Dorothee Birke


Univ.-Prof. Dr.

Chair of Anglophone Literatures


Room: 40333

Office hours: Tuesday 15.30-16.30

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Research and Teaching Interests

  • History of the Novel (especially 18th century and 20/21st century)
  • Reading and Book Culture
  • Literature in the Digital Age
  • Narrative Theory
  • Reception Studies
  • Economic Criticism
  • Memory Studies
  • Political Drama




2018-2021: Member of the Executive Council of the International Society for the Study of Narrative

2020-2021: Associate Professor for Modern and Contemporary English Literature at NTNU Trondheim, Norway

2015-2018: Marie Curie Fellow at the Aarhus Institute for Advanced Studies, Denmark

Selected Publications

1) “Social Reading? On the Rise of a 'Bookish' Reading Culture.” Poetics Today 42.2 (2021). Special issue Modes of Reading (eds. Tore Rye Andersen, Stefan Kjerkegaard and Brigitte Stougaard Pedersen). 149-172.

2) "(Play)Houses of Horror: Addressing the Anxieties of the Housing Crisis". Journal of Contemporary Drama in English 7.1 (2019), 89-106.

3) Writing the Reader: Configurations of a Cultural Practice in the English Novel, Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter 2016.

4) “Paratext and Digitized Narrative: Mapping the FieldNarrative 2013.21.1, 65-87 (with Birte Christ).

5) Memory’s Fragile Power: Crises of Memory, Identity and Narrative in Contemporary British Novels. Trier: WVT 2008. 


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