Department of German and Centre for Film and Screen
Daniella took her bachelor’s at Oxford, graduating in German with two Gibbs Prizes (Highest First in MML faculty for both prelims and finals) and winning the Worcester Society Arts Prize for the best results in arts subjects. She went on to explore six languages and cultural traditions during her master’s, getting a Distinction in Comparative Literature and Critical Translation. At Cambridge, her doctoral research explores the provocative work of Rainer Werner Fassbinder, leading light of the New German Cinema in the 1970s. Drawing on insights from emotion science and embodied cognition, the project investigates how Fassbinder’s brand of queer, camp, and critical realism has engaged viewers of different cultures over the last half century, and what his work might have to say to us today. Daniella has sat on the juries of UK film festivals, and currently chairs the interdisciplinary discussion group, ‘Filmosophy’. She has worked as a journalist and copy editor in Munich; has six years’ experience as a teacher of language and literature; and also keeps a blog, Notes on Campus, where she explores her ideas outside the ivory towers of academia. www.notesoncampus.com.