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The Book and the Sword

The Bible in the Experience and Legacy of the Great War

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Dr habil. Petra Ernst

Dr habil. Petra Ernst

Senior Researcher

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.  

Key Publications

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.

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The Bible, the Great War, and Remembrance Study Day

Sep 01, 2016

This event will take place on 11 October 2016 at St George's, Stockport

The Bible, the Great War, and Remembrance Study Day

Jun 24, 2016

Taking place on 5th October, this study day for clergy will address key questions on the subject of remembrance.

Book and the Sword Film

Jun 15, 2016

Dr Nathan MacDonald and Dr Andrew Mein have released a film explaining the impetus for the project and the role of the Bible in World War I.

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