Henriette Seeliger

Professur Anglistik: Anglistische Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft
An der Universität 9
96047 Bamberg




Prof. Dr. Christoph Houswitschka (Lehrstuhl für Englische Literaturwissenschaft)


Men of the House – The Historicizing Construction of Masculinity in Recent British Period Drama 


As current debates in Western societies show, traditional gender roles are dissolving and we are confronted with questions that go beyond the prescribed roles for men and women, but question the binary division of the sexes itself. Yet, while old gender traditions are changing fast, paradoxically heritage drama series such as Downton Abbey (2010–2015), Mr Selfridge (2013–2016), and Upstairs, Downstairs (2010–2012), set in times when gender roles still seemed rather clear-cut, run very successfully. Based on Andreas Reckwitz’s theory of hybrid subjects and using methods of social semiotics and multimodal discourse analysis, my dissertation project seeks to answer the question whether the series reflect current changes in the gender order, or whether they are the visual expression of a backlash against current changes, of a nostalgia for “good old times” when men were still “truly masculine” and women knew their place. Since much energy has already been devoted to the representation of women on screen, I will be focusing particularly on how masculinity is constructed and represented in the dramas chosen.


•             Gender Studies & Feminist Theory

•             Film-/Media-/Adaptation Studies

•             Victorian Literature

•             Romantic Literature

•             Postcolonial Studies


Seit 2016


Lehrstuhl für Englische Literaturwissenschaft, Universität Bamberg

2013, 2017

Lehrbeaufragte an der Professur für Amerikanistik, Universität Bamberg


European Joint Master’s Degree in English and American Studies

Universität Bamberg & The City College of New York, USA


BA Intercultural Studies (Anglistik & Europäische Geschichte)

Universität Bayreuth & University of Chester, United Kingdom


Stipendien & Preise

2017–2018          FeRNet – Mentee im “Female Researcher Network for Junior Researchers,” Universität Bamberg

2016      PUSh – Preis für Studentinnen mit hervorragenden Leistungen, Universität Bamberg

2014      DAAD Promos-Stipendium für einen Auslandsaufenthalt am City University New York, USA

2012–2013 Vollstipendium für das Bachelorstudium an der University of Chester, UK


Seeliger, Henriette. “Looking for Mr. Darcy: The Role of the Viewer in Creating a Cultural Icon.” Persuasions On-line, vol. 37, no. 1, 2016.


Vorträge & Workshops


Interdisziplinäre Nachwuchstagung zum Tag der Geschlechterforschung Sachsen-Anhalt, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg

Student Conference “Immortal Jane: Jane Austen in a Global Context,” Universität Göttingen


Interdisciplinary Student and Graduate Conference “Transcultural Media Relations” und Workshop „Transcultural Remediation,” Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main

2014 – Student Conference “Connect the Dots,” Universität Bayreuth

2012 – Workshop „Literature and Intercultural Communication“, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK