Research Overview

Research in the Department of Germanic is designed as a springboard of exploration of the German literature, culture and society. Members of the department maintain strong international and interdisciplinary links with research clusters across the Humanities including literary studies, linguistics, historical studies, and media and film studies.

Proposals are invited from potential Honours, Doctoral and Postdoctoral students. Supervision and mentoring is available in literary studies from 18the century to the present, postcolonial studies, film studies, applied linguistics and language didactics.

Current research strengths include:

  • Austrian and German literature and comparative literature
  • Migration: Germany to Australia
  • "Inszenierte Autobiograpien": Fiction and autobiography
  • Women and gender studies
  • Bildungsroman
  • Intertextuality
  • Motif of the artificial human
  • History of German studies
  • German colonialism and nationalism
  • Contemporary German culture and society
  • German linguistics, comparative linguistics
  • Effective language learning, motivation, computer-assisted language teaching
  • Lexicography