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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Dr John Guthrie

Dr John Guthrie
Senior College Lecturer and Fellow (retired), Murray Edwards College
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages & Linguistics
Contact details: 
Telephone number: 
+44 (0)1223 762268

Murray Edwards College
Huntingdon Road
United Kingdom


John Guthrie graduated in 1974 from the University of Western Australia before studying at Cambridge for his PhD, which examined the plays by Lenz and Büchner. He joined the German Department and Murray Edwards College (formerly New Hall) in 1984.

Teaching interests: 

German literature, thought and culture since the eighteenth century; translation.

Research interests: 

Anglo-German literary relations in the long eighteenth century; translation and the role of literary periodicals.

Recent research projects: 

German drama and theatre of the eighteenth century; the reception of English literture in Germany; productions of the classics on the German stage; reception of German drama in Britain.

Published works: 

Some recent and forthcoming  publications:

Friedrich Schiller: Fiesco’s Conspiracy at Genoa. Translated by Flora Kimmich, with an Introduction and Notes by John Guthrie (Cambridge: Open Books Publishers, 2015). Also as an eBook.

Alexander Pope: Epilog zu den Satiren: Dialog I; in der ungedruckten Übertragung von Jacob Michael Reinhold Lenz sowie im Anhang der ersten deutschen Übersetzung von Johann Jakob Dusch / hrsg. von John Guthrie. Kleines Archiv des 18. Jahrhunderts, 46 (St. Ingbert: Röhrig Universitätsverlag, 2015) [First edition from the mss. of a German translation of a major poem by Alexander Pope, with commentary and notes].

‘Lenz, Pope and Satire’. Forthcoming.

‘Büchners Dantons Tod im englischen Theater.’ Milan Büchner Conference Proceedings. In: Jahrbuch für Internationale Germanistik (Frankfurt etc., Peter Lang, 2015), pp. 81-95.

‘Eighteenth-Century German Translations of Pope’s Poetry’. In: Publications of the English Goethe Society 82 (2013): 67-84.              

‘Music, text and stage. Peter Stein’s production of Goethe’s Faust.’ In: Music in Goethe’s Faust. Goethe’s Faust in Music, ed. Lorraine Byrne Bodley, Florain Krobb and Wolfgang Marx, forthcoming.

‘Schubarts Ästhetik des Dramas. Ein Betirag zur Shakespeare-Rezeption im Deutschland des 18. Jahrhunderts’. In: C. F. D. Schubart. Das Werk. Ed. Barbara Potthast and Stefan Knödler, Winter Verlag Heidelberg, forthcoming 2015.