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Seán Allan, Professor of German

Dr Sean AllanContact Details

sa92@st-andrews.ac.uk 
Phone: +44 (0) 1334 463671
Office: Buchanan 206

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Research and Teaching

Professor Seán Allan studied at Emmanuel College, Cambridge and at the Humboldt Universität in what was then East Berlin. Before taking up his first post at the University of Reading, he spent a number of months as a researcher at the Freie Universität in Berlin funded by a DAAD Grant for Young Academics. From 2001-16 he worked at the University of Warwick before moving to St Andrews in 2016 as Professor of German. He is currently funded by a year-long Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust to support his work on a new project entitled 'Screening Art. Modernist Aesthetics and the Socialist Imaginary in East German Cinema'.

His research falls into two main areas. The first of these embraces the transnational dimension of post-war socialist cinema. He was recently awarded a 12-month Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust to support his work on his latest book project 'Screening Art. Modernism and the Socialist Imaginary in East German Cinema' – a project which investigates questions of intermediality and which spans not only film, but also literature, music, and the visual arts in post-war cinema. This project grew out of his long-standing interest in DEFA and, in particular, the desire to integrate the study of East German Cinema into contemporary approaches to film studies. His latest work in this area is reflected in his essay ‘'Transnational Stardom. DEFA's Management of Dean Reed' that will be published in the autumn of 2016 in a major new collection of essays he has co-edited entitled Re-Imagining DEFA. East German Cinema in its National and Transnational Contexts. Together with colleagues from the USA, he has co-convened a series of 5 panels at the GSA on 'DEFA and Amerika' (2104, Kansas City) and a 3-day GSA seminar series on 'East German Film and TV in its Global Context' (2015, Washington DC).

His other main research interest is in the culture of the European Enlightenment and, in particular, inter-disciplinary approaches that explore the mediation of music and the visual arts in both fictional and non-fictional discourses. Together with Professor Ricarda Schmidt (University of Exeter), he co-directed a three-year project on Heinrich von Kleist supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), entitled “Kleist, Education and Violence. The Transformation of Ethics and Aesthetics” . This project has led to two substantial outputs: the first was a volume of essays specifically on the theme of literature and violence published under the title Konstruktive und destruktive Funktionen von Gewalt im Werk Heinrich von Kleists, ed. Ricarda Schmidt, Seán Allan and Steven Howe (2012); the second was a jointly authored monograph by the same team Unverhoffte Wirkungen. Erziehung und Gewalt im Werk Heinrich von Kleists (2014). His interest in the nexus of education and violence and its transcultural mediation is also reflected in a special number of German Life and Letters (co-edited with Elystan Griffiths) entitled Heinrich von Kleist. Performance and Performativity (2011). There he explores the ways the radical politics of the late 1960s and student movement are viewed through film adaptions of Kleist's literary works including Volker Schlöndorff's Kohlhaas – Der Rebell (1968) and Hans-Jürgen Syberberg's San Domingo (1970).

His interest in performance and performativity is also complemented by a long-standing interest in translation and translation studies. He has worked together with a range of theatres (including the Royal National Theatre, London) on producing translations of both new and classical works of German drama.

Publications

Re-Imagining DEFA: East German Cinema in its National and Transnational Contexts
Allan, S. D. (ed.) & Heiduschke, S. (ed.) 29 Sep 2016 New York, Oxford: Berghahn. 378 p.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

Unverhoffte Wirkungen: Erziehung und Gewalt im Werk Heinrich von Kleists
Allan, S. D., Schmidt, R. & Howe, S. 31 Dec 2014 Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann. 417 p.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

Konstruktive und destruktive Funktionen von Gewalt im Werk Heinrich von Kleists
Allan, S. D. (ed.), Schmidt, R. (ed.) & Howe, S. (ed.) 1 Sep 2012 Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

