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Emerita Professor Helen Chambers

Professor Helen ChambersContact Details

hec@st-andrews.ac.uk

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Research areas

My principal research areas are 19th- and early 20th-century German and Austrian literature, especially Theodor Fontane and Joseph Roth, as well as women's writing, gender, reportage, Anglo-German cultural relations, reception history and literary translation. Through my work on Fontane and Roth I developed an interest in literary irony, which led to a major study of humour and irony in nineteenth-century German women's writing. Humour is not widely recognised as a characteristic of German writing, and there is a widespread perception, not only in German-language culture, that it is not a female prerogative, particularly in the 19th century. My research into the work of Annette von Droste-Hülshoff and Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach among others shows otherwise.

Publications

Fontane-Studien: gesammelte Aufsaetze zu Romanen, Gedichten und Reportagen
Chambers, H. Jul 2014 Wuerzburg: Königshausen & Neumann. 362 p. (Fontaneana; vol. 11)
Research output: Book/ReportBook

Humor and Irony in Nineteenth-Century German Women's Writing: Studies in Prose Fiction, 1840-1900
Chambers, H. 2007 Camden House. 222 p.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

Violence, Culture and Identity: Essays on German and Austrian Literature, Politics and Society
Chambers, H. (ed.) 2006 Peter Lang. 432 p.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

Theodor Fontanes Erzählwerk im Spiegel der Kritik: 120 Jahre Fontane-Rezeption
Chambers, H. 2003 Wuerzburg: Königshausen & Neumann. 201 p.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

Theodor Fontane and the European Context. Literature, Culture and Society in Prussia and Europe
Howe, P. (ed.) & Chambers, H. (ed.) 2001 Rodopi.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

The Changing Image of Theodor Fontane.
Chambers, H. 1997 Camden House. 172 p.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

Theodor Fontane: The London Symposium
Chambers, H. (ed.), Bance, A. (ed.) & Jolles, C. (ed.) 1995 Stuttgart: Akademischer Verlag Hans-Dieter Heinz. 311 p.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

Co-existent Contradictions: Joseph Roth in Retrospect
Chambers, H. (ed.) 1991 Riverside, Calif.: Ariadne Press.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

Supernatural and Irrational Elements in the Works of Theodor Fontane
Chambers, H. E. 1980 Stuttgart: Akademischer Verlag Hans-Dieter Heinz. 278 p. (Stuttgarter Arbeiten zur Germanistik; vol. 82)
Research output: Book/ReportBook

 

Mobilitaet und Ehebruch, Frauen in der Stadt, Reisende: Provinz, Metropole und Welt bei Fontane und Ebner-Eschenbach
Chambers, H. 2013 Metropole, Provinz und Welt: Raum und Mobilitaet in der Literatur des Realismus. Berbig, R. & Goettsche, D. (eds.). Berlin/Boston: de Gruyter, p. 257-270 14 p. (Schriften der Theodor Fontane Gesellschaft; vol. 9)
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Charlotte Jolles, Ein Leben fuer Fontane. Gesammelte Aufsaetze und Schriften aus sechs Jahrzehnten. Buchpremiere, 16. April 2010
Chambers, H. 2013 Theodor Fontane Dichter des Uebergangs: Beitraege zur Fruehjahrstagung der Theodor Fontane Gesellschaft 2010. Howe, P. (ed.). Wuerzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, p. 201-212 12 p. (Fontaneana; vol. 10)
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Geleitwort
Chambers, H. 2013 Hinterm Berg wohnen auch Leute: Theodor Fontane, seine Familie, seine Freunde, seine Buecher. Berlin: Stapp Verlag, p. 7-12 6 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingForeword/postscript

