I am a literary historian by training and love to return to literary-historical topics, be they matters of Englishness from the Victorian novel to Harry Potter and Downton Abbey; German Heimat-films; national epics in book or film form; Orientalism, cultural nostalgia and “Gypsy” exoticism; or the imaginative repertoire and underlying ideologies of “hard SF” science fiction. A common denominator for much of this is an interest in middlebrow literature and B movies. More broadly culture-historical fields of interest include the history of the Roman Catholic church and the history of war propaganda.
A mixum gatherum of interests: things I do for fun, without developing sustained lines of inquiry. A more focused area of inquiry is the history and theory of the humanities since Giambattista Vico.