Dr Richard Millington

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Senior Lecturer in German School of Languages and Cultures


Teaching in 2019


BA (Hons) PhD


Dr Richard Millington started as a Lecturer in German at VUW in 2006 after completing his PhD on German Expressionist poetry. Prior to that, he had studied in Wellington, Moscow and Berlin and lived for extended periods in other parts of Europe as well, working as a language teacher and translator. His special interests include 20th century literature from the German-speaking world, comparative literary studies (especially the European Avant-garde) and translation studies.

Current research projects

  • Cocaine in literary Expressionism
  • Literary Galicia of the late Habsburg and interwar periods
  • Poetry of Georg Trakl.

Research supervision

Current supervision

  • The stories of Heinrich von Kleist
  • German poetry of the First World War.

Proposals welcome

  • German literature since the 18th century
  • Comparative literature with a German and/or Russian component
  • Translation studies.

Teaching interests

  • German language
  • German literature and film
  • German-English translation (theory and practice).

Selected publications


Snow from Broken Eyes: Cocaine in the Lives and Works of Three Expressionist Poets Bern: Peter Lang, 2012, 341pp.

Reference article

“Georg Trakl.” www.germanlit.org: a website for German-language literature. https://sites.google.com/site/germanliterature/20th-century/trakl


Wild Heart Turning White: Georg Trakl and Cocaine.” The Public Domain Review: Selected Essays Vol. II. PDR: Cambridge, 2015, pp. 169-79.

Max Pulver’s Himmelpfortgasse: Fictionalizing the 1920s Cocaine Craze in German-Speaking Europe.” Central Europe 12/2 (Nov. 2014). 159-73.

“Deutsch, undeutsch, kleinrussisch: The Shifting National Loyalties of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch.” Intercultural Encounters in German Studies. Ed. Alison Lewis and Alan Corkhill. St Ingbert: Röhrig, 2014, pp. 121-37.

“‘Immer wieder kehrst du, Melancholie’: Plotting Georg Trakl’s Poetic Sadness.” Edinburgh German Yearbook 6: Sadness in Modern German-Language Literature and Culture. Ed. Mary Cosgrove and Anna Richards. Rochester: Camden House, 2012, pp. 95-111.

“From the Evening-Land to the Wild East: Symbolic Geography in Three Poems by Georg Trakl.”German Life and Letters 64/4 (Oct. 2011). pp. 521-35.

“Durch Dichtung zur Wahrheit: Gedächtniskrisen als Erzählimpuls in Max Frischs Zürcher Trilogie.” Kritische Ausgabe 20 (2011), pp. 23-25.

“Dissent in the nation of nobles: The Polishness of Joseph Roth’s ‘The Bust of the Emperor’” New Zealand Slavonic Journal 42 (2008), pp.121-36.

“Configurations of Memory Crisis in the Narrative Prose of Max Frisch.” Limbus 2008Australisches Jahrbuch für germanistische Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft. Erinnerungskrisen. Ed. Franz-Josef Deiters, Axel Fliethmann et al. Freiburg: Rombach, 2008, pp. 181-98.

“‘Klänge, weich und trunken’: Georg Trakl’s Poetics of Intoxication.” AUMLA 107 (May 2007), pp. 77-102.

“Pameelen in the Snow: Towards a Reading of Gottfried Benn’s Episode with Cocaine.” Seminar 40/4 (Nov. 2004), pp. 349-67.


Teaching in 2019