Heinrich von Kleist. Performance and Performativity: Special Number of German Life and Letters
Allan, S. D. (ed.) & Griffiths, E. (ed.) 1 Sep 2011 3 ed. German Life & Letters. 160 p.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

The Stories of Heinrich von Kleist. Fictions of Security.
Allan, S. D. 1 Feb 2001 Rochester, NY: Camden House. 200 p.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

DEFA. East German Cinema, 1946-1992
Allan, S. D. (ed.) & Sandford, J. (ed.) 1 Jun 1999 New York, Oxford: Berghahn. 328 p.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

The Plays of Heinrich von Kleist. Ideals and Illusions
Allan, S. D. 1 Jul 1996 Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 315 p.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

 

Transnational Stardom. DEFA's Management of Dean Reed
Allan, S. D. 29 Oct 2016 Re-Imagining DEFA. : East German Cinema in its National and Transnational Contexts. Allan, S. & Heiduschke, S. (eds.). New York, Oxford: Berghahn, p. 168-188 20 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Introduction. Re-Imagining East German Cinema
Allan, S. D. & Heiduschke, S. 29 Sep 2016 Re-Imagining DEFA.: East German Cinema in its National and Transnational Contexts. Allan, S. & Heiduschke, S. (eds.). New York, Oxford: Berghahn, p. 1-16 16 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

DEFA’s Antifascist Myths and Constructions of National Identity in East German Cinema
Allan, S. D. 1 Feb 2015 Rereading East Germany: The Literature and Film of the GDR. Leeder, K. (ed.). Cambridge University Press, p. 52-69 17 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Representations of Art and the Artist in East German Cinema
Allan, S. D. 1 Jun 2014 DEFA at the Crossroads of East German and International Film Culture: A Companion. Silberman, M. & Wrage, H. (eds.). Berlin, Boston: de Gruyter, p. 87-106 19 p. (Companions to Contemporary German Culture)
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Kosmopolitische Fiktionen: DEFA und der Globalisierungsprozess der europäischen Aufklärung
Allan, S. D. 1 Jul 2013 DEFA International : Grenzüberschreitende Filmbeziehungen vor und nach dem Mauerbau. Wedel, M., Byg, B., Raeder, A., Arndt-Briggs, S. & Torner, E. (eds.). Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften | Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH 2010, p. 45-60 15 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Foreword: Heinrich von Kleist and His Legacy
Allan, S. D. 1 Jun 2013 Heinrich von Kleist. : Artistic and Political Legacies. High, J. & Clark, S. (eds.). Amsterdam, New York: Rodopi, p. 9-17 8 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Good Bye, Lenin! (2003)
Allan, S. D. 1 Oct 2012 The Cinema of Germany. 24 Frames. Garncarz, J. & Ligensa, A. (eds.). New York, London: Wallflower Press, p. 227-235 8 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Einleitung. Kleist und die Frage der Gewalt
Allan, S. D., Schmidt, R. & Howe, S. 1 Sep 2012 Konstruktive und destruktive Funktionen von Gewalt im Werk Heinrich von Kleists. Allan, S., Schmidt, R. & Howe, S. (eds.). Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, p. 9-40 31 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

'Ihn rüstest du mit dem Köcher der Rede…’: Kleist, literary creation, and the destruction of artistic idols’
Allan, S. D. 1 Sep 2012 Konstruktive und destruktive Funktionen von Gewalt im Werk Heinrich von Kleists. Allan, S., Schmidt, R. & Howe, S. (eds.). Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, p. 9-40 31 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The Love-lives of Others. Reconstructing German National Identity in Post-war and Post-unification Cinema
Allan, S. D. 1 Jul 2012 Europe and Love in Cinema. Passerini, L., Labanyi, J. & Diehl, K. (eds.). Bristol, Chicago: Intellect Books, p. 153-70 17 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

