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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Dr Charlotte Woodford

Charlotte Woodford
Senior Research Associate, German Section
College Lecturer in German, Selwyn College
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages & Linguistics
Contact details: 
Telephone number: 
+44 (0)1223 335 858

Selwyn College
Grange Road
United Kingdom


Charlotte Woodford is Fellow in German and Director of Studies in Modern Languages at Selwyn College. She studied German language and literature at the University of Oxford, spending a year at the Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität in Munich. She completed her PhD in Oxford in 2000 before taking up the position of College Teaching Officer at Selwyn College. Her research continues to focus on literary production by women, and her recent writing has concentrated on German women’s writing from the fin de siècle and Weimar. She is currently co-investigator on the Cambridge team, led by Professor Sarah Colvin, of the Horizon EU/UKRI-funded project, the Cartography of the Political Novel in Europe ( Her contribution is on travelling knowledge and the novel around 1900. She teaches on a wide range of modern German literature papers and the comparative paper The Body (CS5).

Teaching interests: 

Early modern, nineteenth-century and twentieth-century German literature, history and thought

Women’s writing

The German Reformation

MPhil in European Literature & Culture

Research interests: 

German women’s writing, especially in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries

History of gender and sexuality

Lou Andreas-Salomé

Recent research projects: 

Protest Fiction by Women in German, 1871-1914 (British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship, 2011-12). 

The Feminine in German Culture, 1500-present (MHRA conference grant, 2013)

Published works: 
  • ‘Wir hätten keine Zukunft mehr? Hedwig Dohm’s future-orientated ideas of aging in feminist writings from the 1900s and her short story Werde, die du bist’, Publications of the English Goethe Society, 92 (2023)
  • ‘The emancipated woman on the margins of German modernism’, in From the Enlightenment to Modernism: Three Centuries of German Literature. Essays for Ritchie Robertson, ed. Carolin Duttlinger, K. F. Hilliard, and Charlie Louth (Cambridge: Legenda, 2022), pp. 166-80
  • ‘Female Desire and the Mind-Body Binary in Fin de siècle Fiction by Hedwig Dohm, Lou Andreas-Salomé and Gabriele Reuter’, German Life and Letters, 69 (2016), 336-49
  • Protest and Reform in German Literature and Visual Culture, 1871-1918 (ed. with Godela Weiss-Sussex) Munich: Iudicium, 2015
  • Women, Emancipation and the German Novel, 1871-1910: Protest Fiction in its Cultural Context, Oxford: Legenda, 2014
  • The Feminine in German Culture (ed. with Sarah Colvin), special issue of German Life and Letters, 67 (2014)
  • The Late Nineteenth-Century German Bestseller (ed. with Benedict Schofield), Rochester NY: Camden House, 2012
  • Nuns as Historians in Early Modern Germany, Oxford: OUP, 2002


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