Joseph Roth in englischer Übersetzung: Überlegungen zu Romanschlüssen und Reportage
Chambers, H. 2013 Joseph Roth als Stilist. Annäherung durch Theorie und Übersetzung. . Hoffmann, N. & Shchyhlevska, N. (eds.). Heidelberg: Carl Winter Universitätsverlag, Vol. 3, p. 169-186 18 p. (Studien zur historischen Poetik; vol. 3)
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Daniel Kehlmanns "Die Vermessung der Welt" und die Rezeption englischer und amerikanischer Literatur und Kultur
Chambers, H. 2012 Wechselwirkungen II: Deutschsprachige Literatur und Kultur im regionalen und internationalen Kontext. Szendi, Z. (ed.). Vienna: Praesens, p. 135-146 (Pecser Studien zur Germanistik; vol. 6)
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Sex und Behoerde in Joseph Roths Reportagen der zwanziger Jahre
Chambers, H. Sep 2011 Joseph Roth : Europaeisch-juedischer Schriftsteller und oesterreichischer Universalist. Lughofer, J. G. & Miladinovic Zalaznik, M. (eds.). Berlin: de Gruyter, p. 169-180 12 p. (Conditio Judiaca; vol. 82)
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Fontane and Gutzkow. Theatre Criticism and Literary Reception
Chambers, H. 2011 Karl Gutzkow and His Contemporaries Karl Gutzkow und seine Zeitgenossen: Beitraege zur Internationalen Konferenz des Editionsprojekts Karl Gutzkow vom 7. bis 9. September 2010 in Exeter. Vonhoff, G. (ed.). Bielefeld: Aisthesis, p. 203-219
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Bibliographie Charlotte Jolles
White, M. J., Chambers, H. & Erler, G. 2010 Charlotte Jolles: Ein Leben für Theodor Fontane. Königshausen & Neumann
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Afterword
Chambers, H. E. 2010 Theodor Fontane: No way back. Rorrison, H. & Chambers, H. E. (eds.). London: Angel Classics, 15 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

'Die Toten ohne Namen'. Gewaltsamer Tod in der Großstadt in Reportagen von Joseph Roth, Theodor Fontane und Egon Erwin Kisch
Chambers, H. 2010 Joseph Roth und die Reportage. Eicher, T. (ed.). Mattes Verlag, p. 81-97
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The Child Bride: Engagements 1890s-style in Fontane, Böhlau, Ebner-Eschenbach and Huch
Chambers, H. 2008 The Text and its Context: Studies in Modern German Literature and Society: presented to Ronald Speirs on the occasion of his 65th birthday. Harris, N. & Sayner, J. (eds.). Peter Lang, p. 49-62
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Introduction
Chambers, H. 2006 Violence, Culture and Identity: Essays on German and Austrian Literature, Politics and Society. Chambers, H. (ed.). Peter Lang, p. 11-26 (Cultural Identity Studies; vol. 1)
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Signs of the Times: Joseph Roth's Weimar Journalism
Chambers, H. 2006 German Novelists of the Weimar Republic: Intersections of Literature and Politics. Leydecker, K. (ed.). Camden House, p. 101-124 (Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture)
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

