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We currently host approximately 40 Ph.D. students, who are writing their dissertations on a wide variety of topics in English linguistics and British, North American and postcolonial literature and cultural studies. As such, the University of Freiburg’s English Department has one of Germany’s largest and highest-quality Ph.D. programs for English studies.

In addition to excellent mentorship and advising, we provide financial support – more than half of our doctoral students are employed by the department or on affiliated research projects. Further, many of our Ph.D. students are supported by scholarships and/or grants.

 

The following is an overview of all in-progress and completed Ph.D. dissertations, dating back to the 1990s.

(Updated: May 2020)

ENGLISH LITERATURE

Prof. Dr. Monika Fludernik

In progress:

  • Chen, Hsiu-Yuan
    "Joyce Goes to the Movies: Reading UlyssesCinematically"
  • Finger, Sebastian
    "Realism in Late Medieval and Early Modern British Drama"
  • Henke, Daniela | GRK 1767
    "Zerborstene Texte und Wirklichkeiten in der Schwebe: Experimentelles Erzählen über den Nationalsozialismus"
    (Erstbetreuung: Prof. Dr. Sabina Becker, Universität Freiburg)
  • Herlyn, Anne
    "Dialogue and Narrative Structures in Middle English Verse Romances"
  • Keller, Nikola | GRK 1767
    "Von Sklaverei erzählen – Sklaverei abschaffen? Erzählende Passagen in deutsch- und französischsprachigen Abolitionsdramen des 18. Jahrhunderts (1725–1802)" 
    (Erstbetreuung: Prof. Dr. Judith Frömmer, Universität Freiburg)
  • Kleinschmidt, Sebastian | GRK 1767
    Narrating Salvation – Narrative Techniques in Middle English Afterlife Visions
  • Luo, Xi
    "Theatricality of the Third: Ritual on the Contemporary Stage"
  • Munz, Melina | SFB 1015
    "Otiose Leisure in Contemporary Indian Fiction in English"
  • Noor, Farha | SFB 1015
    "Reading Leisure in South Asia Through a Comparative Study of Bangla and Urdu Fiction with a Focus on Post-Independence Literature" 
    (Erstbetreuung: Prof. Dr. Hans Harder, Universität Heidelberg)
  • Siverio, Francesca
    "Negotiating Temporalities. Performing the Cultural Present in Selected Works by Salman Rushdie, Jeet Thayll and Rana Dasgupta"
  • Waßmer, René | SFB 1015
    "Muße in der Metropole. Flanerie in der deutschen Publizistik und Reiseliteratur um 1800"
    (Erstbetreuung: Prof. Dr. Peter Philipp Riedl, Universität Freiburg)

 

Completed:

  • SPOHN, Verena (2018, publ. forthcoming). "Die Du-Form als narrative Strategie im Grenzgebiet von Gebet und Erzählung in volkssprachlichen Texten des Spätmittelalters"
    (Erstbetreuung: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Henrike Manuwald, Universität Göttingen | GRK 1767)

 

PD Dr. Benjamin Kohlmann | Chair of Prof. Fludernik

    • HATTON, Nikolina (2019, publ. forthcoming). "Conspicious Objects: The Agency of Things in English Prose, 1789-1832"



Prof. Dr. Barbara Korte

In progress:

  • Antoni, Jochen
    "Counter-Narratives of the Heroic in Animated Television Shows"
  • Bender, Stefanie
    "Future Fictions in the 21st Century: Ethics and Aesthetics"
  • Ewers, Isabell
    "The Sherlock Holmes Paradigm in Contemporary Crime Series"
  • Hadmitzky, Christiane
    "Competing Semantics and Modes of Presentation: The Negotiation of the Heroic in Victorian Family Magazines"
  • Hardt, Maria-Xenia
    "Heroism in Doctor Who"
  • Leiendecker, Thorsten
    "Cultural Intermediaries: The Postmodern State of High/Pop Culture"
  • Sperlich (geb. Marquardt), Kristina
    "The Heroic in Contemporary Children's and Young Adult Fiction"
  • Zipp, Georg
    "Ways of Articulating and Negotiating Poverty and Social Inequality in 20th and 21st-Century Caribbean Fiction"

 

Completed:

NORTH AMERICAN STUDIES

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Hochbruck

In progress:

  • King, Kathi
    "African American Woman Writers and the WPA"
  • Mayer-Bühler, Julia
    "Cultural Studies: The Process of Globalisation Mirrored by Contemporary South African and Namibian Fiction, Films and Music"
  • Remy-Kovach, Léna
    "Gothic and Reconciliation in North American Indigenous Literature"
  • Rüskamp, Eva
    "Caught Between Conservation and Transformation: Locating Rural Spaces and their Communities in the Sustainable Transition (Case Study: Central and Southern Appalachia)"
  • Sultany, Aiyal
    "Persuasion Strategies Used in Political Texts"
  • Tuzcu, Ali Yaşar
    "Women at War: The Changing Role of Women in Contemporary American War Film"
  • Vedernikov, Sergey
    "The Rhetoric of Disaster"


Completed:

 

Prof. Dr. Sieglinde Lemke

In progress:

  • Conrady, Claudia
    "Closet Narratives"
  • Huang, Mingsha
    "The Arts of Subversion: On Alice Walker's Novels in the Light of Feminist Theories"
  • Sands, Sarah
    "African American Crime Fiction of the 20th Century"

Completed:

  • FRANKIEWICZ, Shane (2018). "The Western: A Diachronic Analysis of the All-American Genre"

 

ENGLISH LINGUISTICS

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Bernd Kortmann

In progress:

  • Bai, Yinchun. 
    "Towards Discourse Markers: A Cross-Linguistic Study of Grammatical Constructionalization"
  • Bradley, Luke. 
    "Priming, Token Frequencies and Memory in Different Morphological Language Types"

Completed:

 

Prof. Dr. Brigitte Halford | Chair of Prof. Kortmann

  • Scharf, Susanne
    "Representation of Words in the Bilingual Mental Lexicon"

Completed:

 

Prof. Dr. Benedikt Szmrecsanyi | Chair of Prof. Kortmann

 

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Christian Mair


In progress:

  • Cuthbertson, Laura
    "Beyond Tense and Aspect: Temporal Conceptualisation in Present-day Spoken English"
  • Li, Jingying
    "English Grammar in Second-Language Acquisition: Corpus-Based and Contemporary Studies of L1 Interference"
  • Müller, Julia
    "Gender Systems as a Cause of Interference in Second-Language Processing"
  • Neuhausen, Miriam
    "Language and Identity in Mennonite Communities in Southern Ontario, Canada"
  • Song Shuang
    "Linguistic Expression of Emotions in English and Chinese Computer-mediated"

 

Completed:

 

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hildegard L.C. Tristram


Completed: