Department of English

Academic Staff

Prof. Dr. Virginia Richter

Full Professor and Chair of Modern English Literature, Director, Department of English

Modern English Literature

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Department of English
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CH – 3000 Bern 9
Consultation Hour
During the semester: Thursday 9-10
During the semester breaks: By appointment

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Virginia Richter studied English Literature, Comparative Literature and German Literature at the University of Munich and received her Magister degree in 1992. She was a doctoral fellow on the ‘Gender and Literature’ graduate studies programme (DFG-Graduiertenkolleg ‘Geschlechterdifferenz und Literatur’, 1993-95) and a co-founder and manager of the ‘Postcolonial Studies’ graduate studies programme (2001-2002). On completion of her doctoral dissertation, she held teaching posts in English Literature and Comparative Literature and received a postdoctoral research grant from the University of Munich. She carried out research on Darwinism, apes and missing links at the British Library, and as a Visiting Fellow at the University of Kent at Canterbury (2004). She completed her postdoctoral thesis (Habilitation) in 2005 and has the qualification (Venia legendi) to teach English and Comparative Literature. Based on this research project, she published her second book Literature after Darwin. Human Beasts in Western Fiction 1859-1939 with Palgrave Macmillan in 2011. For her transdisciplinary research she was awarded the ‘Therese von Bayern Preis’. In 2006 she spent a semester as Visiting Scholar at the University of Leeds. She was Visiting Professor in English at the University of Göttingen and in Comparative Literature at the University of Munich.

Since September 2007 she has held the Chair of Modern English Literature at the University of Bern. She was also offered Chairs at the Universities of Göttingen and Jena which she declined. From 2007-09 she was a board member of the German Association of University Teachers of English (Deutscher Anglistenverband). At the University of Bern, she was Head of the Department of English (2008-10), President of the Institute of Advanced Study (IASH) and its interdisciplinary Graduate School (2010-12 and 2014-15), and Vice Dean (2012-14). Currently, she is Dean of the Faculty of the Humanities and Social Sciences.


Postdoctoral Projects (Habilitation)

Dr. Ursula Kluwick: Fictions of Fluctuation. An Ecocritical History of Water in 18th and 19th century English Literature

Doctoral Projects

Dr. Irmtraud Huber: Representing the Unrepresentable -- Magic Realism as Trauma-Narrative (2013)

Zoe Lehmann Imfeld: The Ghost of God: Theology in the Supernatural Fiction of Arthur Machen, M.R. James, Sheridan Le Fanu and Henry James (2014)

Melanie Mettler, Lic. Phil. Hist.: Cosmopolitanism and Second Generation South Asian Diaspora Writers in English (2014)

Marijke Denger: Liminal Communities in Contemporary Postcolonial Novels

Recent Courses

  • Richter: Victorian Literature (BA and MA Lecture)
  • Richter: Victorian Poetry (MA Seminar)
  • Richter: A Poor, Bare, Forked Animal: Shakespeare’s Human Creatures (MA Seminar)
  • Richter: Method in the Madness: Introduction to Methodology (BA and MA Workshop)
  • Lubrich/Richter: The First World War in Literature and Art / Der Erste Weltkrieg in Literatur und Kunst (bilingual) (MA Seminar)
  • Huber/Richter: Writing the Great War (FA and MA Lecture)
  • Richter/Holenstein: From Jon Knox to Sherlock Holmes: Swiss-British Exchanges in the Modern Period (MA Seminar)
  • Richter: English Drama from Shakespeare to the Present (FM Drama Across the Ages and MA Lecture)



1. Modern Creatures. Special issue of European Journal of English Studies, Volume 19.1 (2015). Ed. with Pieter Vermeulen.

2. The Beach in Anglophone Literatures and Cultures: Reading Littoral Space. Ed. with Ursula Kluwick. Farnham/Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2015.

3. Poetische Gerechtigkeit/Poetic Justice. Ed. with Sebastian Donat, Roger Lüdeke, and Stephan Packard. Düsseldorf: Düsseldorf University Press, 2012.

4. Literature after Darwin. Human Beasts in Western Fiction 1859-1939. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. Monograph.

