Main research areas

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  • Literary and cultural studies

    Chair of American Studies


    PD Dr. Stephanie Müller (Deputy Chair of American studies)

    • Ethnic literatures and cultures (in particular, African American, Native American, and Asian American Studies)
    • Gender Studies and Queer Studies
    • Cultural theory (postcolonial, transcultural, spatial, feminist, queer)
    • Aging Studies
    • Autobiography
    • Visual culture
    • Urban Studies

    Chair of British Studies

    Prof. Dr. Klaus Stierstorfer

    • Project "Fundamentalism"
    • Literary and cultural theory
    • History of literature
    • Literature of the British Empire
    • British drama from Renaissance to the present

    Chair of English, Postcolonial and Media Studies

    Prof. Dr. Mark U Stein  

    • including literary and cultural theory
    • African, Asian British
    • Black British, Caribbean, South Asian
    • Scottish, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand Literature and Culture
    • Minority cultures
    • Shakespeare Studies, Chicano Studies; Editorial Theory and Textual Criticism; Performance Theory and Criticism
    • Celtic Studies, Film Studies, transcultural didactics
    • Exile, Border Thinking and Critical Cosmopolitanism, Ethnic Studies, Arab American Representations, Postcolonial Urban Geography and Visual Culture

    Chair of Book Studies


    • Project "Buch als Waffe"
    • Handbuch der historischen Buchbestände
  • Linguistics

    Chair of English Linguistics

    Prof. Dr. Ulrike Gut

    • phonetics and phonology of English
    • the development and structure of the world-wide varieties of English
    • second and third language acquisition
    • corpus linguistics
    • sociolinguistics
    • phraseology
    • the history of English

    Chair of Variation Linguistics

    Prof. Dr. Dagmar Deuber

    • varieties of English world-wide
    • sociolinguistics
    • corpus linguistics
    • language use in media

    Special interests in research and teaching include the following:

    • English in the Caribbean, Africa and Asia
    • language contact and contact languages
    • language attitudes and standardization
    • language use in news media, in music, and in computer-mediated communication
    • language and globalization
    • language in education
    • style variation
    • grammatical variation and change
    • varieties of English in historical perspective
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)

    Chair of TEFL

    Prof. Dr. Frauke Matz

    • Reading websites critically
    • ADiBE Project
    • Forum Fremdsprachendidaktik
  • Emeriti Professors

    • Prof. Dr. Hermann Real: Ehrenpreis Centre for Swift Studies: the work of Jonathan Swift in textual structure (Textkonstitution), commentary and interpretation | History of science in the seventeenth century