Prof. Dr. Corinna Norrick-Rühl
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Prof. Dr. Corinna Norrick-Rühl

Englisches Seminar
Johannisstraße 12-20
D - 48143 Münster

Room: 125
Phone: +49 (0)251- 83-25612
Email: cnorrick[at]


Office Hours

21 February, 1:30-2:30 pm
March 12, 10-11 am 
March 19, 10-11 am
Please email in advance to confirm.

during summer term
Tue 15:00-16:00
(Please email in advance to confirm)

  • Information for Students

    In the interest of streamlining our communications and reducing the overall email load, please take note of the following:

    • If you would like to talk about a BA or MA thesis idea, please reach out in advance via email. These consultations usually take longer than the normal office hour slots. Please note that I am primarily interested in thesis proposals which have a Book Studies focus.
    • If you need a letter of recommendation, please send an email to Prof. Dr. Norrick-Rühl including your CV, the reason for the recommendation request, the deadline and any other relevant information.

    Please take note of the English Department email etiquette. Thank you.

  • Research Interests

    • book culture
    • publishing
    • book infrastructure
    • book distribution (book sales clubs)
    • the global book industry
    • translations
  • CV


    Since 2020

    Professor (W2) of Book Studies
    Chair of Book Studies, English Department, University of Münster

    2016-2020 Assistant professor (“Juniorprofessorin”) of Buchwissenschaft (Book Studies), Gutenberg-Institute for World Literature and Written Media, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz
    2014-2016 Research and teaching associate, Institute for Book Studies, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz
    2014 Deputy professor (Lehrstuhlvertretung Prof. Dr. Gabriele Müller-Oberhäuser), Institute for Book Studies and Textual Research, University of Münster
    2009-2014 Research and teaching associate, Institute for Book Studies, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz
    05/2013 Dr. phil. in Buchwissenschaft (Book Studies), Johannes Gutenberg University (JGU) Mainz, Germany
    10/2009 M.A. (5-year M.A. program) in English Literature and Buchwissenschaft (Book Studies), JGU Mainz, Germany
    2019-2023 Director of Publications, Society for the  History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP)
    Since 2020 Editorial Board member, International Journal for Young Adult Literature
    2012-2019 Recording Secretary, Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP)
    2021 Convener of the (virtual) annual meeting of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP): “Moving Texts. From Discovery to Delivery” (26-30 July)
    Since 2022

    Corresponding Member of the Historical Committee of the German Booksellers and Publishers Association (Korrespondierendes Mitglied, Historische Kommission des Börsenvereins des deutschen Buchhandels) Historische Kommission des Börsenvereins des deutschen Buchhandels


  • Current Projects

    • Mail-order book culture (monograph project), with research supported by a fellowship at the Harry Ransom Center for the Humanities, Austin, Texas.
    • Handbuch Verlag (Metzler, 2025) (co-edited together with Alexander Nebrig and Erika Thomalla)Handbuch Verlag (Metzler, 2025) (co-edited together with Alexander Nebrig and Erika Thomalla).

    • "Cookbooks in/as American Culture: Identity, Community, Action": special issue of "American Studies. A Quarterly / Amerikastudien" (co-edited with Ellen Barth, see CfP here)

  • Completed Projects



  • Publications


    Are books still ‘different’? Literature as culture and commodity in a digital age. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 203. (co-authored with Caroline Kögler) Available open access. doi:

    Book Clubs and Book Commerce. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019. Available open access. doi:

    Internationaler Buchmarkt. Frankfurt: Bramann, 2019.

    panther, rotfuchs & Co. rororo-Taschenbücher für junge Zielgruppen im gesellschaftlichen Umbruch der 1970er und 1980er Jahre. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2014.

    Einführung in die Buchwissenschaft. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 2014. (co-authored with Stephan Füssel, Dominique Pleimling and Anke Vogel)



    Bookshelves in the Age of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Cham: Palgrave, 2022. (co-edited with Shafquat Towheed)

    The Novel as Network: Forms, Ideas, Commodities. Cham: Palgrave, 2020. (co-edited with Tim Lanzendörfer)

    Die Welt im Bild erfassen. Multidisziplinäre Perspektiven auf das Bilderbuch. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2020. (co-edited with Tobias Kurwinkel and Philipp Schmerheim)

    Verlagsgeschichtsschreibung. Modelle und Archivfunde. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2012. (co-edited with Ute Schneider)


    „Deutsche Literatur im globalen Buchmarkt. Statistiken, Kontexte, Paratexte.“ Globalgeschichten der deutschen Literatur. Methoden – Ansätze – Probleme. Eds. Urs Büttner and David D. Kim. Berlin: Metzler, 2022, pp. 121–139.

    “Contracts, Clauses, Controversy: John Hersey, Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. and Reader’s Digest Condensed Books.” Symbolism 23 (2021), pp. 35-54.

