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PD Dr. Susanne Gruß

(visiting professor / Vertretungsprofessorin)


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Welcome! I am visiting professor of English Literature at the University of Bonn and senior lecturer in English literature and culture at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg (on leave). Before that, I served as visiting professor of English Literature and Culture at the University of Passau (October 2021 through March 2022) and of English Literature at Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main (October 2020 through September 2021). I hold a PhD in English literature (published as The Pleasure of the Feminist Text: Reading Michèle Roberts and Angela Carter, Rodopi 2009) and have recently finished my second book manuscript on the intersections of law, drama, and genre in the early modern age (The Laws of Excess: Law, Literature, and the Laws of Genre in Early Modern Drama, 2020).

My research and publications focus on contemporary British literature and culture as well as on early modern England. Within these very broad areas, my specialisms include gender studies and feminist theory, neo-Victorianism (and cultural appropriations of the long nineteenth century more generally), Black British writing, (film) adaptation, and, more recently, the cultural and literary implications of the fungal world; as well as early modern culture and drama (especially revenge tragedy & tragicomedy), collaboration and/in theatre, early modern piracy, and (early modern) law and literature. In both fields I am interested in popular culture and questions of canonisation and genre.

You can also find me on Twitter (@susannegruss), where I tweet primarily about my research and the challenges of parenting as an academic.

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