Fachschaft und Studiengangleitung haben sich gemeinsam fünf Fragen an Dozierende des Studiengangs überlegt, die Studierenden die Gelegenheit geben sollen die Dozent*innen ein wenig besser kennenzulernen.
1. How did you decide on your field of study?
I am a literary scholar, who specializes in areas such as British Romanticism, literary space, and depictions of work in contemporary British and Irish literature and culture. Which may sound like the pursuits of a bookworm who retires to a library most of the time. And of course I am a bit of a bookworm. Comes with the territory. But looking back, my choices of fields that interested me have always developed very much in a social process. Essentially, from a variety of subjects that I could have studied, and then from a variety of topics that I could have ended up researching for my PhD and afterwards, I guess I always chose the ones which I found that I could talk about with people whom I liked.
2. What was your best KSM seminar topic to date, and what would be a desirable topic for a future KSM seminar?
I only joined the EUF in 2019, so I have, at the time of writing (Summer 2021), taught all of three KSM seminars in literary and cultural studies, two of which had to be moved online because of the pandemic, and were thus not quite typical. I enjoyed all three seminars, but I guess I should postpone making a choice of best topic until I have taught some more. As for future seminars, I would love to do something with literary translation as a form of cultural contact at some point.
3. What book has particularly influenced you, or is a must read?
How should a literary scholar answer that? All of them? If I really have to narrow it down, everything by Virginia Woolf is definitely a must read! (In light of some of the effects of the pandemic, her essay A Room of One’s Own might in fact be a good place to begin.)
4. Is the glass half full or half empty?
„Always look on the bright side of life!“
5. Looking back from your own experience, what advice would you give to your former student self?
Being confused is part of the process of figuring something out.