"Eine ganze Welt baut sich im Gerichtssaal auf.": Law and Order in the Berlin Reportage of Joseph Roth and Gabriele Tergit'
Chambers, H. 2005 Vienna meets Berlin. Cultural Interactions 1988-1933. Warren, J. & Zitzlsperger, U. (eds.). Peter Lang, p. 95-108
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Frauen über Männerkörper: die literarische Vermittlung von Gefühlen in Texten von Autorinnen des Realismus
Chambers, H. 2003 Sentimente, Gefuehle, Empfindungen: Zur Geschichte und Literatur des Affektiven von 1770 bis heute. Fuchs, A. & Struemper-Krobb, S. (eds.). Wuerzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, p. 107-120 14 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Die Sealsfield-Rezeption in Großbritannien seit 1840; Dokumente zur Rezeption von Charles Sealsfields Werk in Groβbritannien
Chambers, H. 2002 Charles Sealsfield, Dokumente zur Rezeptionsgeschichte, Teil 1: Die zeitgenoessische Rezeption in Europa. Kucher, P-H. (ed.). Olms Presse, p. 48-79, 375-430
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Fontane Rezeption im westeuropäischen Raum
Chambers, H. 2000 Fontane Handbuch. Grawe, C. & Nuernberger, H. (eds.). Stuttgart: Alfred Kroener Verlag, p. 964-976 13 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Nineteenth-century German translations of Jane Austen.
Chambers, H. 2000 Die Rezeption der britischen und irischen Literatur des 19 Jahrhunderts im deutschsprachigen Raum. Bachleitner, N. (ed.). Rodopi, p. 231-254
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Humour and Irony in Nineteenth-century Women's Narratives in German.
Chambers, H. 2000 Das schwierige neunzehnte Jahrhundert Germanistische Tagung zum 65 Geburtstag von Eda Sagarra im August 1998. Barkhoff, J., Carr, G. & Paulin, R. (eds.). Niemeyer, p. 389-401
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Groszstädter in der Provinz: Topographie bei Theodor Fontane und Joseph Roth.
Chambers, H. 2000 Theodor Fontane Am Ende des Jahrhunderts. Delf von Wolzogen, H. (ed.). Königshausen & Neumann, p. 215-225
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Theodor Fontane
Chambers, H. 1999 Encyclopedia of the Novel. Schellinger, P. (ed.). Chicago, London: Fitzroy Dearborn, Vol. 1, p. 420-421 2 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Johanna Kinkel's "Hans Ibeles in London": A German View of England
Chambers, H. 1996 Exilanten und andere Deutsche in Fontanes London. Stuttgart: Akademischer Verlag Hans-Dieter Heinz, p. 159-173
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Von Frauen und Frauenbeinen -- Girls Maedchen und andere in der Reportage von Joseph Roth und Gabriel Tergit
Chambers, H. 1995 Order from Confusion: Essays presented to Edward McInnes. Deighton, A. (ed.). Hull: New German Studies German Department University of Hull, p. 186-204
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Fontane Translation Workshop
Chambers, H. E. & Bance, A. 1995 Theodor Fontane: The London Symposium. Bance, A., Chambers, H. & Jolles, C. (eds.). Stuttgart: Akademischer Verlag Hans-Dieter Heinz, p. 297-310
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

T.Edmund Harvey's 1902 Translation of Theodor Fontane's "Herr Ribbeck von Ribbeck auf Havelland"
Chambers, H. 1995 Theodor Fontane: The London Symposium. Bance, A., Chambers, H. & Jolles, C. (eds.). Stuttgart: Akademischer Verlag Hans-Dieter Heinz, p. 137-148
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Douglas Parmee's English Translation of Theodor Fontane's "Effi Briest"
Chambers, H. 1995 Theodor Fontane: The London Symposium. Bance, A., Chambers, H. & Jolles, C. (eds.). Akademischer Verlag Hans-Dieter Heinz, p. 95-109
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

'Ein schwer definierbares Ragout': Ida Hahn-Hahn's "Graefin Faustine": vapours from the Hexenkueche or social and psychological realism?
Chambers, H. 1995 Perspectives on German Realist Writing: Eight Essays. Ward, M. G. (ed.). Lampeter: Edwin Mellen Press, p. 79-94
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Elizabeth von Arnim's novel Fraulein Schmidt and Mr Anstruther -- an anti-Werther?
Chambers, H. 1993 Connections: Essays in Honour of Eda Sagarra on the Occasion of her 60th Birthday. Skrine, P., Wallbank, R. E. & West, J. (eds.). Stuttgart: Akademischer Verlag Hans-Dieter Heinz, p. 55-60
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Fontane's Translation of "The Charge of the Light Brigade"
Chambers, H. 1992 Anglo-German Studies. Byrn, R. F. M. & Knight, K. G. (eds.). Leeds: The Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society, p. 83-104
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Predators or Victims? -- Women in Joseph Roth's Works
Chambers, H. 1991 Co-existent Contradictions: Joseph Roth in Retrospect. Chambers, H. (ed.). Riverside, Calif.: Ariadne Press, p. 107-127
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Die Rezeption Joseph Roths in Grossbritannien
Chambers, H. 1990 Joseph Roth: Interpretation -- Kritik -- Rezeption. Kessler, M. & Hackert, F. (eds.). Tuebingen: Stauffenberg, p. 65-76
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Thomas Bernhard
Chambers, H. 1989 After the 'Death' of Literature: West German Writing of the 1970s. Bullivant, K. (ed.). Oxford: Berg, p. 197-211
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Theodor Fontane, Albert Smith und Gordon Cumming
Chambers, H. 1987 Theodor Fontane im literarischen Leben seiner Zeit. Keiler, O. (ed.). Berlin: Deutsche Staatsbibliothek, p. 268-302 (Beitraege aus der deutschen Staatsbibliothek; vol. 6)
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

