Centre for Jewish Studies, Graz University
Petra Ernst was educated at the universities of Würzburg and Munich (Germany) in German literature studies, linguistics, musicology, and Theatre studies, she started her academic career in Munich. She has published articles and books on German-Jewish literature of the 19th and early 20th century with a focus on the last decades of the Habsburg Monarchy. Her research interests include space theory and literature, narrative and history, literature and collective memory. She directs a project on German-Jewish literature in the era of World War One (funded by the FWF - Austrian Science Fund). In this context she has a particular interest in biblical narratives and motifs, and their interpretation in Jewish ‘war literature’ of the First World War.
Dr Ernst's recent publications include: Petra Ernst/Eleonore Lappin-Eppel (eds.), Jüdische Publizistik und Literatur im Zeichen des Ersten Weltkriegs, Innsbruck et al.: Studienverlag 2016; Petra Ernst (ed.): European-Jewish Literatures and World War I, [=Yearbook of the Association for European Jewish Literature Studies, 1], Berlin: de Gruyter 2014; Petra Ernst/Alexandra Strohmaier (eds.), Raum: Konzepte in den Künsten, Kultur- und Naturwissenschaften, Baden Baden: Nomos 2013.