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Petra joined the School in 1990 to teach German language, society and literature. She has also taught and been the module leader for Research Methods on the IBC programme. She has been external examiner for German at the University of Wolverhampton and University of Huddersfield. Since 2007 she has been a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Currently her responsibilities include being the Research Degrees' Tutor (RDT) for languages.
Petra graduated with a BA (Hons) in German language and literature from the University of Manchester in 1984 and a year later was awarded an MA in German literature from the University of Alberta, Canada. Having gained a scholarship to study contemporary German literature at the University of Stirling, she achieved her PhD in 1993. She published her thesis as a book with Akademischer Verlag in 1996 under the title of Somebody's Daughter. The Portrayal of Daughter-Parent Relationships by Contemporary Women Writers from German- speaking Countries.
Petra's teaching career began in Canada at the University of Alberta where she was a teaching assistant during 1984-85 in the Department of Germanic Languages. Whilst completing her doctorate in German women's writing at the University of Stirling, she began a full-time lectureship in German at Lancashire Polytechnic in 1990 (which became UCLan in 1992). She became senior lecturer in German in 1992 and for 10 years was Subject leader for German. Since 2007 she is the Course Leader for IBC/EICC with MFL. Over the years she has served on various School and University committees, currently she is a member of the University's research student committee and the School's research committee.
In press (2014) "Mein Mallorca: A German Spanish Love Affair", Routes and Roots: Identity and Intercultural Exchange in Travel and Tourism, Multilingual Matters/Channel View
(2012) "The Young Hunger Artists: The Portrayal of Eating Disorders by Contemporary Austrian Women Writers". Intercultural Promenades, 1 (1).
(2007) “Granny knows best: the voice of the granddaughter in ‘Grossmütterliteratur’, Elizabeth Boa and Heike Bartel (eds), Pushing at Boundaries: Approaches to Contemporary German Women Writers from Karen Duve to Jenny Erpenbeck, Rodopi: Amsterdam, New York , pp. 151-165
(2006)“A Stolen Childhood: the Fact and Fiction of ‘Schwarze Pädagogik’”, Helen Chambers (ed.), Violence, Culture and Identity: Essays on German and Austrian Literature, Politics and Society, P. Lang: Oxford)pp.359-372
Petra regularly presents papers at home and abroad. These include most recently:
2013-2016 External examiner for German, Manchester Met. Univ.
Petra's research focuses on modern women’s writing from German-speaking countries, in particular Austrian autobiographical fiction and German literature since 1968. She is the author of Somebody’s Daughter: The Portrayal of Daughter-Parent Relationships by Contemporary Women Writers from German-speaking Countries (Akademischer Verlag, 1996). Other publications include the Catholic upbringing of women writers, daughter-father relationships, confessional literature, immigrant narratives and travel writing. From 1994-1997 she was the Director of Studies (PhD supervisor ) for Amanda Mitchell and is currently on a number of supervisory teams in the School. Petra regularly gives papers at national and international conferences.
Petra teaches all levels of German language, society and literature, in particular modules on the German short story, theory and techniques of translation, and women’s writing. She is first-year tutor for German. She supervises final-year translation projects and, for many years, dissertations in International Business Communication, for which she also taught Research Methods. She is also a member of a number of supervisory teams for MPhil/PhD students based in the School. She is currently Course Leader for International Business Communication with a Modern Foreign Language and English for International Corporate Communication with a Modern Language. This role includes marketing the course, especially in Germany, as well as being the personal tutor for these students.