Prof. Dr. Dr. Russell West-Pavlov

Chair of English – Anglophone Literatures and Cultures

 

Russ West-Pavlov teaches and researches comparative Global South cultural and literary studies with foci in the areas of Australia, Africa and the Caribbean. Particular interests are the poetics of space and time and their transformation in the contemporary moment. He co-convenes the MA Cultures of the Global South and teaches in the Comparative Literature programme in the German department.

 

He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Melbourne, Australia, before leaving for Cambridge and Lille for doctorates in English and French literature respectively. He taught in Cardiff, Magdeburg and Lüneburg while completing a senior doctorate at Cologne. 

 

He has been a professor at the Free University of Berlin (2002-11), the University of Pretoria (2011-13) and at the University of Tübingen since 2013. 

 

He has also worked as a forester (Exmoor coast), social worker (Lille and Melbourne), high-school teacher (Münster) and translator (Cologne).

 

 

Current Projects:

Erich Auerbach Visiting Chair of Global Literary Studies (DAAD Visiting Chair)

Literary Cultures of the Global South (DAAD Thematic Network)

Translating the Global South into German

 

Staff:

Andrée Gerland (Coordinator Global South Project)

Anya Heise-von der Lippe (Assistant Lecturer)

 

Selected publications:

Books

2013    Temporalities. London: Routledge, 2013. 211pp. ISBN 978-0-415-52074-4 (PBK); 978-0-415-52073-7 (HBK)

 

2011    Imaginary Antipodes: Essays on Contemporary Australian Literature and Culture. Heidelberg: Winter, 2011. 238pp. ISBN 978-3-8253-5925-6.

 

2010    North-South / East-West: Global Entanglements in Post-imperial Writing in French and German. Trier: WVT, 2010. 231pp. ISBN 978-3-86821-8

 

2010    (with J. Elze-Volland) Australian Literature in German Translation: A Catalogue of Titles, Translators and Trends 1789-2010. Berlin: Institut für Englische Philologie, Freie Universität Berlin, 2010. xxi + 156pp. ISBN 978-3-00-030403-3.

                  

2010    Spaces of Fiction / Fictions of Space: Postcolonial Place and Literary DeiXis. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmilllan, 2010. 250pp. ISBN 978-0-230-23776-6.

 

2009    Space in Theory: Kristeva, Foucault, Deleuze. Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2009. 275pp. ISBN 978-90-420-2545-5.

 

2006    Bodies and their Spaces: System, Crisis and Transformation in Early Modern Drama. Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2006. 253pp. ISBN 90-420-1688-4. 

 

2005    Transcultural Graffiti: Diasporic Writing and the Teaching of Literary Studies. Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2005. 243pp. ISBN 90-420-1935-2.

 

2002    Spatial Representations on the Jacobean Stage: From Shakespeare to Webster. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002. 276pp.  ISBN 0-333-97373-9. 

 

1997    Figures de la maladie chez André Gide. Lille/Villeneuve d’Ascq: Presses Universitaires du Septentrion, 1997. 463pp. ISBN 2-284-00183-1.

 

1996    Conrad and Gide: Translation, Transference and Intertextuality. Amsterdam/Atlanta GA: Rodopi, 1996. 187 pp. ISBN 90-5183-907-3.

 

Edited volumes (since 2010)

2016    Ed. R. West-Pavlov, A. J. Johnston & E. Kempf. Love, History and Emotion in Chaucer and Shakespeare: Troilus and Cresyde and Troilus and Cressida. Manchester: Manchester University Press, Forthcoming 2016.

 

2014    Ed. R. West-Pavlov. Visions of the Future in Contemporary African Literatures and Cultures. Sondernummer Tydskrif vir Letterkunde 51 (2014). ISSN 0041-476X

 

2012    Ed. R. West-Pavlov, J. K. S. Makokha & Ogone James Obiero. Style in African Literatures: Essays on Literary Stylistics and Narrative Styles. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2012. 440pp. ISBN 978-90-420-3476-1

 

2011    Ed. R. West-Pavlov, J. K. S. Makokha & J. Wawrzinek. Border-Crossings: Narrative and Demarcation in Postcolonial Literatures and Media. Heidelberg: Winter, 2011. 279 Seiten. ISBN 978-3-8253-5899-0.

