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. 2019
  2. Imagology, comparative children’s literature, and digital humanities: exploring potential synergies

    Emer O'Sullivan (Speaker)


    Activity: Talk or presentationConference PresentationsResearch

  3. 2018
  4. Strange people and places: the representation of other nations in children’s literature

    Emer O'Sullivan (Speaker)


    Activity: Talk or presentationGuest lecturesResearch

  5. Illustration as intersemiotic translation: visualising nonsense

    Emer O'Sullivan (Speaker)


    Activity: Talk or presentationGuest lecturesResearch

  6. Stiftungsrat (Organisational unit)

    Emer O'Sullivan (Member)


    Activity: MembershipLeuphana academic councils and committeesLeuphana Academic Committees

  7. Stiftungsrat (Organisational unit)

    Emer O'Sullivan (Member)


    Activity: MembershipAcademic councils, panels and committeesResearch

  8. College (Organisational unit)

    Emer O'Sullivan (Member)


    Activity: MembershipLeuphana academic councils and committeesLeuphana Academic Committees

  9. Gemeinsames Forschungskolloquium (DoktorandInnen, HabilitandInnen)

    Emer O'Sullivan (Participant), Gabriele von Glasenapp (Organiser), Ute Dettmar (Participant), Michael Staiger (Participant) & Ingrid Tomkowiak (Participant)


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

  10. Children's Literature in English Language Education (CLELE Journal) (Journal)

    Emer O'Sullivan (Editorial Board)


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

  11. Shakespeare: Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? (Sonnet 18): Vorlesung in der Reihe "10 Minuten Lyrik"

    Emer O'Sullivan (Lecturer)


    Activity: Talk or presentationGuest lecturesEducation

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