Dr Linda Shortt

German Studies, School of Modern Languages

Assistant Professor - Head of Subject

Rye Hall Building Block D
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(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

Book

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

Book Chapter

Year Publication
2021 Linda Shortt (2021) 'Writing the European Refugee Crisis: Timur Vermes’ Die Hungrigen und die Satten (2018)' In: Edinburgh German Yearbook 14 Politics and Culture in Germany and Austria Today. NY : Camden House. [Link]
2013 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.
2011 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.
2011 Linda Shortt (2011) '“Re-Imagining the West: West Germany, Westalgia, and the Generation of 1978”' In: Debating German Cultural Identity Since 1989. Rochester : Camden House.
2009 Linda Shortt (2009) 'Verortete Identität’: Generation- und Heimatdiskurs in Angelika Overaths Nahe Tage' In: Generationen: Erfahrung, Erzählung, Identität. Konstanz : UVK.

Edited Book

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

Peer Reviewed Journal

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

Conference Contribution

Year Publication
2020 Linda Shortt (2020) ‘Where are you from?’ to ‘Where shall we go together?’ Re-imagining Home and Belonging in 21st-Century Women’s Writing “The Opposite of Homelessness’: Homemaking and Wilful Dislocation in Esther Kinsky’s Am Fluß” Online Webinar, 23/09/2020-24/09/2020.
2020 Linda Shortt (2020) Framing Ageing (Un)fit Aging: Hermann Kinder and the Aging Male Online Webinar, 15/12/2020-15/12/2020.
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Employment

Employer Position From / To
The University of Warwick Associate Professor 01/09/2016 - 31/01/2021
Bangor University Lecturer 01/09/2010 - 31/08/2016

Education

Start date Institution Qualification Subject
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