“So glaubst du jetzt, daß ich dir Wahrheit gab?” Gender, power and the performance of justice in Kleist’s Der zerbrochne Krug
Allan, S. D. 1 Nov 2011 Heinrich von Kleist and Modernity. Fischer, B. & Mehigan, T. (eds.). New York: Camden House, p. 55-70 15 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Post-unification German-Jewish relations and the discourse of victimhood in Dani Levy’s films
Allan, S. D. 1 Nov 2010 Screening war. Perspectives on German suffering. Silberman, M. & Cooke, P. (eds.). Rochester, NY: Camden House, p. 251-266 15 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Projections of History. East German Filmmakers and the Berlin Wall.
Allan, S. D. 1 Jun 2010 Divided, but not disconnected. German experiences of the Cold War. Plowman, A., Hochscherf, T. & Laucht, C. (eds.). New York, Oxford: Berghahn, p. 119-133 14 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Ich denke, sie machen meistens nackte Weiber. Kunst und Künstler in Konrad Wolf's Goya (1971) und Der Nackte Mann auf dem Sportplatz (1974)
Allan, S. D. 1 Sep 2009 Film im Sozialismus: die DEFA. Stern, F. & Eichinger, B. (eds.). Vienna: Mandelbaum, p. 342-367 25 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Der arge weg der erkenntnis. Konrad Wolf's Goya and its relation to GDR cultural policy and the DEFA Künstlerfilm
Allan, S. D. 1 Jul 2009 Feuchtwanger and Film. Wallace, I. (ed.). Oxford: Peter Lang, p. 21-40 19 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

'Memories are made of this'. Gender, History and Identity in East German Cinema’
Allan, S. D. 1 Jun 2007 Views from abroad. Die DDR aus Britischer Perspektive. Barker, P., Ohse, M-D. & Tate, D. (eds.). Bielefeld: Bertelsmann, p. 247-258 11 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Ostalgie, Fantasy, and the Normalisation of East-West Relations in Post-Unification Comedy
Allan, S. D. 1 Jun 2006 German Cinema after Unification. Clarke, D. (ed.). London: Continuum, p. 105-126 21 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Frauen, Stars und Arbeitswelten, DEFA-Forschung in Großbritannien 1996-2005
Allan, S. D. 1 Jun 2005 Apropos Film 2005. Das Jahrbuch der DEFA Stiftung. Schenk, R., Richter, E. & Löser, C. (eds.). Berlin: Bertz + Fischer, p. 308-313 5 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Burger King versus Spreewaldgurken. Der Ost-West diskurs in Wolfgang Becker's Good Bye, Lenin!
Allan, S. D. 1 Jun 2004 Vorwärts und nichts vergessen. Sprache in der DDR. Was war, was ist, was bleibt. Reiher, R. & Baumann, A. (eds.). Berlin: Aufbau Verlag, p. 326-334 8 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

'Mein ist die Rache spricht der Herr'. Violence and Revenge in the works of Heinrich von Kleist
Allan, S. D. 1 Jun 2003 A Companion to the Works of Heinrich von Kleist. Columbia, SC: Camden House, p. 227-248 21 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Georg Kaiser Von morgens bis mitternachts
Allan, S. D. 1 Jul 2002 Landmarks in German Drama. Hutchinson, P. (ed.). Bern: Peter Lang, p. 159-175 16 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

'Geld ist die Quelle allen Wohlstands und regelt die (Un)ordnung der Welt'. DEFA, History and the Rise and Fall of the GDR
Allan, S. D. 1 Jun 2002 Moving Images of East Germany. Past and Future of DEFA Film. Byg, B. & Moore, B. (eds.). Washington, DC: American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, p. 35-55 20 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

'Der weg zur Hölle ist mit guten Absichten gepflastert'. Recht und Gerechtigkeit in Heinrich von Kleist's Novelle Der Findling
Allan, S. D. 1 Jun 2002 Recht und Gerechtigkeit bei Heinrich von Kleist. Ensberg, P. & Marquardt, H-J. (eds.). Stuttgart: Akademischer Verlag Hans-Dieter Heinz, p. 151-165 14 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

