Dr Maggie Sargeant
BA (Hons), University of Stirling, PhD (University of Stirling)
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Roles and responsibilities
Dr Maggie Sargeant has been a lecturer at Heriot-Watt since 2001. Her teaching interests are translation, text production, interpreting and ab initio German.
Research interests include presentations of the First and Second World Wars in German literature, sociocultural aspects of post-war Germany and its relationship with the Second World War, German identity in the light of modern conflicts and distinctions between popular and canonical literatures.
- Changing Notions of Identity: The German Soldier of the Second World War" in H Chambers (ed) Violence, Culture and Identity: Essays on German, Austrian Literature, Politics and Society (2005), Peter Lang, pp. 241-258 - ISBN: 978-3-03910-266-2
- "Roman der deutschen Kriegsflotte oder Roman der geschundenen deutschen Arbeiter?: Theodor Plievier, 'Des Kaisers Kulis' in T F Schneider and H Wagener (eds) Von Richthofen bis Remarque: Deutschsprachige Prosa zum I. Weltkrieg (2003), Rodopi, pp. 359-373 - ISBN: 978-90-420-0955-4
Des Kaisers Kulis is not so much concerned with the 1918 revolution which spread from the German navy to the rest of the country, but presents rather the causes of the uprising of 1917. Plievier's ratings have no party-political motives for withdrawing their labour, but feel forced to take action as a result of their unremitting exploitation. This novel is a challenge to the infamous
legend of the 'stab in the back' and, as such, is not only a presentation of a past war, but also an intervention in the politics of the contemporary time in which it appeared.
- "Memory, Distortion and the War in German Popular Culture: The Case of Konsalik" in W Kidd and B Murdoch (eds) Memory and Memorials: The Commemorative Century (2004) Ashgate, pp. 195-206 -
- "Kitsch and Kunst: Presentations of a Lost War" (2005), Peter Lang - ISBN: 978-3-03-910512-0