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Professor Allyson Fiddler


Allyson Fiddler

Lancaster University

Bowland North



Tel: +44 1524 592471

Research overview

My research interests encompass contemporary German-speaking culture in a number of forms - literary, filmic, and more broadly socio-political. I'm very interested in the Nobel-prize-winning author Elfriede Jelinek and continue to publish articles and chapters on her work.  My recent work and publications have focused on issues concerning literary and cultural protest, or resistance against the extreme right in present-day Austria. 

PhD supervision

Contemporary German Cultural and Literary Studies, including film studies, single-author/playwright/film-maker studies, women's studies, and especially interested in Austrian Studies

Current Teaching

GERM 100/101: German Studies Part I, 'German in Context'

GERM 201: German Language: Written Skills

DELC 212: Society on Screen: The Language of Film

DELC 352: Images of Austria: National Identity and Cultural Representation

DELC 401: Core Skills PGT & PGR FASS 618: 'The PhD Viva: Tragedy or Triumph?'

Research Interests

My main research focus currently is in contextualising and analysing various different forms of cultural resistance to the far-right in Austria. The impetus is presented by the rise to institutional power of Austria's Freedom Party (FPÖ) in 2000 when it formed a coalition government with the People's Party. This event spawned a great number of works, texts, performances, films, essays, and songs that have consciously expressed resistance against and criticism of this turn to the right. I address these phenomena in The Art of Resistance: Cultural Protest against the Austrian Far Right in the Early Twenty-First Century (Berghahn Books). 

My recent publications have focused on intercultural themes in contemporary, Austrian culture, dealing, for example, with Austrian-Slovenian cultural history and conflict, with multicultural influences in twenty-first century literature and film, with the representation of sport in culture and as constitutive of national identity, and with popular music and films as examples of cultural protest.

Research Grants

2016    FASS Impact and Knowledge Exchange grant to assist with a project based around Elfriede Jelinek's work and centring on 'Female Authors/Female Labours: Writing, Dramaturgy and Translation' with Karen Jürs-Munby (LICA)

2011    Austrian Cultural Forum, London to fund keynote speakers to a Lancaster conference, ‘Jelinek in the Arena’, July 2012

2010    British Academy Overseas conference grant 

2008    AHRC Research Leave Grant

2003:   AHRB Research Leave Grant

Additional Information

Editorial and International Boards

I am a member of the international advisory and editorial boards of the journal Austrian Studies, the Ingeborg Bachmann Centre (based at the Institute for Germanic and Romance Studies, London) and the Elfriede Jelinek Forschungszentrum, Vienna.

The Elfriede Jelinek Research Centre in Vienna is on line at: http://www.praesens.at/elfriede-jelinek-forschungszentrum/. It has recently (2020) launched an inter-university research alliance (and I am one of two scientific partners from Lancaster University). 

I have also been elected to the board of the Austrian Studies Association (a US based professional body).

Membership of Associations: 

In addition to being a member of the above bodies, I am also a member of the Association for German Studies in Great Britain and Ireland and Women in German Studies (UK and Ireland)


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