5. Theater im Aufbruch. Anfänge des europäischen Dramas in der Frühen Neuzeit. Ed. with Roger Lüdeke. Tübingen: Niemeyer, 2008.

6. Revolution und Emanzipation: Geschlechterordnungen in Europa um 1800. Ed. with Katharina Rennhak. Köln: Böhlau, 2004.

7. Die Gleißende Welt. Annotated translation of Cavendish, Margaret. The Blazing World (1666). Munich: Scaneg-Verlag, 2001.

8. Gewaltsame Lektüren. Gender-Konstitution und Geschlechterkonflikt in Clarissa, Les Liaisons dangereuses und Les Infortunes de la vertu. München: Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 2000. Monograph.

Journal articles and book chapters

1 “‘Where things meet in the world between sea and land’: Human-Whale Encounters in Littoral Space”. In: The Beach in Anglophone Literatures and Cultures: Reading Littoral Space. Ed. with Ursula Kluwick. Farnham/Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2015, 155-173.

2 With Ursula Kluwick: “Introduction: ‘Twixt Land and Sea: Approaches to Littoral Studies”. In: The Beach in Anglophone Literatures and Cultures: Reading Littoral Space. Ed. with Ursula Kluwick. Farnham/Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2015, 1-20.

3 With Pieter Vermeulen: “Introduction: Creaturely Constellations”. Modern Creatures. Special issue of European Journal of English Studies, Volume 19.1 (2015). Ed. with Pieter Vermeulen, 2-9.

4 "Dystopia of Isolation: William Golding, Lord of the Flies (1954) and Alex Garland, The Beach (1996). In: Eckart Voigts, Alessandra Boller (eds.), Dystopia, Science Fiction, Post-Apocalypse. Classics – New Tendencies – Model Interpretations. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2015, 269-282.

5 "Poetic Genres in the Victorian Age III: Algernon Charles Swinburne". In: Sibylle Baumbach, Birgit Neumann, Ansgar Nünning (eds.), A History of British Poetry. Genres – Developments – Interpretations. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2015, 271-282.

6 "The Best Story of the World: Theology, Geology, and Philip Henry Gosse’s Omphalos". In: Rens Bod, Jaap Maat and Thijs Weststeijn (eds.), The Making of the Humanities, Vol. III: The Modern Humanities. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2014, 65-77.

7 "Ape Meets Primatologist. Post-Darwinian Interspecies Romances". In: Tina Gianquitto and Lydia Fisher (eds.), America's Darwin: Darwinian Theory in U.S. Culture, 1859-present. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2014, 360-387.

8 "Displacing Humans, Reconfiguring Darwin in Contemporary Culture and Theory". In: Eckart Voigts, Barbara Schaff and Monika Pietrzak-Franger (eds.), Reflecting on Darwin. Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2014, 147-164.

9 "Hamlet-Fortschreibungen im anglophonen Drama nach 1945". In: Peter W. Marx (ed.), Metzler Handbuch Hamlet. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2014, 436-440.

10 "Hunde, Tiermenschen, Molche. Die Kategorie ‚Menschlichkeit‘ im literarischen Tierexperiment bei Wilkie Collins, H.G. Wells und Karel Čapek“. In: Roland Borgards, Nicolas Pethes (eds.), Tier – Experiment – Literatur 1880-2010. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2013, 53-70.

11 "Geopferte Nachkommen. Transferfgurationen zwischen Krieg und Frieden in Shakespeares Titus Andronicus und Much Ado About Nothing". In: Alexander Honold, Anton Bierl, Valentina Luppi (eds.), Ästhetik des Opfers. Zeichen/Handlungen in Ritual und Spiel. München: Fink, 2012, 183-201.

12 "Wenn Evolution schiefgeht. Science Fiction als Gegenerzählung zu Darwins Evolutionstheorie". In: Martina Dubach, Samuel Leutwyler (eds.), Evolution wohin? Darwins Theorie und ihre Folgen. Zürich: vdf Hochschulverlag an der ETH Zürich, 2012, 285-298.

13 "Strandurlauberin". In: Netzwerk Körper (ed.), What Can a Body Do? Figuration des Körpers in den Kulturwissenschaften. Frankfurt/New York: Campus, 2012, 211-216.

