Department of English

Academic Staff

Dr. Ursula Kluwick

Senior Assistant

Modern English Literature

B 263
Postal Address
Department of English
Länggassstr. 49
CH – 3000 Bern 9
Consultation Hour
by appointment

Ursula Kluwick studied English and Russian Literatures and Languages at the University of Vienna, Austria before coming to Bern in 2007. She holds a Marie Heim-Vögtlin fellowship, awarded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, and is now completing her post-doctoral project on representations of water in Victorian literature.

Ursula Kluwick is a member of the DFG-Netzwerk “Ethik und Ästhetik in literarischen Repräsentationen ökologischer Transformationen.” (2013-2015; network leader: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Evi Zemanek, Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg)

Postdoctoral Project (Habilitationsprojekt): “Fictions of Fluctuation: Water in Victorian Literature”

University of Bern (since 2007)

3 Lectures

  • Core Curriculum Literature (BA Lecture, 1st year; methodology and textual analysis)
  • “Representing Nature” (MA historical survey lecture course, covering the period from the early modern age up to the present, with a particular focus on the long nineteenth century)
  • “Introduction to the Fantastic in Literature” (BA & MA lecture course, co-taught with Irmtraud Huber; non-realist forms of literature and film, with a particular focus on Romantic literature, the gothic, and Victorian novels)
  • Various modules and lectures on historical fiction, the early modern period, and magic realism for survey lectures (BA, 2nd & 3rd years)

2 MA Seminars

  • “The World of Charles Dickens” (MA seminar)
  • “’Twixt Land and Sea: The Beach in literature” (MA seminar, with Virginia Richter)

5 BA Seminars

  • “Magic Realism” (BA seminar, 2nd & 3rd years; co-taught with Irmtraud Huber)
  • “(Post)Colonial Waters” (BA seminar, 2nd & 3rd years; postcolonial theories and concepts & (post)colonial water texts from the Victorian to the present)
  • “Theorising the Brontës” (BA seminar, 2nd year; literary theory & Victorian literature)
  • “Greening the Bard” (BA seminar, 2nd year; Shakespeare and ecocriticism)
  • Literature Module I (BA seminar, 1st year; textual analysis)


University of Vienna (2004-2007)

1 Lecture

  • Introduction to the Study of Literatures in English (BA lecture, 1st year)

3 BA Courses

  • “The Individual and Society” (BA seminar, 2nd year; Romantic poetry, modernist drama & contemporary fiction)
  • Magic Realism (BA seminar, 2nd year)
  • Tutorial sessions in English literature


University of Cardiff (2009)

1 Seminar

  • “Magic Realism: Origins and Definitions” (BA seminar)


2011. Exploring Magic Realism in Salman Rushdie’s Fiction. Routledge Studies in Twentieth Century Literature. New York and London: Routledge.

Edited Volume

2015. with Virginia Richter. The Beach in Anglophone Literatures and Cultures: Reading Littoral Space. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2015 (in press)

Recent Articles

2014. “Talking About Climate Change: The Ecological Crisis and Narrative Form.” The Oxford Handbook of Ecocriticism. Ed. Greg Garrad. Oxford: Oxford UP. 502-516. (online publication date: March 2014; DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199742929.013.029)

2014. “The Coast as a Site of Ecological Haunting in Iris Murdoch’s The Sea, The Sea and Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca.” Navigating Cultural Spaces: Maritime Places. Ed. Anna Horatschek, Yvonne Rosenberg and Daniel Schäbler. Spatial Practices 18. Amsterdam: Rodopi. 237-255.

2013. “The (Inter)Disciplinarity of Postcolonial Research.” Postcolonial Studies Across the Disciplines. Ed. Jana Gohrisch and Ellen Grünkemeier. Cross/Cultures 170. Amsterdam, New York: Rodopi. 341-347.

2012. “The Tempest Re-Envisioned: Encounters with the Sea in Iris Murdoch and Derek Jarman.” Shakespeare’s (Un)fortunate Travellers: Maritime Adventures across the Genres. Shakespeare Seminar 9 (2011). Ed. Christina Wald and Felix C. H. Sprang: 53-65.

2011. “Waters of Paradise: The English Patient.” Projections of Paradise: Ideal Elsewheres in Postcolonial Migrant Literature. Ed. Helga Ramsey-Kurz with Geetha Ganapathy-Doré. Cross/Cultures 132. Amsterdam: Rodopi. 179-193.

2009. “The Personal and the Public: Michael Ondaatje's Historiographic Metafiction and the Question of Political Engagement.” A Sea for Encounters: Essays Towards a Postcolonial Commonwealth. Ed. Stella Borg Barthet. Cross/Cultures 117. Amsterdam: Rodopi. 273-286.

2009. “Magic Realism and the Illegitimate Empire.” Stories of Empire: Narrative Strategies for the Legitimisation of an Empirical World Order. Ed. Christa Knellwolf and Margarete Rubik. ELCH 33. Trier: WVT. 219-231.

2009. “Postcolonial Literatures on a Global Market: Packaging the ‘Mysterious East’ for Western Consumption.” Translation of Cultures. Ed. Petra Rüdiger and Konrad Gross. Cross/Cultures 106. Amsterdam: Rodopi. 75-92.


Twixt Land and Sea: The Beach in Literature, Film and Cultural Theory. University of Berne, 18-20 June 2009 (together with Prof. Dr. Virginia Richter, University of Berne, and Prof. Dr. Julika Griem, Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany)

Research Interests

Victorian literature & culture, contemporary literature (especially fiction), representations of nature (especially water and climate change), ecocriticism, postcolonial literatures and cultures, non-realist forms of writing (especially magic realism and the fantastic)


  • March 2001 University of Vienna (Ph.D. summa cum laude in English February 2005   Literature)
  • October 1995 University of Vienna (M.Phil 1st Class in English Language and March 2001   Literature/Russian Language and Literature)
  • September 1998 University College London, Department of English (Socrates March 1999   Exchange Programme)

Work History

  • Since March 2014  Marie Heim-Vögtlin Fellow, Swiss National Science Foundation; Department of English, University of Bern
  • Since October 2007  Lecturer in Modern English Literature, Department of English, University of Berne, Switzerland
  • January 2004 - September 2007  Lecturer in English Literature and Cultural Studies, English Department, University of Vienna, Austria
  • March 2003 - June 2003  Research Assistant, Prof. Margarete Rubik, English   Department, University of Vienna
  • October 2000 - January 2004   Academic Tutor, English Department, University of Vienna