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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Amy Ainsworth

Research Topic

The demonic and spatiality in German-language Modernism




Dr Charlotte Woodford


After receiving her MA in German and English Literature from the University of Edinburgh in 2016, Amy spent a semester at Hubei University in China and completed a traineeship at the Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs in Brussels. She received an MPhil in European Literature from Cambridge in 2018, and worked at Cambridge University Press before starting her PhD.


Her research traces instances of the demonic through spaces in Modernist literature, and explores the ways in which the presence of the demonic in literary texts may act as an antidote to a rational, early twentieth-century modernity. She is currently exploring examples of the demonic in watery spaces such as the swamp and the sea in works by writers including Thomas Mann, Stefan Zweig and Theodor Storm.


Tiarks German Scholarship (2019-22)

Goethe Essay Prize of the English Goethe Society (2018)