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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Lauren Dooley

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College: Downing College               


Supervisor: Dr Godela Weiss-Sussex

Research Topic: Translingualism in Contemporary German Literature



BA Comparative Literature, BA Iberian Languages and Literature, University of California – Berkeley (2016); MPhil European, Latin American and Comparative Literatures, University of Cambridge (2018)



Engaging with theories related to minor literature, migration, translation and linguistics, my current project centres on bi/multilingual aesthetics and the impact of translingual mixture in texts by German-Spanish and German-Portuguese bilingual writers. I am interested in the effects of cross-linguistic contact and multimodal writing approaches on the depiction of contemporary sociopolitical issues related to gender, sexuality, class and race, as well as the ways in which such mixture impacts the power dynamics between author and reader.



Ge6 (Transnational Texts: Turkish German Literature and Film)

Year Abroad Project supervisor


Conference Papers

American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting (University of California, Los Angeles, USA): ‘Translingualism, Untranslatability, and Hybrid Identities in the Works of José F. A. Oliver’ (March 2018)

American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting (Georgetown University, USA): ‘Translingualism, Migration and Identity Construction in the Works of Emine Sevgi Özdamar and Yoko Tawada’ (March 2019)

Institute for Modern Languages Research, University of London: ‘Translingualism and the Translation of the Feminine Self in the Works of Yoko Tawada’ (May 2019)

University of Leicester: ‘Translingual Memory: Yoko Tawada and the Translation of the Migratory Experience’ (July 2019)

German Studies Association Annual Meeting (Portland, OR, USA): ‘Phonics and Graphics in Translingual Women's Writing’ (October 2019)

World Literature as Contemporary Romanticism Workshop (Oxford University): ʻSprachen sin fronteras: Translation and the Role of the Translingual in Andrés Neuman’s El viajero del siglo (2009)’ (March 2021)



Conference report for "Across Languages: Translingualism in Contemporary Women's Writing, 30-31 May 2019" in Journal of Romance Studies, Volume 19, Issue 3 (December 2019)

Translation of Andrés Neuman’s Alfaguera Prize acceptance speech (Legenda, forthcoming)

‘Lost in Translation? Nineteenth-Century German Romanticism and Translingualism in Andrés Neuman’s El viajero del siglo‘ in Bulletin of Contemporary Hispanic Studies (forthcoming)


Other activities and roles

Mentor, Cambridge Undergraduate Conference in German Studies (2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)

Co-convenor, German Graduate Research Seminar (2019-20, 2020-21)

Hiraeth Project coordinator, Cambridge Hub (2018-present)