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Katja Haustein

University of Kent


Before joining the University of Kent in 2012, Dr Katja Haustein studied Comparative Literature, German Literature, and History in Berlin, London, Paris, and Cambridge. She was a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge, and a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. Her research interests are in modern French and German autobiographical writing in relation to visual culture; memory and identity; literature and emotions; literature and ethics; and art and medicine. She has written on conceptions of space in modern French literature, and on twentieth-century autobiography and visual culture, including Regarding Lost Time: Photography, Identity, and Affect in Proust, Benjamin, and Barthes (Oxford: Legenda, 2012). In her more recent work she looks at Barthes, milk, and pity, at the ‘Breastfeeding Crisis’ in Imperial Germany, and at the literary history of tact in the twentieth century.

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German Literature, and History in Berlin

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