Research Areas

Christoph Houswitschka:

  • English literature and culture of the late medieval period (Thomas Malory, Arthurian Literature)
  • Reception of the Middle Ages in literature and film
  • English literature and culture of the 18th century (reform movements in the late 18th century, jurisdiction and literature in the 18th century)
  • English literature and culture of the 20th century (cultural transfer and migration; Europeanisation in 20th century English literature from Arthur Koestler until David Edgar; Holocaust literature)
  • Literature and biotechnology 

Klaus Peter Jochum:

  • W.B. Yeats and Anglo-Irish literature, especially a bibliography of secondary literature and reception in Europe and in the German-speaking world 

Beatrix Hesse:

  • English crime fiction and the English crime play 

Susan Brähler: 

  • Caribbean literature of migration (interdisciplinary approach), black British literature, post-ethnic literature
  • Collective memory and nostalgia
  • Transcultural identities
  • Theories of space
  • Globalization and cosmopolitism
  • Alterity in literary history
  • The 20th and 21st century novel 

Chiara Manghi:

  • Food and recipes in literature
  • Epistolary novels
  • Depiction of rivers in literature and music
  • Dorset literature

Kerstin-Anja Münderlein: 

  • The 18th century novel. The Gothic novel, Gothic parodies
  • Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre, especially revenge tragedy
  • Genre and reception theory
  • English Literature of the Great War 
  • Golden Age Crime Fiction

Cooperative Relationships

The department has cooperative relationships with the University of Bamberg’s exchange partners of.

We also maintain contact and collaborate on projects with the universities in Lodz, Krakow, Bucharest an Xi’an as well as with our “European Joint Master’s Programme in English and American Studies” partner universities in Graz, Paris “Denis Diderot”, Pecs, Venice and New York. 

The English Literature department is also a member of the Centre for Medieval Studies (ZEMAS)  and is involved in the Bamberger Vorträge zum (Musik-)Theater series. Additionally, we work closely with other departments in the Humanities Faculty (e.g. within the framework of lecture series and joint projects) as well as the Centre for Interreligious Studies.