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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Dr Yvonne Zivkovic

Alice Tong Sze Research Fellow at Lucy Cavendish College
Affiliated Lecturer
German & Dutch
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
Contact details: 

Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
Raised Faculty Building
University of Cambridge
Sidgwick Avenue
United Kingdom


Yvonne holds an M.A. (Magister Artium) from the University of Tübingen and an M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. Her dissertation, Between Geopolitics and Geopoetics – “Mitteleuropa” as a Transnational Memory Discourse in Austrian and Yugoslav Postwar Literature, examined how the German idea of Central Europe inspired a new poetics of memory in Austrian and Yugoslav literary texts during the Cold War period (1945 – 1989). 

Teaching interests: 

Gender and writing, multicultural Germany

Research interests: 

19th -21st century German and Austrian literature, Memory Studies, Migration, Jewish writers, Spatial Theory

Recent research projects: 

Currently working on a monograph which explores the construction of intangible heritage amongst writers from the former Soviet Union and the former Yugoslavia arriving in Germany after 1989. 

Published works: 

“bell hooks’ Affective Politics of Space and Belonging”. Marijn Nieuwenhuis and David Crouch. The Question of Space: Interventions on the ‘Spatial turn’ Between Disciplines. Oxford: Rowman & Littlefield. Upcoming December 2017.

“Jenseits von Nostalgie. Der kritsche Mitteleuropadiskurs in der österreichischen Literatur nach 1986,” [Beyond nostalgia. The critical discourse of Central Europe in Austrian literature after 1986]. Jassyer Beiträge zu Germanistik, Hartung Gorre Verlag,  upcoming late 2017.


“Narrating the Other, Discovering the Self? Literary Recuperations of Yugoslav Jewry”, book chapter in Marianne Windsperger and Olaf Terpitz (eds.). Places and Media of Encounter in Jewish Studies, Brill Publishers, October 2019.

“Der Platz auf den man gestellt ist – Ingeborg Bachmann’s Honditschkreuz and the Deconstruction of Heimat,” German Studies Review, April 2020.

“Comedy, Tragedy and Affect in Contemporary Migrant Writing”, special issue in Oxford German Studies, May 2020.