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Dr Mererid Puw Davies
Appointment
  • Senior Lecturer
  • SELCS
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Biography

Mererid Puw Davies (M.A., M.St., D.Phil (Oxon)), studied at Magdalen College and St John’s College, Oxford. She also held the Hanseatic Scholarship at Hamburg University for two years, and the Richard Alewyn-Forschungsstipendium at the Freie Universität Berlin. She held a Prize Fellowship at Magdalen before moving to UCL as Lecturer in German.

Mererid's D.Phil. thesis, 'The Tale of Bluebeard in German Literature from the Eighteenth Century to the Present', addresses issues of violence and gender in the German fairy tale and was published under that title by Oxford University Press in 2001. She is a former holder of an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship at the Freie Universität Berlin, where she undertook research on the culture of the anti-authoritarian movement of the late 1960s in West Germany. Her book on that theme, Writing and the West German Protest Movements: The Textual Revolution appeared with imlr books, London, in 2016. Mererid has also held a Leverhulme Research Fellowship which enabled her to work on German responses to the Vietnam War.


Mererid has variously organised, chaired and/or spoken at many public events showcasing her work and that of UCL's German Department and School of European Languages, Cultures and Society (SELCS), and learned from and enjoyed every one of them.


Mererid has been Secretary of Women in German Studies (WIGS), and is a past organiser of the WIGS Annual Conference at UCL.


Mererid publishes on literary themes in Welsh, in various forms. She is also the co-author of two children's books and author of two volumes of poetry in Welsh; her poems have been published in several anthologies, including the Bloodaxe Book of Modern Welsh Poetry. Her poetry has been translated and published in various languages beyond English too, such as Czech and Galician, and she has read her poetry internationally, for example at the Leipzig Book Fair and the Vilenica International Literary Festical in Slovenia. Mererid is interested in the translation of poetry, notably from and into Welsh and other lesser-used languages, and has worked, translated and published with poets and translators in lesser-used languages across Europe.

Research Summary

Mererid Puw Davies’s research covers modern German literature from the eighteenth century to the present day, German film and cultural studies, and comparative literature.


Mererid is especially interested in gender issues and women as writers and producers of culture. She has also worked extensively on violence and representation, political writing, and the complex relationships between art, literature, theory and history, especially during and after the violence and atrocities of the twentieth century.

In different ways, all these interests are reflected in Mererid's current monograph in progress on the representation of the Vietnam War in German poetry, which is forthcoming with UCL Press. Mererid is also deeply and increasingly interested in comparative approaches to the literatures of Wales and Germany and excited about her ongoing and future work in this field.

Teaching Summary

Mererid Puw Davies teaches and supervises German language, translation, modern literature, culture, thought, theory and film at all levels, undergraduate and postgraduate. She is a former Convenor of Graduate Studies in Comparative Literature, undertakes PhD and MA supervision in Comparative Literature and teaches extensively on the MA in Comparative Literaure. Mererid also supervises MA students in Film Studies, Translation Studies and European Culture, and has taught undergraduate modules in European Language and Cultural Studies (ELCS).

Academic Background
1996 M.St. Master of Studies – German studies University of Oxford
1996 MA Master of Arts University of Oxford
1993 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – Modern and Medieval Languages Tripos University of Oxford
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