PhD studentship on Reading / Contextualising / Translating Herta Müller

The Graduate Centre for Arts and Humanities at Swansea University is pleased to announce a fully-funded PhD studentship on ‘Reading / Contextualising / Translating Herta Müller.

An ethnic German from Romania who migrated to Germany in 1987 as a result of political persecution, Müller is a major European writer whose unique vision of the world and distinctive style have brought forth comparisons with W. G. Sebald and Franz Kafka. Her novels, such as Traveling on one Leg (1989), The Land of Green Plums (1994) and The Hunger Angel (2009), written in German and thematising the terrifying experience of dictatorship in Ceausescu’s Romania, are currently being translated into many languages worldwide and finding new readerships, particularly in the far East.

Müller was Writer-in-Residence at the Centre for Contemporary German Culture in Swansea in 1996, and won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2009.

Herta Müller / Photo U. Montan

The PhD candidate will investigate one of the following areas: the global translation of Müller’s works; Müller’s representation of twentieth and twenty first century Romanian, German and European history; the linguistic and literary origins of her style; gender politics in Müller’s works; Müller’s worldwide reputation in comparison to other Nobel Prize-winning authors. The methodology or combination of methodologies employed may include archival, text-based, theoretical, linguistic, and computer-assisted research.

Further information is available on the Swansea University Arts and Humanities Graduate Centre webpages.

The closing date for applications is 30 April 2012.

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr. Brigid Haines, Department of Languages, Translation and Media / Centre for Contemporary German Culture (

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