 

2010    Ed. R. West-Pavlov & J. Wawrzinek. Frontier Skirmishes: Literary and Cultural Debates in Australia after 1992. Heidelberg: Winter, 2010. 332pp. ISBN 978-3-8253-5761-0

 

 

Refereed journal articles/chapters in books (since 2010)

2017    ‘Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness (1899/1902)’ in Handbook of the English Novel, 1900-2000. Ed. Christoph Reinfandt, Berlin: de Gruyter, 2017, S. 133-51. DOI 10.1515/978311369489-007.

 

2017    “The Production of History: M. G. Vassanji’s Postcolonial Historical Novel on the Indian Ocean Rim”, in The Return of the Historical Novel? Thinking About Fiction and History after Historiographic Metafiction. Ed. Andrew James Johnston and Kai Wiegandt. Heidelberg: Winter, 2017, S. 73-86. ISBN: 978-3-8253-6721-3

 

2017    ‘From the Spatial Turn to the Spacetime-Vitalist Turn: Jamal Mahjoub’s Navigation of a Rainmaker (1989) and Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor’s Dust (2014)’, in The Routledge Handbook of Literature and Space. Ed. Robert Tally, New York: Routledge, 2017, S. 291-302. ISBN: 9781138816350

 

2017    “‘Terror nullius’: Contemporary Australian Frontier Fictions in the Classroom”, in MLA Options for Teaching Australian and New Zealand Literatures. Ed. Nicole Moore and Nicholas Birns. New York: Modern Languages Association of America, 2017, S. 67-76. ISBN-10: 1603292888; ISBN-13: 978-1603292887.

 

2016    “Remembering to Forget in Troilus and Cressida: Deadly Affect and Moribund Epochality”, in Love, History and Emotion in Chaucer and Shakespeare: Troilus and Criseyde and Troilus and Cressida. Eds. R. West-Pavlov, A. J. Johnston & E. Kempf. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2016, S. 76-93. ISBN: 978-0-7190-9022-6

 

2016    “Introduction: Performing the Politics of Passion: Troilus and Criseyde and Troilus and Cressida and the literary tradition of love and history” (with Andrew James Johnston), in Love, History and Emotion in Chaucer and Shakespeare: Troilus and Criseyde and Troilus and Cressida. Eds. R. West-Pavlov, A. J. Johnston & E. Kempf. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2016, S. 1-16. ISBN: 978-0-7190-9022-6

 

2016    “Towards a Cross-Border Canon: Clarke’s For the Term of His Natural Life Behind the Wall”, in Australian Literature in the German Democratic Republic: Reading through the Iron Curtain. Ed. Nicole Robyn Moore & Christina Spittel. London: Anthem, 2016, S. 51-69. ISBN: 9781783085231.

 

2015      “Shakespeare among the Nyoongar: Colonial Macbeth, Postcolonial Intertexts and Gail Jones’s Sorry.” Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 63: 4 (2015), S. 391-410. DOI 10.1515/zaa-2015-0033

 

2015  ‘The spaces of a ‘southern’ a-modernity: The nonhuman world and its actants in Soyinka’s Aké and Camara’s The Dark Child (L’Enfant noir)’, in Viruses and Weeds: Ecopolitics and the Demands of Theory. Ed. Cordula Lemke and Jennifer Wawrzinek. Trier: WVT, 2015, S. 87-99. ISBN 978-3-86821-634-9.

 

2015    “Apocalyse Now, Never … or Forever: Narratives of Catastrophism and Complexity in Venter’s Trencherman and Medalie’s The Shadow Follows”, Seminar on ‘Apocalyptic Intimations in South Africa’, English Studies in Africa 58:1 (June 2015), 1-14. DOI: 10.1080/00138398.2015.1045160

 

2015    “Said, Space and Biopolitics: Giorgio Agamben’s and D. H. Lawrence’s States of Exception”, in The Geocritical Legacies of Edward W. Said: Spatiality, Critical Humanism, and Comparative Literature. Ed. Robert Tally Jnr. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, 17-41. ISBN 9781137489791.

