Dorothee Birke


Univ.-Prof. Dr.

Chair of Anglophone Literatures


Room: 40333

Office hours: Monday 14.30-15.30

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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


  • Vorsitzende des Fakultätsrats der Philologisch-Kulturwissenschaftlichen Fakultät
  • Mitglied des QV-Beirats der Philologisch-Kulturwissenschaftlichen Fakultät



2024: Second Vice President of the International Society for the Study of Narrative (ISSN)

since 2021: Full Professor of Anglophone Literatures at the University of Innsbruck

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) “The Poetics and Politics of We-Narration on the Contemporary British Stage.” Forthcoming in Journal of Contemporary Drama in English 12.1 (2024, with Janine Hauthal).

2) "‘Doing‘ Literary Reading Online: The Case of BookTube.” In Astrid Ensslin, Julia Round and Bronwen Thomas (eds.): The Routledge Companion to Literary Media. London/New York: Routledge, 2023. 468-478.

3) “Chrononarratology: Modelling Historical Change for Narratology”, Narrative 30.1, 26-46 (2022; with Karin Kukkonen and Eva von Contzen).

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

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


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