Dr Helen Finch

Dr Helen Finch

Profile

I am currently working on a book project entitled 'Holocaust Literature in German: Canon, Witness, Remediation'. My monograph on queer masculine identities in the works of W. G. Sebald, Sebald's Bachelors: Queer Resistance and the Unconforming Life, appeared with Legenda in 2013.

I am a member of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures Transnational Holocaust Memory cluster, and a member of the Centre for Jewish Studies.

I was educated at the Universities of Dublin and Glasgow, and taught at the Universities of Dublin, Ulster and Liverpool. I have been teaching at the University of Leeds since 2009, where I have held various teaching, leadership and research roles including Academic Fellow (2010-2014) and Director of Student Education for the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies (2014-2017). I am also active as a UCU rep and in the University LGBT+ staff network.

Responsibilities

  • Programme Manager for Joint Honours programmes inĀ Languages and Cultures & Arts.
  • UCU Rep for German
  • Co-director of the Centre for World Literatures

Research interests

I am currently working on a major second  monograph,  entitled  'Holocaust  Literature  in  German: Canon, Witness, Remediation'. This monograph focusses on the literary aftermath of witnessing in the wake of the Holocaust. It examines the transnational literary careers of five German-Jewish literary witnesses to the Holocaust, looking at the way that canonisation, exclusion from the canon, and a lifetime of witnessing are reflected in their later literary work. I am also currently completing an article about queer Holocaust memory.

Recent postgraduate projects supervised include:

Hannie Phillips, “The poetics of post-Holocaust memorial” (PhD 2018-present)

Pete Freeth, “Look who's back in the frame: The translator's visibility in the digital paratextual framings of translated literary texts” (PhD 2018-)

Ian Ellison, “Melancholy cosmopolitan novels. Late European fiction at the turn of the twenty-first century” (PhD 2015-2019)

Dominic O'Key: "Creaturely Forms: Encounters with Animality in W. G. Sebald, J. M. Coetzee, and Mahasweta Devi" (PhD 2016-2019)

Alexandru Bar: "The double identity of Tristan Tzara and Marcel Janco - the archives of an identity issue" ( Performing the Jewish Archive Project PhD Student 2015-2018)

John March: "German Exile Photographers in Britain 1933-45" (MAR 2014-2017)

Dr Finch welcomes approaches from students interested in researching the following areas:

  • Comparative literature that includes a German element
  • The representation of the Holocaust in culture
  • Queer identities and poetics in German culture
  • Gender and politics in German literature
  • The works of W. G. Sebald and H. G. Adler

Book reviews include:

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Qualifications

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2014)
  • PhD in German literature (Trinity College Dublin)
  • M. Phil in Modern German Thought (University of Glasgow)
  • B. A. in German and Russian (Trinity College Dublin)

Professional memberships

  • Women in German Studies
  • Association of German Studies in Britain and Ireland

Student education

I teach German cultural studies at all levels, and contribute to cross-School and cross-Faculty modules on world literature, the representation of the Shoah, translation, and visual culture.

Research groups and institutes

  • German
  • Centre for World Literatures
  • Centre for Jewish Studies
  • Gender
  • Literary studies
  • Memory, Trauma and Violence

Current postgraduate researchers

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