Dr Reinier van Straten

Dr Reinier van Straten

Lecturer (Teaching)


Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Joined UCL
16th Sep 2013

Research summary

Reinier van Straten's research interests lie primarily in German-Jewish writing of the modernist period: his doctoral thesis investigates Nietzsche’s influence on Martin Buber, and he is also developing a new project on Franz Kafka and the Prague Circle. 

Teaching summary

GERM1104: Introduction to German Post-1945 Cinema. [Fassbinder, Herzog, Schlöndorff, Wenders, Tykwer, Petzold, Haneke.]

GERM1105: Introduction to German Literature. [Brecht, Kafka, Grass, Schiller, Tieck.]

GERM2107: Debating Enlightenment. [Kant, Lessing, Goethe, Schiller, Hoffmann, Eichendorff, Heine, Kleist, Büchner, Keller.]

GERM2108: Challenging Modernity. [Nietzsche, Fontane, Schnitzler, Rilke, Mann, Kafka, Benjamin, Riefenstahl, Brecht, Bachmann, Grass.]

GERM2002: German Reading Comprehension and Unseen Translation.

GERM4133: Reading Modern Novels: Introduction to Literary Theory. [Kafka, Mann, Bachmann.]


University of Oxford
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2016


Reinier van Straten is a Teaching Fellow in German Language and Literature. He teaches German literature from the Enlightenment to the twentieth century, German cinema and German translation. Before joining UCL, he was a Stipendiary Lecturer at St Hilda’s College, Oxford, and a Retained Lecturer at The Queen's College, Oxford.

His research has taken him from Magdalen College, Oxford, to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he was a Leo Baeck Fellow in 2011-2012.