Dr Caroline Bland

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Senior Lecturer in German

email : c.bland@sheffield.ac.uk

Originally from Durham, I studied at the University of Wales, Cardiff, for a BA in German and History, and subsequently for a Ph.D., which looked at aspects of women's history and literature in Imperial Germany. I have been teaching in the Department of Germanic Studies here in Sheffield since 1994, on courses covering German "Texts and Contexts" 1789- present, gender issues in German history until 1945, women's writing in German 1890-1990, German culture from the Enlightenment to Reunification, twentieth-century German fiction and German language.

My research interests focus on late 19th and early 20th century literature and on constructions of femininity, sexuality and motherhood in German society and culture in the same period. I have worked on the role of letters as part of women's contribution to political culture. My current research is on women's fictional writing in later nineteenth-century Germany with a particular focus on the discourses of class and nation.

I am director of the Centre for Gender Studies in Europe at the University of Sheffield, which promotes interdisciplinary research on gender in a European context. The Centre has organised several conferences: "Gender, the Letter and Politics: From the Local to the Global" in 2001; "Crossing the Boundaries, Writing by German-Speaking Women, 1780-1918" in 2006; "Domesticity" in 2007. For further details, see the Centre´s web pages.

Centre for Gender Studies in Europe

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