Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

Dr David Clarke

Senior Lecturer in German

1 West North 4.31
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 6244


Dr David Clarke joined the Department in 2003. He studied at the Universities of Leeds, London (UCL) and Wales (Swansea). He later taught as a Lektor at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz and then as a lecturer in German at the Nottingham Trent University.

Research Interests

  • The politics of memory
  • Cultural memory
  • Literature of the German Democratic Republic (GDR)
  • German film
  • Contemporary German literature


He teaches undergaduate units on the German Democratic Republic and contemporary Germany, and coordinates a postgraduate unit on the politics of memory.



Clarke, D. and Goodbody, A., 2012. The self in transition:East German autobiographical writing before and after unification (essays in honour of Dennis Tate). Rodopi. (German Monitor; 75)

Clarke, D. and Woelfel, U., eds., 2011. Remembering the German Democratic Republic: divided memory in a united Germany. Palgrave Macmillan.

Clarke, D. and Rechtien, R., eds., 2009. The Politics of Place in Post-War Germany: Essays in Literary Criticism. Edwin Mellen.

Clarke, D. and De Winde, A., 2007. Reinhard Jirgl: Perspektiven, Lesarten, Kontexte. Rodopi. (The German Monitor)

Clarke, D., 2006. German Cinema since Unification. Continuum.

Clarke, D., 2002. 'Diese merkwuerdige Kleinigkeit einer Vision': Christoph Hein's Social Critique in Transition. Rodopi.

Niven, B. and Clarke, D., eds., 2000. Christoph Hein. University of Wales Press.

Book Sections

Clarke, D., 2012. “Capitalism has no more natural enemies”: the Berlin School. In: Ginsburg, T. and Mensch, A., eds. A Companion to German Cinema. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 134-154. (The Wiley-Blackwell Companions to National Cinemas)

Clarke, D. J., 2012. 'Wer schreibt, kann nicht töten':Writing and Life in Reinhard Jirgl’s Abtrünning: Roman aus der nervösen Zeit. In: Clarke, D. and Goodbody, A., eds. The Self in Transition: East German Autobiographical Writing Before and After Unification. Amsterdam, Holland: Rodopi, pp. 241-252. (German Monitor; 75)

Clarke, D. and Woelfel, U., 2011. Remembering the German Democratic Republic in a united Germany. In: Clarke, D. and Ute Wölfel, U., eds. Remembering the German Democratic Republic: divided memory in a united Germany. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 3-22.

Clarke, D., 2011. The absent heimat: Hans-Christian Schmid’s Requiem (2006). In: Cooke, P. and Homewood, C., eds. New directions in German cinema. London: I.B. Tauris, pp. 147-162.

Clarke, D., 2010. German martyrs: images of Christianity and resistance to National Socialism in German cinema. In: Cooke, P. and Silberman, M., eds. Screening War: Perspectives on German Suffering. Rochester, New York: Camden House, pp. 36-55. (Screen cultures: German film and the visual)

Clarke, D., 2010. The industrial world in the literary topography of the GDR. In: Haines, B., Parker, S. and Riordan, C., eds. Aesthetics and Politics in Modern German Culture: Festschrift in Honour of Rhys W. Williams. Oxford: Peter Lang, pp. 131-142.

Clarke, D., 2009. In dialogue with the city: Gert Neumann's Leipzig. In: Clarke, D. and Rechtien, R., eds. The Politics of Place in Post-War Germany: Essays in Literary Criticism. Lewiston/Queenston/Lampeter: Edwin Mellen, pp. 217-238.

Clarke, D., 2009. Introduction: Place in Literature. In: Clarke, D. and Rechtien, R., eds. The Politics of Place in Post-War Germany: Essays in Literary Criticism. Lewiston/Queenston/Lampeter: Edwin Mellen, pp. 1-23.

Clarke, D., 2007. Anti-Ödipus in der DDR: Zur Darstellung des Verhältnisses von Familie und Staat bei Reinhard Jirgl. In: Clarke, D. and De Winde, A., eds. Reinhard Jirgl: Perspektiven, Lesarten, Kontexte. Amsterdam: Rodopi, pp. 89-110.

Clarke, D., 2007. Das Literaturinstitut "Johannes R. Becher" und die Autorenausbildung in der DDR. In: Barker, P., Ohse, M.-D. and Tate, D., eds. Views from Abroad: Die DDR aus britischer Perspektive. Bielefeld: Bertelsmann, pp. 175-185.

