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. 2013
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    For Young Readers and Adults Alike? Children's Books in Teaching English as a Foreign Language

    O'Sullivan, E. & Rösler, D., 2013, In: Hard Times . 93, p. 59-63 6 p.

    Research output: Journal contributionsJournal articlesEducationpeer-review

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    Kinder- und Jugendliteratur im Fremdsprachenunterricht

    O'Sullivan, E. & Rösler, D., 2013, Tübingen: Stauffenburg Verlag. 230 p. (Stauffenburg Einführungen; vol. 23)

    Research output: Books and anthologiesMonographsResearch

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    Phantastische Kinder- und Jugendliteratur

    O'Sullivan, E. & Loidl, S., 2013, Wien: STUBE. 31 p. (Spektrum; no. 08)

    Research output: Books and anthologiesCompendium/lecture notesEducation

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    Zuhause im fremden Text. Sprachliche Identität in Übersetzungen.

    O'Sullivan, E., 2013, In: 1000 und 1 Buch. 1, p. 4-13 10 p.

    Research output: Journal contributionsJournal articlesResearch

  7. 2012
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  9. 2011
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    Imagology Meets Children's Literature

    O'Sullivan, E., 01.07.2011, In: International Research in Children's Literature. 4, 1, p. 1-14 14 p.

    Research output: Journal contributionsJournal articlesResearchpeer-review

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    Insularity and Internationalism: Between Local Production and the Global Marketplace

    O'Sullivan, E., 01.01.2011, Irish Children's Literature and Culture: New Perspectives on Contemporary Writing. Coghlan, V. & O'Sullivan, K. (eds.). London, New York: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, p. 183-196 14 p. (Children's Literature and Culture).

    Research output: Contributions to collected editions/worksChapterpeer-review

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    The Same But Different. Ambivalent Internationalism in Early Twentieth-Century Children's Books.

    O'Sullivan, E., 01.01.2011, In: The Princeton University Library Chronicle. 72, 3, p. 683-712 29 p.

    Research output: Journal contributionsJournal articlesResearch

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    Comparative Children's Literature

    O'Sullivan, E., 01.2011, In: PMLA . 126, 1, p. 189-196 8 p.

    Research output: Journal contributionsJournal articlesResearchpeer-review

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