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. 2021
  2. European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies (External organisation)

    Emer O'Sullivan (Member)

    2021 → …

    Activity: MembershipLearned societies and special interest organisationsResearch

  3. 2020
  4. Gutachten für ein DFG-Forschungsprojekt

    Emer O'Sullivan (Reviewer)


    Activity: Other expert activitiesPeer review of project proposalsResearch

  5. Palgrave Macmillan (Publisher)

    Emer O'Sullivan (Reviewer)


    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer review of publicationenResearch

  6. Harry Potter - Zwischen Satanismus und Heilslehre

    Emer O'Sullivan (Speaker)


    Activity: Talk or presentationtalk or presentation in privat or public eventsResearch

  7. Elizabeth Barrett-Browning: Sonnet 43

    Emer O'Sullivan (Lecturer)


    Activity: Talk or presentationGuest lecturesEducation

  8. Palgrave Macmillan (Publisher)

    Emer O'Sullivan (Reviewer)


    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer review of publicationenResearch

  9. 2019
  10. Digital Humanities und historische Kinder- und Jugendliteraturforschung - 2019

    Emer O'Sullivan (Participant)


    Activity: Participating in or organising an academic or articstic eventConferencesResearch

  11. International Research in Children's Literature (Journal)

    Emer O'Sullivan (Editorial Board)


    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer review of publicationenResearch

  12. Die Komplexität der Einfachheit (SIKJM-Jahrestagung 2019, Zürich)

    Emer O'Sullivan (Plenary speaker)


    Activity: Talk or presentationConference PresentationsResearch

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