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Dr Ute Wölfel


Year Abroad Co-ordinator for German and the Department 

Areas of interest

My main areas of interest are German war film, GDR feature and documentary film, GDR literature and representations of everyday life in print media.

Postgraduate supervision

I am happy to supervise research students in any of my areas of interest or related areas.

Current supervisions:

  • Assya Belahmar Louazani (Department of Languages and Cultures): The ‘Hammam’ as Anti-Exotic Locus of Emancipation in Post-Colonial Algerian Women’s Writing and Film-making.

Completed supervisions:

  • Richard McKenzie (Department of Languages and Cultures): The Misogyny of the Trümmerfilm - Space and Gender in Post-War German Film (2017).
  • Caroline Rowan-Olive (Department of Languages and Cultures): Cultural Memory and Vergangenheitsaufarbeitung in Christa Wolf’s Prose Works (2020).


I teach nineteenth- and twentieth-century German literature as well as courses on the films of the Weimar Republic and the GDR.

Research centres and groups

East German Studies Archive

Selected publications

  • Ute Wölfel (2013), Children of the Revolution: Fathers and Sons in Antifascist DEFA Films, German Life and Letters, 66 (3). pp. 326-346. ISSN 1468-0483.
  • Ute Wölfel, (2012), 'Between the Lines: Konrad Wolf's Mama, ich lebe and the Dilemmas of Betrayal', Studies in European Cinema, vol 9 No 1, p.23-33.
  • Ute Wölfel (2011), 'Inverting the Lives of 'Others': Retelling the Nazi Past in Ehe im Schatten and Das Leben der Anderen ', German Life and Letters, vol. LXIV No. 4, October, p. 601-618.
  • Ute Wölfel (2009), 'Paradise Regained. Topographies of the Self in the Prose Fiction of Angela Krauss'. In: David Clarke, Rechtien (eds.) Politics of Place in Post-War Germany. Essays in Literary Criticism. Mellen Press, p. 149-70.
  • Ute Wölfel & Helen Hughes (2009), 'Women in the Workplace and the Development of DEFA Documentary Style'. In: Glossen. Journal on Literature and Art in the German-Speaking Countries, 29/ 2009
  • Ute Wölfel (2007), 'Karl Mickel'. In: Ursula Heukenkamp, Peter Geist (eds.), Deutschsprachige Lyriker des 20. Jahrhunderts. Berlin: Erich Schmidt Verlag, p. 529-39.
  • Ute Wölfel (2005), 'Die autonome Produktion: Arbeitswelt in der DDR-Prosa am Beispiel von Angela Krauß' Das Vergnügen'. In: Ute Wölfel (ed.) Literarisches Feld DDR. Bedingungen und Formen literarischer Produktion in der DDR. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, p. 31-51.
  • Ute Wölfel (2004), 'Berlin - Bilder keiner Großstadt. Zur Darstellung und Funktion der Stadt in der Nachkriegsprosa Elisabeth Langgässers'. In: Hania Siebenpfeiffer, Ute Wölfel (eds.) Krieg und Nachkrieg. Konfigurationen der deutschsprachigen Literatur (1940-1965). Berlin: Erich Schmidt Verlag, p. 123-48.
  • Ute Wölfel (2002), '"Ich bin der Sieger der Geschichte". Zu Aspekten des DDR-Bildes in Arbeiten von Monika Maron nach 1989'. In: Marion George, Andrea Rudolph (eds.), Selbstfindung - Selbstkonfrontation: Frauen in gesellschaftlichen Umbrüchen. Dettelbach: Röll Verlag, p. 131-42.
  • Ute Wölfel (2004), '"Der weibliche Ketzer heißt Hexe"? Widerstand zwischen Mythos und Geschichte in irmtraud Morgners Amanda. Ein Hexenroman'. In Marion George, Andrea Rudolph (eds.), Hexen - Historische Faktizität und fiktive Bildlichkeit. Dettelbach: Röll Verlag, p. 351-63.