Aston Writer in Residence 2014: Heinrich Detering

German@Aston is delighted to announce that poet, literary critic and scholar Heinrich Detering will be Aston’s Writer in Residence 2014.


Heinrich will be with us shortly, so watch this space for details, which we will be able to provide very soon.

German@Aston is looking forward to welcoming yet another exciting author and we are grateful for continued support from the German Academic Exchange Service’s Writer in Residence Programme.

You can read up on the successful stays of our previous Writers in Residence in this section of our blog.

Contemporary German-language literature on the road: Uwe Schütte in conversation with…

This month, Aston’s own Uwe Schütte toured Austria to talk to and about two influential voices in modern German literature:

On 14 January 2014, Uwe visited the Literaturhaus am Inn in Innsbruck, Austria, to join author and long-time literary blogger Alban Nikolai Herbst in a discussion about Herbst’s latest novel, Argo, the third part of his Anderswelt trilogy, a modern Odyssey into a future where the boundaries between East and West, humankind and technology and reality and fiction become blurred.

USchütte-GerhardRoth-ok.inddOn Wednesday, 15 January 2014, Uwejoined Gerhard Roth in a discussion about the influential Austrian writer’s life and literary work on the occasion of the publication of Uwe’s latest book, Unterwelten. Zu Leben und Werk von Gerhard Roth. The event took place at the Vienna Library in Vienna City Hall.

Finally, Uwe was invited to discuss Gerhard Roth’s life and works in an interview with the Austrian news programme Zeit im Bild (ZiB 13), broadcast on Austrian national TV on Thursday, 16 January 2014. Click here to watch the short clip.


German@Aston Proudly Presents: Klaus Böldl, Aston’s Writer in Residence 2013

German at Aston are excited to confirm that novelist Klaus Böldl has accepted our invitation and will be Aston’s Writer in Residence in October 2013. His stay is supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Böldl’s highly acclaimed works offer fascinating visions of some of Europe’s remotest regions. Set in the periphery of civilisation, Böldl’s writings combine a (post)modernist exploration of the individual’s existential crisis with an elaboration of the reconciliatory potential of nature.

On 2nd October Böldl will read extracts from his latest novel Der nächtliche Lehrer (”The Nocturnal Teacher”) (5pm, MB574). It will be a bilingual reading with an English translation presented by our colleague from Translation Studies, Lecturer Jean Darvill. We are particularly proud to announce that the translation was produced in collaboration with final year Aston German and Translation Studies students.

Free Admission, All Welcome!

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Celebrating Sebald: Uwe Schütte Speaks about the Late Author’s Life and Works

On 1 July 2012 Dr Uwe Schütte, Head of German Studies at Aston, appeared at Bridport Art Centre as part of the Celebrating Sebald event. The talk, which was attended by an audience of nearly 100 Sebald enthusiasts, was very well received.

Dr Schütte’s talk was informed by both his intimate knowledge of Sebald’s works and his close personal relationship with the distinguished writer, who taught at the University of East Anglia until his untimely death in 2001. Starting out as one of Sebald’s postgraduate students in the 1990s, Uwe Schütte quickly developed into an internationally renowned expert on the late author’s works. His book on Sebald’s critical writings will be published next year.

Click on the youtube link below for an extract of the talk. Listen to Uwe Schütte address the sigificance of “Austerlitz” for the interpretation of Sebald’s literary oeuvre, and hear his comments on the reception of this book by the reading public.




Celebrating Sebald

Bridport Arts Centre is going to do so with a film screening and a talk by

Uwe Schütte, Head of German at Aston, his former student and acclaimed Sebald scholar, who will speak about “Sebald’s Legacy”.

The talk will be followed by a screening of “Patience”, a film after Sebald’s novel “The rings of Saturn” by Grant Gee. The Guardian called the documentary a “guide through the psycho-geography of the author”, taking the viewer on a literary stroll along the coast of East Anglia, where Sebald spent most of his adult life. Read the Guardian review here

Philip French commented in the Observer that watching the film made him want to read all of Sebald’s oeuvre. The images are accompanied by readings from the book, as well as by comments by friends, readers and fellow authors.


Tickets for the event are available at





Uwe Schütte gives laudation as Gerhard Roth is awarded prestigious literature prize

Austrian author Gerhard Roth has been awarded the Jakob-Wassermann Literaturpreis for his critical novels on Austria during the Nazi occupation and the memory processes and controversies in contemporary Austrian society.

Roth joins the ranks of famous colleagues Hilde Domin,  Uwe Timm, Sten Nadolny and Feridun Zaimoglu. The prize is named after German-Jewish writer Jacob Wassermann and has been awarded biannually by Wassermann’s hometown Fürth near Nuremberg.

 And who would be better suited to give Roth’s laudation than Dr. Uwe Schütte, Head of German at Aston University and internationally renowned Roth expert. Dr. Schütte is the author of 1997 monograph Auf der Spur der Vergessenen. Gerhard Roth und seine Archive des Schweigens and he has published extensively on Roth’s works in various academic journals.