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

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Rau, P.

(2016)

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

in Long Shadows : The Second World War in British Literature and Film .

Northwestern UP

ISBN 978-0-8101-3335-8

UEA Repository

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Rau, P.

(2014)

Violent Pleasures: War as Entertainment,

in The Bloomsbury Introduction to Popular Fiction .

Bloomsbury

pp. 254-268

ISBN 9781441172013

UEA Repository

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Rau, P.

(2013)

Our Nazis: Representations of Fascism in Contemporary Literature and Film,

Edinburgh University Press

UEA Repository

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Rau, P.

(2012)

Good Germans versus Evil Nazis? Reflections on the Enemy,

in The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century British and American War Writing .

Edinburgh UP

UEA Repository

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Rau, P.

(2010)

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

Palgrave

UEA Repository

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(Published)


Rau, P.

(2010)

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

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

Palgrave

pp. 143-164

UEA Repository

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Rau, P.

(2010)

Between Absence and Ubiquity: The Body-at-War,

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

Palgrave

pp. 1-26

UEA Repository

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Rau, P.

(2010)

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

in In the Embrace of the Swan: Anglo-German Mythologies in Literature, the Visual Arts and Cultural Theories.

DeGruyter

pp. 308-325

UEA Repository

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Rau, P.

(2009)

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

Ashgate

UEA Repository

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Rau, P.

(2009)

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

in Journal of European Studies

39

(1)

pp. 5-35

UEA Repository

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Rau, P.

(2009)

The War in Fiction from 1970 to the Present,

in The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of the Second World War .

Cambridge UP

pp. 308-325

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Rau, P.

(2009)

The Trouble with Cosmopolitans: Modernism between Nation and Internationalism,

in Internationalism and the Arts at the Fin de Siècle.

Peter Lang

pp. 179-205

UEA Repository

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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

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Rau, P.

(2006)

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

in Journal of European Studies

36

(3)

pp. 295-327

UEA Repository

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Rau, P.

(2006)

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

in German Life and Letters

59

(1)

pp. 62-78

UEA Repository

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Rau, P.

(2006)

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

in Sapphic Modernities.

Palgrave

pp. 127-233

UEA Repository

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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

(1)

pp. 31-46

UEA Repository

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(Published)


Rau, P.

(2003)

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

in Rosamond Lehmann et le métier d’écrivain.

Université Marne-La-Vallée

pp. 119-135

UEA Repository

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Key Research Interests

My key research interest are literature (and film) about war, fascism and expulsion; Anglo-German literary and cultural relations; 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 written articles and chapters on trauma and photography, travel writing, Freudian poetics, war film, war in popular fiction, and on teaching contemporary fiction after the referendum. At present I am working on a commissioned chapter on film and contemporary British fiction.

My current project comes in two guises - an academic monograph and a piece of creative non-fiction, both on the subject of of flight and expulsion in Central Europe at the end of, and shortly after, the Second World War. The monograph examines this theme in postwar German literature and film and is supported by a British Academy mid-career fellowship throughout 2018. I am also writing a memoir entitled A Journey of Giraffes, largely about the amazing women in my family and their lives throughout Germany's turbulent twentieth-century.

External Funding:

The Aesthetics of Loss: Flight and Expulsion in Postwar German Literature and Film (British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship 2018)

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: https://war-net.org/

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

Teaching Interests

I teach modules on European Literature, on Contested Memory and on creative non-fiction. Together with my colleague Dr Matt Taunton, I also co-teach the core module on Contemporary Fiction on our MA in Modern Literature

I would happily supervise dissertations and theses on literature and film about the Second World War or fascism; literature and memory; travel writing, and creative non-fiction. 

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.

I am external examiner for two MA programmes:

MLitt Women, Writing and Gender (St Andrews)

MA Anglo-German Cultural Relations (Universityof London, Queen Mary)

Professional Activities

I am a member of the AHRC Peer Review College.

Administrative Posts

From 2013 - 2017 I was Director of Postgraduate Research for the School, looking after a cohort of just under seventy doctoral students.