Biography

I was born in Germany to expellee parents who settled in Franconia, just south of what would become the Iron Curtain. The political tensions, fault lines and catastrophes of Central European history run deep in my family, and this biographical vicissitude has come to inform much of my research. I am interested in the cultural ramifications of military conflict, in the history of travel and migration, in hybrid and emigrant identities, and in the ways in which cultural production engages with these topics.

I received an MA in English and Modern German Literature from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich before coming to the United Kingdom in 1997 to study for a PhD at UEA. I then taught for the Open University and subsequently for eleven years at the University of Portsmouth. In 2012, I joined the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing.

All Publications

Rau, P. (ed.)

(2016)

Long Shadows: The Second World War in British Fiction and Film

Northwestern UP

ISBN 978-0-8101-3329-7, 978-0-8101-3328-0

UEA Repository

(Book)


Rau, P.

(2016)

'A Knowledge of Bombs': The Strategic Air Offensive in Rhetoric and Fiction

Northwestern UP

ISBN 978-0-8101-3335-8

UEA Repository

(Chapter)


Rau, P.

(2014)

Violent Pleasures: War as Entertainment

Bloomsbury

pp. 254-268

ISBN 9781441172013

UEA Repository

(Chapter)


Rau, P.

(2013)

Our Nazis: Representations of Fascism in Contemporary Literature and Film

Edinburgh UP

UEA Repository

(Book)


Rau, P.

(2012)

Good Germans versus Evil Nazis? Reflections on the Enemy

Edinburgh UP

UEA Repository

(Chapter)


Rau, P.

(2010)

Conflict, Nationhood and Corporeality in Modern Literature: Bodies-at-War

Palgrave

UEA Repository

(Book)


Rau, P.

(2010)

One Step Closer to the Dreamers of the Nightmare’: the Fascinating Fascist Corpus in Contemporary British Fiction

Palgrave

pp. 143-164

UEA Repository

(Chapter)


Rau, P.

(2010)

Between Absence and Ubiquity: The Body-at-War

Palgrave

pp. 1-26

UEA Repository

(Chapter)


Rau, P.

(2010)

The Sight of this Pale Brown Naked Flesh!’ Mythical Aryan Masculinity and 1930s British Travel Writing

DeGruyter

pp. 308-325

UEA Repository

(Chapter)


Rau, P.

(2009)

English Modernism, National Identity and the Germans, 1890-1950

Ashgate

UEA Repository

(Book)


Rau, P.

(2009)

The Fascist Body Beautiful and the Imperial Crisis in 1930s British Writing

in Journal of European Studies

39.

pp. 5-35

UEA Repository

(Article)


Rau, P.

(2009)

The War in Fiction from 1970 to the Present

Cambridge UP

pp. 308-325

UEA Repository

(Chapter)


Rau, P.

(2009)

The Trouble with Cosmopolitans: Modernism between Nation and Internationalism

Peter Lang

pp. 179-205

UEA Repository

(Chapter)


Rau, P.

(2007)

'Splendid Little Soldiers’: Invasion, Empire and the Fantasy of Dominance in Saki’s When William Came

in Cahiers Victoriens et Edouardiens

pp. 185-207

UEA Repository

(Article)


Rau, P.

(2006)

Beyond Punctum and Studium: Photography and Trauma in Rachel Seiffert’s The Dark Room

in Journal of European Studies

36.

pp. 295-327

UEA Repository

(Article)


Rau, P.

(2006)

The Poetics of Pathology: Freud’s Studien über Hysterie and the German Novelle

in German Life and Letters

59.

pp. 62-78

UEA Repository

(Article)


Rau, P.

(2006)

Telling It Straight: The Rhetorics of Conversion in Elizabeth Bowen’s The Hotel and Freud’s ‘Psychogenesis

Palgrave

pp. 127-233

UEA Repository

(Chapter)


Rau, P.

(2005)

The Common Frontier: Fictions of Alterity in Elizabeth Bowen’s The Heat of the Day and Graham Greene’s The Ministry of Fear

in Literature and History

14.

pp. 31-46

UEA Repository

(Article)


Rau, P.

(2003)

Consciousness as mise en scène: Rosamond Lehmann’s The Weather in the Streets

Université Marne-La-Vallée

pp. 119-135

UEA Repository

(Chapter)


Key Research Interests

My key research interest are Anglo-German literary and cultural relations, literature (and film) about war, fascism, and expulsion, memory studies, and travel writing. I welcome PhD applications in any of these areas.

My first book, English Modernism, National Identity and the Germans (Ashgate 2009), dealt with perceptions of, and responses to, Germans and Germany in modernist literature as well as their complex role in the construction of English identity and the negotiation of modernity. My second monograph, Our Nazis: Representations of Fascism in Contemporary Literature and Film (Edinburgh 2013), offered a closer look at one of the more perturbing legacies of modernism, the appropriation of fascist aesthetics in contemporary cultural production; in it I challenge the often rather facile way in which fascism is “remembered” in Anglophone cultures. In two edited collections I focused more closely on discourses about the ramifications of military conflict: Conflict, Nationhood and Corporeality in Modern Literature (Palgrave 2010) dealt with the body-at-war. Long Shadows: The Second World War in British Fiction and Film (Northwestern UP, 2016) includes essays by eminent scholars on the literary and cinematic afterlife of the Second World War.

I have also published articles on trauma and photography, travel writing, Freudian poetics and popular fiction.

At present I am working on a commissioned article on the normalisation of Nazism in post-reunification German cinema and on a monograph about the literary and cinematic engagement with expulsion (particularly forced migration and “resettlement”) in Central Europe at the end of, and shortly after, the Second World War. 

Grants

English Modernism, National Identity and the Germans, 1890-1950:  

AHRC leave scheme 2007/8
British Academy small research grant 2008

Research Group Membership

I am a member of the War-and-Representation network, WaR-Net: 

http://www.bbk.ac.uk/english/our-research/war-net.

In the School of Literature, Darma and Creative Writing, I am a member of the research group for Modern and contemporary Writing.

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

I peer-review submissions to Modern Fiction Studies, Modern Language Notes, Critical Inquiry, and Studies in Travel Writing. I review books for Women: A Cultural Review, Comparative Critical Studies, The D.H. Lawrence Review, Literature and History, and The European Journal of English Studies.

Administrative Posts

Since September 2013 I have been Director of Postgraduate Research for the School, looking after a cohort of just under eighty doctoral students. I share this role with my colleague Dr Stephen Benson, who handles admissions for the creative-critical doctoral programme.