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Denise Burkhard, M.A.


Bonn University

Regina-Pacis-Weg 5

53113 Bonn




Room: 2.017 

Phone: +49 (0)228-73-7624



PhD Project: Stories to be Told - (Re-)Constructing Childhood in Selected Neo-Victorian Texts and Audio-Visual Adaptations (working title)

Advisor: Prof. Dr. Marion Gymnich



Winter Term 2017/2018: Exploring Twentieth-Century British Children's Literature (Optionalbereich)


Research Interests


  • British Literature and Culture from the 19th Century to the Present
  • Neo-Victorian Literature
  • Narrative Theory
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • Trauma Literature
  • Children’s Literature
  • Fandom Studies




2015. “Have a Fan-tastic 200th Birthday, Lizzy! – Elizabeth Bennet in Recent Fan Fiction.” In: Hanne Birk & Marion Gymnich, Eds. Pride and Prejudice 2.0: Interpretations, Adaptations and Transformations of Jane Austen’s Classic. Göttingen: V&R Unipress/Bonn University Press. 311-322. (with Simone Fleischer)

2016. “Between Madness, Malice and Marginalization: Reading the Ghost of Jennet Humfrye in Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black in the Context of Trauma Theory.” Supernatural Studies 3.2: 9-20.

2017. “Stepping through the Wardrobe: Is the Secondary Fantasy World Merely an Escape from Reality?” In: Dieter Petzold & Klaudia Seibel, Eds. Inklings:Jahrbuch für Literatur und Ästhetik 34 (Die Inklings und der Erste Weltkrieg). Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang. 133-144.


"Pleasurable or Frightening? The (De-)Construction of the Other World in Neil Gaiman’s Coraline" (22 September 2017, Wirklichkeiten und Weltenbauen/Realities and World Building, Vienna)