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Dr Jim Jordan

Dr Jim JordanAssociate Professor of German Studies

Tel: +44 (0)24 765 24481
Email: J dot A dot Jordan at warwick dot ac dot uk

Humanities Building, University Road
University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL


My undergraduate study was at the University of Bristol (1979-83) where I also gained a PGCE (1987). My PhD on the poetry of Ernst Toller was completed in 1995 at the University of Warwick, which has subsequently also awarded me a DLitt (2008).

Before joining the staff at Warwick I taught German and European Studies at Nottingham Trent University (1997-2006). I was Hon. Treasurer of the Association for German Studies from 2003 to 2009 and was previously a committee member of the Association for Modern German Studies. I have been External Examiner at the University of Bath, the University of Hull, the University of Limerick/Mary Immaculate College Limerick, the University of Ulster and the University of Swansea.

Research interests

My principal area of work centres round the literature and film produced by migrants to Germany and by postmigrants. These cultural works form part of the negotiation of a society in which migrants become settled and part of the fabric of new forms of community and German-ness. The cultural works themselves, as well as the changes they reflect and represent, need to be understood through a range of established and developing intellectual and theoretical approaches. My current interests are the question of narrative in works of German-language diasporic fiction and the genre of short story cycles.

My other area of interest is the culture and politics of the Weimar Republic, where I have published on Ernst Toller and on Weimar theatre. I have participated in the production of the new edition of Toller's work published by the Wallstein Verlag in 2015 and am preparing an essay on the Schwalbenbuch for an issue on Toller in the series Text + Kritik.

Teaching and supervision

My teaching interests include:

  • Reading Contemporary German Diasporic Writing
  • Reading Weimar: Prose Fiction 1919-33
  • The Changing Face of Germany in Film and Text
  • Business and Society in Contemporary Germany
  • Translation from German into English

Research Supervision:

Erika Jäger (Nottingham Trent University, 2005): The later plays of Ernst Toller.

Knut Langewand (Warwick, 2014): Die kranke Republik – Annäherung an die Krise der Weimarer Republik. Published as Die kranke Republik: Körper- und Krankheitsmetaphern in politischen Diskursen der Weimarer Republik (Frankfurt am Main, Bern: Peter Lang, 2016).

Katharina Forster (Warwick, 2018) Bildungs- und Entwicklungsromane in der interkulturellen Gegenwartsliteratur.

Gerhild Krebs (Warwick, commenced 2014) Media, Performing Arts and Exile in 20th Century Germany and Britain - the Example of Multiple Artist Walter Rilla (1894 - 1980). (with Prof. Elisabeth Herrmann)

Administrative roles

  • Undergraduate Admissions Tutor for German (Term 1) and Admissions Team (Terms 2 & 3)
  • Course Selector for Modern Languages and/with Linguistics
  • Faculty of Arts Undergraduate Appeals Committee Panel
  • Head of German Studies (2016-17)
  • Undergraduate Admissions Tutor for German Studies (2006-16)

Professional associations

  • Association for Modern German Studies
  • British Comparative Literature Association
  • German Studies Association
  • Modern Languages Association
  • European Narratology Network


  • BA (Bristol, 1983)
  • PGCE (Bristol, 1987)
  • PhD (Warwick, 1995)
  • DLitt (Warwick, 2008)

Advice & Feedback Time Term 2 of 2018/19

Tuesday 16.30-17.30

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Undergraduate Teaching

GE108 The Changing Face of Germany in Film and Text

GE215 Reading Weimar: Prose Fiction 1919-1933
GE401 Modern German Language 3 (Business Translation)
GE330 Reading Contemporary German Diasporic Writing
IB409 Business & Society in Contemporary Germany