Michael Gratzke

Professor Michael Gratzke

Professor of German & Comparative Literature

Faculty and Department

  • Research and Enterprise
  • Graduate School

Qualifications

  • PhD (University of Hamburg)

Summary

Michael Gratzke is Professor of German & Comparative Literature and Director of Hull Graduate School.

He previously held a post as Senior Lecturer in German at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. At Hull he served as Head of School in Languages, Linguistics and Cultures and as Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Arts, Cultures & Education.

His research focuses on representations of extreme experiences and states of mind such as in masochism, war, and love.

He has widely published on German literature from the 1750s to the present. His current research brings together comparative literary studies in German, English and Finnish and participatory research in the community.

Undergraduate

Completed PhDs:

Jutta Kling, Queer Irony in English and German 19th Century Literature (PhD awarded from St Andrews and Tübingen in 2015), co-supervised by Ingrid Hotz-Davis, Tübingen.

Marissa Munderloh, Hybrid Identities in German Hip-Hop Culture (PhD awarded from St Andrews in 2015).

Matthias Eck, Masculinity in Recent Austrian and German Literature (PhD awarded from St Andrews in 2016).

Current PhD supervisions:

Michael is currently supervising two PhD students who have been working on notions of belonging (Heimat) in German and English-language poetry, and goth youth culture in the GDR.

Book

Critical Love Studies

Gratzke, M. (2018). A. Burge, & M. Gratzke (Eds.), Critical Love Studies

Materiality of Love, Essays on Affection and Cultural Practice.

A. Malinowska, & M. Gratzke (Eds.), (2017). Materiality of Love, Essays on Affection and Cultural Practice

Book Chapter

The rise and fall of "emotional capitalism". Consumerism and materialities of love in dystopian works by Thomas Melle, Leif Randt and Gary Shteyngart.

Gratzke, M. (2017). The rise and fall of “emotional capitalism”. Consumerism and materialities of love in dystopian works by Thomas Melle, Leif Randt and Gary Shteyngart. In A. Malinowska, & M. Gratzke (Eds.), Materiality of Love, Essays on Affection and Cultural Practice, 101-117. New York: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Liebe (und/oder sexuelles Begehren)

Gratzke, M. (2015). Liebe (und/oder sexuelles Begehren). In M. Schmidt (Ed.), Rücksendungen zu Jacques Derridas Die Postkarte. Ein essayistisches Glossar, 223-230. Vienna: Turia + Kant

Journal Article

Love is what people say it is: Performativity and narrativity in critical love studies

Gratzke, M. (2017). Love is what people say it is: Performativity and narrativity in critical love studies. Journal of popular romance studies, 6, 1-20

Research interests

Michael currently concentrates on Critical Love Studies and their grounding in a wide range of critical theory, linking narrative approaches from literary studies, linguistics, social sciences and psychology.

Postgraduate supervision

Michael welcomes PhD project proposals in German and comparative literature or cultural studies on any period from the 1750s onwards. Ideas for contemporary studies are also very welcome.

Students' research interests should broadly match his so they can get the most out of his supervision.

These include the history of emotions, critical theory (in particular gender theory and queer theory), work across genres of "high" and "popular" culture, and research which combines methodologies from the arts and humanities, and social sciences.

Michael's research focus is currently on experiences and representations of romantic love (erotically charged, intimate love between non-related adults). He would be very happy to consider research topics on any other phenomenological type of love.

He especially welcomes students with an interest in researching experiences of love which involve issues of physical disability, mental health, non-neurotypical people, non-conformist expressions of gender or sexualilty, age (young & old), or migration.

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