Fest, Kerstin, Dr.


    kerstin fest (smaller)  

  Dr. Kerstin Fest

  Englisches Seminar

  Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

  Rempartstr. 15

  79085 Freiburg   









Academic Positions

January 2017 -
Assistant Professor, English Department, Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg, Chair: Prof. Dr. Monika Fludernik

February 2013 -    December 2016

Assistant Professor/Research Fellow (funded by the German Research Foundation), SFB (Collaborative Research Centre) 1015"Otium/Leisure: Concepts, Spaces, Figures", University of Freiburg/Germany

September 2011 - February 2013

Lecturer, Department of German, University College Cork, Ireland

September 2006 - September 2011

DAAD Lecturer (co-funded by the German Academic Exchange Service), Department of German, University College Cork, Ireland 

August 2001 - July 2006

Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant Department of English, University of Freiburg (D)

September 2000 - May 2001

Teaching Assistant
Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch, University of Minnesota (USA) 

At University College Cork and the University of Freiburg I have taught a wide variety of courses, including prosem



August 2001 - January 2006

University of Freiburg (Germany)

Doctor of Philosophy in English Literature

Thesis: "… And All Women Mere Players? The Construction of Feminine Identity in the Novels of Dorothy Richardson, Jean Rhys and Radclyffe Hall” (Supervision: Prof. Monika Fludernik)

Summa cum laude

October 2010 - June 2011

University College Cork

Postgraduate Certificate for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

October 2005 - June 2011

University of Salzburg

Master of Philosophy in English and American Studies and German Philology

Thesis: "The Making of a Schoolgirl – Stories of Female Boarding School Experience” (Supervision: Prof. Holger Klein)

October 1997 - June 1998

Oxford Brookes University (UK)

Diploma of Advanced Studies in English Literature and German Literature





...And All Women Mere Players? The Construction of Feminine Identity in the Novels of Dorothy Richardson, Jean Rhys and Radclyffe Hall. Vienna: Braumüller (2009).


Collected Volumes

Feminism. Activism. Modernisms. With Sarah Hayden and Rachel Warriner (in preparation). 

Leisure in the Eighteenth Century (in preparation)


Book Chapters

"Bless me Papa! What a strange place this is: Muße und Professionalität im englischen Metadrama des 18. Jahrhunderts" [Leisure and Professionalism in 18th-Century English Metadrama]. In Burkhard Hasebrink and Peter Riedl (eds.), Muße im kulturellen Wandel [Leisure and Cultural Change]. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2014. 152-167. 

"Dramas of Idleness: The Comedy of Manners in the Works of Richard Brinsley Sheridan and Oscar Wilde". In Monika Fludernik and Miriam Nandi (eds.), Idleness, Indolence and Leisure in English Literature. London: Palgrave, 2014. 154-173. 

"Strumpets and Nightingales: The Amusement Parks of London". In Frédéric Ogée and Peter Wagner (eds.), Der Garten im Fokus kultureller Diskurse des 18. Jahrhunderts. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag, 2015. 101-114. 

"'Let us not mix up heaven and earth, the global stage and the local scene, the human and the non-human': Transitory States in Gustav Mayrink’s Der Golem". In Daragh O'Connell and Michael G. Kelly (eds.), Comparative Becomings: Studies in Transition. Boston: Peter Lang, 2017. 278-301. 

"Castle Rackrent". In Ralf Haekel (ed.), Handbook of British Romanticism. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2017. 376-390.

„‘The Intermediate State between Good and Bad Company’: Leisure, Precarity and Gender in Frances Brooke’s The Excursion“. In Jan Alber/Greta Olson (Hg.), Narratological and Political Perspectives on Narrative: Festschrift für Monika Fludernik. De Gruyter, 2017 (forthcoming). 

