Books & Journal Issues


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Book_livepoetry Live Poetry: An Integrated Approach to Poetry in Performance.

Internationale Forschungen zur Allgemeinen und Vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft 153. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2011.

Live Poetry: An Integrated Approach to Poetry in Performance provides for the first time a theory of and full methodological toolkit for the analysis of live poetry by drawing together approaches from diverse disciplines concerned with speech and forms of cultural performance. This innovative methodology is demonstrated through sample analyses based on a mixed corpus of audio and video recordings of poetry performances, as well as on personal interviews with practitioners of live poetry.


Book_Gemeinsam-Lesen Gemeinsam Lesen: Die Buchgruppe als soziales Phänomen und ökonomische Triebkraft. Wien: Lit-Verlag, 2007.

Gemeinsam Lesen (“Reading Together”) is the first study in German about reading groups as a social phenomenon and an economic force in the UK. It reflects on reading as a cultural practice and gives insight into the workings of book groups and their history. It sheds light on book groups in the context of other reader development initiatives and discusses various factors that have contributed to the popularity of the book group, devoting a chapter each to libraries, the Internet, publishers, book sellers, and the media..

Women's Lives on Screen special issue

Women’s Lives on Screen. A special issue of the European Journal of Life Writing X (2021).

Ed. with Eugenie Theuer. This special issue aims to push the study of women’s biopics in new directions by considering the genre as a dynamic and malleable frame that shapes women’s life narratives in multiply contingent ways. It brings together a cross-disciplinary ensemble of eleven articles looking at a diverse range of cinematic and televisual biopics from France, Great Britain, Sri Lanka, United States, Austria, and the Iranian diaspora, which lend themselves to critique from an intersectional gender perspective.

Life Writing and Celebrity: Exploring Intersections

Ed. with Sandra Mayer. London: Routledge, 2019. This book examines the relationship between life writing and celebrity in English-language and comparative literary and cultural contexts, focusing on historical as well as contemporary auto/biographical subjects. With contributions on the 18th-century actress Peg Woffington, Charles Dickens, Mary Pickford, Sergei Eisenstein, W.H. Auden, Marilyn Monroe, and Michael Jackson, amongst others, the book encompasses a wide range of disciplines and approaches. It explores the representation of famous lives in genres as varied as TV documentary, biopic, biofiction, journalism, (authorized) biography, and painting. The contributors address broad themes including authenticity, self-fashioning, identity politics, and ethics; and reflect on the ways in which these affect the reading and writing of celebrity lives. This volume is the first to bring together life writing and celebrity studies—two vibrant and innovative areas of research which are closely connected through their shared concerns with authenticity and intimacy, public and private selves, myth-making and revelation.