'Meine liebe junge Freundin! Du scheinst dir nicht bewußt zu sein, daß es eine Auszeichnung ist, bei mir arbeiten zu dürfen'. Frauen und Vorgesetzte im DEFA-Spielfilm
Allan, S. D. 1 Nov 2000 Der geteilte Himmel. Arbeit, Alltag und Geschichte im ost- und westdeutschen Film. Zimmermann, P. & Moldenhauer, G. (eds.). Konstanz: UVK Medien, p. 399-423 24 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

'Die Kunst braucht kein Feigenblatt'. Art and the Artist in Konrad Wolf’s Goya and Der nackte Mann auf dem Sportplatz.
Allan, S. D. 1 Sep 2000 Finding a Voice. Problems of Language in East German Society and Culture. Roe, I. & Jackman, G. (eds.). Amsterdam, Atlanta GA: Rodopi, p. 171-189 18 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

1989 and the Wende in East German cinema : Peter Kahane’s Die Architekten (1990), Egon Günther’s Stein (1991) and Jörg Foth’s Letztes aus der Da Da eR (1990)
Allan, S. D. 1 Jun 2000 1948-1989. Cultural Perspectives on Division and Unity in East and West. Taberner, S. & Flanagan, C. (eds.). Amsterdam: Rodopi, p. 291-309 18 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

DEA. An Historical Overview
Allan, S. D. 1 Jun 1999 DEFA. East German Cinema, 1946-1992. Allan, S. & Sandford, J. (eds.). New York, Oxford: Berghahn, p. 1-21 20 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

 

'Jede unglückliche Familie ist auf ihre besondere Art unglücklich'. Erziehung, Gewalt und Familienstrukturen bei Heinrich von Kleist
Allan, S. D. 1 Mar 2012 In : Études Germaniques. 67, 1, p. 119-132 13 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Revolutionary Aesthetics? Kleist, 1968, and the New German Cinema
Allan, S. D. 1 Sep 2011 In : German Life and Letters. p. 472-487 15 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Introduction. Heinrich von Kleist: Performance and Performativity
Allan, S. D. & Griffiths, E. 1 Jul 2011 In : German Life and Letters. 64, 3, p. 327-336 9 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

'Sagt, wie soll man Stalin danken?' Kurt Maetzig's Ehe im schatten (1947), Roman einer jungen ehe (1952) and the cultural politics of post-war Germany
Allan, S. D. 1 Jun 2011 In : German Life and Letters. 64, 2, p. 255-271 16 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

'Seit der Wende hat der Mann nur Pech gehabt. Jetzt soll er auch noch Jude sein'. Theatricality, Memory and Identity in Dani Levy’s Alles auf Zucker
Allan, S. D. 1 Mar 2007 In : Debatte. 15, 1, p. 25-42 17 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Good Bye, Lenin! (Wolfgang Becker, 2003): Ostalgie und Identität im wieder vereinigten Deutschland’
Allan, S. D. 1 Mar 2006 In : German as a Foreign Language. 7, 1, p. 46-59 13 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

'Hat nicht alles den Stachel zur Rache?' Gender, class and revenge in J. A. Leisewitz’s Julius von Tarent and F. M. Klinger’s Die Zwillinge
Allan, S. D. 1 Jun 2004 In : Colloquia Germanica. 37, 2, p. 109-128 19 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

'... auf einen Lasterhaften war ich gefasst, aber auf keinen - Teufel'. Heinrich von Kleist's Die Marquise von O ...
Allan, S. D. 1 Sep 1997 In : German Life and Letters. 50, 3, p. 307-322 15 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

'Der Herr aber, dessen Leib du begehrst, vergab seinem Feind.' The Problem of Revenge in Kleist’s Michael Kohlhaas.
Allan, S. D. 1 Sep 1997 In : Modern Language Review. 92, 3, p. 630-642 12 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

