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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 interest is in the question of narrative in works of German-language diasporic fiction.

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. Most recently I have participated in the production of the new edition of Toller's work published by the Wallstein Verlag in 2015.

Teaching and supervision

My teaching interests include:

  • MA in Translation, Writing and Cultural Difference
  • Reading contemporary German diasporic writing
  • Culture and politics in the Weimar Republic and Third Reich
  • Writers, media and society in contemporary German
  • Business and society in contemporary Germany
  • Translation from German into English

Research Supervision:

Erika Jäger (NTU, 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, commenced 2013) Der interkulturelle Entwicklungs- und Bildungsroman.

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).

Administrative roles

  • Year 1 Examinations Secretary
  • Honours Examinations Secretary (Term 1)
  • Undergraduate Assistant Admissions Tutor (Term 2)
  • Faculty of Arts Undergraduate Appeals Committee Panel
  • Head of German Studies (2016-17)
  • Undergraduate Admissions Tutor (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 2017/18

I will normally be available during teaching weeks on Tuesdays from 4.30-5.30. Please note that I shall be on study leave in Term 2.