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Prof Susanne Kord
102, 17 Gordon Square
Dept of German
Gower Street
Tel: 020 7679 3103
Fax: 020 7679 0157
  • Chair of German
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Susanne Kord holds degrees from the Philipps-Universität Marburg and the University of Massachusetts/Amherst and taught at Georgetown University (Washington, D. C.) before she joined the UCL German Department in 2004. She has served as Head of Department and Director of various programmes at both UCL and Georgetown University.

Research Summary

Susanne Kord has written books on women and violent crime in Germany's 18th and 19th centuries, 18th-century women peasant poets, 18th- and 19th-century women playwrights in Germany, women's anonymity and pseudonyms, and gender ideas in recent  Hollywood films, as well as articles on many aspects of women's literary history and reception. In the interest of making some of the unknown literature by pre-twentieth-century women available to modern readers, she has edited four collections of plays by women and translated three dramas into English. She has published poetry in several anthologies and journals, and read her poetry in many venues, including at the German Embassy in Washington, D.C. She has served or is serving on a number of research councils and boards, including the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the National Endowment for the Humanities (USA), the Fonds für Wissenschaftliche Forschung (Belgium), the DAAD Research Council, the Radcliffe Institute of Harvard University, and the editorial boards of numerous academic journals and yearbooks.
Susanne Kord has received numerous awards for her writing, among them two book awards, one award for Best Article (2011), one Honourable Mention, an award for her poetry, and the Brentano-Preis awarded by the Freie Universität Berlin in 1997 for 'outstanding achievements in the advancement of women and knowledge of women's history'. She has served as Editor, among others, of The Lessing Yearbook, The German Quarterly, and the Publications of the English Goethe Society, and guest-edited German Life and Letters

Susanne Kord has recently completed a book on evil children in international horror movies since the 1950s. The book, entitled Little Horrors: How Cinema's Evil Children Play on Our Guilt is due out with McFarland in November 2016. She has also received a Major Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust for her new project entitled 'The Devil We Know: Crime-Writing and Propaganda in Germany's Pre-World-War Periods', to run from 2015-18.

In October 2015, Susanne Kord was elected to a Fellowship of the Royal Historical Society.

Teaching Summary

Susanne Kord teaches courses in German language and literature, Comparative Literature, and Film Studies. She has supervised numerous doctoral and MA students. She is happy to discuss supervision of doctoral dissertations on pre-twentieth-century ideas of gender and crime (both crime stories and actual cases); popular representations of gender; theatre; women's literature, cultural history and reception; comparative literature with German; any eighteenth- and nineteenth century topic; Hollywood movies, and daring combinations of any of the above.

Course Syllabi are available at http://susannekord.wix.com/home#!courses/c16yc 

01-SEP-2014 – 22-DEC-2014 Visiting Fellow All Souls College University of Oxford, United Kingdom
01-JUL-2009 – 20-AUG-2009 Visiting Scholar St John`s College University of Oxford, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2006 – 01-SEP-2010 Head of Department German UCL, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2001 – 01-SEP-2004 Head of Department German Georgetown University, United States
01-SEP-2000 – 20-DEC-2000 Visiting Professor German University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
01-SEP-1993 – 01-SEP-2004 Professor German Georgetown University, United States
01-SEP-1990 – 01-SEP-1993 Assistant Professor German University of Cincinnati, United States
01-SEP-1988 – 01-SEP-1990 Visiting Lecturer German Dartmouth College, United States
Academic Background
  MA Master of Arts – English studies Philipps-Universitat Marburg
  MA Master of Arts – German studies University of Massachusetts Amherst
  PhD Doctor of Philosophy – German studies University of Massachusetts Amherst
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