Contemporary Literature and Culture

Lehrstuhl für Anglistik, insbesondere Literaturwissenschaft



This research project focuses on the literature and culture of the 20th and 21st centuries, studying the significant paradigm shifts between postmodernism and the 'ethical turn'. The analyses comprise the complex interrelations between literature/culture and a scope of liminal experiences ranging from aging, Alzheimer's disease and trauma to religious crises and death. The investigation of these and other topics takes place both through single-author studies and with the support of larger research clusters at Erlangen, such as ELINAS or the ‘Interdisciplinary Centre on Contemporary Literature and Culture’ (IZ). Members of the English literature team are also actively involved in national and international research activities, for instance journals such as Neo-Victorian Studies and The Journal of Postcolonial Writing. Recent theses have covered topics as diverse as contemporary poetry, postmodern drama, feminist literature, autobiographical writing, environmental literature, and Irish urban novels.


Related Project(s)

Von der georgianischen Ära bis zum Zeitalter des keltischen Tigers: Der Wandel der Stadtdarstellung im Dublinroman
Dr. Sonja Müller
(01/04/2010 - 30/09/2011)
"As if a building was being constructed" - Studien zur Rolle der Geschichte in den Romanen Adam Thorpes
PD Dr. Simone Broders
(01/12/2004 - 31/12/2006)
The Pleasure of the Feminist Text: The (De)Construction of Gender in the Works of Michèle Roberts and Angela Carter (Dissertation)
Dr. Susanne Gruß

Assigned publications

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Freiburg, R., Büttner, S., Glasze, G., Hagenhoff, S., Meyer-Wegener, K., & Prokosch, H.-U. (2017). D@tenflut: Fünf Vorträge.Erlanger Universitätstage Amberg/Ansbach 2016. Erlangen: FAU University Press.
Freiburg, R. (2017). Einleitung: D@tenflut - Eine essayistische Einschätzung der digitalen Revolution. In Rudolf Freiburg (Hrg.), D@tenflut: Fünf Vorträge. Erlanger Universitätstage Amberg/Ansbach 2016. (pp. 5-38). Erlangen: FAU University Press.
Freiburg, R. (2017). “Fighting Trauma”: Silencing the Past in Alan Scott Haft’s Harry Haft: Survivor of Auschwitz, Challenger of Rocky Marciano. In Susana Onega, Constanza del Rio, Maite Escudero (Eds.), Traumatic Memory and the Ethical, Political and Transhistorical Functions of Literature. (pp. 80-105). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Broders, S. (2017). "'The Dark Heart of Dystopia' – Die Alternativgesellschaft als Spiegelkabinett in Will Self, The Book of Dave". In Teresa Hiergeist. (Eds.), Parallel- und Alternativgesellschaften in den Gegenwartsliteraturen. (pp. 317-337). Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann.
Freiburg, R. (2017). Vorwort. In Rudolf Freiburg (Hrg.), D@tenflut: Fünf Vorträge.Universitätstage Amberg/Ansbach 2016. (pp. 3-4). Erlangen: FAU Press.
Gruß, S. (2016). Bleak London: (Neo-)Dickensian Psychogeographies. In Ina Habermann, Daniela Keller (Eds.), English Topographies in Literature and Culture: Space, Place, and Identity. (pp. 74-90). Leiden, Boston: Brill Rodopi.
Freiburg, R. (2016). „‘Ich war schon immer an jenem Moment interessiert, an dem wir beginnen, Sinn in Dingen zu finden‘: Eine kurze Einführung in das Werk Lavinia Greenlaws“: Ankündigungstext für ELINAS Webseite „Narrative, Cognition & Science Lab“ (21. - 23.10.2016).
Bayer, G. (2016). Nothing to be Frightened Of: The Literary Correspondence of Two Senior Writers, Paul Auster and J.M. Coetzee. In Vanessa Guignery (Eds.), Crossed Correspondences: Writers as Readers and Critics of Their Peers. (pp. 153-165). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars.
Bayer, G. (2016). Sentimentality and the Heavy Metal Documentary. In Brenda Gardenour Walter, Gabby Riches, Dave Snell, and Bryan Bardine (Eds.), Heavy Metal Studies and Popular Culture. (pp. 36–57). London: Palgrave.
Kiesel, N. (2015). "A sense of humour is a serious business": Studien zur Paradoxie bei Martin Amis. Erlangen: FAU Press.

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