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 website ‘Berlin through English Eyes’ is the result of a collaboration between Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and Oxford University. It is an ongoing project that was originally set up to accompany the exhibition ‘Happy in Berlin? English Writers and the City: the 1920s and Beyond’, held in 2021 in the Literaturhaus-Berlin, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, and the Bodleian Library, Oxford University. It was developed thanks to a grant from the John Fell Fund, Oxford University and seed funding from the International Office at Humboldt-Universität.
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Stefano Evangelista is associate professor of English literature at Oxford University and fellow of Trinity College. He specialises in the literature of the turn of the twentieth century, viewed from comparative and transnational perspectives. His research on literary cosmopolitanism has attracted competitive funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and from the British Academy. His monograph, Literary Cosmopolitanism in the English Fin de Siècle: Citizens of Nowhere, was published by Oxford University Press in 2021. Stefano Evangelista has held visiting professorships at Bologna, Chuo University, Paris Nanterre, and Paris Sorbonne. He has been a regular visitor to Berlin since the early 2000s and, since 2013, he has been a fellow of the Centre for British Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
Gesa Stedman is professor of British culture and literature at the Centre for British Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. She undertook her research on the Victorian discourses of emotion as a visiting graduate at Harris Manchester College, Oxford and initial research for the Berlin project as a visiting scholar at Trinity College, Oxford. Other interests include cultural and literary exchange between England and France, and between England and Germany. Her most recent publication with a literary and historical focus is a special issue on World War I and its aftermath, published in the Journal for European Studies in November 2021.