Dorothee Birke


PD Dr.


Room: 40333

Office hours: Thursday 10:30 - 11:30

 : +43 512 507 4153



Research 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
  • Memory Studies
  • Political Drama



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

2014-2015: Visiting Professor at the English Department, University of Freiburg

2008-2014: Postdoc Fellow at the Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies


Selected Publications

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

2) "Der Leser als Adressat". In Alexander Honold, Rolf Parr (Hgg.): Handbuch Lesen, Grundthemen der Literaturwissenschaft, Band 4, Berlin/New York: de Gruyter, 2018. 165-176.

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


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