School of Modern Languages

Staff Profiles

Dr Beate Muller

Reader in Modern German Studies


Introduction & Background

Dr Beate Müller is Reader in Modern German Studies. Before joining Newcastle University in 1997, she worked at the universities of Flensburg, Cambridge, and Bochum.

Her areas of expertise include parody, censorship studies, literary theory, modernism, postmodernism, modern German literature, and representations of the Holocaust.

Consultation and feedback hours: open door policy; appointments can be arranged by email


Roles and Responsibilities

  • Director of Impact and Engagement in SML
  • PDR Reviewer and Research Mentor
  • IQA Reviewer
  • Chair of SML's Impact and Engagement Committee 
  • Member of SML's Research Committee and Advisory Board
  • Member of Faculty Impact Forum and REF Steering Group
  • Personal Tutor


  • First degree from Bochum University, Germany (1988);
  • MA from Bochum University (1988);
  • PhD from Bochum University (1993)

Previous Positions

  • Research Assistant in English Dpt of Bochum University (1988-92);
  • DAAD Lektorin for German at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge (1992-95);
  • Assistant Professor at Flensburg University, Germany (1995-97)


Modern Humanities Research Association (MHRA); Women in German Studies (WIGS); Association for German Studies (AGS); German History Society (GHS); British Association for Holocaust Studies (BAHS); British Association for Jewish Studies (BAJS).

Honours and Awards

  • Research Fellowship Award, 9/2019-8/2020 (Leverhulme Trust)
  • Research Stays for University Academics and Scientists, 2018 (German Academic Exchange Service - DAAD)
  • Two consecutive FIF (Faculty Impact Fund) awards for undertaking impact and engagement work with Holocaust Centres in South Africa
  • EHRI (European Holocaust Research Infrastructure) fellowship for the Institute for Contemporary History in Munich
  • BA Small Research Grant for a joint project on representations of the German war child (with Debbie Pinfold, Bristol, and Ute Wölfel, Reading)
  • BA Small Research Grant for archival work in Israel and London on child voices in Holocaust narratives
  • Visiting Scholarship at the Bucerius Institute, Haifa University, Israel
  • AHRB Research Leave Award for a monograph project on the censorship of Jurek Becker
  • Prize for PhD thesis from Bochum University


German, English, French, Latin, modern Hebrew

Teaching (UG)

  • SML1018 - Introduction to Literature
  • GER2011 - M for Murder
  • GER4014 - German Representations of the Holocaust
  • GER3052 - Translation for Erasmus students
  • GER4081 - German General Language (translation)

Teaching and Research Training (PG)

  • The Art of Connecting: Intertextuality
  • Speaking to Different Audiences
  • Working in Archives Abroad: Germany and Israel
  • Routes to Impact

Research Supervision

Dr Müller is happy to supervise research students on modern German literature and on Holocaust-related topics. She is currently supervising a PhD project on the use of pre-war photos in Holocaust exhibitions and a PhD thesis on the juvenilia of Judith Kerr and Tomi Ungerer. 

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Details of my work on Academia Edu

Research Interests

Dr Müller's expertise lies in censorship studies; GDR literature (esp. Jurek Becker); parody; modernism (Kafka; Thomas Mann); as well as postmodernism, literary theory, and comparative literature. She is particularly interested in narrative representations of the Holocaust (in fictional and non-fictional texts) as well as the role of child figures in Holocaust narratives.

Current Major Projects

  • Child Figures and Imagined Communities in Holocaust Fiction [monograph]
  • West German Students on the Holocaust: The Nazi Past in School Essays from the 1950s [book project]
  • Hören und begreifen: German online portal on David Boder's Voices Project for the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung bpb (Federal Agency for Civic Education) [PI: Axel Doßmann, Jena University]

Postgraduate Supervision

I'm happy to supervise research students on modern German literature, censorship, and on Holocaust-related topics. I'm currently supervising two PhD students: one on the use of pre-war photos in Holocaust exhibitions; and another one on the juvenalia of Judith Kerr and Tomi Ungerer. Another supervisee of mine who wrote a PhD thesis on filmic representations of the Holocaust in German, Israeli, and Hollywood cinemas since 1990, has recently graduated.

Esteem Indicators & Impact

assessor of grant applications for the Österreichischer Wissenschaftsfond FWF (since 2013) and the Fonds National de la Recherche Luxembourg FNR (since 2016);

member of AHRC Peer Review College (2007-10);

member of AHRC Peer Review Panel D (2009);

reader for Berghahn,  Camden House, Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Australia), and Critical, Cultural and Communications Press;

radio feature interview for programme on parodies of academic writing for Deutschlandradio Kultur, Sept. 2009;

podcast for German website of Yad Vashem, Israel's leading research institution on the Holocaust (2013);

interview for BBC 4 TV documentary on metamorphosis (initial broadcast in March 2013) 

repeated invitations to speak publicly about my research in the context of Newcastle City Council's activities for Holocaust Remembrance Day (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016)

invitation to deliver a training session for the Holocaust Education Trust's CPD workshop on the Holocaust (Leicester, February 2017)

Curator of exhibitions on "Child Holocaust Testimonies" and "Children under Hitler", displayed in Newcastle's City Library in the autumn of 2015 and in the context of Newcastle City Council's Holocaust Memorial Day programme (January 2016), as well as for a larger exhibition on "Children under the Nazis", which was shown at the South African Holocaust and Genocide Foundation's centres in Cape Town and Johannesburg in June 2017

External Funding

AHRB Research Leave Award to support monograph on the censorship of Jurek Becker (2001/02)

British Academy Small Grant Award to support archival research on child Holocaust narratives in Yad Vashem (Jerusalem) and the Wiener Library (London) (2009/10)

visiting scholarship at Haifa University's Bucerius Institute (2009/10);

British Academy / Leverhulme Small Grant Award for a project on "Children in German War (Con)-Texts 1945-1949" (with Dr Debbie Pinfold, Bristol, and Dr Ute Wölfel, Reading, 2014-2016)

Fellowship from EHRI, the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure, for a project on "Fine Young Democrats? German Youth in OMGUS Surveys, 1945-49" (2016, for a research trip to the Institute for Contemporary History in Munich)

Research Stay award from DAAD, for a research trip to the Roessler Archive in Hagen, Germany, August 2018

Research Fellowship Award, Leverhulme Trust, for a book project on "West German Student Essays on the Nazi Era: War Children's Voices from the 1950s", 9/2019 - 8/2020



Undergraduate Teaching

SML1018 - Introduction to Literature

GER2011 - M for Murder

GER4014 - German Representations of the Holocaust

GER3052 - Translation for Erasmus students

GER4081 - German General Language (translation)

Postgraduate Teaching

Mlitt and PhD supervisions:

  • Gary Jenkins (PhD): Mediation in Repression and Remembrance. Post-Holocaust Generation Cinema and the Construction of Collective Memory (completed)
  • Elise Bath (Mlitt): Female Victims of the Holocaust (2013-14) (completed)
  • Lucy Stone (PhD): The Juvenalia of Judith Kerr and Tomi Ungerer

Research training programme for postgraduates:

  • The Art of Connecting: Intertextuality (for Faculty Research Training programme)
  • Speaking to Different Audiences (for SML)

  • What does Impact Mean in the Academic World? (for SML)

  • Working in Archives Abroad: Germany and Israel (for NBDTP)