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Peter Arnds

Associate Professor
Department of Italian
Trinity College Dublin


Dr. Peter Arnds, Associate Professor and Fellow, is the Director of the MPhil in Comparative Literature and the MPhil in Literary Translation, and teaches in the German and Italian departments. He was Visiting Professor at Middlebury College, the University of Kabul, JNU Delhi, and the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice at the University of Adelaide. He is the author of Intertextuality in Wilhelm Raabe and Charles Dickens (Peter Lang, 1997), Representation, Subversion and Eugenics in Günter Grasss The Tin Drum (Camden House 2004), and Lycanthropy in German Literature (Palgrave Macmillan 2015), has edited Translating Holocaust Literature (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2015), and translated Patrick Boltshausers novel Stromschnellen (Rapids, Dalkey Archive Press, 2014, nominated for the Dublin International Literary Award). A member of the PEN Centre he has published prose and poetry in literary journals around the globe, and was a writer-in-residence at the Heinrich Böll Cottage on Achill Island (Mayo). His collection of poetry A Rare Clear Day appeared in RedFox Press in 2015.

Research Interest

Dr. Peter Arnds is an internationally recognized expert in Comparative Literature and post-1945 German literature, particularly the works of Nobel Laureate Günter Grass and questions of representation of the Third Reich in literature, culture, and translation. His 2015 monograph, Lycanthropy in German Literature (Palgrave Macmillan) is an interdisciplinary project at the interstices of literature, philosophy, psychology, and anthropology and includes literary texts from Icelandic saga through the picaresque genre, romanticism, and realism, to the twentieth century. Arnds recently co-authored a Jean Monnet Network Grant application on the topic of Myth and Migration, Diaspora and Nationalism. Working together with Professor Jennifer Rutherford, the Director of the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice at the University of Adelaide, this funding is being sought for the creation of a new international research network between Trinity, the University of Adelaide, Universidad de Complutense, Madrid and the Centre for Myth Studies at the University of Essex. Arnds is currently working on his fourth academic monograph, The Cultural Politics of a Predator: Wolves, Literature, and the Metaphorics of Migration, an analysis of the uses of mythological structures in representations of genocide and coming to terms with trauma.


  • Arnds, Peter, Germany Facing Its Past, The History Channel, RTE, 2014, -, Broadcast, PRESENTED

  • Of Satire and Satyrs: The Monstrous and the Third Reich in Postmodern Culture about Eastern Europe in, editor(s)Laurynas Katkus , Satire and the Grotesque in Eastern Europe, Cambridge Scholarly Publishing, 2013, pp20 - 31, [Arnds, Peter], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED

  • Arnds, Peter, The Great Thaw, A Siberian Railway Journey, Cyphers Literary Journal, Dublin, 2014, 34 - 42, Fiction and creative prose, PUBLISHED

  • Arnds, Peter, The Nazi Ideology of Blood and Blood-Ridden Tales from German Childrens Literature, Blood Exhibition, Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin, 2014, -, Exhibition, PUBLISHED

  • In the Company of Witches and Wolves: Biopolitics and Frau Holle from the Grimm Brothers to Hilsenrath. in, editor(s)Hans H. Ewers , Märchen, Mythen und Moderne: 200 Jahre Kinder und Hausmärchen der Brüder Grimm, New York, Bern, Peter Lang, 2014, pp237 - 246, [Arnds, Peter], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED

  • Arnds, Peter, Rapids [English Translation of Stromschnellen by Patrick Boltshauser - Longlisted for 2016 IMPAC/International Dublin Literary Award], NY/London, Dalkey Archive Press, 2014, 260pp, Book, PUBLISHED

  • Arnds, Peter, A Rare Clear Day, Mayo, Ireland, Redfox Press, 2014, 1 - 44pp, Book, PUBLISHED

  • Arnds, Peter, Bloodlines, Monsters and the Monstrous: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 4.2, 2015, p12 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED

  • Arnds, Peter, Wolf und nochmals Wolf: Zum Homo Sacer in Günter Grass Die Blechtrommel und Hundejahre, FREIPASS. Eine Schriftenreihe der Günter und Ute Grass Stiftung, 1, 2015, p244 - 258, Notes: [Ch. Links Verlag], Journal Article, PUBLISHED

  • Arnds, Peter, Bear Attack, Animal: A Beast of a Literary Magazine, 2015, - 1-7, Fiction and creative prose, PUBLISHED

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