The Institute is delighted to announce that Andrea Capovilla has been appointed as Director of the Ingeborg Bachmann Centre for Austrian Literature and Culture at the IMLR.
Dr Capovilla read German, History and Philosophy at the University of Vienna, graduating with an MA dissertation entitled ‘Irmgard Keuns Romane im Kontext der Neuen Sachlichkeit’. Her doctoral thesis, Der lebendige Schatten. Film in der Literatur bis 1938 was published by Böhlau in 1994.
She has held posts at the Universities of Vienna, Oxford and Cambridge. Her areas of particular interest are in 20th-century and contemporary Austrian, German, Swiss and Anglophone literature, film, gender studies, and Jewish studies. Her book Entwürfe weiblicher Identität in der Moderne (Igel Verlag 2004) analyses the network of cultural exchanges between Vicki Baum, Milena Jesenská, Gina Kaus, and Alice Rühle-Gerstel in Vienna, Berlin, Prague, and in exile. She has written for the Wiener Zeitung and Falter.
Dr Capovilla will take up her post on 15 January 2018.