Prof. Dr. Dr. Russell West-Pavlov

Chair of English – Anglophone Literatures and Cultures


Contact Information

Room: 309

Office hours: Wednesdays, 2-3 pm

Email: russell.west-pavlov[at]

Mail: Englisches Seminar, Universität Tübingen, Wilhelmstr. 50, 72074 Tübingen

Phone: +49 (0)7071 29 74968



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 is a co-convenor of the Interndisciplinary Centre for Global South Studies at the University of Tübingen.


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 is a research associate at the University of Pretoria.


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



Current Projects

DAAD Thematic Network Literary Cultures of the Global South (initiator)

Interndisciplinary Center for Global South Studies (co-convenor)

Translating the Global South into German




Andrée Gerland (Coordinator Global South Project)

Anya Heise-von der Lippe (Assistant Lecturer)



Selected publications

Books (since 2010)


2018    Eastern African Literatures: Towards and Aesthetics of Proximity. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198745723


2018   (forthcoming) German as a Contact Zone: Towards a Quantum Theory of Translation. Tübingen: Narr/Francke/Attempto.


2018    (forthcoming) (with John Kinsella) Tɛmp(ə)rərɪnəs [Temporariness]: On the Imperatives of Place. Tübingen: Narr/Francke/Attempto.


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.


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



Edited volumes (since 2010)

2018    Ed. Russell West-Pavlov: The Global South and Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2017.


2017    Ed. R. West-Pavlov and A. Heise-von der Lippe: Literaturwissenschaften in der Krise - Zur Rolle und Relevanz literarischer Praktiken in globalen Krisenzeiten. Tübingen: Narr, 2018.


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, 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