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 (e.g. Baumgärtner, Meyer, Reclam, Tauchnitz)
  • Cultural institutions (e.g. Shakespeare-Gesellschaft, Weimar: 1864 to now)
  • Editorial Theory and Practice (especially Germany, France, USA and UK)
  • German, British, and Comparative Modernisms
  • Literature and the body (especially in the 20th Century)
  • Medical Humanities
  • Reception history
  • Shakespeare and Adolph Menzel
  • Shakespeare apocrypha around the world
  • Shakespeare's Sonnets and narrative poems
  • Translation Studies (Schlegel/Tieck, Georg Goyert)

Research Projects and Publications

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