Dr Caroline Bland

Senior Lecturer in German

email : c.bland@sheffield.ac.uk

Dr Caroline BlandResearch

My research interests focus on late 19th- and early 20th-century German literature and culture. I am particularly interested in women’s cultural and political interventions, in a period when they were excluded from much of public life.

My current project explores feminism and cultural transfer between women artists, especially in the era of suffrage and educational campaigns. Other interests are constructions of sexuality and motherhood in German society and culture, and discourses of class and nation in women's fictional writing in the later nineteenth-century Germany. I am on the steering committee of University of Sheffield’s Centre for 19th-Century Studies, and was previously director of the University’s Centre for Gender Studies in Europe.

Selected Publications

Research supervision

Current candidates:

  • Katherine Calvert: “New Women and Mothering: Discourses of Motherhood in the Weimar Republic”.
  • Ben Lewis: “Spengler in Context: Beyond the Decline of the West”.

Completed supervisions:

  • Dr Cyd Sturgess: “Different to the Others’: Discourses of Queer Female Desire in Berlin and Amsterdam (1918-1939).”
  • Dr Nina Schmidt: “Autobiographical Writing and the Representation of Illness - a Disability Studies Perspective on Contemporary German Literature (2007 - 2013)”.
  • MPhils on ‘Elite Schools for Girls under National Socialism’ and ‘The Figure of Job in Twentieth-Century German Literature’.


  • German Language at all levels from Beginner to Advanced
  • German history and literature modules at all UG levels
  • Gender history from feminism to gender studies

German Studies Programme

Administrative Roles

  • Director of German Studies
  • Year Abroad Coordinator for all programmes involving German
  • Sheffield lead for the Yorkshire German Network

Yorkshire German Network