Dr Mererid Puw Davies
Lecturer in German; (on leave, terms 1 and 2 2012-13)
Mererid Puw Davies (M.A., M.St., D.Phil (Oxon)), studied at Magdalen College and St John’s College, Oxford. She also held the Hanseatic Scholarship at Hamburg University for two years, and the Richard Alewyn-Forschungsstipendium at the Freie Universität Berlin. She held a Prize Fellowship at Magdalen before moving to UCL.
Mererid Puw Davies’s D.Phil. thesis, "The Tale of Bluebeard in German Literature from the Eighteenth Century to the Present," addresses issues of violence and gender in the German Märchen, and was published by Oxford University Press in 2001. In 2001-02, she held an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship at the Freie Universität Berlin, where she undertook research for one of her current book projects, on the culture of the anti-authoritarian movement of the late 1960s in West Germany. In 2005-2006, she held a Leverhulme Research Fellowship which enabled her to work on another book exploring the intersection of culture and politics in the Federal Republic, on literary, artistic and political responses to the Vietnam War. Mererid Puw Davies’s other fields of research cover modern literature, film and cultural studies, and the representation of monstrosity in art.
Mererid Puw Davies teaches German language, modern literature
and film at all levels. She has been Secretary of Women in German
Studies, and in 2005 organised the Women in German Studies Annual
Conference at UCL. She is also the author of two volumes of poetry
in Welsh, and her poems have been published in several anthologies,
including the Bloodaxe Book of Modern Welsh Poetry. Her poetry
has been translated and published in various languages, such as
Czech and Galician, and she has read her poetry internationally,
for example at the Leipzig Book Fair and the Vilenica International
Literary Festical in Slovenia. Mererid Puw Davies is also interested
in the translation of poetry, notably from and into Welsh and other
lesser-used languages, and has worked, translated and published
with poets and translators in lesser-used languages across Europe.