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PD Dr. Dorothee Birke

Contact Details

Phone: +45 871 53 464

Email: dorothee.birke@anglistik.uni-freiburg.de

          dorotheebirke@aias.au.dk

 

Address

AIAS, Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies

Aarhus University

Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 6B, building 1632

8000 Aarhus C

Denmark

 

Academic Education

Study of English and German Literature at the University of Freiburg and Trinity College, Dublin. PhD in English literature at the University of Giessen in 2008. Habilitation and venia legendi ("English Philology") at Freiburg University, 2014.

 

Positions Held

  • from October 2015: Marie Curie fellow at the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Acting Professor (Vertretungsprofessur) for Prof. Dr. Monika Fludernik, Academic Year 2014/15
  • Acting professor for literary studies at the English department, University of Giessen (standing in for Prof. Dr. Greta Olson), summer semester 2014
  • Junior Fellow at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS), University of Freiburg (2008-2014)
  • Manager of the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GGK/GCSC), University of Giessen (2005-2007)
  • Assistant professor (wiss. Mitarbeiterin) at the English department, University of Giessen (2003-2006)

 

Awards, Grants and Fellowships

  • Helene Richter Prize awarded by the German Association for the Study of English (2015, for the book Writing the Reader)
  • Marie Curie COFUND fellowship, Aarhus Institute for Advanced Studies (2015-2018)
  • Research fellowship Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (2008-2014)
  • James Phelan Award for the best article in Narrative 2013 (for "Paratext in Digitized Narrative: Mapping the Field", written jointly with Birte Christ)
  • Grant for "Training Pogramme for University Didactics" from the "Development Fund for the Improvement of Academic Teaching" at the University of Giessen, together with Stella Butter and Monika Sproll (2005 and 2006; total sum: 38.000€)
  • Scholarship DAAD-"Anglistenprogramm" ("Programme for British Studies") for a year at Trinity College Dublin

Research Interests

  • History of the Novel
  • 18th-Century English Literature and Culture
  • Media and Reception Studies
  • Narrative Theory
  • Contemporary English and American Popular Culture
  • Memory Studies
  • Gender Studies

 

Network "Foundational Concepts of Narratology"

 

Teaching

 

SS 2015

Vorlesung "The Eighteenth-Century Novel"

Haupt/MA-Seminar "Everything But the Kitchen Sink: Home in Women's Fiction"

Haupt/MA-Seminar "Performing Ireland"

Oberseminar "Contemporary Media in Theory II"

Examenskolloquium

 

WS 2014/15

Vorlesung "Poetry in a Time of Crisis: The Seventeenth Century"

Haupt/MA-Seminar "Fictions of Memory"

Haupt/MA-Seminar "Romantic Poetry"

Oberseminar "Contemporary Media in Theory"

Examenskolloquium

 

SS 2014 (University of Gießen)

Vorlesung "History and Theory of the English Novel"

BA-Seminar "From Henry to Helen Fielding: English Novels through the Centuries"

MA-Seminar "Violent Women in Contemporary Culture"

MA-Seminar/Kolloquium "Theories of Reading and Reception"

 

complete list

 

Publications

 

Monographs

Writing the Reader: Figurations of a Cultural Practice in the English Novel (forthcoming, de Gruyter).

Memory’s Fragile Power: Crises of Memory, Identity and Narrative in Contemporary British Novels. Trier: WVT 2008.

 

Edited Volumes/Special Sections

Author and Narrator: Transdisciplinary Contributions to a Narratological Debate, ed. with Tilmann Köppe, Berlin/Boston: de Gruyter 2015.

Realisms in Contemporary Culture, ed. with Stella Butter, Berlin/Boston: de Gruyter 2013.

Paratext and Digitized Narrative (cluster of essays, ed. with Birte Christ), Narrative 2013.21.1. (cluster won the James Phelan Award for Best Essay in Narrative in 2013)

Counterfactual Thinking - Counterfactual Writing, ed. with Michael Butter and Tilmann Köppe, Berlin/Boston: de Gruyter 2011.

Literaturwissenschaftliche Lehr-Stücke: Konzepte und Anwendungsbeispiele für die Hochschuldidaktik, ed. with Stella Butter and Monika Sproll, 2010, Giessener Elektronische Bibliothek, http://geb.uni-giessen.de/geb/volltexte/2010/7515/.

 

Articles

"Doris Lessing’s Alfred and Emily and the Ethics of Narrated Memory". In Hermann Blume, Christoph Leitgeb, Michael Rössner (eds.): Narrated Communities, Narrated Realities. Amsterdam, New York: Rodopi 2015, 141-151.

