Dr. Edward Saunders



Adjunct Faculty in Literature







Topics in Literature: Writers as Witnesses: Autobiography and Memory in Central European Documentary Fiction


Edward Saunders is a literary and cultural historian specializing in questions of cultural memory, urban representation, and ‘life-writing’ (autobiography and biography). He is the author of Arthur Koestler (Reaktion, 2017), a biography of the Hungarian-British writer, as well as the co-editor of two edited volumes.

His academic background is in modern languages and comparative literature, with a Central and Eastern European focus. He studied Russian and German at University College London, graduating with first class honours in 2008, before completing an MPhil degree in European Literature and Culture at Darwin College, University of Cambridge. He obtained a PhD in German Studies and Comparative Literature from the University of Cambridge in 2013, funded by a Cambridge CHESS studentship. The title of his thesis was ‘Imagining Königsberg, 1945-2010’, a study of memory, nostalgia and urban representation in the context of the formerly German, now Russian city of Kaliningrad. He also spent time as a visiting student at the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School for Literary Studies in Berlin in 2010-2011.

From 2012-2017 he was a researcher at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for the History and Theory of Biography, becoming Deputy Director of the Institute in 2014. During this time he developed research interests in Austrian exile studies, contemporary history, and questions of biographical and autobiographical representation. This led to the project on Arthur Koestler, as well as theoretical essays on life-writing.

He is also a certified English language trainer and holds a postgraduate associate certificate from the University of East London in Narrative Research - biographical narratives as seen from the social sciences.

For more information on Dr. Saunders’s research and publications, please see his personal website.