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Professor Chloe Paver

Associate Professor in German


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My research centres on German and Austrian history museums, considering the museum as one a range of social practices for dealing with Germany's fraught 20th century. After a decade working on the material culture that is put on display in these museums, leading to the monograph Exhibiting the Nazi Past, I am currently pursuing work on the discourses that surround history museums. This includes the speeches that are given at the opening ceremonies of exhibitions, the use of 'leichte Sprache' or simple language to make museums accessible to people with learning disabilities, discourses of Europe in the museum, and translation for museums. 

I teach modules relating directly to my research questions (in particular ‘Dictatorships on Display: History Exhibitions in Germany and Austria’) but I also teach more widely across various eras of German literature and film. I have considerable experience of teaching in the MA Translation programme and have supervised many PhD and masters dissertations.

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Chloe Paver welcomes enquiries about postgraduate supervision (MRes, MPhil and PhD degrees) in topics related to:

  • Museum exhibitions and memorial sites commemorating the Third Reich
  • Cultural memory
  • Walking tours in the German city
  • Museums and accessbility
  • Representations of National Socialism and the Holocaust in German and Austrian fiction and film

Chloe undertook the first wide-ranging investigation of the material culture displayed in historical exhibitions about the National Socialist era, which was published as a monograph, Exhibiting the Nazi Past: Museum Objects between the Material and the Immaterial. Together with a further nine articles and chapters, this research investigated the social and institutional forces that shape these exhibitions and of the ways in which they display the material traces of the past. She is currently pursuing various avenues of enquiry: the speeches given by dignitaries at the opening ceremonies of exibitions; church sermons preached on the occasion of a history exhibition about the Lutheran Church; violence in the museum; cultural walking tours; and the deployment of 'leichte Sprache' and Easy Read for accessbility at museums dealing with 'difficult histories'.  

Chloe spent the year 2006-07 as a Humboldt Fellow working under the supervision of Prof. Aleida Assmann at the University of Konstanz and gave papers both there and at the University of Vienna. In 2007 she completed a monograph for OUP: a study of the ways in which recent German and Austrian literature and film approach the subject of the Nazi past, and of the ways in which we study these approaches. With Prof. Bill Niven of Nottingham Trent University she edited a volume of articles, Difficult Pasts: Memorialisation In Germany Since 1945.  This was the first major collection of research into the diverse memorials to Germany's various ‘pasts' and  showed how both the memorials themselves and our ways of conceptualizing them diversified over the decades. 

Chloe was lead editor for the 4th edn of the MHRA Style Guide, a key resource for writers in the arts and humanities. She chaired a team of editors and publishers to bring the Guide into line with new developments in electronic publishing and changing attitudes and expectations. 

Chloe co-organized two conferences for WIGS (Women in German Studies), in 1996 and in 2023. During the pandemic she organized an online symposium on 'Germany's Memory Mainstream'.

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Postgraduate Supervision since 2001

  • PhD, '21st-Century Holocaust Memorials and Theories of Transnational Memory', Lydia Souter, 2018-2023. Funded by the University of Exeter. As second supervisor.
  • PhD, 'Self-Translation of Mathematical Texts in Seventeenth-Century France: The Cases of Pascal, Mersenne and Herigone', Sean Morris, 2017-21. Funded by the University of Exeter. As second supervisor.
  • PhD, ‘The Aestheticization of Green Ideas in German Literature', Simon Meacher, 1999-2003, 2 years' University of Exeter funding, one year's AHRB funding.
  • PhD, ‘Narratives of Change and Continuity: Theatre Institutions in East Berlin and Brandenburg in the Transition to the New Germany', Elizabeth Catling, 2000-2005, funded by the University of Exeter.
  • PhD, ‘Erfundene Welten, Modelle der Wirklichkeit. Eine hermeneutisch-rezeptionsästhetische Analyse von Christoph Ransmayrs Romanen unter besonderer Berücksichtigung von „Morbus Kitahara"', Markus Spitz, 2000-2005, funded by the University of Exeter.
  • PhD, ‘Academic and Cultural Institutions in the Fiction of the GDR and the New Germany', Morven Creagh, 2004-2008, AHRC-funded.
  • PhD (second supervisor), 'Self-Translation of Mathematical Texts in Seventeenth-Century France: The Cases of Pascal, Mersenne, and Hérigone', Sean Morris, 2017-21.

Prof Paver has also supervised 28 MA theses on various aspects of post-1945 German literature and culture, and in German translation studies.

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Copyright Notice: Any articles made available for download are for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the author and the copyright holder.

