CV / Curriculum Vitae

Paul Davies is a retired English language instructor at the University of Passau in Germany where he taught courses on essay writing and area studies as well as a seminar on British and American cinema. He holds a BA in German literature from Leicester University England, an MA in German literature from the University of Manitoba, a PhD in German literature from Queen’s University (both Canada), and a TESOL certificate from Sheffield City Polytechnic.


Music and the Nachtwachen. American Studies Series 1: Germanic Languages and Literatures vol. 94 (New York: Peter Lang, 1991).

Lute luvivi – lwedia: The Curse and the Blessing. A Translation into English of the German Lute – der Fluch (1912—18) by Jakob J. Dannholz (1878—1918). Axams, Austria: Steigerdruck, 1989.


“The Political and Social Aspects of Georg Kaiser’s Dramas in the Context of Expressionism.” Frontenac Review 1 (1983): 61—87.

“Why Mozart in the Nachtwachen?” Forum for Modern Language Studies 23.3 (July 1987): 265—73.

Hotz-Davies, Ingrid, and Paul Davies. “Heinrich von Kleist’s Michael Kohlhaas – Peter Hafftiz’s Märckische Chronic: A Comparison of Novelle and Source Material with Particular Regard to Medieval Legal Conceptions.” German Life and Letters 41.1 (October 1987): 9—20.

“Bad Iambics and Assonance: A Note on the Puppet Play in Bonaventura’s Nachtwachen and Friedrich Schlegel’s Alarcos.” Michigan Germanic Studies 14.1 (1988): 30—34.

“Stadtdictung: A Reading of Georg Heym’s ‘Der Gott der Stadt’.” Neophilologus 73 (1989): 411—23.

“Carneval in West Germany.” Der Gong: Zeitschrift der Deutsch-Kanadischen Vereinigung von Nova Scotia (February 1990): 1—3.

“Musical Analogies and their Contexts in Bonaventura’s Nachtwachen.” Orbis Litterarum 45 (1990): 71—83.

“The Use of Drama in English Language Teaching.” TESL Canada Journal 8.1 (November 1990): 114—27.

“Brothers Grimm,” “The Influence of German Romanticism on English Romanticism,” “The Literary Fairytale in German Romanticism,” “Münchhausen, Karl Friedrich Hieronymous, Freiherr von.” Entries in The Encyclopedia of Romanticism. New York: Garland Press, 1991.

“Wagner through the Eyes of Nietzsche: The Critique of Richard Wagner in Robert Musil’s Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften.” Proceedings of the North East Modern Language Association (NEMLA) 1992.

 “’Have a female fun time!’ Soap Operas, Curry Powder and Bollywood in Bhaji on the Beech.” From Empire to Multicultural Society: Cultural and Institutional Changes in Britain. Proceedings of the Ninth British Cultural Studies Conference. Ed. Ulrike Borgmann. Trier: WVT, 1999. 215—27.

“’Everything we are is eternally with us’:  Sin, Predestination, Redemption and the Theological Battles of Recent American Cinema.“ Cultural Expressions of Evil and Wickedness: Wrath, Sex, Crime. Waddell, Terrie. Ed. Amsterdam/New York, NY, 2002.

“’I did so many bad things’: Sin and redemption in the films of Abel Ferrara.” Cultural Expressions of Evil and Wickedness: Wrath, Sex, Crime. Waddell, Terrie. Ed. Amsterdam/New York, NY, 2003. 209—23.

“’Be not overcome by evil but overcome evil with good’ (Romans 12:21): The theology of evil in Man on Fire.” At the Interface: Promoting and Producing Evil. Ed. Nancy Billias. Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2010. 219—34.

“’You snobs! You stupid… stuck-up… toffee-nosed… half-witted… upper-class piles of… pus!’ Basil Fawlty’s “Touch of Class” in the opening episode of Fawlty Towers.” British TV Comedies: Cultural Concepts, Contexts and Controversies. Ed. Jürgen Kamm and Birgit Neumann. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. 99—113.