14 "Anschauung des Unsichtbaren. Rhetoriken des Nicht-Wissens im Umfeld des Darwinismus". In: Michael Bies, Michael Gamper (eds.), Literatur und Nicht-Wissen. Historische Konstellationen in Literatur und Wissenschaft, 1750-1930, Berlin: Diaphanes, 2012, 359-377.

15 "Das englische Drama der Frühen Neuzeit". In: Peter W. Marx (ed.), Metzler Handbuch Drama. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2012, 215-223.

16 "Zoë Wicomb’s Ghosts. Uncanny Translocations in David’s Story and The One That Got Away". In: Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies 12.2 (2011): 373-388.

17 "Industrialism". In: Bruce Clarke and Manuela Rossini (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Literature and Science. London/New York: Routledge, 2011, 474-485.

18 "The Anxiety of Competition: Gendered Authorship in Henry James's 'The Lesson of the Master' and Vernon Lee's 'Lady Tal'. In: Anne-Julia Zwierlein (ed.), Gender and Creation. Surveying Gendered Myths of Creativity, Authority, and Authorship. Heidelberg: Winter, 2010, 175-190.

19 "The differential construction of masculinity in the writings of Virginia Woolf". In: Sarah Frantz and Katharina Rennhak (eds.), Female Novelists Constructing Masculinities. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2010, 155-170. (Peer-reviewed)

20 "'I cannot endure to read a line of poetry'. The Text and the Empirical in Literary Studies". Journal of Literary Theory 3:3 (2009): 375-386.

21 "Charles Darwin in Patagonia: Descriptive Strategies in the Beagle Diary and The Voyage of the Beagle". In: Frédéric Regard (ed.), British Narratives of Exploration: Case Studies on the Self and Other. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2009, 167-178. (Peer-reviewed)

22 "Authenticity: Why we still need it although it doesn't exist". In: Frank Schulze-Engler and Sissy Helff (eds.), Transcultural English Studies. Theories, Fictions, Realities. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2009, 59-74. (Peer-reviewed)

23 "Ereignis Frauenstudium. Frauen als Aussenseiterinnen und Pionierinnen in der Wissenschaft". In: Elke Wendler, Alexander Zwickies (eds.), 100 Jahre Frauenstudium in Jena – Bilanz und Ausblick. Jena: IKS Garamond Verlag, 2009, 21-39.

24 "Under Cover. Victorians on the Beach". In: Renate Brosch (ed.): Victorian Visual Culture. Heidelberg: Winter, 2008, 99-113.

25 "Moving Machines, Suffering Creatures: Animals in 18th-Century Literature and Culture". In: Proceedings Anglistentag 2007 Halle, Klaus Stierstorfer (ed.). Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2008, 39-47.

26 "Fluchtpunkt Orient. Imaginative Kontaktzonen der Goethezeit". In: Anne Bohnenkamp, Matias Martinez (eds.), Geistiger Handelsverkehr. Komparatistische Aspekte der Goethezeit. Göttingen: Wallstein, 2008, 411-430.

27 With Roger Lüdeke: "Aufbrüche in Form und Funktion des frühneuzeitlichen Dramas. Zur Einleitung". In: Theater im Aufbruch. Tübingen: Niemeyer, 2008, 1-18.

28 "Shakespear’s honour’d dust: Neubeginn und Wiederholung in Drydens Tempest-Bearbeitung". In: Theater im Aufbruch. Tübingen: Niemeyer, 2008, 181-198.

29 "Rache und Opfer in Lars von Triers Medea und Dogville". In: Ulrich Meurer, Marie-Elisabeth Mitsou, Maria Oikonomou (eds.), Mythos – Ikone – Stereotyp. Griechische Frauenbilder im Film. Neuried: Ars Una Verlag, 2008, 67-99.

30 "The Civilised Ape". In: Dunja M. Mohr (ed.). Embracing the Other: Addressing Xenophobia in the New Literatures in English. Yearbook of the 14th Annual Conference of the ASNEL. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2008, 113-124. (Peer-reviewed)

31 "Jane Urquhart: The Stone Carvers". In: Susanne Peters, Klaus Stierstorfer, Laurenz Volkmann (ed.), Teaching Contemporary Literature and Culture: Novels. Vol. 2: USA, Canada, Caribbean, Africa. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2008, 495-508.

