Prof. Dr. Christoph Houswitschka

Professor für Englische Literaturwissenschaft, 2002-2022

Christoph Houswitschka studied English and American literatures, modern and medieval German literature and history at the universities of Regensburg and Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. In 1991 he received his Ph.D. for his work on "Liebe und Politik in Thomas Malorys Morte Darthur" and his Habilitation in 2001 for his study judicial culture and literature on the 1794 London high treason trials. He taught at the universities of Regensburg, Dresden, Northern Iowa and Freiburg. From 2002 to his death in 2022, he was professor of English Literature at the University of Bamberg. He was the Bamberg coordinator and founding member of the European Joint Master’s Degree in English and American Studies.

He published on late-medieval English literature (e.g. Politics and Love in Late Medieval Arthurian literature), eighteenth-century literature (e.g. "Family, Crime, and the Public Sphere", the anthology Freedom - Treason - Revolution: Uncollected Sources of the Political and Legal Culture of the London Treason Trials (2004), migration literature, film, and contemporary drama. He is co-editor of the proceedings of a conference about law and literature in the 17th and 18th century (Literatur, Kriminalität und Rechtskultur im 17. und 18. Jahrhundert, 1996), of an Introduction into English and American Studies (Einführung in das Studium der Anglistik und Amerikanistik, 2nd ed. 2007), Displacement, Exile, and Diaspora. Papers given on the Occasion of the Twelfth Annual Conference of the German Society for Contemporary Theatre and Drama in English (2005), proceedings of the Anglistentag at Bamberg (2006), Literary Views on Post-Wall Europe (2005), and Healers and Redeemers (2010) and with Pascal Fischer The Politics of Romanticism (2019) and Jüdische und arabische Erinnerungen im Dialog (2020).