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German collaborative studentship with the British Library

18 February 2014

The School of Modern Languages has been awarded an AHRC PhD studentship in collaboration with the British Library for research on the Stefan Zweig Literary Manuscripts Collection.

The School of Modern Languages has been awarded an AHRC PhD studentship in collaboration with the British Library for research on the Stefan Zweig Literary Manuscripts Collection.

Stefan Zweig, one of Austria’s foremost twentieth-century authors, was a passionate collector of literary and musical autograph manuscripts. He settled in England in exile in 1934, moving to Mexico in 1940, where he died in 1942. The London collection, donated to the Library by Zweig’s heirs in 1986, reflects Zweig’s consciously European horizons and contains manuscripts by literary authors including Balzac, Büchner, Dostoevsky, Heine, Hesse, Ibsen, Mallarmé, Rilke and Wilde, and scientists, thinkers and political figures including Darwin, Freud, Hitler, Locke, Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette of France, Napoleon, Nietzsche and Robespierre. It gives spectacular insights into Zweig’s own writing, into his ideas about literary and musical creativity, and into the cultural world of his time.

The studentship is offered through the AHRC’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships Scheme, and will offer the student the opportunity to work both as an academic researcher and, hands-on, on the Library’s project to digitise the Zweig Collection and promote it to academic and public audiences. The student will be supervised jointly in Bristol by Steffan Davies and Robert Vilain, and at the Library by the Lead Curator for German, Susan Reed.

Further details of the studentship are available.  The closing date for applications is 24 March 2014 and the studentship will commence on 1 October 2014.  Prospective applicants are welcome to contact Steffan.Davies@bristol.ac.uk.

 

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