Professor Nicholas Saul
Professor Nicholas Saul is Professor of German in the School of Modern Language and Cultures. His research ranges from the literature and culture of the eighteenth to that of the twentieth century. It has always been based on the conviction that literary texts are embedded in intertextual and interdiscursive contexts, and has therefore always operated between the disciplines. Having worked for some time in problems of secularisation (generic contamination, discursive collisions), he then worked on the problems of metaphorical cognition in literary and philosophical discourse, on the body in literature, on the liminality of death, and on literary value. He recently completed a book on the presence of Romanies in nineteenth-century German anthropology and literature. Presently he is writing a book on German literary Darwinisms 1859-2008 and editing a volume of Bölsche's writings on Darwinism for the new Wilhelm Bölsche collected works (Weidler Verlag). In this context, he is also an Affiliate of the Centre for Medical Humanities (http://www.dur.ac.uk/cmh/) at Durham.
During his Christopherson Knott Fellowship Professor Saul will focus on the concluding chapter of his aforementioned book on the literary representation of Darwinian thought in Germany.