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Dr Linda Shortt

Associate Professor

Linda Shortt

Tel: +44 (0)24 765 24418

Email: L dot Shortt at warwick dot ac dot uk

H2.18, Humanities Building

University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL


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”.
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 Warwick, she worked as Lecturer in German in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at Bangor University (2010-2016). She has been teaching at third level since 2002 and she has taught a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses at UCD, Universität Konstanz and Bangor University.

Research interests

Her research interests include:

  • twentieth and twenty-first century German-language literature and film
  • memory studies
  • concepts of place, belonging and attachment
  • 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

Teaching and supervision

GE 302 German Terror and Cultural Memory
GE 312 The Writer and Imperial Germany 1871-1918
LN 301 Translation: Contemporary Theories and Practices
LN 102 Translation: Methods and Practice

IT 914 Critical Theory in Modern Languages

LN 903 Trans/national cultures

LN 904 Dissertation in Translation Studies

Research Supervision

Dr Shortt is currently involved in supervising Franziska Müller with Prof. Elisabeth Herrmann. She has supervised Stefanie Kreibich's PhD on GDR memory with Dr Anna Saunders (Bangor University); this project was completed in 2018.

Dr Shortt is currently on research leave 2020-21.



Articles and chapters

  • “Borders, Bordering, and Irregular Migration in Novels by Dorothee Elmiger and Olga Grjasnowa,” in MLR 116.1 (January) 2021, 134-52.

  • "Writing the European Refugee Crisis: Timur Vermes’ Die Hungrigen und die Satten," in Edinburgh German Yearbook, edited by Frauke Matthes, Dora Osborne and Katja Krylova (forthcoming).
  • “Friendship and Social Relationships in Extraordinary Times: An Analysis of Heinz Helle’s Eigentlich müssten wir tanzen,” in Gillian Pye and Christiane Schönfeld (eds), Germanistik in Irland: Extraordinary-Ordinary, 12 (2017), 99-112.
  • “No Place Like Home? Eleonora Hummel and the Russian German Past,” in Valerie Heffernan and Gillian Pye (eds), German Monitor. Special Issue, Transitions. Emerging Women Writers (Amsterdam, NY: Rodopi, 2013), 53-68
  • with Anne Fuchs and Kathleen James-Chakraborty, “Introduction,” in Fuchs, James-Chakraborty and Shortt (eds), Debating German Cultural Identity Since 1989, 1-16

  • “Re-Imagining the West: West Germany, Westalgia, and the Generation of 1978,” in Fuchs, James-Chakraborty and Shortt (eds), Debating German Cultural Identity since 1989, 156-69

  • with Aleida Assmann, “Memory and Political Change: Introduction,” in Assmann and Shortt (eds), Memory and Political Change, 1-14

  • “Biographies of Transition in Transition. The East/West Generation and the Problem of Memory,” in Assmann and Shortt (eds), Memory and Political Change, 115-29

  • “‘Verortete Identität’: Generation- und Heimatdiskurs in Angelika Overaths Nahe Tage,” in Andreas Kraft and Mark Weißhaupt (eds), Generationen: Erfahrung, Erzählung, Identität (Konstanz: UVK, 2009), 115-45

Administrative Roles

  • Personal Tutor
  • Admissions Tutor
  • Translation Studies Co-lead (with Dr Mila Milani)


BA in German and History (University College Dublin, Ireland)

MA International in German Cultural and Language Studies (University College Dublin, Ireland)

PhD in German studies (University College Dublin, Ireland)