Happy in Berlin?

Take a fresh look at the Berlin myth and uncover lesser known writers, queer identities, psychoanalysis, and ambiguous politics in the works of writers such as Christopher Isherwood, Vita Sackville-West, Stephen Spender, Diana Mosley, and Alix Strachey.

Happy in Berlin? English Writers in the City is a joint Oxford-Berlin project. It reassesses the Berlin myth in three parallel exhibitions at Grimm-Zentrum (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Literaturhaus Berlin, and the Bodleian Library, Oxford, and in the book of the same title. The project website allows you to explore Berlin during the 1920s and 30s in the company of English writers including Virginia Woolf, Christopher Isherwood, and Alix Strachey: https://happy-in-berlin.org/. Both exhibitions in Berlin can be visited from 15th June onwards.


This exhibition is a collaboration between Prof Stefano Evangelista, Trinity College, Oxford University, Prof Gesa Stedman, Centre for British Studies, HU Berlin, the Literaturhaus Berlin, and the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford.

It has received the support of the AHRC, Oxford in Berlin, The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, and Humboldt-Universitäts-Gesellschaft. Gefördert durch OPEN HUMBOLDT Freiräume aus Mitteln der Berlin University Alliance im Rahmen der Exzellenzstrategie von Bund und Ländern.