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  • Paver CEM. (2023) Title Pages, Narrative and Fantasy in the Post-War German Novel, Oxford University Press (OUP), i-iv, DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198159650.002.0001.
  • Paver CEM. (2023) Introduction, Narrative and Fantasy in the Post-War German Novel, Oxford University Press (OUP), x-xii, DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198159650.002.0003.
  • Paver CEM. (2023) Overt Fictionalization And Some Theories Of Narrative, Narrative and Fantasy in the Post-War German Novel, Oxford University Press (OUP), 1-19, DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198159650.003.0001.
  • Paver CEM. (2023) Uwe Johnson: Das Dritte Buch Über Achim, Narrative and Fantasy in the Post-War German Novel, Oxford University Press (OUP), 20-47, DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198159650.003.0002.
  • Paver CEM. (2023) Max Frisch: Mein Name sei Gantenbein, Narrative and Fantasy in the Post-War German Novel, Oxford University Press (OUP), 48-83, DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198159650.003.0003.
  • Paver CEM. (2023) Christa wolf: Nachdenken Über Christa T, Narrative and Fantasy in the Post-War German Novel, Oxford University Press (OUP), 84-116, DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198159650.003.0004.
  • Paver CEM. (2023) Jurek Becker: Jakob Der lügner, Narrative and Fantasy in the Post-War German Novel, Oxford University Press (OUP), 117-163, DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198159650.003.0005.
  • Paver CEM. (2023) Günter Grass: Örtlich Betäubt, Narrative and Fantasy in the Post-War German Novel, Oxford University Press (OUP), 164-195, DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198159650.003.0006.


  • Paver C. (2022) Worthy Words: The Rhetoric of Speeches in Support of Exhibitions about National Socialism, Modern Language Review, volume 117.4.


  • Paver C. (2018) Exhibiting the Nazi Past Museum Objects Between the Material and the Immaterial, Palgrave Macmillan.




  • Niven B, Paver C. (2010) Introduction, Memorialization in Germany since 1945, Springer Nature, 1-12, DOI:10.1057/9780230248502_1.
  • Paver CEM. (2010) What's so Austrian about the Alps? Local, Transnational and Global Perspectives in Austrian Exhibitions about the Alps, Austrian Studies, volume 18, pages 179-195.
  • Paver CEM. (2010) You Shall Know them by Their Objects: Material Culture and Its Impact in Museum Displays about National Socialism, Cultural Impact in the German Context: Models of Transmission, Reception and Influence, Camden House, 169-187.
  • Paver CEM. (2010) From Monuments to Installations: Aspects of Memorialization in Historical Exhibitions about the National Socialist Era, Memorialization In Germany Since 1945, Palgrave Macmillan, 253-264.
  • Paver CEM. (2010) Memorialization In Germany Since 1945, Palgrave Macmillan.



  • Paver CEM. (2008) Gender Issues in German Historical Exhibitions about National Socialism, International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, volume 1, pages 43-55.


  • Paver CEM. (2007) Refractions of the Third Reich in German and Austrian Fiction and Film, Oxford University Press.


  • Paver CEM. (2006) 'Ein Stück langweiliger als die Wehrmachtsausstellung, aber dafür repräsentativer': the Exhibition Fotofeldpost as Riposte to the 'Wehrmacht Exhibition', German Memory Contests: The Quest for Identity in Literature, Film, and Discourse since 1990, Camden House, 107-125.


  • Paver CEM. (2004) Down and out in the New Germany: Urban Homelessness in Post-Wende Fiction, Cityscapes and Countryside in Contemporary German Literature, Peter Lang, 45-65.





  • Paver CEM. (2000) Jesus in the market place:: Ethical capitalism in Gunter !Grass's Unkenrufe, LITERATURE, MARKETS AND MEDIA IN GERMANY AND AUSTRIA TODAY, pages 71-83. [PDF]

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Most of my teaching draws on past and present research. In particular, the modules 'A Nation Remembers' and 'Dictatorships on Display' accompany my current investigations into German and Austrian cultural memory. Students on these modules read my latest, often as yet unpublished, research as well finding out about new research reported at recent conferences. Dictatorships on Display uses photographs that I have taken on museum visits in Germany and Austria -- material that is unavailable online -- which means that students on this module are the only students in the UK given access to this knowledge and interpretation. A second-year optional module, 'Youth and Age in German Literature and Film' equips students to contribute to current debates on tensions between the generations.

I teach all levels of language, from first to final year and the MA Translation.

In 2014 I was given an award for 'Best Feedback Provider' by the Student Guild.

Modules taught

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