32 "Gender-Konstruktionen in Conrads Spätwerk: Chance". In: Cordula Lemke, Claus Zittel (eds.), Joseph Conrad (1857-1924). Berlin: Weidler, 2007, 227-240. Memoria, Vol. 8.

33 Translation and annotation of Roman Jakobson, "Yeats' 'Sorrow of Love' Through the Years". In: Hendrik Birus, Sebastian Donat (eds.), Roman Jakobson: Sämtliche Gedichtanalysen. Deutsche Ausgabe. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2007, 571-630.

34 "The Nowhere Man: Strangeness as aesthetic means in the work of V.S. Naipaul". In: Proceedings Anglistentag 2006 Halle, Sabine Volk-Birke (ed.). Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2007, 259-266.

35 "Andrea Levy: Small Island. Imagining Multiracial Conviviality in British Postwar Culture". In: Tobias Döring (ed.), A History of Postcolonial Literature in 12½ Books. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2007, 155-168.

36 "Die Habilitation als Qualifikationsweg". Anglistik 17/1, (2006), 13-17.

37 "Blurred copies of himself: Der Affe als Grenzfigur zwischen Mensch und Tier in der europäischen Literatur seit der frühen Neuzeit". In: Hartmut Böhme et al. (ed.), Topographien der Literatur. Deutsche Literatur im transnationalen Kontext. Dokumentation des Germanistik-Symposions der DFG 2004. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2005, 603-624. (Peer-reviewed)

38 "New bodies, new narratives: a biological turn in Gender Studies?" In: Lilo Moessner (ed.), Proceedings Anglistentag 2004 Aachen. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2005, 149-158.

39 "Laughter and Aggression: Desire and Derision in the Postcolonial Context". In: Susanne Reichl, Mark Stein (eds.), Cheeky Fictions: Laughter and the Postcolonial. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2005, 61-72. (Peer-reviewed)

40 With Julika Griem: "Frühgeschichte als 'whodunit': Zur Popularisierung und Bewertung anthropologischer Selbstentwürfe in literarischen Texten des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts". In: Bernhard Kleeberg, Tilmann Walter, Fabio Crivellari (eds.), Urmensch und Wissenschaft. Konzeptionen und Funktionen des Urmenschen in den modernen Wissenschaften. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft 2005, 273-288.

41 "A New Desire for the grand récit? Propositions for a Critical Universalism". In: Geoffrey V. Davis, Peter H. Marsden (eds.), Towards a Transcultural Future: Literature and Society in a 'Post'-Colonial World. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2004, 93-104.

42 With Katharina Rennhak: "Einleitung". In: Revolution und Emanzipation: Geschlechterordnungen in Europa um 1800, 3-14.

43 "Sklavenhalter, Sklavin und der Diskurs des Abolitionismus: Matthew Lewis, Journal of a West India Proprietor und Mary Prince, The History of Mary Prince". In: Revolution und Emanzipation: Geschlechterordnungen in Europa um 1800, 253-274.

44 "Wild and Gorgeous: Images of Africans in 19th/20th Century Travelogues and Discovery Narratives", In: Christoph Bode, Seabastian Domsch, Hans Sauer (eds.), Proceedings Anglistentag 2003 München. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2004, 183-192.

45 With Graham Huggan: "A New Graduate Studies Programme: the Graduiertenkolleg Postcolonial Studies at Munich University". Anglistik 14/1 (2003), 97-104.

46 "Nachwort" (Afterword) to Die Gleißende Welt. Annotated translation of Cavendish, Margaret. The Blazing World (1666). Munich: Scaneg-Verlag, 2001, 97-126.

47 "Delarivier Manley". In: Gesa Stedman (ed.), Englische Frauen der Frühen Neuzeit. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 2001, 165-176.

48 "Negotiating the Couple: Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson". In: Annegret Heitmann, Sigrid Nieberle, Sabine Schülting, Barbara Schaff (eds.), Bi-Textualität: Inszenierungen des Paares. Festschrift zu Ina Schaberts 60. Geburtstag (Geschlechterdifferenz & Literatur vol. 12). Berlin: Erich Schmidt Verlag, 2001, 254-268.

49 "Strangers on a Couch: The Use of Psychoanalysis in Hitchcock's Spellbound and Marnie". In: Ingrid Hotz-Davies, Anton Kirchhofer (eds.), Psychoanalytic•ism. Uses of Psychoanalysis in Novels, Poems, Plays and Films. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2000, 114-131.

50 "Tourists Lost in Venice: Daphne du Mauriers's Don't Look Now and Ian McEwan's The Comfort of Strangers". In: Manfred Pfister, Barbara Schaff (eds.), Venetian Views, Venetian Blinds: English Fantasies of Venice. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1999, 181-194.

51 "Grey Gothic: The Novels of Beryl Bainbridge". In: Irmgard Maassen, Anna Maria Stuby (eds.), (Sub)Versions of Realism – Recent Women's Fiction in Britain (Anglistik und Englischunterricht vol. 60). Heidelberg: Universitäts­verlag C. Winter, 1997, 159-171.

52 "Weibliche Selbstautorisierung und ihre Kosten. Isabella Birds Reisebericht A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains". In: Script. Frau Literatur Wissenschaft im alpen-adriatischen Raum 9 (1996), 5-8.

53 "'Filthy Old Women' – Verwerfung und Aufwertung des Alters in Lesley Glaisters Honour Thy Father". In: Freiburger Frauenstudien. Zeitschrift für interdisziplinäre Frauenforschung 3 (1996), 55-61.

54 "Die Kaiserin der Funkelnden Welt. Gender und class in Margaret Cavendishs Wissenschaftskritik". In: Rundbrief Frauen in der Literaturwissenschaft 48 (1996), 73-75.

55 "Die Maske, der Mann, seine Frau und ihre Wahrheit: Schreiben und Maskerade in Richardsons Clarissa". In: Elfi Bettinger, Julika Funk (eds.), Maskeraden. Geschlechter-differenz in der literarischen Inszenierung (Geschlechterdifferenz & Literatur vol. 3). Berlin: Erich Schmidt Verlag, 1995, 135-153.


1 Occult Shakespeares. Mary Floyd-Wilson, Occult Knowledge, Science, and Gender on the Shakespearean Stage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2013. – Jeffrey Kahan, Shakespiritualism: Shakespeare and the Occult, 1850-1950. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.  In: Shakespeare Jahrbuch 151 (2015): 258-261.

2 David Womersley (ed.), Gulliver’s Travels. The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jonathan Swift, vol. 16. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2012. In: Anglia 132.1 (2014): 177-181.

3 B. R. Smith, Phenomenal Shakespeare. In: Shakespeare Jahrbuch 149 (2013).

4 Margarete Rubik, (ed.). Aphra Behn and Her Female Successors. Vienna & Berlin: LIT Verlag, 2011. In: Arbeiten aus Anglistik und Amerikanistik. 37.2 (2012): 273-275.

5 Paola Pugliatti, Shakespeare and the Just War Tradition. Farnham: Ashgate, 2010. Rev. in: ZAA. Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 3 (2011): 290-291.

6 Delarivier Manley, The Early Modern Englishwoman: A Facsimile Library of Essential Works. Series II. Printed Writings, 1641-1700. Selected and introd. Stephanie Hodgson-Wright. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006. In: The Scriblerian 40/1-2 (2007/2008), 167-168.

7 Dirk Vanderbeke, Theoretische Welten und literarische Transformationen. Die Naturwissenschaften im Spiegel der ‚science studies' und der englischen Literatur des ausgehenden 20. Jahrhunderts . Tübingen: Niemeyer, 2004. In: Scientica Poetica 11 (2007), 385-388.

8 Gary Taylor, Buying Whiteness. Race, Culture, and Identity from Columbus to Hip-Hop. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005. In: Anglia 124/2 (2006), 360-362.

9 Anne-Julia Zwierlein (ed.), Unmapped Countries: Biological Visions in Nineteenth Century Literature And Culture. London: Anthem Press, 2005. In: Journal for the Study of British Cultures 13 (2006), 86-88.