"Experiments in Life-Writing" cover Experiments in Life-Writing: Intersections of Auto/Biography and Fiction
Ed. with Lucia Boldrini. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. This volume examines innovative intersections of life-writing and experimental fiction in the 20th and 21st centuries, bringing together scholars and practicing biographers from several disciplines (Modern Languages, English and Comparative Literature, Creative Writing). It covers a broad range of biographical, autobiographical, and hybrid practices in a variety of national literatures, among them many recent works: texts that test the ground between fact and fiction, that are marked by impressionist, self-reflexive and intermedial methods, by their recourse to myth, folklore, poetry, or drama as they tell a historical character’s story. interest in the history and politics of form in life-writing: in the ways in which departures from traditional generic paradigms are intricately linked with specific views of subjectivity, with questions of personal, communal, and national identity.
Journal of Historical Fictions Journal of Historical Fictions 1.1
Ed. with Kate Macdonald, Natasha Alden, Jacobus Bracker, Joanne Heath, Nina Lubbren.
The licences of fiction, especially in mass culture, define a space in which the pursuit of narrative and meaning is permitted to slip the chains of sanctioned historical truths to explore the deep desires and dreams that lie beneath all constructions of the past. Historical fictions measure the gap between the pasts we are permitted to know and those we wish to know, interacting between the meaning-making narrative and the narrative-resistant nature of the past. The Journal of Historical Fictions welcomes proposals from disciplines as diverse as archaeology, literature, film, history, media studies, art history, musicology, reception studies, and museum studies. The Journal aims to foster more theoretically informed understandings of the mode across historical periods, cultures, media and languages.
ZAA cover "Poetry & Performance" “Poetry and Performance” (special issue ZAA)
Ed. with Pascal Fischer, Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 64.3 (2016). P. Fischer, J. Novak: “Introduction”; A. Zirker: “’Oh make thy selfe with holy mourning blacke’: Aspects of Drama and Performance in John Donne’s Holy Sonnet ‘Oh My Black Soule’”;  R. Haekel: “Performance, Performativity, and the Medium of Poetry: W. B. Yeats’s ‘Among School Children’”;  K. Röder: “Engaging with T.S. Eliot: Four Quartets as a Multimedia Performance”;  M. Tönnies, J. Brüning, A. Sand: “The Duality of Page and Stage: Constructing Lyrical Voices in Contemporary British Poetry Written for Performance”;  S. Herbe: “Popular Songs, Poetry and Performance: Observations on an On-going Debate”; P. Fischer: “‘I wanna be a Rock Star!’ Lyrical Communication in Self-Referential Rock Songs”; J. Novak, P. Fischer: “On the Interface between Page and Stage: Interview with Patience Agbabi”.
Book_Ireland-in-and-Europe Ireland in/and Europe: Cross-Currents and Exchanges.
Ed. with Werner Huber and Sandra Mayer, Irish Studies in Europe 4. Trier: WVT, 2012. Mossbawn via Mantua: Ireland in/and Europe: Cross-Currents and Exchanges (Seamus Heaney) – Hy Brasil: Cartographic Error, Celtic Elysium, or the New Jerusalem? Early Literary Representations of the Imaginary Brasil Island (Barbara Freitag) – “My Change of Character”: Rousseauisme and Maria Edgeworth’s Ennui (Eglantina Remport) – The Rise of the Hungarian Dandy: Oscar Wilde’s Contribution to the Experience of Modernity in Early-Twentieth-Century Hungary (Gabrielle V.) –Published in Paris: Samuel Beckett, George Reavey, and the Europa Press (Sandra Andrea O’Connell) – Franco’s Spain
Book_Ireland-in-Drama-Film-Popular-Culture Ireland in Drama, Film, and Popular Culture.
Ed. with Sandra Mayer and Margarete Rubik). Trier: WVT, 2012. The articles collected in this volume examine hitherto unexplored images of Ireland and the Irish in a diverse range of cultural practices. These include contemporary Irish drama, its contribution to identity formation and its engagement with continental models, film makers’ responses to particularly ‘Irish’ themes such as the recovery of the Gaelic inheritance, or emigration to the United States. Aspects of popular culture addressed in this volume are sports, popular entertainment, advertising and propaganda, Irish myth, as well as different forms of cross-cultural exchange.
Book_Staging-Interculturality Staging Interculturality.
Contemporary Drama in English 17. Ed. with Werner Huber and Margarete Rubik, Trier: WVT, 2010. The articles collected in this volume have come out of the 18th international CDE conference (Vienna, 2009) and set out to examine how contemporary drama and theatre in English engage in the discourse of interculturality. Apart from autobiographically-oriented keynote lectures by playwrights Tanika Gupta and Simon Stephens these papers address the themes of interculturality and multiculturalism across a wide range of topics, ethnicities, and methodologies.
Book_Vienna-Views Vienna:Views.
Ed. Wien: Literaturverlag °Luftschacht, 2006. How do you write Vienna? The result of a writing competition initiated by Vienna Lit, Vienna:Views is a collection of life-writings in English about Vienna, by people from different cultural backgrounds. Describing their experiences and their relationship with the city and the Viennese in prose or poetry, it demonstrates views of Vienna that shed a new light on the city and challenge what Austrians are perhaps taking for granted.