Tom Zille, St Edmund's

Degree: MPHIL
Course: CC
Supervisor: Dr Ross Wilson
Dissertation Title: The competition between literary and linguistic theories of English prose rhythm in the twentieth century

Biographical Information

After training as a bookseller in Leipzig, I studied English and German Literature and Linguistics at the Humboldt University of Berlin and at Cambridge University. My MPhil is supported by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation. For the Academic year 2018-2019, I served as a member of the Cambridge University Botanic Garden Syndicate.

Research Interests

I work on English and German literature and the history of the book from the early modern period to the mid-twentieth century, with a particular interest in Elizabethan and Metaphysical poetry, the eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century novel, and late Modernism as well as its competitors. Favourite topics include Anglo-German literary relations; the intersections of literary studies and linguistics; processes of influence, reception, and canonization; representations of class and gender; genre development; figurations of tragedy and comedy; Mediaevalism; the history of translation; stylistics (particularly questions of rhythm, syntax, and lexicon); the historicity of language in fiction, and the ways in which political beliefs inscribe themselves into literary works.

I am also currently finishing a monograph with the provisional title, Christian Felix Weiße the Translator, which will be published by imlr books.

Selected Publications

 Recent Journal Articles, Reviews, and Essays

"A Change of Mind: The Reception of Treadwell Walden’s The Great Meaning of Metanoia (1896)," History of Humanities (forthcoming 2020)

Review of Comparing Grief in French, British and Canadian Great War Fiction (1977-2014), by Anna Branach-Kallas and Piotr Sadkowski, Comparative Literature Studies (forthcoming 2020)

" 'All My Heroines Must Like Him:' Circumscribing the Spouse in Jane Austen's Plan of a Husband," in The Anthology of Babel, ed. by Ed Simon (New York: Punctum) (forthcoming November 2019)

"Inevitable Answers: The Joke and its Relation to Social Equilibrium in the Novels of Ivy Compton-Burnett," Women: A Cultural Review 30.1 (2019), pp. 27-42.

Review of Ivy Compton-Burnett, by Barbara Hardy, English Studies 99.8 (2018), pp. 1003-1005.

Recent Translations

Adania Shibli, "Dieses Meer gehört Mohammad al-Khatib," transl. from the English by Tom Zille, Sprache im technischen Zeitalter (forthcoming December 2019)

A.L. Kennedy, "Alle Hassen Uns Und Uns Ist Das Egal," transl. from the English by Tom Zille, LCB diplomatique, 28 October 2019

Recent Conference Papers

"Zwischen Pädagogik und Kulturvermittlung: Christian Felix Weißes Übersetzungen englischer Jugendliteratur," Christian Felix Weißes Werk im europäischen Kontext: Kinder- und Jugendliteratur und populäre Aufklärung, Leipzig, 27-29 November 2019 (forthcoming)

"In the Shadow of the Modernists: Conservative New Realisms in Twentieth-Century English Literature," Realisms of the Avantgarde, Münster, 5-7 September 2018

"Georgette Heyer and the Language of the Historical Novel," The Nonesuch? Georgette Heyer and her Historical Fiction Contemporaries, London, 19 June 2018