Tuesday, 4 March 2014

PhD studentship, University of Bristol (Stefan Zweig Archive, British Library)

Lots of scope for a translation-focused project here, I think:

AHRC Doctoral Studentship
Stefan Zweig Collection Literary Manuscripts
University of Bristol and the British Library

The British Library and Bristol University’s School of Modern Languages invite applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship to work on the Stefan Zweig Collection Literary Manuscripts, funded under the AHRC’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships scheme, to commence on 1 October 2014.

The Zweig Collection, of literary and musical autograph manuscripts, was the passionate work of one of Austria’s foremost twentieth-century authors and represents a panorama of European culture. The student will on the one hand pursue PhD research, supervised in Bristol, on a topic rooted in the literary autographs, and on the other hand work at the Library on a project to digitise the collection and raise its profile among academic and non-academic audiences. This is an excellent opportunity to experience two complementary institutions and professions at the core of humanities research, and to develop a project as academic scholarship on the one hand and for public impact on the other.

The collection invites research from a wealth of disciplinary angles, and we welcome proposals that engage with it from across that range: Austrian/German literary studies, exile studies, musicology and/or history. With significant literary manuscripts in French (e.g. of Balzac, Baudelaire and Mallarmé) and further important items in other languages (such as a fragment of Tolstoy’s Kreutzer Sonata) the collection would also reward comparative literary research and could suit graduates in two languages or joint subjects who wish to pursue their interests in both disciplines for the PhD.

Further details of the studentship are available here:
Informal enquiries are welcome and may be addressed to Dr Steffan Davies (steffan.davies at bristol.ac.uk), who can also provide further details of the Zweig Collection holdings.

Closing date for applications: 24 March 2014. We envisage that interviews of shortlisted candidates will take place in London on 8 April.

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