Professorship for English Literature

Organisational unit: Section

Organisation profile

In the English Literature section, our research and teaching focusses on a wide range of topics from a broadly Cultural Studies perspective. Areas of particular interest in our research include narratology, image studies, literary translation and adaptation, transnational phenomena, Irish literature, children’s literature as well as literature of the Romantic period and eighteenth-century literature situated at the interface of literature and music. In our teaching we offer courses in the Bachelor and Master programmes in Teacher Education and Cultural Studies. Seminar topics range from a general Introduction to English Literature to literary translation, transmedia storytelling, contemporary Irish short stories, children’s literature, the picturebook and other multimodal texts, literary nonsense, specific writers such as Oscar Wilde or genres such as eighteenth-century travel. We explore how literature works between and beyond the book covers in research-based seminars and project seminars in cooperation with partners in literary institutions, in theatre excursions and through guest lectures by contemporary authors and translators as well as by representatives of publishing houses and from the local theatre. Committed to our teaching, we employ different didactic approaches and methods, including blended learning, and use a variety of teaching materials specifically tailored to our students’ needs and interests.


Areas of research are comparative literature, translation studies, image studies, children's literature and literature in the classroom (intercultural aspects and children's literature in foreign language learning and teaching).

  1. 2023
  2. ‘Alsatian roots, Irish leaves. Tomi Ungerer, a plurilingual and pluricultural author’

    Emer O'Sullivan (Speaker)


    Activity: Talk or presentationConference PresentationsResearch

  3. Unfreiwillige Mitarbeit. Ausbeutung von Kindern im Dienste der Kinderliteratur in A.S. Byatts The Children's Book (2009)

    Emer O'Sullivan (Speaker)


    Activity: Talk or presentationConference PresentationsResearch

  4. ‘William Carlos Williams: This Is Just To Say’

    Emer O'Sullivan (Speaker)


    Activity: Talk or presentationGuest lecturesEducation

  5. 2022
  6. William Blake: The Chimney Sweeper

    Emer O'Sullivan (Lecturer)


    Activity: Talk or presentationGuest lecturesEducation

  7. International Children’s Literature and the World Republic of Childhood

    Emer O'Sullivan (Speaker)


    Activity: Talk or presentationGuest lecturesResearch

  8. 25th Anniversary Conference of the Centre for Irish-German Studies - 2022

    Emer O'Sullivan (Participant)


    Activity: Participating in or organising an academic or articstic eventConferencesResearch

  9. 4. interuniversitärer Forschungsworkshop für Promovierende im Bereich Kinder- und Jugendliteraturforschung

    Emer O'Sullivan (Organiser)


    Activity: Participating in or organising an academic or articstic eventExternal workshops, courses, seminarsResearch

  10. Leuphana Universität Lüneburg (Organisational unit)

    Emer O'Sullivan (Member)


    Activity: MembershipLeuphana academic councils and committeesLeuphana Academic Committees

  11. 34. Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Kinder- und Jugendliteraturforschung - GKJF 2022

    Emer O'Sullivan (Participant)


    Activity: Participating in or organising an academic or articstic eventConferencesResearch

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