Professor Sarah Colvin
Sarah Colvin is the Schröder Professor of German and a Fellow of Jesus College.
Sarah Colvin's academic interests include:
- Narratives and narrative ethics
- Literature, gender, and culture
- Prisoner writing and arts in prisons
- Political violence
- Narrative criminology
- Cross disciplinary research methods.
- BA, Oxford.
- MA, Oxford.
- DPhil, Oxford.
Awards and prizes
- Leverhulme Research Fellow, 2007-8.
- Humboldt Fellow, 2000-2001.
- Senior Scholar, Christ Church, Oxford, 1992-95.
- Hanseatic Scholar, 1990-92.
- Heath Harrison Scholar, 1987.
- Stevenson Scholar, Exeter College, Oxford, 1986-90.
Sarah Colvin studied German language and literature at the University of Oxford.
She was a Junior Research Fellow at St John’s College, Oxford, a Humboldt Fellow at Potsdam University, a Lecturer, Reader, and Eudo C. Mason Chair of German at the University of Edinburgh, and held chairs at the universities of Birmingham and Warwick before becoming Schröder Professor of German at Cambridge in 2014.
She is President of the Association for German Studies in Great Britain and Ireland (AGS) and a steering committee member for the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA).
She is currently leading a research project on left and right wing political violence in Germany after 1968 called Reading Violent Politics, and completing a book on German prisoner writing.
Recent PhD supervision has been on prison writing by women, on Herta Müller, on women and leadership, and on citizenship and the novel.
The arts in society, theories of leadership.
Publications, links and resources
- Colvin, S. (2016) Leaning In: Why and How I Still Study The German. German Life and Letters 69, pp 123-41.
- Colvin, S. (2015) Why should criminology care about literary fiction? Literature, life narratives and telling untellable stories. Punishment & Society 17(2), pp 211-229.
- Colvin, S. (2015) ed, The Routledge Handbook of German Politics and Culture, London: Routledge.
- Colvin, S., Hertner, I., and Sayner, J. (2015) eds, The Importance of Being German: Narratives and Identities in the Berlin Republic. German Politics and Society, Spring/Summer 2015.
- Colvin, S. and Woodford, C. (2014) eds, The Feminine in German Culture. German Life and Letters Special Issue, Oxford: Wiley Blackwell.
- Colvin, S. (2014) Dancing Through the Next Minefield, or How and Why Should We Read the Stories of German Women Prisoners? German Life and Letters 67, pp 589-603.
- Colvin, S. (2010) Mephistopheles, Metaphor, and the Problem of Meaning in Faust. Publications of the English Goethe Society (PEGS) LXXIX(3), pp 159-71.
- Colvin, S. (2009) Ulrike Meinhof and West German Terrorism: Language, Violence, and Identity. (Studies in German Literature, Linguistics, and Culture). Rochester, NY: Camden House.
- Colvin, S. and Watanabe-O'Kelly, H. (2009) eds, Women and Death: Warlike Women in the German Literary and Cultural Imagination since 1500, Rochester, NY: Camden House.
- Colvin, S. and Davies, P. (2008) eds, Masculinities in German Culture. Rochester, NY: Camden House.
- Colvin, S. (2003) Women and German Drama, 1860-1945: Playwrights and their Texts. (Studies in German Literature, Linguistics, and Culture). Columbia, SC: Camden House.
- Colvin, S. (1999) The Rhetorical Feminine: Gender and Orient on the German Stage, 1647-1742 (Oxford Modern Languages and Literature Monographs). Oxford: Clarendon Press.