Lena Anlauf
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Lena Anlauf

Lena Anlauf, B.A., M.A. (PhD student at JGU Mainz, subject: Buchwissenschaft, first advisor: Prof. Dr. Corinna Norrick-Rühl)

Working title of thesis: Der sowjetische Bilderbuchmarkt der 1920er Jahre (The Soviet Picture Book Market in the 1920s)

Abstract:
Lena Anlauf’s doctoral research deals with the early Soviet picture book market. In this era, children's books became a means of political education to define a new kind of childhood and to build a new socialistic society. The required mass production of children's books resulted in unprecedented artistic experimentation. After giving an overview of the general conditions of the children’s book market in Soviet Russia, the core of this PhD is the historical analysis of the blossoming and decline of the private publisher “Raduga”. Furthermore, the perception of Soviet picture book art abroad; parallel developments and trends, international exhibitions then and now will be examined, offering insights into the role of children's books as cultural heritage.

Brief biographical statement:
Lena Anlauf is a doctoral candidate in Buchwissenschaft at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, researching the Soviet picture book market of the 1920s from a publishing historical perspective with a focus on children’s books as cultural heritage. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Buchwissenschaft and Philosophy and a Master’s degree in Buchwissenschaft from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. She is an editor for the German publishing house kunstanstifter.

Ellen Barth
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Ellen Barth

Ellen Barth, B.A., M.A. (PhD student at WWU Münster, subject: English Philology, first advisor: Prof. Dr. Corinna Norrick-Rühl)

Working title of thesis: American Community Cookbooks

Ellen Barth is research and teaching associate at the Chair of Book Studies. More information on her PhD thesis can be found on our research website.

Jessica Eickmann

Jessica Eickmann, B.A., M.A. (PhD student at WWU Münster, subject: English Philology, first advisor: Prof. em. Dr. Gabriele Müller-Oberhäsuer, second advisor: Prof. Dr. Corinna Norrick-Rühl)

Working title of thesis: Female Readers in Early Modern England

Abstract:
Jessica Eickmann’s doctoral dissertation examines female readers in early modern England. The early modern period was a critical phase when women’s reading was associated with cultural and economic power. From 1500 onwards, women were becoming increasingly active in the literary world. The period from 1500 to 1610, with the spread of literacy and the expanding book market, was an especially crucial time for female readers. Despite the advances on the book market, patriarchal structures and prescriptive rules, such as determined in reading manuals, defined a strict and limited space for women’s reading experiences. Focusing on individual readers, this thesis aims to explore some of the ‘hows’ and ‘whys’ of their reading and the manifold ways women created their space as readers in early modern society.

Brief biographical statement:
Jessica Eickmann is currently a PhD student at the University of Münster. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anglophone Studies from the University of Marburg and a Master’s degree in British, American, and Postcolonial Studies with a focus on book studies from the University of Münster.

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Luise Hertwig

Luise Hertwig, M.A. (PhD student at the University of Flensburg, subject: Romance Philology, first advisor: Prof. Dr. Marco Thomas Bosshard, second advisor: Prof. Dr. Corinna Norrick-Rühl)

Working title of thesis: Francfort en françaisdie ganze Vielfalt des Publizierens in französischer Sprache? Bibliodiversität im Kontext des französischen Ehrengastauftritts auf der Frankfurter Buchmesse 2017 (Francfort en français – Bibliodiversity in the context of France's presentation as Guest of Honour at the 2017 Frankfurt Book Fair)

Abstract:
Luise Hertwig’s doctoral research examines the effects of France's presentation as Guest of Honour at the 2017 Frankfurt Book Fair on bibliodiversity. France chose the motto Francfort en français to focus on French-language literature by authors from all over the world and to show the diversity of writing in French. The following aspects of France's presentation as Guest of Honour are determining factors in measuring its effects on bibliodiversity: the composition of the delegation of invited authors, the presentation of books in the pavilion regarding authors and publishing houses that are represented, as well as translation funding which French authorities have awarded to publishers in the run-up to the book fair. Furthermore, this project reflects upon the relevance of Francfort en français for actors in the literary fields involved, that means actors from German-speaking area, France and francophone territories. This allows making statements on power relationships in the francophone literary field between its centre (France and Paris) and its periphery, which manifest within the scope of the project Francfort en français.

Brief biographical statement:
Luise Hertwig is a doctoral candidate in the DFG funded project “Book Fairs as Spaces of Cultural and Economic Negotiation” in the Department for Romance Philology at Europa Universität Flensburg. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in European Studies from the University of Passau and a Master’s degree in Buchwissenschaft from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich. She currently works in the field of publishing (licensing/foreign rights).

Swara Shukla

Swara Shukla, BA (Honours) English Literature, MLitt (PhD student at WWU Münster, subject: English Philology, first advisor: Prof. Dr. Corinna Norrick-Rühl)

Working title of the thesis:
Victorian Serial in the Digital Age: Reader Response and Serialized Publishing in the Digital Age

Abstract:
Swara Shukla’s PhD project studies the serialized publishing format in the digital age. It explores reading and publishing practices on Wattpad, a global platform for user-generated stories, and its publishing arm, Wattpad Books. The project uses existing research on the Victorian serial market to place Wattpad at the centre of an examination of serialized publishing and its associated reading practices in the digital age. It seeks to develop discourses on readership and digital serial markets to understand contemporary literature and alternate publishing structures. It also seeks to understand the reading experience in digital and screen culture, especially amongst YA readers.

Brief biographical statement:
Swara Shukla is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Münster. She holds a Bachelors with Honours degree in English Literature from University of Delhi, India and a Master of Letters (MLitt) in Creative Writing from University of Glasgow, Scotland. She has previously worked with the digital team at Penguin Random House India.