School of Modern Languages

Staff Profiles

Dr Teresa Ludden

Senior Lecturer in German Studies



I have been teaching at Newcastle since 2004. Before that I taught at Warwick University and Oxford Brookes University. I was an undergraduate student at Cambridge University, where I studied German and Russian, and then a postgraduate at UCL for my MA, and at Warwick University for my PhD.

Roles and Responsibilities

Personal Tutor - Consultation hour for students Thursday -12-1 in Semester One

Exams contact

Partners Programme Coordinator for SML

Assistant Chair of Board of Examiners, Chair of Stage 2 Board of Examiners

UCU rep for SML 


BA (Hons) German and Russian (Cambridge)
MA Modern German Literature (London)
Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (Warwick)
PhD German Studies (Warwick)

Previous Positions

2003-2004: Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in German, Oxford Brookes University.
2001-2003: Temporary Lecturer in German, University of Warwick.
1997-2001: Graduate Teaching Assistant,University of Warwick.


Women in German Studies, AGS


I am currently writing on self-other relationality and the body in contemporary philosophy (poststructuralism and phenomenology) and literature which includes notions of trauma and the uncanny; other projects include contemporary re-workings of the sublime in literature, film and philosophy; pluralism and identity, diversity and difference with Derrida, Heidegger, Deleuze, Žižek,and Isolde Charim; I am researching ecological deconstruction and object-oriented ontology (Timothy Morton, Graham Harman etc) with a view to applying these models to contemporary literature, poetry and film.

Previously, I have worked extensively on the German writer, poet, essayist Anne Duden. What initially fascinated me about her writing was how difficult it was to understand and how radical the questions were that the texts seemed to be raising. Not only her abstract poetry but also her prose and essays presented interesting interpretative dilemmas, and I linked my readings of her texts to philosophers such as Nietzsche, Adorno, Irigaray, Lacan, and Deleuze to focus on difference, trauma, cultural criticism and aesthetics. Her texts return to the narrators’ extreme experiences of breakdown which seem to go beyond speech so I got interested in the themes of the ineffable, fragmentation and the sublime. This led me to engage with theories (primarily poststructuralist and psychoanalytic) on modes of subject formation, subject-object relations, the unconscious, nature/culture relations.

Questions about how to represent the ‘unrepresentable’ and narrations of trauma fed into research on the Austrian writer, Thomas Bernhard, and the role of silence in his works. I looked at the politics of narration in conjunction with Lyotard’s concept of the differend to think about both wide concepts like power, oppression and injustice, but also the specificities of Bernhard’s narrative situations where, for instance, there is often a relation between a conspicuously garrulous Austrian male narrator and silent/silenced characters. Recently, I edited a special collection of articles on Contemporary Trauma Narratives (2019) which pursued this question of the relation between silence and speech and developed new concepts in trauma theory.

Postgraduate Supervision

Contemporary German literature, film and theory.


Undergraduate Teaching

GER4011 German Film up to 1945

GER4007 Misfits and Miscreants in Contemporary German/Austrian Fiction.
GER2036 Cabaret, Catastrophe, Capital: A Cultural History of 20th Century Berlin.
GER2036 Writers, Media and Society in the Bundesrepublik Deutschland 

GER3052 Advanced Translation: German-English; English-German

SML4099 Dissertation

SML1021 Introduction to European and Latin American Cinema