Professor Helen Watanabe-O'Kelly

Professor of German Literature; Emeritus Fellow of Exeter College


Professor Watanabe-O'Kelly's main research interests are in German literature and culture from the late 15th to the early 18th centuries within their European context, in women's writing in all periods and in the representation of women in German literature and culture. She has made a special study of early modern court festivals of all kinds throughout Europe and of court culture. She is currently leading the research project 'Marrying Cultures: Queens Consort and European Identities, 1500-1800'


  • German studies in all its aspects
  • Gender and feminism, especially the representation of women and death
  • Early modern German literature and culture
  • European court culture
  • Literary and intellectual history

Media experience

Professor Watanabe-O'Kelly has media experience, including print and broadcast. 


English, German