Dr Linda Shortt

German Studies, School of Modern Languages

Assistant Professor

Arts Building
31
(01) 7083717

Biography

Born and raised in Dublin, Dr Linda Shortt completed a BA in German and History in 2001 and an MA International in German Cultural and Language Studies in 2003 at University College Dublin, Ireland. Her PhD in German (Pathologies of Belonging? Generation, Place and Rebellion in Post-Unification German Literature) was completed in 2009 as part of the UCD Humanities Institute of Ireland interdisciplinary research programme on “Memory, Identity and Meaning”. Her monograph (German Narratives of Belonging) stemming from this research was published as part of the Legenda Germanic Literatures series in 2015.
After finishing her PhD, she went to Germany to work as a research assistant for Prof. Aleida Assmann at the Exzellenzkluster at Universität Konstanz. Before coming to Maynooth, she was Associate Professor in German, Translation and Transcultural Studies at The University of Warwick (2016-2021), where she co-led the new Translation and Transcultural programmes in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures with Dr Mila Milani. She has been teaching at third level since 2002, and has taught a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses at UCD, Universität Konstanz, Bangor University (2010-2016) and Warwick.
Her most recent publication in MLR explores German-language literary representations of borders and bordering.

Research Interests

Research interests include:
  • twentieth and twenty-first century German-language literature and film
  • memory studies
  • concepts of place, belonging and attachment
  • migration and border studies
  • 1968 and German terrorism
  • trauma theory and representations of transgenerational trauma
  • cultural translation and transculturalism
  • literary and filmic depictions of illness, ageing, human suffering and death

Books

  Year Publication
2015 German narratives of belonging: writing generation and place in the twenty-first century.
Linda Shortt (2015) German narratives of belonging: writing generation and place in the twenty-first century. London: Legenda. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2021 'Writing the European Refugee Crisis: Timur Vermes’ Die Hungrigen und die Satten (2018)'
Linda Shortt (2021) 'Writing the European Refugee Crisis: Timur Vermes’ Die Hungrigen und die Satten (2018)' In: Frauke Matthes, Dora Osborne, Katya Krylova, Myrto Ospioti (eds). Edinburgh German Yearbook 14 Politics and Culture in Germany and Austria Today. NY: Camden House. [Details]
2013 'No Place like Home? Eleonora Hummel and the Russian German Past'
Shortt, L (2013) 'No Place like Home? Eleonora Hummel and the Russian German Past' In: TRANSITIONS: EMERGING WOMEN WRITERS IN GERMAN-LANGUAGE LITERATURE. AMSTERDAM: EDITIONS RODOPI B V. [Details]
2011 'Biographies of Transition in Transition. The East/West Generation and the Problem of Memory'
Linda Shortt (2011) 'Biographies of Transition in Transition. The East/West Generation and the Problem of Memory' In: Memory and Political Change. Houndmills Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. [Details]
2011 '“Re-Imagining the West: West Germany, Westalgia, and the Generation of 1978”'
Linda Shortt (2011) '“Re-Imagining the West: West Germany, Westalgia, and the Generation of 1978”' In: Anne Fuchs, Kathleen James-Chakraborty, Linda Shortt (eds). Debating German Cultural Identity Since 1989. Rochester: Camden House. [Details]
2009 'Verortete Identität’: Generation- und Heimatdiskurs in Angelika Overaths Nahe Tage'
Linda Shortt (2009) 'Verortete Identität’: Generation- und Heimatdiskurs in Angelika Overaths Nahe Tage' In: Generationen: Erfahrung, Erzählung, Identität. Konstanz: UVK. [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
2011 Memory and Political Change
Aleida Assmann and Linda Shortt (Ed.). (2011) Memory and Political Change Houndmills Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. [Details]
2011 Debating German Cultural Identity Since 1989
Anne Fuchs, Kathleen James-Chakraborty, Linda Shortt (Ed.). (2011) Debating German Cultural Identity Since 1989 Rochester: Camden House. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2021 'Borders, Bordering, and Irregular Migration in Novels by Dorothee Elmiger and Olga Grjasnowa'
Linda Shortt (2021) 'Borders, Bordering, and Irregular Migration in Novels by Dorothee Elmiger and Olga Grjasnowa'. Modern Language Review, 116 :132-150 [Details]
2017 'Friendship and Social Relationships in Extraordinary Times: An Analysis of Heinz Helle’s Eigentlich müssten wir tanzen'
Linda Shortt (2017) 'Friendship and Social Relationships in Extraordinary Times: An Analysis of Heinz Helle’s Eigentlich müssten wir tanzen'. GERMANISTIK IN IRELAND, [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2020 “The Opposite of Homelessness’: Homemaking and Wilful Dislocation in Esther Kinsky’s Am Fluß”.
Linda Shortt (2020) “The Opposite of Homelessness’: Homemaking and Wilful Dislocation in Esther Kinsky’s Am Fluß”. [Oral Presentation], ‘Where are you from?’ to ‘Where shall we go together?’ Re-imagining Home and Belonging in 21st-Century Women’s Writing, Online Webinar , 23-SEP-20 - 24-SEP-20 [Details]
2020 (Un)fit Aging: Hermann Kinder and the Aging Male.
Linda Shortt (2020) (Un)fit Aging: Hermann Kinder and the Aging Male. [Oral Presentation], Framing Ageing, Online Webinar , 15-DEC-20 - 15-DEC-20 [Details]

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
The University of Warwick Associate Professor 01-SEP-16 / 31-JAN-21
Bangor University Lecturer 01-SEP-10 / 31-AUG-16

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2017 HEA Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in recognition of attainment against the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and learning support in higher education Teaching and Learning

Teaching Interests

My teaching interests include:
  • twentieth and twenty-first century German-language literature and film
  • memory studies
  • concepts of place, belonging and attachment
  • migration and border studies
  • 1968 and German terrorism
  • trauma theory and representations of transgenerational trauma
  • cultural translation and transculturalism
  • literary and filmic depictions of illness, ageing, human suffering and death