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Dr. Peter Arnds

Associate Professor (School Office Language Lit & Cult Stud)


Peter Arnds is an internationally recognized scholar working in the fields of Comparative Literature, post-1945 German Literature, Literary Translation and the Environmental Humanities. His eight book publications include four academic monographs, an award-nominated literary translation, an edited volume on translating Holocaust literature, and over 60 journal articles and book chapters. In 2018 Dr Arnds became one only 40 researchers in Ireland to receive the international distinction of being elected into the Academia Europaea, the pan-European Academy of Humanities, Letters, Law, and Sciences. Membership is by invitation only following a rigorous peer-review and voting process to confirm the quality and eminence of the candidate's scholarship within their field of expertise. His translation of Swiss playwright Patrick Boltshauser's first novel (Rapids) was longlisted for the Dublin International Literary (IMPAC) Award and reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement in 2016. During his time as the Writer-in-Residence at the Heinrich Böll Cottage (supported by a grant from the Irish Arts Council), he wrote and illustrated a poetry chapbook published in 2014 by Redfox Press. His short stories, poems, and first novel have been published in highly-regarded presses, anthologies, and literary magazines in the U.S. and Europe. In 2015 he was elected into the PEN International Centre for German Writers Abroad. Dr Arnds is a leading expert on the works of Nobel Laureate Günter Grass and was among a select group of distinguished writers and scholars who were invited by the author to contribute essays to a volume entitled 'Freipass' that Grass helped produce shortly before his death in 2015. Dr Arnds has served as the Director of the Comparative Literature MPhil at Trinity College Dublin since 2009 and previously directed the MPhil in Literary Translation until stepping down in 2016 to take over as Head of the Department of German, followed by two years as the Head of Italian. He currently serves as the Faculty Mentor to the Trinity Journal of Literary Translation. His latest book will be available in both paperback and hardback editions following its worldwide release in January of 2021. Published by Bloomsbury through their US division, 'Wolves at the Door: Migration, Dehumanization, Rewilding the World' is a comparative study which engages a reading of the metaphors of dehumanization and racialization that lie at the intersection of political rhetoric, ecocriticism, and world literature.
  18th Century intellectual history   children's literature   comparative literature and cultural theory   Exile literature   German Intellectual History   Literary theory   Literature and cultural history of the Enlightenment   literature of genocide, Holocaust   Literature, philosophy and ideology   magical realism   Modern German and Austrian literature   Modern Italian writers   mythology   Post war German literature   psychology and literature   Translation   Weimer Classicism and Romanticism   Writers and politics
 Myth, Nationalism and Migration
 Translating Auschwitz: The Holocaust and the Politics of Translation
 Myth Matters: Representation of Trauma and Political Violence in World Literature
 Translating Myth over Time: The Nation, War, Trauma
 Reassessing Satire in the Age of Terror