"Author and Narrator: An Introduction" in Dorothee Birke/Tilmann Köppe (eds.), Author and Narrator, Berlin/New York: de Gruyter 2015, 1-12. (with Tilmann Köppe, peer-reviewed)

"Author, Authority and 'Authorial Narration': The Eighteenth-Century English Novel as a Test Case", in Dorothee Birke/Tilmann Köppe (eds.), Author and Narrator, Berlin/New York: de Gruyter 2015, 99-111. (peer-reviewed)

"Challenging the Divide? Stephen King and the Problem of 'Popular Culture'". The Journal of Popular Culture, 2014.3.47, 520-536. (peer-reviewed)

"Trauma und Sinnstiftung im englischen Gegenwartsroman: Kazuo Ishiguros Romane". In Thomas Klinkert, Günter Oesterle (eds.), Katastrophe und Gedächtnis, Berlin/New York: de Gruyter 2014, 372-387. (peer-reviewed)

"Introduction". In Dorothee Birke, Stella Butter (eds.), Realisms in Contemporary Culture: Theories, Politics, and Medial Configurations, Berlin/Boston: de Gruyter 2013, 1-12. (with Stella Butter, peer-reviewed)

"Paratext and Digitized Narrative: Mapping the Field". Narrative 2013.21.1, 65-87 (with Birte Christ, peer-reviewed)

"The Politics of 'Realism': Analyzing Discourses on Contemporary Literature and TV", in Monika Fludernik/Benjamin Kohlmann (eds.), Proceedings des Deutschen Anglistentages 2011, Trier: WVT 2012, 385-396. (with Stella Butter)

"Lesen als geistiger Alkoholismus. Kommentar zu Alfred Austin". In Bernhard Kleeberg (ed.), Anthologie der schlechten Angewohnheiten, Berlin: Suhrkamp 2012, 284-290.

"Direction and Diversion: Chapter Titles in Three Mid-Century English Novels by Sarah Fielding, Henry Fielding, and Charlotte Lennox". Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture 2012.41, 211-232. (peer-reviewed)

"Zur Rezeption und Funktion von 'Typen': Figurenkonzeption bei Charles Dickens". In Lilith Jappe, Olav Krämer, Fabian Lampart (eds.), Figurenwissen: Funktionen von Wissen bei der narrativen Figurendarstellung, Berlin/Boston: de Gruyter 2012, 220-240. (peer-reviewed)

"Introduction: England Win". In Dorothee Birke, Michael Butter und Tilmann Köppe (eds.), Berlin/Boston: de Gruyter 2011, 1-11. (with Michael Butter and Tilmann Köppe, peer-reviewed)

"Geister sehen: Fotografie im Horrorfilm". In Sabina Becker, Barbara Korte (eds.): Visuelle Evidenz? Fotografie im Reflex von Literatur und Film, Berlin/New York: de Gruyter 2011, 212-230. (with Michael Butter; peer-reviewed)

"Methoden psychoanalytischer Ansätze". In Vera Nünning, Ansgar Nünning (eds.), Methoden der literatur- und kulturwissenschaftlichen Textanalyse: Ansätze – Grundlagen – Modellanalysen, Stuttgart: Metzler 2010, 51-70. (with Stella Butter)

"Vorwort". In Dorothee Birke, Stella Butter, Monika Sproll (eds.), Literaturwissenschaftliche Lehr-Stücke: Konzepte und Anwendungsbeispiele für die Hochschuldidaktik, veröffentlicht April 2010 auf dem Hochschulschriftenserver der Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, http://geb.uni-giessen.de/geb/volltexte/2010/7515/pdf/LiteraturwissLehrstuecke.pdf. i-iv. (with Stella Butter)

"Einüben textanalytischer Kompetenzen in literaturwissenschaftlichen Proseminaren: drei Beispiele". In Dorothee Birke, Stella Butter, Monika Sproll (eds.), Literaturwissenschaftliche Lehr-Stücke: Konzepte und Anwendungsbeispiele für die Hochschuldidaktik, veröffentlicht April 2010 auf dem Hochschulschriftenserver der Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, http://geb.uni-giessen.de/geb/volltexte/2010/7515/pdf/LiteraturwissLehrstuecke.pdf. 12-19. (with Stella Butter)

"'Shattering the blood-spattered glass ceiling': (De)Stabilisierungen der patriarchalischen Geschlechterordnung durch die Figur des weiblichen serial killer in Literatur und Film". In Susanne Bach (ed.): Gewalt, Geschlecht, Fiktion: Gewaltdiskurse und Gender-Problematik in zeitgenössischen englischsprachigen Romanen, Dramen und Filmen. Trier: WVT 2010. 81-100. (with Stella Butter)

"Nachwort". In: Thomas Hardy: Tess. [engl.: Tess of the d’Urbervilles]. München: dtv 2008. 573-581.