Clarke, D., 2007. Jaecki und der Tod: Benjaminische Motive in Hubert Fichtes Die Geschichte der Empfindlichkeit. In: Bandel, J.-F. and Gillett, R., eds. Hubert Fichte: Text und Kontexte. Hamburg: Männerschwarm, pp. 131-157.

Clarke, D., 2007. Requiem für Michael Kohlhaas: Der Dialog mit den Toten in Christoph Heins Horns Ende (1985) und In seiner frühen Kindheit ein Garten (2005). In: Gilleir, A. and De Winde, A., eds. Literatur im Krebsgang: Totenbeschwörung und Memoria in der deutschsprachigen Literatur nach 1989. Amsterdam: Rodopi.

Clarke, D., 2007. Störstellen: Architecture in the work of Reinhard Jirgl. In: Frank, F. and Julian, P., eds. Interactions: Contemporary German-Language Literature's Dialogue with the Arts. Frankfurt: Peter Lang.

Clarke, D., 2006. In Search of Home: Filming Postunification Berlin. In: Clarke, D., ed. German Cinema Since Unification. London: Continuum, 151--180.

Clarke, D., 2004. Guilt and shame in Hans-Ulrich Treichel's Der Verlorene. In: Basker, D., ed. Hans-Ulrich Treichel. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 61--78.

Clarke, D., 2000. "Mit Kunst der Welt beikommen":Christoph Hein on the literature, ideology and the possibility of change in the GDR. In: Cooke, P. and Grix, J., eds. East Germany. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Rodopi, pp. 25-32.

Clarke, D., 2000. 'Himmel auf Erden? Christoph Hein, capitalism and the "Wende". In: Jackman, G., ed. Christoph Hein in Perspective. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Rodopi, pp. 21-44.


Clarke, D., 2017. Understanding Controversies over Memorial Museums:The Case of the Leistikowstraße Memorial Museum, Potsdam. History and Memory, 29 (1), pp. 41-71.

Clarke, D., 2017. Constructing Victimhood in Divided Germany:The Case of the Association of the Victims of Stalinism (1950-1989). Memory Studies

Clarke, D., 2016. Theorising the role of cultural products in cultural diplomacy from a Cultural Studies perspective. International Journal of Cultural Policy, 22 (2), pp. 147-163.

Clarke, D., 2015. The representation of victimhood in Sofi Oksanen's novel 'Purge'. Journal of European Studies, 45 (3), pp. 220-235.

Clarke, D. J., 2014. Communism and Memory Politics in the European Union. Central Europe, 12 (1), pp. 99-114.

Clarke, D., 2012. Compensating the victims of human rights abuses in the German Democratic Republic: the struggle for recognition. German Politics, 12 (1), pp. 17-33.

Clarke, D., 2011. The capitalist uncanny in Kathrin Röggla’s wir schlafen nicht:Ghosts in the machine. Angermion: Yearbook for Anglo-German Literary Criticism, Intellectual History and Cultural Transfers / Jahrbuch für britisch-deutsche Kulturbeziehungen, 4, pp. 147-163.

Clarke, D., 2010. Space, time and power: the chronotopes of Uwe Tellkmap’s "Der Turm". German Life and Letters, 63 (4), pp. 490-503.

Clarke, D., 2009. The (socialist) ideology of the aesthetic:The visual artist in the GDR's industrial literature. Glossen, 29.

Clarke, D., 2006. Parteischule oder Dichterschmiede? The "Abwicklung" of the Institut für Literatur "Johannes R. Becher". German Studies Review, 29, 87--106.

Clarke, D. and De Winde, A., 2006. Der Schriftsteller Reinhard Jirgl. Deutsche Buecher, 36 (2), 107--119.

Clarke, D., 2006. Welcome to Tykwer-World: Tom Tykwer as Auteur. German as a Foreign Language, 3, 7--21.

Clarke, D., 2005. Going West: Migration and the Post-Communist World in Recent European Film. Cultural Politics, 1 (3), 279--294.

Clarke, D., 2005. Dandyism and homosexuality in the novels of Christian Kracht. Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies, 41 (1), 36--54.

Clarke, D., 2002. Representations of East German Masculinity in Hannes Stoehr's Berlin is in Germany and Andreas Kleinert's Wege in die Nacht. German Life and Letters, 55 (4), 434--449.

Clarke, D., 2002. Representations of the East German character since unification. Debatte, 10 (1), 51--71.


Clarke, D., 2004. Beyond Ostalgie: East and West German Identity in Contemporary German Culture. Discussion Paper.

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