Lecturer in Modern Languages (German)

Alex Lloyd

Alex Lloyd


I teach German language and literature from the mid-eighteenth to the twenty-first century, in particular post-1945 literature and film. Modern prescribed authors and filmmakers on whom I offer undergraduate teaching include Thomas Mann, Günter Grass, Christa Wolf, and Christian Petzold. In the Faculty, my recent lectures include series on post-1990 literature and film, women’s writing, and cultural memory. At graduate level, I have taught a special subject (Literature and Visual Culture after 1900) for the Mst in Modern Languages and I act as a college advisor for students in the Humanities. In June 2019, I received a Teaching Excellence Award from the University’s Humanities Division.

For a number of years I was part of the team which runs the Oxford German Network, an initiative of the German department of the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages dedicated to cross-cultural cooperation between schools, cultural organisations, businesses, and policy-makers.


My main research interests are in twentieth-century German culture, particularly the depiction of children and childhood, and engagements with the history and memory of war and dictatorship. I have published widely on post-war German literature and film, and recently finished my first book, Childhood, Memory, and the Nation: Young Lives under Nazism in Contemporary German Culture (2020). I currently run a project on the White Rose resistance, a group of students and a professor who secretly wrote and distributed anti-Nazi pamphlets in the early 1940s. Since June 2019, I have held a Knowledge Exchange Fellowship at the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH). I have been working with the Munich-based White Rose Foundation (Weiße Rose Stiftung) to raise awareness of the history and legacy of the White Rose, contextualising them in a much larger story about the power of the written word, and how culture can inform political action. For more information, please visit the project website.

As both a singer and a linguist, I am also interested in the relationship between language, translation, and music. I am the co-convener of a research network exploring the interaction of music and words in the nineteenth- and twentieth-century European song tradition, the Oxford Song Network. I have devised translation workshops with undergraduates, exploring theories of vocal translation and the practical aspects of adapting texts for performance. In 2014 I worked with students on translations of German songs from World War I as part of a college commemoration event.

Selected Publications

Childhood, Memory, and the Nation: Young Lives under Nazism in Contemporary German Culture (Cambridge: Legenda, 2020)

‘Emotional History and Legacies of War in Recent German Comics and Graphic Novels’, in Documenting Trauma in Comics: Traumatic Pasts, Embodied Histories, and Graphic Reportage, ed. by Dominic Davies and Candida Rifkind (Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020), pp. 49-67

The White Rose: Reading, Writing, Resistance, ed. and introduction by Alexandra Lloyd (Oxford: Taylor Institution Library, 2019)

Yoko Tawada in Dialogue, co-edited with Christoph Held and Henrike Lähnemann (Oxford: Taylor Institution Library, 2018)

Afterimages of a Saint: Felicitas Hoppe’s Johanna and the Poetics of Writing History’, Journal of Romance Studies, 18 (2018), 341-56

Wir wollten doch wissen, wie groß die Gefahr war: The German War Child as Icon and Agent in Berlin School Essays, 1946’, The War Child in the Occupation Period (1945-9), ed. by Beate Müller, Debbie Pinfold, Ute Wölfel, special issue of German Life and Letters, 69 (2016), 437-52

Songs of Innocence and Experience:’ Michael Haneke’s Cinematic Visions of Childhood’, Modern Language Review, 111 (2016), 183-207

Childhood in German Film after 1989, co-edited with Ute Wölfel, special issue of Oxford German Studies, 44 (2015)

Rescreening Erich Kästner after the Wall: Adaptations in the Berlin Republic’, Childhood in German Film after 1989, ed. by Alexandra Lloyd and Ute Wölfel, special issue of Oxford German Studies, 44 (2015), 289-310

Dolls and Play: Material Culture and Memories of Girlhood in Germany, 1933-1945’, in Dolls Studies: The Many Meanings of Girls’ Toys and Play, ed. by Miriam Forman-Brunell and Jennifer Whitney (New York: Peter Lang, 2015), pp. 37-63

Institutionalized Stories: Childhood and National Socialism in Contemporary German Museum Displays’, Post-War Literature and Institutions, ed. by Seán M. Williams and W. Daniel Wilson, special issue of Oxford German Studies, 43 (2014), 89-105

Writing Childhood in Ruth Klüger’s weiter leben: Eine Jugend’, Forum for Modern Language Studies, 49 (2013), 175-83

Modern Languages and Linguistics
Dr Lloyd

The story of the White Rose is best told when the individuals involved speak for themselves, in their letters, diaries, and pamphlets, and not when they are idealized or mythologized.