• Dissertation Project

    Working title: Mapping Postmodern Anxiety: (Re)Location of the Monstrous in Contemporary Gothic Fiction.

    The project examines the (re)modelling of space in contemporary permutations of the Gothic mode. Gothic is regarded as a dynamic set of aesthetics which has dressed and addressed epochal discourses throughout its literary history. The locations commonly haunted by the Gothic, be it the city, the haunted house or landscape have always taken a dominant role in constructing the fears and anxieties dominating the Western world.
    In the twenty-first century, Western society is occupied with a variety of themes which have recently fed the Gothic imagination: individualism turns into menacing loneliness; a hypertext portrayed as an inescapable labyrinth visualises the vast dangers of the Information Age; the manmade destruction of our planet creates a feel of the pending apocalypse, and the subliminal, yet ever-present threat of terrorism may not find a more suitable formulation than in the very language of terror. The project is interested in the subversive and complex manner Contemporary Gothic spaces may model the interrelatedness of imperialism, religion and nationality.
    Besides its thematic adaptability, the Gothic’s affinity for intermedial shifts assured the ability to rapidly react to contemporary matters. I claim that the highly figurative nature of the Gothic novel today has been acquired through its dialectical relationship with different types of media, such as film, television and comics. Thereby, contemporary Gothic fiction projects its locations with an otherwise unthinkable immediacy. The project intends to analyse these hybridised aesthetics of postmodern Gothic fiction in the light of its history of adaptation and adoption.

  • Vita

    seit Oktober 2016

    Promotionsstipendiatin am Graduiertenkolleg Literarische Form. Geschichte und Kultur ästhetischer Modellbildung der WWU Münster

    01/2014 - 12/2015 Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft bei „Initiative Diversityforschung an der Universität Duisburg-Essen” (Kooperationsprojekt: Essener Kolleg für Geschlechterforschung (EKfG), Professur Postcolonial Studies, Prorektorat für Diversity Management)

    07/2012 - 07/2014 sowie
    07/2011 - 12/2011

    Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft am Lehrstuhl Postcolonial Studies (Prof Dr. Patricia Plummer), Institut für Anglophone Studien, Universität Duisburg-Essen
    01/2012 - 06/2012 ERASMUS-Auslandssemester an der Edge Hill University in England
    2010 - 2013 M.A.-Studium der Anglistik, Schwerpunkt: Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Master Thesis: „Gothic Masculinities: Anti-Heroism in Popular Vampire Tales“
    2006 - 2010 B.A.-Studium „Kulturwirt“, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Fächerkombination: Wirtschaftswissenschaften und Anglistik, Bachelor Thesis: „Cartooning History: Jason Lutes’s Berlin as a Prototype of the Historical Graphic Novel

  • Talks

    2019 "Urban Fiction in Ecocritical Perspective: A Reading of China Miéville's 'Polynia'"

    Vortrag im Rahmen des Symposiums "Current Trajectories in Narrative Research", 27.-28.09.2019, Bergische Universität Wuppertal


    "'Clever Landscapers the Victorians': The Domestic Frame in A.M. Hurley’s The Loney"

    Vortrag im Rahmen der Konferenz "Folk Horror in the 21st Century", 4.-6. September 2019, Falmouth University (UK)

    2019 "'In twenty years time dis stuff will look like Enid Blyton': The Trials of Nasty Tales and the Dynamics of Obscenity"

    Vortrag im Rahmen der Nachwuchstagung "Obszönität: Jenseits des (guten) Geschmacks", WWU Münster, 27.–28.07.2019

    2017 "Intramediality in Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle"

    Vortrag im Rahmen der Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Fantastikforschung (GFF) 2017: "Realities and Worldbuilding", 20.-23.9.2017, Universität Wien

    2017 "Gothic Elements and Heterogeneous Identity in Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses"

    Vortrag bei der American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), 6.-9. Juli 2017 in Utrecht


    "Mapping Monstrosity in Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive"

    Vortrag im Rahmen des interdisziplinären Forschungskolloquiums "Entgrenzungen in Kunst und Literatur", Institut für Kunstwissenschaft und Lehrstuhl Postcolonial Studies, Universität Duisburg-Essen

    2013 "A Metaphor Run Amok: Transformations of the Vampire in Literature, Film and TV since 1816"
    Vortrag im Rahmen des Nachwuchsworkshops Postcolonial Studies, Universität Duisburg- Esse

  • Teaching

    SoSe 2018 “Academic Skills II”, Englisches Seminar, WWU