003

‘Migratory Translations: W.G. Sebald’s Austerlitz and Hans Magnus Enzensberger’s Where Were You Robert? in English translation’, Contemporary Literature in English Translation Seminar, Oxford University.

September 2003

‘The art of self-construction: Günter Grass’ use of Camus and Orwell in his ‘political travel novel’ Headbirths or The Germans are Dying out’, ‘Autobiografictions’, Interdisciplinary Conference, Goldsmiths College, London.
June 2003‘“Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones...” Elfriede Jelinek and the Textual Anatomy of Aggression’, ‘Violence, Culture and Identity’, Interdisciplinary Conference, St. Andrews University.

January 2003

‘“Vor- und Nachgeschichte der Tragödie des Coriolanus von Livius und Plutarch über Shakespeare bis zu Brecht und mir”: Günter Grass and the intellectual’s sense of context in West Germany of the 1960s’, Oxford Modern German Studies Graduate Seminar, Oxford University.

April 2002

‘Speaking the language of culture: Elfriede Jelinek and James Joyce writing the homeland’, Third Conference in Irish-German Studies, Limerick University, Ireland.


Constructing Authorship in the Work of Günter Grass (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2008)

Changing the Nation: Günter Grass in International Perspective, ed. by Rebecca Braun & Frank Brunssen (Würzburg: Köngishausen & Neumann, forthcoming 2008)

Shelving Translation, ed. by R. Beard & B. Garvey, a special issue of the peer-reviewed online journal EnterText 4.3 (2004/05): http://www.brunel.ac.uk/about/acad/sa/artresearch/entertext/issues/ entertext43sup/
Articles‘Authorial Construction in Aus dem Tagebuch einer Schnecke and Das Treffen in Telgte’, in Stuart Taberner, ed., Cambridge Companion to Günter Grass (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2008).

‘“Sticks and stones may break my bones...” The aesthetic enactment of violence in the work of Elfriede Jelinek’, in Helen Chambers (ed.), Violence, Culture and Identity in Germany and Austria (Oxford: Lang, 2006), 343-58.

(with Brenda Garvey)‘Introduction: The Role of the Translated Text in Britain Today’, Shelving Translation, 1-12.

‘The art of self-construction: Günter Grass’s use of Camus and Orwell in Headbirths or The Germans are Dying Out’, in Peter Davies & Lucia Boldrini (eds), ‘Autobiografictions’, special issue of Comparative Critical Studies 1 (2004), 323-36.

‘Speaking the Language of Culture: Elfriede Jelinek and James Joyce Writing the Homeland’, in Gisela Holfter, Marieke Karjenbrink & Edward Moxon-Browne (eds.), Beziehungen & Identitäten: Österreich, Irland und die Schweiz, (Bern: Lang, 2004), pp.191-202.