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Department of English Studies

Current and Recent Research Students

Mr Matthias Mosch

Extended Hours Assistant in the Library


I studied German and English literature and linguistics at the University of Heidelberg and started my PhD in spring 2009. Samuel Thomas and Patricia Waugh supervise my project. I examine the reception of the Faust myth in American Literature after 1945 with a main focus on the works of William Gaddis and Thomas Pynchon. Working along the coordinates of fragmentation, irony, and forgery as a means of subversion, I am particularly interested in seeing how the myth (or rather ideology in narrative form) is brushed against the grain. Secondly, I analyse the interaction of suggestions about eschatology, alienation and authenticity as pervasive in the novels with specific teleological notions of the Frankfurt School, the broader theoretical framework, however, being based on Agamben, Heidegger and Žižek. I have published several articles on paremiology and grammatical border cases, edited a creative writing anthology, and given papers in Durham and Italy about myth and cultural memory, nationalist appropriations of Germanic mythology, and symbolic perspective in Early Renaissance painting. Since the completion of my first degree I hold a scholarship by the German National Academic Foundation.