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Dr Benjamin Schaper, MSt, D.Phil. (Oxon)

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43456
Room number: A9, Elvet Riverside I

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I joined Durham's School of Modern Languages and Cultures as Teaching Fellow in German Studies in 2017, arriving from a teaching assignment at the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität in Munich, where I had also studied German, English, and Philosophy as an undergraduate.

Afterwards I enrolled in postgraduate studies at the University of Oxford from which I hold a Master of Studies in Comparative Literature, which I finished with a dissertation on poetological developments in historical novels since postmodernism, and a D.Phil. in Medieval and Modern Languages. In my thesis, I examined the poetological concept of readability in German literature since 1700. In May 2016 I was an AHRC funded Cultural Engagement Fellow at the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities and conducted a case study on the use of multilingual drama in language teaching.

My research interests span contemporary novels, films, drama and television, both within a German and comparative context. I am in the early stages of planning a new project on loneliness in the digital age.

I am currently working on articles exploring the gender aspect of the debate on readability and the fictional representations of the author Daniel Kehlmann.


Authored book

Chapter in book

Journal Article

Newspaper/Magazine Article

  • Schaper,Benjamin (2014). Am Haken. Süddeutsche Zeitung
  • Schaper,Benjamin (2014). Guerillakampf in der Schattensprache. Süddeutsche Zeitung
  • Schaper,Benjamin (2014). Kingas Kirschen. Süddeutsche Zeitung
  • Schaper,Benjamin (2014). Rollenspiele. Süddeutsche Zeitung


  • Schaper,Benjamin (2013). "Wenn wir 'ich' sagen, neigen wir dazu zu lügen". H-Germanistik.