Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

Professor Dennis Tate

Emeritus Professor of German Studies


Professor Tate retired in 2008.


Dennis Tate joined the Department in 1978. He was appointed Professor of German Studies in 1999 and was Head of Department between 2000 and 2003. He was given the title Emeritus Professor on his retirement in 2008.

He studied at Trinity College Dublin, McMaster University, Ontario and the University of Warwick. Before coming to Bath, he taught at the University of Ulster. He was a member of the European Studies panel in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise and of the AHRC’s Peer Review College between 2004 and 2008.


  • Literature of the German Democratic Republic (GDR)
  • Germany’s Post-Unification Cultural Transition
  • Autobiographical Writing before and after 1989
  • Cultural Memory


Since retiring, Professor Tate has had no teaching responsibilities.



Tate, D., 2009. “Von der Fröhlichkeit im Schrecken”: Fred Wander’s celebration of dislocation. German Monitor, 71 (Dislocation and Reorientation), pp. 197--208.

Tate, D., 2004. “[...] vielleicht nur für Franz geschrieben”: Volker Braun’s intertextual tributes to his special relationship with Franz Fühmann. German Monitor, 58 (Volker Braun in Perspective), pp. 71--90.

Tate, D., 2000. A pioneering work of autobiographical fiction or a travesty of the biographical facts? Stephan Hermlin’s “Abendlicht”. Glossen, 10 (Bestandsaufnahme: Deutsche Literatur zehn Jahre nach der Vereinigung).

Book Sections

Tate, D., 2011. Forthcoming. The importance and diversity of cultural memory in the GDR context. In: Rechtien, R. and Tate, D., eds. Twenty Years On: Competing Memories of the GDR in Post-Unification German Culture. Rochester, NY: Camden House.

Tate, D., 2010. “Schicht um Schicht” – The evolution of Fred Wander’s life writing project in the GDR era and beyond. In: Dahlke, B., Tate, D. and Woods, R., eds. German Life Writing in the Twentieth Century. Rochester, NY: Camden House, pp. 164--178.

Tate, D., 2009. Brandenburg as a “spiritual way of life”? Günter de Bruyn and the appeal of living “off the beaten track”. In: Clarke, D. and Rechtien R., eds. The Politics of Place in Post-War Germany: Essays in Literary Criticism. Lewiston: Edwin Mellen, pp. 197--215.

Tate, D., 2009. “Märkische Forschungen” aus heutiger Sicht. In: Jordan, L., ed. Geschichte und Landschaft. Beiträge zu Günter de Bruyn. Würzburg: Könighausen & Neumann, pp. 37--45.

Tate, D., 2008. “Böhme[n] am Meer”, “Bohemien mit Heimweh”: Franz Fühmann’s competing identities and his tribute to “Tonio Kröger”. In: Harris, N. and Sayner J., eds. The Text and its Context: Studies in Modern German Literature and Society. (Festschrift for Ronald Speirs). Oxford: Peter Lang, pp. 289--301.

Tate, D., 2007. Das Ende des “Literaturstreits” und die Rehabilitierung der autobiografischen Prosa ostdeutscher Schriftsteller in der Berliner Republik. In: Barker, P., Ohse, M-D. and Tate, D., eds. Views from Abroad: Die DDR aus britischer Perspektive. Bielefeld: Bertelsmann, pp. 53--64.

Tate, D., 2006. Angelsächsische Forschungen: Günter de Bruyn in der englischsprachigen Welt. In: Jordan, L., ed. “Und doch gleicht keines der Dörfer dem anderen”: 80 Seiten von und zu Günter de Bruyn, Frankfurt/Oder: Kleist Museum, pp. 41--46.

Tate, D., 2006. War as a “god-damned crusade”: The continuing significance of Stefan Heym’s “The Crusaders”. In: Göttsche, D. and Meyer, F., eds. Schreiben gegen Krieg und Gewalt: Ingeborg Bachmann und die deutschsprachige Literatur 1945-1980. Göttingen: V&R Unipress, pp. 119--30.

Tate, D., 2004. “Ich wer ist das” – Dropping the mask of ambiguity? The autobiographical thrust of Heiner Müller’s late writing. In: Rasche, H. And Schönfeld, C., eds.  Denkbilder. Festschrift für Eoin Bourke, Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, pp. 266--76.

Tate, D., 2004. Travelling on the S-Bahn: German border crossings before and after unification. In: Wagstaff, P., ed. Border Crossings: Mapping Identities in Modern Europe, Oxford: Peter Lang, pp. 81--104.

Tate, D., 2003. Uwe Johnson’s awkward legacy: A sympathetic secret policeman of the pre-“Stasi” era. In: Cooke, P. and Plowman, A., eds. Writers and the Politics of Culture: Dealing with the Stasi, Basingstoke: Palgrave, pp. 25--40.

Tate, D., 2003. Ein nicht anerkannter britischer Durchbruch: Franz Fühmanns Beitrag zum Erfolg des Films “Der Schwur des Soldaten Pooley”. In: Krüger, B., ed. “Dichter sein heißt aufs Ganze aus sein” – Zugänge zu Poetologie und Werk Franz Fühmanns, Frankfurt/Main: Peter Lang, pp. 201--217.

Tate, D., 2002. The end of autobiography? The older generation of East German authors take stock. In: Kane, M., ed. Legacies and Identity: East and West German Responses to Unification, Oxford: Peter Lang, pp. 11--26.


Tate, D., 2001. Border Crossings and Walls in Heads: German Culture since Unification (inaugural lecture, April 2001). Occasional Paper 13, European Research Institute, University of Bath. 


Tate, D. and Rechtien, R., eds., 2011. Twenty Years On: Competing Memories of the GDR in Post-Unification German Culture. Rochester, NY: Camden House

Tate, D., Dahlke, B. and Woods, R., eds. 2010. German Life Writing in the Twentieth Century. Rochester, NY: Camden House.

Tate, D., Goodbody, A. and O’Dochartaigh, P., eds., 2009.  Dislocation and Reorientation: Exile, Division and the End of Communism in German Culture and Politics. In Honour of Ian Wallace (German Monitor 71). Amsterdam: Editions Rodopi.

Tate, D., 2007. Shifting Perspectives: East German Autobiographical Narratives Before and After the End of the GDR. Rochester, NY: Camden House.

Tate, D., Barker, P. and Ohse, M-D., eds., 2007. Views from Abroad: Die DDR aus britischer Perspektive. Bielefeld: Bertelsmann.

Tate, D., Labroisse, G. and Wallace, I, eds., 2000. Heiner Müller: Probleme und Perspektiven (Amsterdamer Beiträge zur neueren Germanistik 48). Amsterdam: Editions Rodopi.  

Tate, D., ed., 1999. Günter de Bruyn in Perspective (German Monitor 44). Amsterdam: Editions Rodopi.

Tate, D., 1995. Franz Fühmann: Innovation and Authenticity. A Study of his Prose-Writing. Amsterdam: Editions Rodopi.

Tate, D. and Goodbody, A., eds., 1992. Geist und Macht: Writers and the State in the German Democratic Republic (German Monitor 29). Amsterdam: Editions Rodopi.

Tate, D., ed., 1990. Günter de Bruyn: Märkische Forschungen (Manchester New German Texts). Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Tate, D. and Scriven, M., eds., 1988. European Socialist Realism. Oxford & New York: Berg.

Tate, D., 1984. The East German Novel: Identity, Community, Continuity, Bath & New York: Bath University Press/St Martin’s Press.