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Dr Nicola Creighton

Dr Nicola Creighton
Dr Nicola Creighton



Nicola Creighton was appointed at Queen’s University in November, 2005.  She is currently working on a comparative research project on Carl Schmitt and Carl Einstein and intellectual discourses of the Left and Right in the Weimar Republic, for which she was awarded a British Academy Small Research Grant in 2009.


Her research interests are: modernism and the European Avant-garde; early 20th century German art criticism; the sublime in art and theory; relationships between the political and the aesthetic.

Her teaching interests include German language, literary and visual culture, and the history of ideas.


Nicola attended Trinity College Dublin, graduating with a BA in 1998 and a PhD in 2004 on the German-Jewish writer and art critic Carl Einstein.  During her post-graduate years at Trinity she taught on the Germanic Studies programme and on the history of ideas at the Centre for European Studies.  On completion of her PhD, she spent a year in the arts administration sector, working for Ireland Literature Exchange in Dublin.  She has also worked freelance as an interpreter and as a translator of literary and technical texts.


Nicola’s first academic post was as Teaching Fellow in German at the University of St Andrews in 2005.  She taught prescribed courses there, including Kafka, Thomas Mann and Günter Grass but also introduced fourth year students to her own research area, early 20th century German literary and visual culture, with a module on experimental prose and its connections to painting, film and developments in epistemology and the natural sciences.



“‘Kochendes Petroleum trinken’: Körper, Sinne und Form in Carl Einsteins Kunst des 20. Jahrhunderts.” Körperkult-Körperzwang-Körperstörung, ed. Jürgen Barkhoff, Hürtgenwald: Pressler Verlag, forthcoming 2010.

Co-editor with Cordula Politis, Weg und Bewegung: Medieval and modern encounters, Festschrift in honour of Timothy R. Jackson and Gilbert J. Carr, Vol. 3 of Germanistik in Ireland, Yearbook of the Association of Third-Level Teachers of German in Ireland, 2008.

‘Einstein und Adorno: im Angesicht der “blendenden Einheit der Systeme”. Überlegungen zu einer Annäherung’, in Carl Einstein im Exil, eds. Marianne Kröger and Hubert Roland, Munich: Fink, 2007.

‘The paralysis of “fight or flight”: Carl Einstein’s Georges Braque and Die Fabrikation der Fiktionen in the context of Weimar crisis literature and theory’, in ‘Modern Times’? German Literature and Arts Beyond Political Chronologies / Kontinuitäten der Kultur: 1925-1955, eds. Gustav Frank, Rachel Palfreyman and Stefan Scherer, Bielefeld: Aisthesis, 2005, pp. 273-91.  ‘The Revolution of the Word follows the Revolution of the Eye: Carl Einstein and Cubism in Image and Text’, in Reading Images and Seeing Words, eds. Alan English and Rosalind Silvester, Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2004, pp. 37-56.