„Sichere Muße: Theorien zur Theaterarchitektur im frühen 19. Jahrhundert“. In Peter Itzen/Eva von Contzen (ed), Kontinuität und Wandel von Vorsorgeregimen und Risikodebatten. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag (forthcoming) 

„Oberland und Bloomsbury: Städtische und ländliche Muße in Dorothy Richardsons Pilgrimage.“ In Tobias Keiling/Robert Krause/Heidi Liedke (ed.), Muße und Moderne, 2017 (in Begutachtung).


Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

'Broken Places: Post-Celtic Tiger Landscapes in the Novels of Tana French' (under review).

'Angels in the House or Girl Power: Working Women in 19th Century Novels and Contemporary Chick Lit'. In Women's Studies 38 (2009): 43-62.

'New Women – New Artists? Femininity and Art in Christa Winsloe's Life Begins'. In Germanistik in Irland 6 (2011). 137-151.

'Yesterday and/or Today: Time, History and Desire in Christa Winsloe's Mädchen in Uniform'. In German Life and Letters 65 (2012): 457-471.


"Alma López: Our Lady and Other Queer Santas”. In Enclave Review  4 (2011).

The Cambridge Companion to Victorian and Edwardian Theatre. Ed. Kerry Powell. In Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 4 (2007): 445-46.

Pleasure Gardens. David Coke and Alan Borg. In Muße. Ein Magazin.



"Leisure". In: Sarah Kelleher/Rachel Warriner (eds.), Exhibition Catalogue: In Pursuit of Leisure. Cork, 2015.

„In Pursuit of Leisure: Ein Interview über Muße und Freizeit in der Kunst“. In Muße. Ein Magazin 2.

„Muße-Orte: Folger Shakespeare: Library.“ In Muße. Ein Magazin 3.


Invited Papers 

“Behind/Before the Curtain: Theatrical Things in Eighteenth-Century Theatre Spaces”, FRIAS  Junior Researcher Conference - MatteReality: Historical Trajectories and Conceptual Futures for Material Culture Studies, March 2017 

"A Space of One's Own: Women, Modernity and the City”, Negotiating the City: Literature, Culture and Theory, Masterclass, Graduate School, College of  Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Science, University College Cork, February 2012 

"'Germany, all woods and mountains and tenderness': The German Speaking Countries as Other Places in British Modernism”, Heterotopia – Literatures displaced, International Workshop, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, University College Cork, May 2011 

"Muße und Professionalität im englischen Metadrama des 18. Jahrhunderts", Muße im kulturellen Wandel, International Kolloquium, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Freiburg, March 2011 

"New Woman – New Artists? Femininity and Art in Christa Winsloe's Life Begins”, Eye and Mind, Interdisciplinary Research Forum, University College Cork, March 2011 

"Yesterday and Today: Changing Times and Deviant Desire in Christa Winsloe's Girls in Uniform'”, Sexualities In and Out of Time, Research Seminar, Department of German, University College Cork, March 2009 

"The Chapter of Governesses – Working Women in Victorian Novels and Contemporary Chick Lit”, Research Seminar, Department of German, University College Cork, November 2006

"Gender and English Studies”, Center for Anthropology and Gender Studies, University of Freiburg, December 2005


Conference Organisation

"Muße im 18. Jahrhundert / Leisure in the 18th Century", SFB 1015"Otium/Leisure: Concepts, Spaces, Figures", November 2016

"Feminism: Activism: Modernisms", UCC Modernisms Research Centre, University College Cork, September 2012

"Transitions: First Annual Conference of the Comparative Literature Association of Ireland”, CLAI and University College Cork, June 2012

"Technologies of the Self: New Departures in Self-Inscription”, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, University College Cork, September 2011


Administration and Service

Co-Founder of UCC Modernisms Research Centre                                                                                              

Co-ordinator MA in English Literatures and Literary Theory, University of Freiburg


Teaching Experience

At Freiburg and Cork I have taught introductory and survey lectures as well as seminars. Topics have included: "The History Play", "The Uncanny and Demonic in English Literatures", "Metaphysical Poetry", "Eighteenth-Century Women Writers", "The Bildungsroman" and "The Sonnet".


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