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. 2022
  2. 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

  3. Leuphana Universität Lüneburg (Organisational unit)

    Emer O'Sullivan (Member)


    Activity: MembershipLeuphana academic councils and committeesLeuphana Academic Committees

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

    Emer O'Sullivan (Participant)


    Activity: Participating in or organising an academic or articstic eventConferencesResearch

  5. Geglückte Zweisprachigkeit in Bilderbüchern. Literaturwissenschaftliche und fremdsprachendidaktische Perspektiven

    Emer O'Sullivan (Speaker) & Dietmar Rösler (Speaker)


    Activity: Talk or presentationGuest lecturesResearch

  6. Remote? Präsenz? Hybrid? Blended? Postpandemisches Lehren und Lernen in Bildungsinstitutionen am Beispiel von Literaturwissenschaft und Fremdsprachenvermittlung.

    Emer O'Sullivan (Keynote Speaker) & Dietmar Rösler (Keynote Speaker)


    Activity: Talk or presentationConference PresentationsResearch

  7. Translating for children : what, for whom, how, and why.

    Emer O'Sullivan (Speaker)


    Activity: Talk or presentationGuest lecturesResearch

  8. 2021
  9. Translation

    Emer O'Sullivan (Plenary speaker)


    Activity: Talk or presentationConference PresentationsResearch

  10. "'weep! 'weep!". Der kleine Schornsteinfeger in der britischen Literatur des langen 19. Jahrhunderts

    Emer O'Sullivan (Speaker)


    Activity: Talk or presentationConference PresentationsResearch

  11. The Voice of the Translator. Narratology and Translation Studies (Uppsala University, Sweden - online)

    Emer O'Sullivan (Speaker)


    Activity: Talk or presentationGuest lecturesResearch

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