Nicola Creighton

Lecturer, German Studies, Queen’s University Belfast

Nicola Creighton attended Trinity College Dublin, where she graduated with a BA in 1998 and a PhD in 2004. She spent a year as an assistant at a Gymnasium near Dortmund and two years in Berlin, one as an Erasmus student and one as a DAAD scholar researching her doctoral thesis on the German-Jewish writer and art critic Carl Einstein. During her postgraduate years at Trinity she taught widely on the history of ideas at the Centre for European Studies. She has also taught German at primary (part of a pilot project) and second level, and has worked freelance as a translator of technical and literary texts. On completion of her PhD, she spent a year in the arts administration sector, working for Ireland Literature Exchange in Dublin.

Her first academic post was as Teaching Fellow in German at the University of St Andrews in 2005. At St Andrews she taught prescribed courses including Kafka, Thomas Mann and Günter Grass but also introduced fourth year students there to her own research area, early 20th century German literary and visual culture, with a module on experimental prose and its connections to painting, film and developments in epistemology and the natural sciences.

She was appointed at Queen’s University in November, 2005.

Her teaching interests include German literature, language and culture, and the history of ideas.

Her research interests are: the European Avant-garde; early 20th century German art criticism; the sublime in art and theory; relationships between the political and the aesthetic; the relationship between modernism and postmodernism.

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