 

2015    “Borderlines … living on: The Market and the Post-apartheid Polity in Mpe’s, Vladislavić’s and Dangor’s Johannesburg Geographies”, Parallax 21: 1 (2015), 103-21. ISSN: 1353-4645  DOI: 10.1080/13534645.2014.988911

 

2015    “Reading African Complexities Today: Generic Folding in Gaile Parkin’s Baking Cakes in Kigali.” Research in African Literatures 46:1 (Spring 2015), 142-59. ISSN 1527-2044 (online) 0034-5210 (Print)

 

2015    “Heart of Darkness as Chronotope: Conradian Avatars in Fiction, Criticism, Publishing and Pedagogy’, in Outposts of Progress: Joseph Conrad, Modernism and Postcolonialism. Eds. Gail Fincham, Jeremy Hawthorn & Jakob Lothe. Cape Town: University of Cape Town Press, 2015, 49-71. ISBN: 9781775820819

 

2014    “Shadows of the Past, Visions of the Future in African Literatures and Cultures” Tydskrif vir Letterkunde 51:2 (2014), 5-17. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/tvl.v51i2.1

 

2014    “Back to Country: Leah King-Smith’s Double-Exposed Photography in the Pattern of Connection Series and Indigenous Landscape”, in Visualizing Australia: Images, Icons, Imaginations. Ed. Renate Brosch & Kylie Crane. Trier: WVT, 2014: 99-119. ISBN: 978-3-86821-551-9

 

2014    “ ‘Regardez la vie reprendre’: Futurity in Véronique Tadjo’s L’Ombre d’Imana/The Shadow of Imana.” in Tydskrif vir Letterkunde 51:2 (2014), 115-30. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/tvl.v51i2.9

 

2014    “The Theatre of Post-Apartheid Society in South Africa: Reading Ubu and the Truth Commission after the TRC”. Anglistik: International Journal for English Studies 25: 1 (Spring 2014), 177-94. ISSN: 0947-0034

 

2014    “Trumpets and Strumpets: Time, Space, Emulation and Violence in Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida”. Anglia: Journal of English Studies 132: 1 (2014): 1-22. ISSN 0340-5222. DOI 10.1515/anglia-2014-0001

 

2014    “Inside Out – Geographies of the Post-Apartheid City in Mpe’s and Vladislavic’s Johannesburg Texts”. Journal of Southern African Studies 40: 2 (April 2014), 7-19. ISSN 0013-8398. DOI: 10.1080/03057070.2014.877655

 

2013    “Treasure, Value and Signs in Conrad’s Nostromo”, in Treasure in Literature, Culture and Theory. Ed. Rainer Emig. Heidelberg: Winter, 2013: 83-92.

 

2013    “The Politics of Voice: Ngũgĩ’s A Grain of Wheat and Conrad’s Heart of Darkness”. Research in African Literatures 44:3 (August 2013), 160-75.   ISSN: 0034-5210. http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/ral/summary/v044/44.3.west-pavlov.html

 

2013    “Contextures: Inscriptions of Urban Space in Inner City Berlin”. Space and Culture 16:3 (August 2013).    ISSN: 1206-3312.

 

2012    “Pedagogical Memory and the Space of the Classroom: Reading Dangarembga’s Nervous Conditions”.  Scrutiny2: Issues in English in Africa 17:2 (2012), 76-81.

 

2012    “Maps and the Geography of Violence: Farah’s Maps and Conrad’s Heart of Darkness”, in: The New Violent Cartography: Geo-Analysis after the Aesthetic Turn. Ed. Samson Okoth Opondo & Michael J. Shapiro. New York: Routledge, 2012. pp. 15-32. ISBN: 978-0-415-78284-5.

