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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Professor Andrew J. Webber FBA

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Professor of Modern German and Comparative Culture
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages & Linguistics

Churchill College
Storey's Way
United Kingdom



Andrew Webber completed his PhD in Austrian Modernist writing at Cambridge in 1986. Following a first appointment as Lecturer in German at QMUL, he returned to Cambridge, as a College Teaching Officer and Fellow of Churchill College. He was appointed to a University Assistant Lectureship in 1994, a Readership in 2004, and a Professorship in 2010. In 2009-10, he was Acting Director of the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH). In 2014, he was Distinguished International Visitor at UNSW (Sydney). The public lecture he held there on contemporary German visual culture (drawn from his chapter for the Routledge Handbook of German Politics and Culture, ed. Sarah Colvin) can be viewed here. In autumn 2015 he held the Erich Auerbach Visiting Chair of Global Literary Studies at the University of Tübingen. In 2019 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy.

Prof Webber welcomes inquiries from potential MPhil and PhD students with research interests relevant to his interests.


Teaching interests: 
  • Modern German Literature, Culture and Thought at all levels
  • Modern German Cultures of Performance
  • Comparative Culture (European Film; The Body: MPhil module on The Modern City)


Research interests: 
  • Modern German and comparative literature
  • German and comparative film and visual culture
  • Cultural theory (especially psychoanalysis, gender and sexuality)
  • Urban cultural studies
  • Digital Humanities


Recent research projects: 

A Cultural Topography of Berlin (Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship, 2004-7)

Digital Critical Edition of Middle-Period Works by Arthur Schnitzler (AHRC standard research grant, 2014-19), for further details, please see the Arthur Schnitzler digital website.

The Cinema of Christian Petzold (ongoing) 

Space and Place in Contemporary German-language Culture (ongoing)


Published works: 


Sexuality and the Sense of Self in the Works of Georg Trakl and Robert Musil (London: Bithell/MHRA, 1990).

The Doppelgänger: Double Visions in German Literature (Oxford: Clarendon, 1996).

The European Avant-garde 1900-1940 (Cambridge: Polity, 2004).

Berlin in the Twentieth Century: A Cultural Topography (Cambridge: CUP, 2008; paperback edition, 2011).

Edited Volumes

Eight German Novellas, World’s Classics (Oxford: OUP, 1997).

Perfomance and Performativity in German Cultural Studies, with Carolin Duttlinger and Lucia Ruprecht (Berne: Lang, 2004).

Cities in Transition: The Moving Image and the Modern Metropolis, with Emma Wilson (London: Wallflower, 2008).

Passage Work: Walter Benjamin between the Disciplines, special number of Paragraph, 32.3 (November 2009).

Memory Culture and the Contemporary City: Building Sites, with Uta Staiger and Henriette Steiner (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).

Cambridge Companion to the Literature of Berlin (Cambridge: CUP, 2017)

South and North: Contemporary Urban Orientations, ed. with Kerry Bystrom, Ashleigh Harris (London/New Delhi: Routledge, 2018)

Placing Schnitzler, Austrian Studies 27 (2019), ed. with Judith Beniston.

For a List of Essay Publications, please click here.