Tom Wilks

7 May 2014


Tom Wilks studied at Royal Holloway, University of London (BA French and German; MA European Literary and Cultural Studies; PhD comparing Michel Leiris's and Hubert Fichte's life-writing projects).

He held a Teaching Fellowship in German there as well as appointments in French and as an Associate Examiner, including for the University of London External BA German programme, for which he also co-authored study guides. Qualified in Teaching Skills for Higher Education, he spent much of his career in three very different regions and institutions in Germany over the nine years prior to joining UCL, teaching English language, translation, theatre, British cultural studies and media studies extensively at the Universities of Würzburg (where he also ran the English Drama Group), Mainz and Braunschweig.

A revision of his doctoral thesis on Experimentation and the Autobiographical Search for Identity in the Projects of Michel Leiris and Hubert Fichte was published by Mellen. His research interests are in comparative literature, especially the autobiographical, and translatability in modern and contemporary French and German narrative.

His current project, Modelling Distraction in European Literature, investigates connections between discretely signified forms of reconfigured awareness that are unified by the English term ‘distraction’; it was boosted by the award to him of the Sylvia Naish Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Germanic Studies at the IGRS in 2009.