Dr Thomas Wilks teaches modern and contemporary European literature, German language and translation at University College London; he has also recently taught and examined extensively in German literature, history and cinema at the University of Reading; and in English for Academic Purposes at the University of Southampton. He studied at Royal Holloway, University of London (BA French and German; MA European Literary and Cultural Studies; PhD comparing Michel Leiris's and Hubert Fichte's life-writing projects). He held a Teaching Fellowship in German there as well as appointments in French and as an Associate Examiner, including for the University of London External BA German programme, for which he co-authored study guides on modern literature. Qualified in Teaching Skills for Higher Education, he spent much of his career over the nine years prior to joining UCL in three very different regions and institutions in Germany, teaching advanced English language, translation, theatre, British history, cultural studies and media studies extensively at the Universities of Wuerzburg (where he also ran the English Drama Group), Mainz and Braunschweig. His book on Experimentation and the Autobiographical Search for Identity in the Projects of Michel Leiris and Hubert Fichte was published by Mellen. He has also published articles on Leiris. His research interests are in comparative literature, especially the autobiographical, and translatability in modern and contemporary French and German narrative. His current project, Modelling Distraction in European Literature, investigates connections between discretely signified forms of reconfigured awareness that are unified by the English term 'distraction'; it was boosted by the award to him of the Sylvia Naish Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at the University of London Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies in 2009. http://www.ucl.ac.uk/german/aboutus/staff/tomwilks
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