Katya Krylova studied German and Italian at Churchill College, Cambridge, where she also completed an MPhil in European Literature and Culture and a PhD in German Literature (funded by the AHRC) in 2011. During her undergraduate studies she spent a year at the Humboldt University in Berlin. As part of her PhD work, she undertook the first of many subsequent research visits to Vienna. The completion of her PhD thesis saw her return to Vienna to work at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for the History and Theory of Biography (2010-2012). She has also held research and teaching positions in the Department of German Studies at the University of Nottingham (2012-2015, Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship), in the Department of German at King’s College London (2016), and in the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Birmingham (2017). She is the author of two monographs. Her first monograph, Walking Through History: Topography and Identity in the Works of Ingeborg Bachmann and Thomas Bernhard (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2013), was the winner of the 2011 Peter Lang Young Scholars Competition in German Studies. Her second monograph, The Long Shadow of the Past: Contemporary Austrian Literature, Film, and Culture (Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2017), was published in June 2017.
My research is highly interdisciplinary and lies in the areas of modern and contemporary Austrian literature, film, visual culture, and memory studies. The legacy that Austria's past continues to exert on its present constitutes my principal research interest. I am the author/editor of three academic books. My first book, Walking Through History: Topography and Identity in the Works of Ingeborg Bachmann and Thomas Bernhard (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2013), was the winner of the 2011 Peter Lang Young Scholars Competition in German Studies. I was also the recipient of the 2010 Sylvia Naish Research Student Lecture prize for my doctoral work, awarded by the Institute of Modern Languages Research, University of London. My second book, entitled The Long Shadow of the Past: Contemporary Austrian Literature, Film, and Culture (Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2017), was published in June 2017. The monograph undertakes close readings of key contemporary Austrian literary texts, films, and memorials, which treat the legacy of Nazism and the Holocaust, examining what these reveal about the evolving memory culture in contemporary Austria. I am also currently completing an edited volume (entitled New Perspectives on Contemporary Austrian Literature and Culture) that arises from an international conference on Contemporary Austrian Literature, Film and Culture (CALFAC 2015), which I organised at the University of Nottingham in April 2015. This will be published by Peter Lang Publishing in 2018.
In addition to the above-mentioned books, I have published 15 papers in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes, and given 40 conference/seminar papers at international and national conferences and seminars. Since 2009, I have regularly conducted archival research in Austria. I have worked with Ingeborg Bachmann's literary estate in the Austrian National Library (during my PhD work), and carried out biographical research on the Austrian modernist writer Hugo von Hofmannsthal at the University of Vienna archives (during my work at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for the History and Theory of Biography, Vienna, 2010-2012). During the course of my Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (2012-2015), I undertook two further research visits to Vienna, Austria, in order to carry out research at the Austrian National Library and the Documentation Centre for Modern Austrian Literature, and to interview writers and filmmakers.
I welcome enquiries from potential postgraduate students on topics in my areas of expertise.
Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (2012-2015)
AHRC Doctoral Studentship (2007-2010)
In 2017/18 I am convening the following courses in German Studies: GM1556 'Modern German Culture 2: Kafka's Die Verwandlung', and the specialised study course GM3578/GM4578 'Contemporary Austrian Literature & Film'. Within Film and Visual Culture, I teach on the team-taught courses FS1508 'Introduction to Film and the Cinematic Experience' and FS2506 'Cinema and Revolution', and supervise honours dissertation projects for FS4506 'Dissertation in Film and Visual Culture'.
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Secretary, Women in German Studies
Advisory Board Member, Ingeborg Bachmann Centre for Austrian Literature and Culture
Associate Fellow, Higher Education Academy
Member of the Association for German Studies in Great Britain and Ireland
Member of the Austrian Studies Association
Book reviewer for Austrian Studies, Journal of Austrian Studies, Journal of Contemporary European Studies and Modern Language Review, and peer reviewer for The German Quarterly, Journal of Austrian Studies and Modern Languages Open.
Associate Director of the GWW Centre for Visual Culture
Library Representative for Film & Visual Culture