Bärbel Westphal

Bärbel Westphal

Associate Professor
Department of Languages Faculty of Arts and Humanities
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My field for research and lecturing is German literature. I completed my doctoral thesis about the German author Martin Walser’s novel Runaway Horse (Ein fliehendes Pferd). I performed a narratological analysis of the speech and discourse patterns of the characters from a gender perspective. Since then I investigated a number of areas: Søren Kierkegaard’s influence on Walser’s novel, the teaching of literature in an investigation of university entrants, the theme of travel in German literature, and a more in-depth study of narratology concerning unreliable narration from a gender perspective. Special areas of interest are literature after the re-unification of Germany and German pop literature. One projekt deals with poverty in pop literature, especially Sibylle Berg's novel "Amerika" and Joachim Lottman's "Der Geldkomplex". I wrote the first swedish introduction to german popliterature in an anthology about chic-lit 2013 (Liber). Time being I am the Head of the School of Language at Linnaeus University.


Selected publications

Article in journal (Refereed)

Article in journal (Other academic)

Article, book review (Refereed)

Article, book review (Other academic)

Article, book review (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))

Chapter in book (Refereed)

Chapter in book (Other academic)

Conference paper (Other academic)

Conference proceedings (editor) (Other academic)

Report (Other academic)