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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Dr Annja Neumann

Dr Annja Neumann
Project Research Associate: Schnitzler Digital Edition Project
Affiliated Lecturer at the Department of German and Dutch
German & Dutch
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
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Magdalene College
United Kingdom


Annja Neumann is Research Associate of the Schnitzler Digital Edition Project at the Department of German and Dutch. Her role as lead editor for Schnitzler’s cycle of puppet plays, Marionetten, has furthered her research on para-human figures and embodiment. The project's aim is to produce a new critical edition in digital form and to examine the relevance of Arthur Schnitzler’s works for contemporary debates, e.g. medical ethics and the post-human. Annja Neumann’s main interest lies in Schnitzler’s poetics of the dissection theatre that are exposed in the literary drafts and texts of this doctor-writer.

In 2012 she completed her PhD in German literature at Queen Mary, University of London with a thesis exploring the notion of historicity in the late poetry of Nelly Sachs and Paul Celan. She temporarily lectured in German language and literature at Queen Mary, before she was awarded the Sylvia Naish Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Institute of Modern Languages Research in London in 2013 where she started working on face-to-face encounters between literature and science. Annja was born in Germany. Before moving to the UK she was educated at the Universities of Heidelberg and Uppsala. She studied Germanistik and Cultural Anthropology, graduating with a Magistra Artium.

Teaching interests: 

Annja Neumann teaches German literature and literary theory from the 1800 to the present day. Lyric poetry in relation to questions on poetics and methodology is a special interest, and she has taught poetry from Goethe to Grünbein at both undergraduate and graduate levels. She also has a strong interest in interrelations between literature and history and has taught seminars on Georg Büchner and autobiographic writing ranging from Goethe, Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach to Klaus Mann and Ingeborg Bachmann. She is currently lecturing on the Ge6 paper ‘Modern German Culture from 1890 until the present day’, including the module ‘Sexuality and the Unconscious’ and she supervises a wide range of papers from the MML Tripos. Her teaching in medicine includes optional dissertations/ Part II Projects for medical and veterinary students on the topic ‘The Spectacle of Dissection: Anatomical teaching spaces in literary texts, visual culture and anatomical education from the Renaissance to the present day’. This academic year (2018/19) she supervises MPhil students in European, Latin American and Comparative Literatures and Cultures, particularly on Viennese modernism and theories of space.

Research interests: 

Annja Neumann undertakes research in German literature and comparative literature in the modern period, with special interest in lyric poetry, literary theory, poetics after 1945, methodology, textual theory and editorial theory as well as literature and science. Her current research project focuses on the theatricality of medical spaces both in Viennese Modernism, and 21st century literature and visual culture. It investigates how politics and power in early 20th century Austria, particularly around anti-Semitism, are embodied in medical topographies through physical gestures. Her research project traces Rembrandt’s master surgeon Dr Tulp, who keeps reappearing in different fictional institutional spaces, from the early 20th century to the present day.

Lyric poetry (from an Anglo-German perspective)
Poetics after 1945 (in particular Paul Celan and Nelly Sachs)
21st century German literature and visual culture
Methodologies in literary criticism
Literary theory
Viennese Modernism (in particular Arthur Schnitzler)
Literature and Medicine
History of Medicine
Critical Medical Humanities
Editorial theory and practice (in particular text-genetic editing)
Digital Humanities and Digital Pedagogy

Recent research projects: 

Transformative Gestures: Theatricality in Medical Spaces (book project)
Anglo-German representations of science (ongoing)

Published works: 

Most recent publications:

Arthur Schnitzler, Marionetten. Ed. by Annja Neumann with Gregor Babelotzky, Judith Beniston, Kaltërina Latifi, Robert Vilain, Andrew Webber. In: Arthur Schnitzler digital (Werke 1905 bis 1931). Ed. by Wolfgang Lukas, Michael Scheffel, Andrew Webber, Judith Beniston (Cambridge).

‘Schnitzler’s Anatomy Lesson: Medical Topographies in Professor Bernhardi’, Jahrbuch Literatur und Medizin, Bd. 8, ed. by Christa Janson and Florian Steger (Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2016), pp. 31-60.

‘Verbindungslinien: Nelly Sachs, Emily Dickinson und Paul Celan‘, Eine Schwester Kafkas? Nelly Sachs im Kontext, ed. by Florian Strob and Charlie Louth (Heidelberg: Winter 2014), pp. 179-200.

Durchkreuzte Zeit. Zur ästhetischen Temporalität der späten Gedichte von Nelly Sachs and Paul Celan (Heidelberg: Winter, 2013).

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