Education Project Management

As Project Manager at the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany, I am currently responsible for the university's STEP Up! project. STEP Up! is concerned with learning and teaching development, including the development of curricula, improving the flexibility in study programmes, providing better online orientation resources and implementing a quality management cycle.

Literary Research Interests My main area of interest is 20th and 21st century narrative literature but I work with other genres and historical periods as well. I am as interested in questions that focus on the  literary text itself - e.g. how is a text structured, how are characters conceived, what is the specific imagery employed, what is the relationship between surface text and subtextual meaning - as I am in questions that address questions beyond the text itself: what is the text's relation to generic conventions and other texts, how has the specific socio-historic production context informed the text, what is the relation between the fictional and the extraliterary world? In attempting to answer these questions I look at literature from a variety of theoretical and methodological angles, including (post)structuralist, Marxist, feminist, and postcolonial perspectives. Since I believe the literary text to be both a work of art as well as a product and producer of discursive formations, my research is characterised by an interdisciplinary approach: while I see myself to be firmly rooted in literary studies I draw from the theoretical and methodological repertoire of other disciplines as well, such as history, political science, psychology, and sociology.
Literary Research Topics Narrative, the novel, 20th century literature, 21st century literature, postmodernism, identity, taboo and transgression, theatre and censorship, literature and science, light and darkness in literature, interdisciplinary gender studies, intersectionality.
Current Literary Research Projects Intersectional perspectives on age in literature.
Work, gender, and inequality in contemporary British literature.
Night and artificial illumination in Anglophone literature.
The relation of literature and science in Anglophone literature.