Dr Judith Beniston
Senior Lecturer in German
phone: +44 20 7679 3099
internal phone: 33099
Consultation hours in Term 1 (autumn 2013): Wednesdays 12-13, Thursdays 11-12.
Room 302, 17 Gordon Square
(NB: my office is on the third floor and there is no lift. If you will have difficulties climbing the stairs, please notify me in advance and I will make alternative arrangements.)
Judith Beniston (B.A., M.A., D.Phil.) studied at Jesus College, Oxford and at the University of Trier before joining UCL German Department in 1994. Her main research interest is in Austrian literature and cultural history, with particular emphases on drama and theatre history, and on the period 1890-1945. She has published a study of the revival of Catholic drama that took place in Austria at this time and has written articles on many aspects of Austrian cultural life.
From 2003 to 2010, Judith Beniston co-edited (together with Robert Vilain (University of Bristol) and others) the annual journal Austrian Studies. In 2013 she co-edited Austrian Studies, 21: 'Cultures at War: Austria-Hungary 1914-1918', together with Deborah Holmes (University of Kent).
Judith Beniston teaches a wide range of modern German language and literature courses, at BA and MA levels, and has recently been involved in the supervision of PhD’s on Austrian novellas of the 1920s, on the poetry of Paul Celan and of Barbara Köhler, and on dystopian fiction of the interwar period.
As co-investigator on an AHRC-funded project to produce a Digital Critical Edition of Middle-Period Works by Arthur Schnitzler (1862-1931), Judith Beniston will be working together with Andrew Webber (principal investigator, University of Cambridge) and Robert Vilain (co-investigator, University of Bristol) from 2013-2018, and will be lead editor for the drama Professor Bernhardi. In the course of autumn 2013 two PhD studentships associated with the project will be offered, to start in October 2014; one will be at UCL, the other at the University of Bristol.