Research Areas of the Department of English Literature

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Prof. Dr. Christoph Houswitschka:

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Focus areas:

  • 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 

Prof. emeritus Klaus Peter Jochum:

Focus areas:

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

Prof. PD Beatrix Hesse:

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Focus area:

  • English crime fiction and the English crime play 

Igor Baldoino, M.A.

Focus areas:

  • Gender Studies
  • Literary Heroism
  • LGBTQ + Literature and Culture 

Dr. Susan Brähler: 

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Focus areas:

  • 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 

Touhid Chowdhury, M.A.

Focus areas:

  • Immigrant Literature
  • Pain Studies
  • Postcolonial Literature
  • South Asian Culture and Literature

Dr. Kerstin-Anja Münderlein: 

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Focus areas:

  • 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