Thomas 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, which was expanded for his first book). He was employed there and subsequently in three very different settings in Germany (Würzburg, Mainz and Braunschweig), teaching English, German and French language, translation, theatre, British cultural studies and media studies extensively. He now teaches German and comparative literature and translation practice at UCL and has recently taught at the Universities of Reading and Southampton. His current book project, on Modelling Distraction in European Literature, investigates connections between discretely signified forms of reconfigured awareness that are unified by the English term ‘distraction’. He is also evaluating the translatability of German cultural experience in novels and theatre for separate articles currently in preparation which are inspired by his contributions to recent collaborative research projects at UCL.