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. 2018
  2. Gesellschaft für Fantastikforschung e.V. (External organisation)

    Emer O'Sullivan (Member)

    2018 → …

    Activity: MembershipLearned societies and special interest organisationsResearch

  3. International Research Society for Children's Literature (IRSCL) (External organisation)

    Emer O'Sullivan (Member)


    Activity: MembershipAcademic councils, panels and committeesResearch

  4. Member of the scientific committee of ANILIJ 2019

    Emer O'Sullivan (Consultant)


    Activity: Consultancy

  5. 2017
  6. Illustration as intersemiotic translation: Visualising nonsense:

    Emer O'Sullivan (Keynote Speaker)


    Activity: Talk or presentationConference PresentationsResearch

  7. Veranstaltungsreihe "Brown Bag Lectures" am Institute of English Studies

    Emer O'Sullivan (Organiser)


    Activity: Participating in or organising an academic or articstic eventConferencesResearch

  8. 30. Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Kinder-und Jugendliteraturforschung - GKJF 2017

    Emer O'Sullivan (Speaker)


    Activity: Participating in or organising an academic or articstic eventConferencesResearch

  9. Michael Rosens Where Broccoli Comes From: Vorlesung in der Reihe "10 Minuten Lyrik"

    Emer O'Sullivan (Lecturer)


    Activity: Talk or presentationGuest lecturesEducation

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