Berlin through English Eyes maps the presence of English-speaking writers in the city. It provides information on writers who visited Berlin in the early twentieth century, and how they interacted with the spaces and culture of the city.
The exhibition Happy in Berlin? English Writers in the City, the 1920s and Beyond took place in summer 2021 across three venues in Berlin and Oxford. The Literaturhaus-Berlin featured an overview of the places frequented by English writers and an especially commissioned sound installation that recreated the soundscape of Christopher Isherwood’s Berlin novels. The display in the Bodleian Library featured Berlin-related highlights from the Stephen Spender papers. And the exhibit at Humboldt-Universität’s Grimm-Zentrum focused on pleasure, politics and psychoanalysis as experienced by British writers in the German capital.
Many of the places and authors featured on the site contain teaching resources aimed at A-level students of German, English Literature and History, which you’re welcome to download for use in the classroom. The teaching resources have been developed in collaboration with the Stephen Spender Trust.