Head of Department
Qualifications: PhD & MA (Penn State)
Senior Lecturer in German Studies
Phone: +353 61 20-4582
Christiane Schönfeld studied in Freiburg, Bonn, Paris, and at the Pennsylvania State University, where she completed her PhD in 1994. After lecturing at the University of Wales, Lampeter and the National University of Ireland, Galway, she took up her position as Head of German Studies at Mary Immaculate College in 2009. Among her publications are a book on the representation of the prostitute in German Expressionism entitled Dialektik und Utopie (1996), edited and co-edited books such as Commodities of Desire: The Prostitute in German Literature (2000), Practicing Modernity: Female Creativity in the Weimar Republic (2006, with Carmel Finnan), Processes of Transposition: German Literature and Film (2007), Representing the ‘Good German’ in Literature and Culture after 1945 (2013, with Pól Ó Dochartaigh), and numerous articles on Expressionism, autobiography, creative women of the 19th and 20th century, German and Irish film as well as film adaptations. She is one of the editors of the critical edition of the complete works of Ernst Toller (2015), and currently writing The History of German Literature on Film for the new Bloomsbury History of World Literatures on Film Series.
Christiane teaches various levels and aspects of German language, 20th and 21st century German film, literature and culture, and German language pedagogy. She is the joint director of the MA in German Language and Culture in Europe (with Dr Joachim Fischer, UL), the co-founder and joint coordinator (2012-14) of the Irish Centre for Transnational Studies, and has served on a number of other professional groups, such as the committees of the Association of German Studies of Great Britain and Ireland (2005-11), Women in German Studies (2004-10), and One Voice for Languages (2012-14). She is co-editor (with Dr Gillian Pye, UCD) of the Irish German Studies journal Germanistik in Ireland.