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Member, Coordinating Committee for the Comparative History of Literatures in European Languages (one of the research committees of the International Comparative Literature Association) 2018
External Reader, Camden House 2010
External examiner for Vanesa Cotroneo, Friedrich Alexander Univ, Erlangen, Germany 2020
Member, Scientific Committee, Universidad de Complutense, Madrid 2016
External Supervisor, Carole Mora, "W.G. Sebald and Jungian Psychoanalysis," Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, USA 2018
Judge, International Undergraduate Awards 2016
President, Comparative Literature Association of Ireland 2014
Advisory Board, Metacritic Journal of Comparative Literature and Theory 2017
Assessor, Leverhulme Trust (UK) 2015
Editorial Board member, The German Quarterly 2003
Outside reader for Revue Frontières, Université du Québec à Montréal 2011
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French Fluent Fluent Fluent
German Fluent Fluent Fluent
Italian Fluent Fluent Fluent
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Academia Europaea 2018 present
President, Comparative Literature Association of Ireland 2014 present
Modern Language Association 1995 present
American Comparative Literature Association 1998 2013
Elected to the PEN Centre for German Writers Abroad, part of PEN International 2015 present
Peter Arnds, Wolves at the Door: Migration, Dehumanization, Rewilding the World, New York, London, Oxford, Sydney, Delhi:, Bloomsbury Publishers, 2021, 225pp, Book, IN_PRESS  URL
Urban and Rural Walking in W.G. Sebald and Other Contemporary Literature in, Jeremy Tambling , The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Urban Literary Studies, London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2020, [Peter Arnds], Book Chapter, ACCEPTED
Peter Arnds, 'Taugenichts', PEN Decamerone-Zukunftsentwuerfe, PEN Center Abroad, 2020, -, Fiction and creative prose, PUBLISHED  URL
Peter Arnds, Keynote address: "Wolves and the Poetics of Migration: Translating Theory, Rethinking Comparative Literature", Locations and Dislocations of Theory, Cluj Napoca, March 9, 2020, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Peter Arnds, Keynote address: "The Lost Art of Happenstance: Randomness and Travel Literature", BCLA conference on topic of 'randomness', Queens University, Belfast, Sept, 2020, Invited Talk, ACCEPTED
Peter Arnds, Frankenstein and Primo Levi: Reading Mary Shelley in the Context of the Holocaust and Contemporary Biopolitics, Jahrbuch der Inklings Gesellschaft, 2020, Journal Article, ACCEPTED
Peter Arnds, 'Identity Construction and the Politics of Slow Travel in Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Travel Literature', CompLit: Journal of European Literature, Arts and Society, 2020, Journal Article, ACCEPTED
Peter Arnds, Rewilding the World in the Postcolonial Age: On the Nexus between Cultural Production and Species Politics, Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 57, 2020, Journal Article, IN_PRESS  DOI
Peter Arnds, Review of Glocal Narratives of Resilience, by Ana Maria Fraile Marcos , Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 2020, Review, IN_PRESS
Peter Arnds, 'Aufbruch', Lenos Verlag, 2020, - 300, Translation, SUBMITTED

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Peter Arnds, 'The Animals Inside Us', Syntalk Radio Talkshow, Mumbai, India, 2019, -, Broadcast, PERFORMED
Arnds, Peter, 'Ich bin ein Berliner', John F. Kennedy - the man, the myth, the legacy, The History Show, RTE Radio 1, 2017, 1 - 4, Broadcast, PERFORMED
Arnds, Peter, 'Lycanthropy 101', Radio Adelaide, 2016, -, Broadcast, PUBLISHED
Arnds, Peter, 'Germany Facing Its Past', The History Channel, RTE, 2014, -, Broadcast, PRESENTED
Arnds, Peter, 'Alan Turing', RTE, History Channel, 2014, -, Broadcast, PRESENTED
Arnds, Peter, '1914 Christmas Truce ', Dublin, RTE, History Show, 2014, -, Broadcast, PRESENTED
Arnds, Peter, 'Intellectual Life in Germany', Ulster Theatre Festival, RTE, 2011, -, Broadcast, PRESENTED
Arnds, Peter, 'Why Indians Read Hitler's Mein Kampf', Newstalk Radio Show, Dublin, 2009, -, Broadcast, PRESENTED
Arnds, Peter, 'Greek Tragedy Today', Modern Language Association, US, 2004, -, Notes: [Interviewed by Sally Placksin for the MLA radio show, What's the Word.], Broadcast, PRESENTED