'Liederlichkeit, Spiel, Trunkenheit und Völlerei behalte ich mir bevor.' Heinrich von Kleist’s last word on Modern Educational Theory.
Allan, S. D. 1 Sep 1995 In : German Life and Letters. 48, 3, p. 353-361 8 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

 

Review of: Jennifer L. Creech, Mothers, Comrades and Outcasts in East German Women's Films
Allan, S. D. 26 May 2017 In : Journal of European Studies. 47, 2, p. 237-238 2 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Review of: Heather L. Gumbert, Envisioning Socialism. Television and the Cold War in the German Democratic Republic
Allan, S. D. Jun 2016 In : German History. 34, 2, p. 360-361 2 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Review of: Paul Cooke & Chris Homewood, New Directions in German Cinema
Allan, S. D. 1 Mar 2014 In : Modern Language Review. 109, 1, p. 298-9 2 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Review of: Stephen Brockmann, A Critical History of German Film
Allan, S. D. 1 Sep 2012 In : Modern Language Review. 107, 4, p. 1294-6 2 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Review of: Steven R. Huff, Heinrich von Kleists Poetics of Passivity
Allan, S. D. 1 Mar 2012 In : Modern Language Review. 107, 1, p. 307-308 2 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Review of: Anke Pinkert, Film and Memory in East Germany
Allan, S. D. 1 Dec 2009 In : German History. 27, 4, p. 624-5 2 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

'Die Rache der Barbaren sei dir fern!' Myth, identity, and the encounter with the colonial other in Heinrich von Kleist's Die Hermannsschlacht.
Allan, S. D. 1 Jun 2009 In : Publications of the English Goethe Society. 78, 1-2, p. 47-59 12 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Review of: Kim Fordham, Trials and Tribulations in the Dramas of Heinrich von Kleist
Allan, S. D. 1 Mar 2009 In : Modern Language Review. 104, 1, p. 242-243 2 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Review of: S. S. Prawer, Between two worlds: The Jewish presence in German and Austrian film, 1910-1933
Allan, S. D. 1 Dec 2007 In : Modern Language Review. 102, 4, p. 1190-1191 2 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Podcasts and Embedded Audio to Support Language Learning
Allan, S. D. 1 Jun 2007 In : Warwick Interactions Journal. 30, 2
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Review of Your Unknown Brother (Dein unbekannter Bruder) [DVD], directed by Ulrich Weiß
Allan, S. D. 1 Sep 2006 In : German Studies Review. 29, 3, p. 713-714 2 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Review of: Dietrich Scheunemann, Expressionist Film. New Perspectives
Allan, S. D. 1 Mar 2006 In : Modern Language Review. 101, 1, p. 292-293 2 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Review of Michael Minden and Holger Bachmann (eds), Fritz Lang's 'Metropolis' : Cinematic Visions of Technology and Fear
Allan, S. D. 1 Sep 2003 In : Modern Language Review. 98, 3, p. 782 1 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Review of: Nancy Nobile, The School of Days. Heinrich von Kleist and the Traumas of Education
Allan, S. D. 1 Jun 2002 In : Modern Language Review. 97, 2, p. 493-494 2 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Review of: Christine Edel and Klaus Kanzog (eds), Heinrich von Kleist: Die Familie Ghonorez / Die Familie Schroffenstein. Eine textkritische Ausgabe
Allan, S. D. 1 Jun 1997 In : Modern Language Review. 92, 2, p. 506-507 2 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Review of: Anthony Stephens, Heinrich von Kleist. The Dramas and Stories
Allan, S. D. 1 Sep 1996 In : Modern Language Review. 91, 4, p. 1043-1044 2 p.
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Review of: W. C. Reeve, Kleist on stage: 1804-1907
Allan, S. D. 1 Mar 1995 In : Journal of European Studies. 25, 1, p. 96-97 2 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review