Research Profile: Francesca Roe

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I am a current PhD student at the University of Bristol, working on the gendered use of marionettes, puppets and dolls in the cultural production of the Wiener Moderne. My research is funded by the AHRC, through the Arthur Schnitzler Project, which will be producing a new critical edition of Schnitzler’s work in digital form.

Research Interests 

From 2009-2013 I completed a BA in German and Italian at Oxford University. In 2013-14, I studied for an MPhil in German, undertaking a comparative study of representations of the mountain front in the work of Austro-Hungarian poets and artists (Albin Egger-Lienz, Stephanie Hollenstein and Gustav Heinse). My dissertation is available on the website of the Galerie Hollenstein in Lustenau, Austria.

In 2014, I began a PhD at Bristol, working on the use of performing figures to convey pathological femininity among the artists and dramatists of the Wiener Moderne. My research focuses primarily on the work of Arthur Schnitzler, Oskar Kokoschka, Richard Teschner and Lotte Pritzel, analysing the ways in which their use of marionettes and similar figures was influenced by contemporary visions of puppet-like women in clinical science, the pronounced nature of turn-of-the-century misogyny, and the fascination with non-verbal means of communication among members of the Viennese avant-garde.

I am also interested in the representation of violent women in German and English film, and have given a paper examining ambivalent images of female violence in David Wnendt’s Kriegerin and Shane Meadow’s This is England at the 2015 DAAD summer conference in Oxford.

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