School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS)


Dr Mererid Puw Davies

Dr Mererid Puw Davies


  • Senior Lecturer
    Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Joined UCL


Award year Qualification Institution
1996 MA
Master of Arts
University of Oxford
1996 M.St.
Master of Studies
German studies
University of Oxford
1993 BA Hons
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Modern and Medieval Languages Tripos
University of Oxford

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.

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.


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Term 2: Tues 12-2pm

Contact Details

Location: Room 104

Extension: 33098

Tel: 020 7679 3098