    “‘Pay to Play’ in the German Book Trade?” Publishing Research Quarterly (PRQ) 37 (2021). doi:10.1007/s12109-021-09804-x (co-authored with Christian Alexander Peter and Lena Schüler)

    “Buch- und Medienmarkt. Produktion, Distribution und Rezeption.” Handbuch Kinder- und Jugendliteratur. Eds. Tobias Kurwinkel and Philipp Schmerheim. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2020, pp. 20–37. (co-authored with Anke Vogel)

    “Die Buchwelt zu Gast in Frankfurt': Understanding the Impact of the Guest of Honour Presentation at Frankfurt Book Fair on the German Literary Marketplace.” Mémoires du livre / Studies in Book Culture 11.2 (2020). doi:10.7202/1070263ar

    “Pulitzer meets Reinbek. Preisgekrönte US-amerikanische Gegenwartsliteratur im Rowohlt Verlag.” Kontext Buch. Festschrift für Stephan Füssel. Ed. Christoph Reske. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2020, pp. 277–288.

    “Two Peas in a Pod: Book Sales Clubs and Book Ownership in the Twentieth Century.” Reading Books and Prints as Cultural Objects. Ed. Evanghelia Stead. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2018, pp. 231–250.

    “Short Story Collections (and Cycles) in the British Literary Marketplace.” Constructing Coherence in the British Short Story Cycle. Eds. Patrick Gill and Florian Kläger. Houndsmills: Routledge, 2018, pp. 45–67.

    “Stimulating our literature and deepening our culture. Translated books as Book-of-the-Month Club selections.” Quaerendo 47 (2017), pp. 222–251. doi:10.1163/15700690-12341383

    “The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and Man Booker International Prize merger.” LOGOS 28 (2017), pp. 7–24. doi:10.1163/1878-4712-11112131 (co-authored with Melanie Ramdarshan Bold)

    “Familienkonstellationen im Bilderbuch. Eine Inhaltsanalyse der Minibuch-Bestsellerreihe Pixi.” Familienaufstellungen in Kinder- und Jugendliteratur und Medien. Eds. Caroline Roeder and Michael Ritter. Munich: kopaed, 2017, pp. 173–187. (co-authored with Anke Vogel)

    “Editing feminism in the Rowohlt Verlag paperback series rororo neue frau and rororo rotfuchs during the 1970s and 1980s.” Quaerendo 46 (2016), pp. 275–299. doi:10.1163/15700690-12341360

    “Crossing the Channel. Publishing Translated German Fiction in the UK.” Publishing Research Quarterly (PRQ) 32 (2016), pp. 125–138. doi:10.1007/s12109-016-9458-3 (co-authored with Melanie Ramdarshan Bold)

    “Klein, aber oho! Geschichte und Rezeption des Pixi-Buchs.” Wie im Bilderbuch. Zur Aktualität eines Medienphänomens. Eds. Arno Russegger and Tonia Waldner. Innsbruck: StudienVerlag, 2016, pp. 70–87. (co-authored with Anke Vogel)

    “Sammelleidenschaft zum Quadrat. 60 Jahre Pixi-Buch.” Imprimatur XXIV (2015), pp. 101–130. (co-authored with Anke Vogel)

    “Marketing Socialism? Sales Strategies for rororo rotfuchs, a Left-Wing Children’s Paperback Series in the 1970s.” Material Moments in Book Cultures. Essays in Honour of Gabriele Müller-Oberhäuser. Eds. Simon Rosenberg and Sandra Simon. Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2014, pp. 251–265.

    “Kleine Bücher mit großer Wirkung. Prolegomena zur Erforschung des Pixi-Buchs.” Kinder- und Jugendliteraturforschung 2013/14. Eds. Bernd Dolle-Weinkauff, Hans-Heino Ewers and Carola Pohlmann. Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2014, pp. 119–131. (co-authored with Anke Vogel)

    “Ein Bild sagt mehr als tausend Worte. Buch und Fernsehen in Börsenblatt-Cartoons, 1975 bis 2011.” Imprimatur XXIII (2013), pp. 133–158.

    “Green Publishing in Germany: A Passing Trend or a True Transition?” Publishing Research Quarterly (PRQ). 29 (2013), pp. 220–237. doi:10.1007/s12109-013-9321-8 (co-authored with Melanie Ramdarshan Bold)

    “Literarische Zeitschriften und Publikumszeitschriften.” Geschichte des deutschen Buchhandels im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert, Bd. 2: Die Weimarer Republik 1918–1933, Teil 2. Eds. Ernst Fischer and Stephan Füssel. Munich: K. G. Saur, 2012, pp. 91–110.


    Book reviews for e.g. Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik (ZAA), Publishing Research Quarterly,

    “Locating Books as Transatlantic Commodities.” Transatlantic Literary History. Eds. Kai Sina and Tanita Kraaz. 31 August 2020.