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Name Mc Gowan, Moray
Main Department German
College Title Professor & Head of Germanic Studies
College Tel +353 1 896 2415
Fax +353 1 896 3762
I studied German, English, Philosophy and Politics at Newcastle-upon-Tyne (BA 1971, MA in German 1973), and took a Dr. phil. in Literaturwissenschaft at Hamburg in 1987. After teaching at the German Universities of Siegen and Kassel in the 1970s, I was a Lecturer in German Studies at three UK Universities, Lancaster, Hull and Strathclyde, between 1978 and 1989, when I became Professor of German and Head of the Department of Germanic Studies at the University of Sheffield (UK). In 2000 I was appointed to the Chair of German at Trinity College Dublin, and was elected a Fellow in 2003. I teach modern German literature and culture, particularly drama, German social and cultural history, contemporary studies and language. My main research interests are in the modern and contemporary periods, and I am currently working principally in three areas: German theatre and drama in and since the 'Wende' of 1989-90, ideas of 'Europa' in modern German thought, and Turkish-German writing.
Details Date
From period prior to appointment to TCD in 2000, examples only.
External Reviewer for BA (International) in European Studies at NUI Maynooth, 2002 2002
German Panel for UFC Research Assessment Exercise, UK 1992
British Academy Postgraduate Studentships Selection Committee 1993-96
Government of Ireland Postgraduate Research Scholarships Assessor 2001
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Membership of Professional Institutions, Associations, Societies
Details Date From Date To
Marieluise-Fleißer-Gesellschaft (Germany) 1987
German Studies Association (USA) 1994
International Brecht Society 1990
Association of Third Level German Teachers in Ireland 2001
Conference of University Teachers of German in Great Britain and Ireland 1978-
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
German Fluent Fluent Fluent
Description of Research Interests
Modern and contemporary German literature, culture and social history. Cultures of migration. Currently working principally in three areas: German theatre and drama in and since the 'Wende' of 1989-90, ideas of 'Europa' in modern German thought, and Turkish-German writing.
Research Interests
Cultures of migration East Germany German Democratic Republic German History since 1870
German Language/Literature German Theatre and Drama German ideas of Europe German unification
Germany: Modern Cultural and Social History Ideas of Europe Migration and Literature Modern and contemporary German drama and theatre
Post war German literature Turkish-German Culture Turkish-German writing
Research Projects
Project title Swansongs: Performing (at) the end of the GDR
Summary A study of theatre’s relationship to the GDR’s collapse, examining theatres as cultural-institutional microcosms, and productions of new plays and the classic repertoire (including opera) in the GDR’s last phase as examples of how art, in turbulent historical moments, helps shape those moments’ narratives while itself being transformed by them.
Funding Agency
Type of Project book and shorter publications
Date from 2000
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Person Months

Publications and Other Research Outputs
Peer Reviewed
'Turkish-German fiction since the mid-1990s' in, editor(s)Stuart Taberner , Contemporary German Fiction: Writing in the Berlin Republic, Cambridge, CUP, 2007, pp196 - 214, [Moray McGowan]
Notes: [paperback edition 2011: 978-0-521-17404-6]
Fidelio and Faust in the German “Wende” of 1989/90’ in, editor(s)Lorraine Byrne , Goethe: Musical Poet, Musical Catalyst, Dublin, Carysfort Press, 2004, pp126 - 155, [Moray McGowan]
Introduction in, Franz Xaver Kroetz: Plays: 1, London, Methuen, 2004, ppvii - liv, [Moray McGowan]
Moray McGowan , Marieluise Fleißer, Munich, C.H.Beck, 1987
Non Peer Reviewed
"Sie gucken beide an Milch Topf": Goethe's Bürgergeneral in double refraction' in, editor(s)Stuhlmann, Andreas & Studer, Patrick , Language - Text - Bildung/Sprache - Text - Bildung, Frankfurt/Main et. al., Peter Lang, 2005, pp79 - 88, [Moray McGowan]
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