School of Histories, Languages and Cultures

Dr Clare Bielby

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Clare Bielby

Lecturer in German

Email: c.bielby@hull.ac.uk
Office: Larkin 137
Phone: + 44 (0)1482 465636

Profile

I joined the department as lecturer in German in September 2009 after studying at the universities of Cambridge (BA in French and German), Sussex (MA in Gender and Media Studies), and Edinburgh (Ph.D in German Studies). Broadly speaking, my research and teaching interests lie in the area of German cultural and gender studies, especially in the post-war period, and I have a particular interest in the politics of the body, violence and its representation, and in gendered and sexual identities.

Selected Publications

Books

  • Violent Women in Print: Representations in the West German Print Media of the 1960s and 1970s. Rochester, New York: Camden House, 2012.
  • with Anna Richards, eds. Women and Death 3: Women’s Representations of Death in German Culture since 1500. Rochester, New York: Camden House, 2010.

Journal Articles

  • “Narrating the Revolutionary Self in German Post-Terrorist Life Writing: Gender, Identity and Historical Agency,” in German Life and Letters 76:2 (2014): 219-241.
  • “Bewaffnete Terroristinnen: Linksterrorismus, Gender und die Waffe in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland von den 1970er Jahren bis heute,” in WerkstattGeschichte 64, special issue ed. by Dagmar Ellerbrock and Ulrike Weckel (2014): 77-101.
  • “Remembering the Red Army Faction,” Memory Studies 3: 2 (2010): 137-150.
  • “Attacking the Body Politic: the Terroristin in 1970s German Media,” Reconstruction 7: 1 (2007).
  • “‘Bonnie und Kleid’: Female Terrorists and the Hysterical Feminine,” Forum 2 (spring 2006).

Chapters

  • with Frauke Matthes. “Gender and Sexuality,” in Routledge Handbook of German Politics & Culture, ed. by Sarah Colvin. London: Routledge, pp. 250-267.
  • “‘Nestbeschmutzerinnen’? Women Terrorists in the West German Print Media of the 1970s,” in Der Linksterrorismus der 1970er-Jahre und die Ordnung der Geschlechter, ed. by Irene Bandhauer-Schöffmann and Dirk van Laak. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2013, pp. 121-137.
  • “The Hard Body of the Violent Terrorist Woman in the West German Print Media of the 1970s,” in Hard Bodies, ed. by Ralph J. Poole et al. Zurich: LIT-Verlag, 2011, pp. 176-196.
  • “Print Media Representations of Vera Brühne as Femme Fatale,” in Women and Death: Representations of Women Victims and Perpetrators in German Culture (1500-2000), ed. by Helen Fronius and Anna Linton. Rochester, New York: Camden House, 2008, pp. 188-204.
  • “Revolutionary Men and the Feminine Grotesque in the German Media of the 1960s and 1970s,” in Masculinities in German Culture (Edinburgh German Yearbook 2), ed. by Sarah Colvin and Peter Davies. Rochester, New York: Camden House, 2008, pp. 213-228. “Abject (M)others: Representations of Female Terrorists in 1970s German Media,” in Mothering the Nation, ed. by Lisa Bernstein. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008, pp. 173-188.
  • “Abject (M)others: Representations of Female Terrorists in 1970s German Media,” in Mothering the Nation, ed. by Lisa Bernstein. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008, pp. 173-188.

Invited Talks

  • “‘An jeder Ecke könnte praktisch ein Mannweib mit Schlagring, Lederkleidung und rauher Stimme auf ihn warten’: Gewalt, Weiblichkeit und Sexualität in der Bundesrepublik der 1970er Jahre”, The Queer Lecture, Initiative Queer Nations, Berlin, February 2015.
  • “Violence in Women and Imagining the Feminist Subject, 1968-1976”, Militant Feminisms in Art and Politics, University of Warwick, March 2014.
  • “Imagining Violence in Women in 1970s West Germany”, Institute for German Studies, University of Birmingham, March 2014.
  •  “Hysterically Feminine: Violent Women and the West German Print Media,” University of Wisconsin, Madison, October 2012.
  • “Darstellungen von gewalttätigen Frauen in den 1960ern and 1970ern in westdeutschen Printmedien,” das öffentliche Forschungskolloquium, Carl von Ossietzky Universität, Oldenburg, April 2012.
  • “‘Typical Women’? Female Terrorists and the West German Press,” Terrorist Transgressions: Cultural Representations, Birkbeck College, University of London, November 2011.
  • “‘Nestbeschmutzerinnen’?: The Violent Woman of the 1960s and 1970s West German Print Media,” „Ein Exzeß der Befreiung der Frau,” a conference on terrorism and gender, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, January 2010.
  • “Gender Crimes: Media Representations of the German Female Terrorist as Phallic Woman,” a Workshop on Cultural Representations of Terrorism, the University of Bristol, April 2008.
  • “Revolutionary Men and the Feminine Grotesque in the German Media of the 1960s and 1970s,” the University of Cambridge postgraduate German seminar, March 2008.

Research

I have published on German terrorism, gender, violence and representation, including my first monograph: Violent Women in Print: Representations in the West German Print Media of the 1960s and 1970s (Camden House, 2012), which derives from my doctoral thesis. I am also co-editor (along with Anna Richards) of the volume: Women and Death 3: Women’s Representations of Death in German Culture since 1500 (Camden House, 2010).

My current research project looks at the life narratives of former left-wing militants in Germany, with a particular focus on the categories of gender, violence and emotion and the role they play in these narratives of the ‘self’. Linked to that, I recently co-organised the conference The Perpetrator Self: Violence, Gender and Emotion in Conflict and Culture in the long Twentieth Century which took place here at Hull in September 2015

I am also interested in West Germany “New Women’s Movement” (“second-wave” women’s movement) and have presented several papers on that, most recently: “West Germany’s ‘New Women’s Movement’ and the Case of Counter-Violence”, Feminist and Women’s Studies Association, September 2015.

Research Supervision

I would be happy to hear from postgraduate students keen to pursue doctoral research in the broad field of post-war German cultural/media and gender studies. More specific topics might include:

  • West German terrorism;
  • Violence and its Representations;
  • German feminisms;
  • The German Print Media, particularly from a gendered and/or queer perspective

Current Research Students

Teaching

I teach and convene the core German language modules at first and second-year level.

I also teach and convene the following cultural modules:

  • Representing Germany: Gender, Nation, and Identity (second-year module)
  • Representing Baader-Meinhof: Terrorism in Germany (specialist option for finalists)

Other modules I co-teach are:

  • The Making of Modern Germany (first-year module for German Studies)
  • European Popular Culture (second-year School-level module)
  • Representations of the Past in European Film (fourth-year School-level module)

Administration

I am Year Abroad co-ordinator for German.

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