“Quartet: Ken Russell’s Painter Biopics and How they Anticipate the Later Cinematic Work.” To be published by EUP.


Review of Bless the Child. Perspectives on Evil and Human Wickedness 1.1: 159-60.

Review of Dissolving Views: Key Writings on British Cinema, by Andrew Higson, ed. Journal for the Study of British Culture 5/2 (1988): 230—32.

“Terrorism in Film.” Inter-Disciplinary Net: A Global Network for Dynamic Research and Publishing 1.2 209—11.


“A Broader Canvas.” Sight & Sound. 25.1 (January 2015): 111.

Conference Papers

Kehraus and the Emergence of the Cabaret Film in German Cinema.” 21st Annual Convention of the North East Modern Language Association (NEMLA) 31 March—2 April 1989, Wilmington, USA.

“Innovations and New Approaches to Literature: Heinrich Heine as a Literary Critic in Die Romantische Schule.”  22nd Annual Convention of the North East Modern Language Association 6 April—8 April 1990, Toronto, Canada.

Erfahrungsbericht über das Unterrichten von Jane Campions The Piano in einem allgemeinen Sprachkurs (Grundstufe). Pan-German Conference of University English Language Teachers in Germany Regensburg 1996.

“Scotland in the Films of Powell and Pressburger.” Proceedings of the Eighth British Cultural Studies Conference 1997.

“Der britische Kino / The Story of British Cinema” Friday 9 October 1998 Casablanca Programmkino Oldenburg.

“Punk Cinema.” No Future? Punk 2001, International Conference, University of Wolverhampton, 21—23 September 2001.

“Orphée.” Introductory Talk, Metropolis Cinema, Passau, Germany, 10 April 2005.

“Good architecture needs to be applauded? Buildings and bodies in Peter Greenaway’s The Belly of an Architect.” Inscriptions In the Sand: The Eight International Literature & Humanities Conference, Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta, Cyprus May 12—13 2005.

“Win some, lose some: Race and Gender in White Hunter, Black Heart and The African Queen.” John Huston Centenary Conference, National University of Ireland, Galway, 22—24 November 2006.

“’This man must be stopped: Bring me an elephant gun!’ The Unstoppable Ken Russell and His Contribution to British Cinema in the 1970s and Beyond.” Don’t Look Now? British Cinema in the 1970s. Conference School of Arts, Languages and Literatures, University of Exeter 2007.

“Joel Schuhmacher and the Confessional.” Perspectives on Evil and Human Wickedness Ninth Global Conference 2009. Subsequent publication in e-book version.

“HBO: Eine neue Kraft in der amerikanischen Fernsehlandschaft.” Film- und Fernsehwissenschaftliches Kolloqium, Passau 2009.

“The Prisoner: Original und Remake.” Film- und Fernsehwissenschaftliches Kolloqium, Zürich 31 March—2 April 2011.

“Nur ‘beste‘ Freundinnen?? Schwestern auf Verbrecherjagd im Fernsehen und die feine Kunst des Subtextens bei Rizzoli & Isles.“ Science Slam Benefit for the Passau Flood Victims. University of Passau 10 July 2013.

“‘Dann mussten wir irgendwelches blöde Gemälde anschauen!‘ Pieter De Hoochs Die Trinkerin wird lebendig in Susan Seidelmans The Dutch Master.” Film- und Fernsehwissenschaftliches Kolloqium, Munich 10—12 March 2012.

“Art in Miami Vice: ‘The Lost Madonna.” The Art of the Television Series International Conference. School of Communication/University of Navarre Spain February 2017.

“’Signs of Hysteria and Other Forms of Madness’? Ken Russell’s Quartet of Painter Biopics.” Ken Russell: Perspectives, Reception and Legacy. Kingston University/London July 2017.

“’Can These Dry Bones Rise?’ or from Order to Anarchy: The Various Metamorphoses of the Gospel ’Dry Bones‘ in TV Series and Films.“ Popkongress: Popular Articulations–Articulations of the Popular. University of Passau 14–16 February 2019.