 

Erleben und Vermittlung des Gluecks in Theodor Fontanes Roman "Stine"
Chambers, H. E. 2016 In : Fontane Blätter. 101, p. 108-16 9 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Heimat bei Theodor Fontane und Joseph Roth
Chambers, H. E. 2015 In : Fontane Blätter. 100, p. 30-45 16 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Theodor Fontane reads Karl Immermann’s novel „Münchhausen“: reception and affinities
Chambers, H. 2012 In : Immermann-Jahrbuch. 11-13, p. 167-194 28 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The Inadequacy of the Wife-and-Mother Model: Female Happiness in Theodor Fontane’s "Unwiederbringlich"
Chambers, H. May 2011 In : Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies. 47, 2, p. 285-297
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Reading and Responding to English Women Writers: Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach and Helene Druskowitz
Chambers, H. Feb 2011 In : Women's Writing. 18, 1, p. 86-102
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

'Sein Geliebtestes zu toten': Literary psychological studies on the sexes and generation conflict in the narrative works of Theodor Storm
Chambers, H. Jan 2008 In : Modern Language Review. 103, 1, p. 275-276 2 p.
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Ada Christen, 'Sturmvogel vor der groβen Hochflut des Naturalismus'
Chambers, H. 2008 In : Austrian Studies. 16, p. 188-204
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Facing modernity, fragmentation, culture, and identity in Joseph Roth writing in the 1920s.
Chambers, H. 2007 In : Modern Austrian Literature. 40, p. 101-103 3 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The wasting heroine in German fiction by women, 1770-1914
Chambers, H. Apr 2006 In : Modern Language Review. 101, p. 573-574 2 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Theodor Storm: The tense relationship between belief and superstition in his novels.
Chambers, H. Jan 2005 In : Modern Language Review. 100, p. 258-259 2 p.
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The sisters of Doktor-Faust: A history of female Faust figures
Chambers, H. Oct 2003 In : Modern Language Review. 98, p. 1065-1065 1 p.
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A history of women's writing in Germany, Austria and Switzerland
Chambers, H. Apr 2003 In : Modern Language Review. 98, p. 525-527 3 p.
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Understanding Joseph Roth
Chambers, H. 2002 In : German Quarterly. 75, p. 324-325 2 p.
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The German Bildungsroma: Incest and inheritance
Chambers, H. Jul 2001 In : Modern Language Review. 96, p. 900-902 3 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Fontanes Gedicht "Goodwin-Sand". Das Schlangen-Motiv: Symbol fuer die Bedrohung menschlichen Lebens
Chambers, H. 1992 In : Fontane Blätter. p. 73-78
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Theodor Fontanes Longfellow-Vortrag vom 29.2.1860 in Berlin
Chambers, H. 1989 In : Fontane Blätter. 47, p. 27-48
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

German Literature 1830-1880
Chambers, H. 1988 In : The Year's Work in Modern Language Studies. p. 824-862
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German Literature 1830-1880
Chambers, H. 1987 In : The Year's Work in Modern Language Studies. p. 720-759
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German Literature 1830-1880
Chambers, H. 1986 In : The Year's Work in Modern Language Studies. p. 806-845
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Mond und Sterne in Fontanes Werken
Chambers, H. 1984 In : Fontane Blätter. 37, p. 457-476
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Thomas Bernhard Checklist
Chambers, H. 1976 In : Theatrefacts. III, 4, p. 2-11
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Wilhelm Meinhold: The Amber Witch. Translated from the German by Lady Duff Gordon. Edited by Barbara Burns. Pp. 165. Cambridge: Modern Humanities Research Association, 2016.
Chambers, H. 17 Mar 2017 In : Translation and Literature. 26, 1, p. 100-108 9 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

UNDERSTANDING BERNHARD,THOMAS - DOWDEN,SD
CHAMBERS, H. Sep 1993 In : Journal of European Studies. 23, 91, p. 341-342 2 p.
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DROSTEHULSHOFF,ANNETTE,VON - A GERMAN POET BETWEEN ROMANTICISM AND REALISM - GUTHRIE,J
CHAMBERS, H. Jan 1992 In : Modern Language Review. 87, p. 256-257 2 p.
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