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Dr Dora Osborne, Lecturer

Contact Details 
Phone: +44 (0) 1334 462953
Office: Buchanan 204

Full research profile

Module surgery hours:
Tuesday 9-11

Research and Teaching

I came to St Andrews in 2017 from Durham University. Prior to that I held a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh and taught at the universities of Oxford and Nottingham. I completed my PhD in 2008 at the University of Cambridge on the prose work of W. G. Sebald and Christoph Ransmayr.

My research focuses on questions of trauma, memory, and the archive in relation to Germany’s National Socialist past and the Holocaust. I have published widely on contemporary literature, memorial projects, and visual culture, and my article on Gunter Demnig’s Stolpersteine was awarded the 2014 Paragraph prize. My monograph, Traces of Trauma in W. G. Sebald and Christoph Ransmayr, was published in 2013 and I am contributing editor of Archive and Memory in German-language Literature and Culture (Edinburgh German Yearbook 9). I am currently preparing my second monograph, which is called What Remains: German Memory Culture and the Post-Holocaust Archive. In this project, I show how an “archival turn” marks the work of remembering and commemorating National Socialism and the Holocaust in the Berlin Republic.

I have supervised a number of postgraduate projects and would be very pleased to hear from potential PhD candidates working on relevant topics.