Department of English

Academic Staff

Dr. Marijke Denger

Assistant

Modern English Literature

E-Mail
marijke.denger@ens.unibe.ch
Office
B 263
Postal Address
Department of English
Unitobler
Länggassstr. 49
CH – 3000 Bern 9
Consultation Hour
Monday 12:45-14:00 (during term time) or by appointment.

Marijke Denger studied English and Theatre Studies in Leiden, Dublin and Berne. Her main research interests are Anglophone and Dutch colonial literatures, contemporary postcolonial literatures, comparative imperialisms, postcolonial theory, and concepts of identity and community.

In Autumn 2016, she completed her PhD with a thesis on Caring for Community: Towards a New Ethics of Responsibility in Contemporary Postcolonial Novels.

Her post-doctoral research project is concerned with Empire in the East Indies: Literature, Geopolitics and Imperial Awareness in British Malaya and the Dutch East Indies, c. 1780-1930.

""Like Being a Student at a Party that Went On and On": Migration, Difference and Hospitality in Michelle de Kretser's The Lost Dog", held at 'Australian Perspectives on Migration', 16th GASt Biennial Conference, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, 4-6 October 2018.

Caring for Community: Towards a New Ethics of Responsibility in Contemporary Postcolonial Novels. New York and London: Routledge, 2019.

"Challenging Change: Community and the Postcolonial in Nadeem Aslam's The Wasted Vigil", held at  'The Challenge of Change in English Language and Literature'International SAUTE Conference, University of Neuchâtel, 28-29 April 2017.

Post-Empire Imaginaries? Anglophone Literature, History, and the Demise of Empires. Eds. Barbara Buchenau and Virginia Richter, with Marijke Denger. Leiden: Brill, 2015.

"Michelle de Kretser's The Lost Dog: History and Identity in the Metropolis of Melbourne." Re-Inventing the Postcolonial (in the) Metropolis. Eds. Cecile Sandten and Annika Bauer. Leiden: Brill, 2016: 291-307.

""The Room Which is Another Garden": Architecture and Interiors in Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient", held at 'A Dialogue of the Arts: The Relationship of Exterior and Interior: Descriptions of Architecture and Interiors in Literature of Early Modern Times to the Present', University of Zürich, 23-24 October 2014.

"Writing Animals and (their) History: Review." Figurationen 15.1 (2014): 124-26.

""None Other than my Ghostly Self": Redeeming (Personal) History in Wendy Law-Yone's The Road to Wanting", held at 'History, Postcolonialism and Tradition', 3rd PSA Biennial Conference, Kingston University, London, 12-13 September 2013.

"Michelle de Kretser's The Lost Dog: Forming Identity in/of the Australian Metropolis", held at 'Re-Inventing the Postcolonial (in the) Metropolis', 24th ASNEL Annual Conference, Chemnitz University of Technology, 09-11 May 2013.

Gafner, Barbara, and Marijke Kähler. "Conference Report: Postcolonial Translocations - 20th Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of New English Literatures (GNEL/ASNEL), University of Münster, 21-24 May 2009." ACOLIT 64 (July 2009): 18-20.
 

Research Interests

Main research interests are Anglophone and Dutch colonial literatures, contemporary postcolonial literatures, comparative imperialisms, postcolonial theory, and concepts of identity and community.