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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Francesco Albé

Francesco Albe





Professor Andrew Webber


About Me

Before starting my PhD at the University of Cambridge, I received my Master of Studies (MSt) in Modern Languages from the University of Oxford (2018-19) and my BA in European Studies with German from Royal Holloway, University of London (2014-18). As an integral part of these programmes, I worked at the ‘Forschungsplattform Elfriede Jelinek’ (Elfriede Jelinek Research Centre) and the ‘Österreichische Gesellschaft für Literatur’ (Austrian Society for Literature) in Vienna as well as studying European Ethnology and Gender Theory at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich.



My research brings the literary works of Klaus Mann (1906-1949) in dialogue with the political and pedagogical writings (Aufklärungsliteratur) of other openly homosexual authors during the Weimar Republic (1919-1933), against the historical background of both the emergence of the first movement of homosexual emancipation and the looming threat of fascism. In particular, I am tracing notions of sexual, bodily and spatial (dis)orientation throughout the texts in order to investigate how these authors unlock the political potential of dislocation to close down or open up new ontological possibilities and (sexual) identities.

My broader interests include contemporary German and Austrian literature, literature and politics, gender and queer studies.



Cambridge European Trust Scholarship for PhD, 2019-2022


Conference papers

  • ‘Männlich, weiblich, divers? The Intersex Body in Contemporary German Novels and Debates’, given at the ‘Oxford Medieval & Modern Languages Graduate Network Conference’, 24th June 2019, Oxford (UK)
  • ‘“Wir sind die Vergessenen, uns kennt man schon nicht mehr”. Forgetting ‘Otherness’ and Disturbing ‘Sameness’ in Elfriede Jelinek’s Die Schutzbefohlenen/Charges (The Supplicants)’, given at the ‘Interdisziplinärer Workshop für NachwuchswissenschaftlerInnen. Elfriede Jelinek: Alterität, Xenophobie und kulturelle Übersetzung’, 12th-14th December 2018, Vrije Universiteit, Brussels (Belgium)



  • ‘(J)unitag’, in Bibliothek deutschsprachiger Gedichte. Ausgewählte Werke XXII (Gräfelfing: Realis Verlag, 2019), p. 344.
  • ‘Die Arbeitsgruppe 4: Internationale Perspektiven’, in Jelinek[Jahr]buch 2018-2019, ed. by Pia Janke (Vienna: Praesens Verlag, 2019), pp. 288-295.