Research at the Departement of British Culture

The Department of British Culture is part of the School of English and American Studies. It is the smallest department in the School but still tries to offer a wide range of courses and other activities. With an emphasis on small classes and extra tutorials, we work closely together with our students and guarantee an excellent quality of education. Students can write BA and MA theses as well as dissertations on topics of their own choice. 

We provide research expertise in all of the major areas of English-language cultural studies. In line with the national and international broadening of our academic field, we offer courses in canonical and non-canonical culture, literature and film in English – whether in the Americas, Great Britain, or other English speaking countries. Many of our courses are interdisciplinary.

The teaching within the “British Culture” department is underpinned by the strong research activities of our members of staff, who also supervise postgraduate students. There is a well-stocked and friendly library with excellent support services.

Our research and teaching areas are:

  • Book and publishing history (Tauchnitz, amongst others)
  • Cultures of knowledge
  • Comparative editing (especially Germany, France, USA and UK)
  • Reception history  
  • Cultural Institutions (e.g. Shakespeare-Gesellschaft, Weimar: 1864 to now)
  • Interdisciplinary comparison of the represenation of illnesses (epidemies, syphilis) in British and American literature and culture
  • Medieval and Renaissance culture as expressed in literature, art, music (England and other countries)
  • The American occupation of Thuringia
  • Shakespeare apocrypha around the World
  • Translation Studies 
  • Variorum "Edition of Shakespeare's Poems"
  • Wieland Edition (translations of 22 Shakespearean dramas)

Research Projects and Publications

Most Department members list their publications, or a selection of them, on their own web-pages: