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Dr Dora Osborne, Lecturer

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Phone: +44 (0) 1334 462953
Office: Buchanan 304

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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.


Archive and memory in German literature and visual culture
Osborne, D. (ed.) Nov 2015 Rochester, New York: Boydell and Brewer. 218 p. (Edinburgh German yearbook; vol. 9)
Research output: ResearchBook

Traces of trauma in W.G. Sebald and Christoph Ransmayr
Osborne, D. 2013 Leeds: Legenda, an imprint of Modern Humanities Research Association and Maney Publishing.
Research output: ResearchBook


Atlas eines ängstlichen Mannes: the burden of history
Osborne, D. E. Nov 2016 Gegenwartsliteratur. Lützeler, P. M., Kapczynski, J. & McGlothlin, E. (eds.). Tübingen: Stauffenberg, Vol. 15, p. 125-146
Research output: Research - peer-reviewChapter (peer-reviewed)

Thomas Demand's Nationalgalerie : reconstructing a German archive.
Osborne, D. 1 Nov 2015 Archive and memory in German literature and visual culture.. Osborne, D. (ed.). Rochester, NY: Camden House, p. 85-104 20 p. (Edinburgh German yearbook)
Research output: ResearchOther contribution

Negotiating (in)visibilities in German memory culture
Osborne, D. 6 Jan 2015 Invisibility Studies: Surveillance, Transparency and the Hidden in Contemporary Culture. Peter Lang AG, Vol. 23, p. 159-180 22 p.
Research output: ResearchChapter

The power of language and silence: Reinhard Jirgl’s Die Stille
Osborne, D. Nov 2014 New literary and linguistic perspectives on the German language, National Socialism, and the Shoah. Davies , P. & Hammel, A. (eds.). Rochester: Camden House, p. 159-174 15 p. (Edinburgh German yearbook; vol. 8)
Research output: ResearchChapter

Memory, witness, and the (Holocaust) Museum in H. G. Adler and W. G. Sebald
Osborne, D. Aug 2014 Witnessing, memory, poetics: H. G. Adler and W. G. Sebald. Finch, H. & Wolff, L. L. (eds.). Rochester: Boydell and Brewer, p. 159-179 21 p. (Dialogue and disjunction: studies in Jewish German literature, culture, and thought)
Research output: ResearchChapter

Memoirs of the blind: W. G. Sebald’s die ausgewanderten
Osborne, D. 2013 A literature of restitution: Critical essays on W. G. Sebald. Baxter, J., Henitiuk, V. & Hutchinson, B. (eds.). Manchester University Press, p. 94-110 17 p.
Research output: ResearchChapter

Topographical Anxiety and Dysfunctional Systems: W. G.Sebald’s Die Ausgewanderten and Freud’s Little Hans
Osborne, D. 2010 The Undiscover’d Country. Zisselsberger, M. (ed.). Camden House, p. 299-321 23 p.
Research output: ResearchChapter


Encountering the archive in Katja Petrowskaja’s Vielleicht Esther
Osborne, D. 1 Sep 2016 In : Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies. 52, 3, p. 255-272 18 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Mal d'archive: on the growth of Gunter Demnig's Stolperstein-project
Osborne, D. Nov 2014 In : Paragraph. 37, 3, p. 372-386 15 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

‘Alas, alas. House, oh house!’: the collapse of the Cologne City Archive
Osborne, D. 1 Sep 2014 In : Journal of Urban Cultural Studies. 1, 3, p. 395-416
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

“Diese heiklen Formen”: destruction and desire in Durs Grünbein's Porzellan
Osborne, D. 2014 In : The Germanic Review: Literature, Culture, Theory. 89, 1, p. 20-39 20 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Black flakes: archival remains in the work of Christoph Ransmayr and Anselm Kiefer
Osborne, D. Oct 2011 In : Comparative Critical Studies. 8, 2-3, p. 221-233 13 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Blind spots: viewing trauma in W. G. Sebald's Austerlitz
Osborne, D. Nov 2007 In : Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies. 43, 4, p. 517-533 17 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle