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Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership - Student Profiles





I work on conceptions of hearing and listening in German and European modernist writing, especially Rilke. My other interests include aesthetics, performance and art history, and comparative studies from the eighteenth century onwards.

I am also interested in the role of the arts in the rehabilitation of prisoners, and have been a mentor on a Learning Together course at HMP Whitemoor offered by the university’s Institute of Criminology and the Faculty of Divinity.


MPhil in European, Latin American and Comparative Literatures and Cultures (2017) 

BA in Modern and Medieval Languages, University of Cambridge (2016)


Key publications: 

'"Konturen" and "Trübungen": Der Tod in Venedig and Rilke’s Third Elegy', Publications of the English Goethe Society 88.2 (forthcoming, July 2019)

Department: German
Supervisor: Dr. Lucia Ruprecht
College: Jesus
AHRC subject area: Languages and literature
Title of thesis: Conceptions of Hearing in German Modernism
 Syamala  Roberts