"Sprechende Körper: Kathy Reichs". In Vera Nünning (ed.), Handbuch englischer und amerikanischer Kriminalroman, Trier: WVT 2008. 135-149. (with Stella Butter and Marion Gymnich)

"War, Subjectivity and the Notion of Witnessing in Kazuo Ishiguro’s A Pale View of Hills". In Ulrik Ekman, Frederik Tygstrup (eds.): Witness: Memory, Representation, and the Media in Question Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press 2008. 46-52.

"Institutionen und Programme im Bereich der Graduiertenförderung". In Ansgar Nünning, Roy Sommer (eds.): Handbuch Promotion: Forschung – Förderung – Finanzierung. Stuttgart: Metzler 2007. 123-141. (with Stella Butter)

"Fictions of Memory: Kazuo Ishiguro". In Vera Nünning (ed.): Der zeitgenössische englische Roman: Genres – Entwicklungen – Modellinterpretationen, Trier: WVT 2007. 101-116.

"Memory and the Representation of Time in Guy Burt’s Novel The Dandelion Clock". In Ansgar Nünning, Marion Gymnich, Roy Sommer (eds.): Literature and Memory: Theoretical Paradigms – Genres – Functions. Tübingen: Narr 2006. 209-222.

"Mimesis der Erinnerung". In Astrid Erll, Ansgar Nünning (eds.): Gedächtniskonzepte der Literaturwissenschaft: Theoretische Grundlegung und Anwendungsperspektiven. Berlin/New York: de Gruyter 2005. 123-147. (with Michael Basseler)

"Krisen der Erinnerung: Erinnern, Erzählen und Identität in Kazuo Ishiguros When We Were Orphans und Eva Figes’s Nelly’s Version". In Astrid Erll, Marion Gymnich, Ansgar Nünning (eds.): Literatur, Erinnerung, Identität. Theoriekonzeptionen und Fallstudien. Trier: WVT 2003. 143-158.

 

Organization of Conferences, Workshops and Panels

"Doing Digital Humanities: Bridging the Gap between Quantitative and Qualitative Methods", workshop at the graduate school "Factual and fictional narration", 22.04.-23.04.2016. (with Nicole Falkenhayner and Martin Hinze)

"Un/Making Homes in Anglophone Cultures", Panel at the "Anglistentag" 2015 in Paderborn. (with Stella Butter)

"The Changing Facets of Paratexts", Seminar at the 12th ESSE Conference, Kosice, 29.08.-2-09.2014. (with Maxime Leroy)

"Literary Reading Experiences in Convergence Culture: Paratextual Approaches", Panel at the International Conference on Narrative, 2014, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 26.-29.3.2014. (with Birte Christ)

"Author and Narrator", Workshop des Netzwerkes "Foundational Concepts of Narratology", 13.-14.9. 2012, FRIAS, Universität Freiburg. (with Tilmann Köppe)

"Alternate Lives in the Twenty-First Century", Panel at the International Conference on Narrative, 2012, Las Vegas, 15.-17.3.2012. (with Michael Butter and Birte Christ)

"New Thresholds of Interpretation? Paratexts in the Digital Age". Panel für die International Society for the Study of Narrative bei der Jahrestagung der Modern Language Association, Los Angeles, 6.-9.1. 2011. (with Birte Christ)

Workshopreihe "Black Forest Retreat" der AG für interdisziplinäre Aktivitäten am FRIAS: (with Hauke Busch, Melanie Boerries, Jörn Dengjel, Miko Elwenspoek, Henning Hufnagel), FRIAS, 2010-12.

"Realisms in Contemporary Culture: Theories, Politics and Medial Configurations". Freiburg Institute for Adavanced Studies, Universität Freiburg, 23.-25.9.2010. (with Stella Butter)

"Counterfactual Thinking / Counterfactual Writing". Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, Universität Freiburg, 28.-30.09.2009. (with Tilmann Köppe and Michael Butter)

"Literaturwissenschaftliche Lehr-Stücke". Tagung der AG Hochschuldidaktik Literaturwissenschaft, International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture, Universität Gießen, 14.-15.11.2008. (with Stella Butter and Monika Sproll)

 

Presentations (Selection)

"Writing the Reader: Functions of Reader Address in Mid-Century Novels", International Congress for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ISECS 2015), 27.07.-31.07.2015, Rotterdam.