 

2012    “Speaking the Unspeakable in Iweala’s Beasts of No Nation (2005) and Kourouma’s Allah n’est pas obligé (2000): The Trauma of Child Soldiers, Literary Stylistics and Story-Telling”, in: Style in African Literature: Essays on Styistics and Narrative Styles. Ed. J. K. S. Makokha, John Ogone Obiero & Russell West-Pavlov. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2012. pp. 113-28. ISBN 978-90-420-3476-1

 

2012    “Uncovering Collective Crimes: Sally Morgan’s My Place as Australian Indigenous Detective Narrative”. In: Investigating Arthur Upfield: A Centenary Collection of Critical Essays. Ed. Kees de Hoog & Carole Hetherington. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2012. pp.176-94. (Neuauflage aus Sleuthing Ethnicity. Ed. Müller & Fischer-Hornung. Madison, MD: Associated University Press, 2003) ISBN 978-1443834520.

 

2011    (with J. Elze) “Translation-History as a Provocation for Literary Studies: A Case Study on the Translation of Australian Literature into German.” Anglistik: Mitteilungen des deutschen Anglistenverbands 22: 1 (2011), pp.215-31. ISSN: 0947-0034.

 

2011    “The Time of Biopolitics in the Settler Colony.” Australian Literary Studies 26:2 (June 2011),  pp.1-19.  ISSN: 0004-9697.

 

2011    “Intertexuality and the ‘Spatialization’ of Reading: Conradian Traces in Dabydeen’s Disappearence”, in: Talking Words: New Essays on the Work of David Dabydeen. Ed. Lynne Macedo. St Lucia: University of the West Indies Press, 2011. pp. 57-71. ISBN 978-976-640-257-0

 

2011    “Haunted Europe: Virilio and Sangatte”, in: Hexagonal Variations: Diversity, Plurality and Reinvention in Contemporary French Studies.  Ed. Jo McCormack, Murray Pratt & Alistair Rolls. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2011. pp.321-37.  ISBN: 978-90-420-3245-3; ISBN: 978-90-420-3246-0

 

2010    (with J. Elze-Volland), “Introduction: Australian Literature in Translation – A Literary World-Systems Survey. Pilot Project: German Translations of Australian Literature – A Preliminary Catalogue”, Australian Literature in German Translation: A Catalogue of Titles, Translators and Trends 1789-2010. Berlin: Institut für Englische Philologie, Freie Universität Berlin, 2010, pp. iii-xxiv. ISBN 978-3-00-030403-3.

 

2010    (with J. K. S. Makokha) “Introduction: Linguistic (Re)turn und Craft in Contemporary African Literature”, in: Negotiating Afropolitanism: Essays on Borders and Spaces in Contemporary African Literature and Folklore. Ed. Justus Siboe Makokha & Jennifer Wawrzinek. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2010, pp.17-27. 154-72. ISBN 978-90-420-3222-4

 

2010    “Sociology / Matriology: Space and Feminine Transgression in Maghreb Writing in Fanon’s Sociologie d’une révolution and Chraïbi’s La civilisation, ma mère!”, in: Negotiating Afropolitanism: Essays on Borders and Spaces in Contemporary African Literature and Folklore. Ed. Justus Siboe Makokha & Jennifer Wawrzinek. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2010, pp.154-72. ISBN 978-90-420-3222-4

 

2010    “Theatre as Heterotopia: Shakespeare’s hetero-chrono-topias”, in: Theatre as Heterotopia: Contemporary Comparative Perspectives on Shakespeare. Trier: WVT, 2010, pp.7-14. ISBN 978-3-86821-264-8

 

2010    “Introduction: Frontier Wars, History Wars, Word Wars”, in: Frontier Skirmishes: Literary and Cultural Debates in Australia since 1992. Ed. Russell West-Pavlov & Jennifer Wawrzinek. Heidelberg: Winter, 2010, pp.11-44. ISBN 978-3-8253-5761-0

 

2010    “Fencing in the Frontier”, in Frontier Skirmishes: Literary and Cultural Debates in Australia since 1992. Ed. Russell West-Pavlov & Jennifer Wawrzinek. Heidelberg: Winter, 2010, pp.81-94. ISBN 978-3-8253-5761-0