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Elected into the Academia Europaea 2018
Longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award for "Rapids" (English translation of Patrick Boltshauser's novel Stromschnellen) 2016
Fellow, TCD 2012
Elected into PEN Centre for German Writers Abroad, part of PEN International 2015
Visiting Professorship, Department of English, University of Salamanca 2019
Visiting Professorship at the JM Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice. Residency funded by Univ. of Adelaide's European Union Centre for Global Affairs. 2016
Visiting Fellow at Institute of Advanced Study at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, India 2012 & 2015
All-Ireland Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, awarded by The Undergraduate Awards Committee for European Studies student Ruth Murphy's winning essay on Primo Levi, the Muselmann and Viktor Frankl in the category of Social Sciences 2015
Writer-in-Residence - Heinrich Böll Foundation/Böll Cottage, Achill Island (co-funded by the Arts Council of Ireland) 2012
All-Ireland Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, awarded by The Undergraduate Awards Committee for German Studies student Laura Sinnott's winning essay on The Tin Drum in the field of Languages and Linguistics 2011
Awarded William L. Stamey Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching, College of Arts and Sciences, Kansas State University 1999
Keynote Address: "The Lost Art of Happenstance: Randomness and Travel Literature" British Comparative Literature Association Triennial Conference, Queens University, Belfast September 15, 2020
Keynote Address: "Wolves and the Poetics of Migration: Translating Theory, Rethinking Comparative Literature" Locations and Dislocations of Theory, Cluj Napoca, Romania March 9, 2020
Keynote Address: "Mythical Realism North and South: Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children and Günter Grass's The Tin Drum", Rethinking the Global North and South: Literature, Film, Media, Lucknow, India, Shri Ramswaroop University February 2, 2019
Keynote Address: "Sognare lupi: Dal mito a Freud," Myth and Dreams, International Conference, University of Bologna May 23, 2019
Keynote Address: "Seeking Sanctuaries: Dehumanization and Precarious Cities in World Literature," at "Challenging Precarity. International Conference." Auro University, Surat, India January 28, 2019
Keynote Address: "Into the Cold: On the Uses and Abuses of Water in Literature and Politics," at Traumatic Modernities: From Comparative Literature to Medical Humanities, International Conference and Seminars Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland April 19, 2017
Keynote Address: "Bodies and Minds in Flux: Lycanthropy and Politics in Myth and World Literature", The Return of the Body: Revisiting Cultures of the Body, JNU Centre for English Studies February 10, 2016
Keynote Address: "Myth, Emotion, Trauma: Mapping Myth and Metaphor in World Literature", 4th International Conference on Myth Criticism (Myth and Emotions), Spain, Universidad de Complutense, Madrid October 25, 2016
Visiting Research Fellow: Center for Gender and Women's Culture in Asia, Nara Womens' University (with Dr Jennifer Edmond) - Nara, Japan March 2016
Dr Arnds has an extensive publication record in the fields of Comparative Literature, German Studies, the Environmental Humanities and Literary Translation. He is internationally recognised for his scholarship on the Nobel Laureate Günter Grass and for his work on race, genocide, trauma, and representations of the Third Reich in literature, culture, and translation. His latest book will appear in both paperback and hardback in January 2021. Published by the American division of Bloomsbury, the monograph is entitled 'Wolves at the Door: Migration, Dehumanization, Rewilding the World.' This comparative study engages a reading of metaphors of dehumanization and racialization that lie at the intersection of political rhetoric, ecocriticism, and world literature. The monograph examines how the metaphorical representation of a species can aid or prevent its extinction, while also studying how the politics of rewilding (the reintroduction of species to a region) interacts with biodiversity, cultural diversity and cultural production. Dr Arnds is currently writing a fifth monograph with the working title 'The Cultural Politics of Walking in World Literature: Resilience, Race, Gender, Identity' following on from his recent work as the Guest Editor of a special 2020 journal issue on the topic of Slow Travel and Eco-Awareness in Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century Literature. Published in the Studies in Modern European Literature series with Palgrave Macmillan, his 2015 monograph 'Lycanthropy in German Literature' is an interdisciplinary project at the interstices of literature, philosophy, psychology, and anthropology and includes literary texts from Icelandic saga through the picaresque genre, romanticism, realism, and the twentieth century. Dr Arnds currently serves on several funded global research networks including Challenging Precarity: A Global Network and Narratives of Resilience, working together with scholars in India, the UK, Spain, Italy, Poland, Germany, the US, Australia, and Canada. He is the Faculty Mentor to the Trinity Journal of Literary Translation and has served as the Director of Trinity College's postgraduate programme in Comparative Literature since 2009.