10 Jopi Nyman, A Postcolonial Animal Tale From Kipling to Coetzee, New Delhi: Atlantic, 2003. In: Wasafiri 49 (2006), 76-78.

11 Isabell Klaiber, Gender und Genie. Künstlerkonzeptionen in der amerikanischen Erzählliteratur des 19. Jahrhunderts. Trier: WVT, 2004. In: Anglistik. 17/2 (2006), 222-224.

12 Ian Buruma und Avishai Margalit, Okzidentalismus. Der Westen in den Augen seiner Feinde. München: Hanser, 2005. In: Parapluie 22 (Online cultural magazine, winter 2005/06).

13 Sandra Carroll, Birgit Pretzsch and Peter Wagner (eds.), Framing Women. Changing Frames of Representation from the Enlightenment to Postmodernism. Tübingen: Niemeyer, 2003. In: Anglistik 16/2 (2005), 168-170.

14 Arndt Mersmann, ‚A true test and a living picture'. Repräsentationen der Londoner Weltausstellung von 1851. Trier:WVT, 2001. In: Journal for the Study of British Cultures 11/2 (2005), 238-39.

15 Robert Baden-Powell, Scouting for Boys. A Handbook for Instruction in Good Citizenship. Elleke Boehmer (ed.). Oxford: OUP, 2004. In: Anglistik 16/1 (2005), 165f.

16 Annette R. Federico, Idol of Suburbia. Marie Corelli and Late-Victorian Literary Culture. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 2000. In: Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 50/4 (2002), 431-432.

17 Stefanie Köhler, Differentes Lachen. Funktion, Präsentation und Genderspezifik der Ridicula im zeitgenössischen englischen Roman (ZAA Studies 2). Tübingen: Stauffenburg-Verlag, 1997. In: Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 48/1 (2000), 90-91.

18 Gabriele Rippl, Lebenstexte. Literarische Selbststilisierungen englischer Frauen in der frühen Neuzeit. München: Fink, 1998. In: Virginia. Zeitschrift für Frauenbuchkritik 26 (1999), 7.

19 Eva Klingenstein, Die Frau mit Eigenschaften. Literatur und Geschlecht in der Wiener Frauenpresse um 1900. Köln/Weimar/Wien: Böhlau, 1997. In: Script. Frau Literatur Wissenschaft im alpen-adriatischen Raum 13 (1998), 48-50.

20 Carolyn Merchant, Der Tod der Natur. Ökologie, Frauen und neuzeitliche Naturwissenschaft. München: Beck, 21994. In: Rundbrief Frauen in der Literaturwissenschaft 44 (1995), 94-96.


1. "Die Grosse Erzählung vom Zufall. Charles Darwin in der englischen Literatur". Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 7./8. February 2009, B4.

2. "Bainbridge, Beryl". In: Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction. London: Blackwell, 2010, 24-26.

3. With Hendrik Birus: "Diese Schmalspur kann man gehen. Bachelor und Master: Ist 'Bologna' der Untergang des Abendlandes?". Süddeutsche Zeitung, 11.1.2005.

4. "Žižek, Slavoj". In: Metzler Lexikon Literatur- und Kulturtheorie, Ansgar Nünning (ed.). Stuttgart: Metzler, 2004, 723-724.

5. Articles for the Lexikon der Weltliteratur: Fremdsprachige Autoren, Gero von Wilpert (ed.). 4. Edition. Stuttgart: Kröner, 2004:

New Articles: Beryl Bainbridge, William Boyd, Lesley Glaister, Nick Hornby, Ian Rankin, Ruth Rendell (Barbara Vine), Marina Warner.

Revised Articles: John Buchan, Joseph Conrad, Daphne Du Maurier, David Garnett, Harold Nicolson, I.A. Richards, Vita Sackville-West, Paul Scott, C.P. Snow, Lytton Strachey, Fay Weldon.

Research interests

British literature and culture; Victorianism; Modernity; literary and cultural theory; gender studies; postcolonial studies/cosmopolitanism; literature and science, esp. Darwinism; literary animal studies; the beach in modern literature.