"Der Leser als Adressat", Workshop Handbook Reading (de Gruyter), organised by Alexander Honold and Rolf Parr, 11.03.-13.03.2015, Literaturarchiv Marbach. (invited speaker)

"Writing the Canon: The Novel and Its Nostalgic Future", GISFOH-Symposium der Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung “Media of Memory: Between the Oral and the Digital”, 7.-10.9.2014, Universität Potsdam.

"Alan Bennett and the Reader of Literary Fiction: The Interpellative Function of Paratext", Jahrestagung der International Society for the Study of Narrative, 26.-29.3. 2014, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

"Mary Leapor’s 'Man the Monarch'", Jahrestagung der American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 20.-22. 3. 2014, Williamsburg, USA.

"Don Quixote According to Alan Bennett: Literary Culture in the Age of Convergence", Tagung "Rethinking Adaptation in the Age of Media Convergence", 7.-9.11.2013, FRIAS. (invited speaker)

"Reading as a Social Act: M.E. Braddon’s The Doctor’s Wife", IAUPE Triennial Conference, 15.-20.7.2013, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.

"Authority and the 'Authorial Narrator' in the Eighteenth-Century English Novel", International Colloquium “Narrative Concepts in the Study of Eighteenth-Century Literature”, 18.-19.1.2013, Department of Comparative Literature, University of Turku, Finland. (invited speaker)

"Paratexte im digitalen Zeitalter", Workshop am Bonner Zentrum für Transkulturelle Narratologie, Universität Bonn. (invited speaker)

"Doris Lessing and the Ethics of Narrated Memory", Internationale Konferenz des Instituts für Kulturwissenschaften und Theatergeschichte der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften: "Narrated Communities / Narrated Realities: Erzählen als Erkenntnisprozess und kulturelle Praxis", 9.-11.10.2012, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien. (invited speaker)

"Doris Lessing’s Alfred and Emily: A Counterfactual Autobiography?", International Conference on Narrative, 15.-17. March, 2012, Las Vegas, USA.

"The Politics of 'Realism': Analyzing Discourses on Contemporary Literature and TV", Anglistentag 2011, 18.-21. 9, Universität Freiburg. (with Stella Butter)

"The Legacy of 'Modernist Reading' in Ian McEwan's Atonement", Symposium “Modernism, Reading, and Interpretation”, 5.-6.3.2011, University of Maryland, USA. (invited speaker)

"Between Direction and Diversion: Chapter Titles in Mid-18th-Century Novels". Jahrestagung der American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 18.-20.3.2010, Albuquerque, USA.

"Controlling Popular Fiction: Narrative Representations of Author-Reader Relations". Tagung "Improbable Plots? Making Sense of Contemporary Popular Fiction", Department of Germanic and Romance Studies, 4.-6.3.2010, Universität Delhi, Indien.

"Das Lesen als schlechte Angewohnheit im englischen Roman des 19. Jahrhunderts". Tagung "Schlechte Angewohnheiten. Die zweite Natur zwischen Umwelt und Selbstkontrolle", 2.-28.2. 2010, Universität Konstanz.

"Geister sehen – Fotografie im Horrorfilm". Tagung "Visuelle Evidenz: Fotografie im Reflex von Literatur und Film", 13.-15.2.2009, FRIAS, Universität Freiburg. (with Michael Butter)

"Reading as a Bad Habit". Workshop "Bad Habits II: Second Nature Between Environment and Self-Control", Universität Konstanz.

"Zum Funktionspotential von 'Typen' – Figurendarstellung bei Charles Dickens". Tagung "Figurenwissen: Funktionalisierung und Repräsentation von Wissen bei der narrativen Figurendarstellung", 4.-6.12.2008, FRIAS, Universität Freiburg.

"War, Subjectivity and the Notion of Witnessing in Kazuo Ishiguro’s Novels". European Summer School in Cultural Studies "Witness. Memory, Representation and the Media in Question". Universität Kopenhagen, 23.-27.08.2004.

"Shock and Shock-Absorption: The Staging and Reception of Extreme Emotions in Jenny Diski’s Novels". International Seminar in Literary Studies „Literature and Emotion: Text, Ideology, and Conflict“. Universität Utrecht, 22.-26.6.2003.

 

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