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Durham University

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

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

(email at benjamin.schaper@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

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.

Publications

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

Report

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