English Literature 

Professor Indira Ghose specialises in the fields of early modern literature, with a focus on early modern drama, and literature of the British Empire. Her current research interests include humour and the comic, Renaissance courtesy literature, and the history of the emotions. She welcomes doctoral students with interests in any of these fields or related areas of study.

Literature never exists in “splendid isolation”. It is an integral part of the social and cultural fabric underlying our communities and is closely tied to other forms and media of artistic expression. As Professor of Modern English Literature (c. 1780-21st century), Julia Straub investigates the intersections between literary and media history in her research and explores the interactions between literature and digital technologies as well as other media such as photography or the visual arts. She welcomes research proposals from prospective PhD students who would like to work in these or other areas, such as Victorian Literature, transatlantic literary relations or cultural memory studies.

Professors who are eligible to supervise theses:

Prof. Indira Ghose

Prof. Julia Straub

Areas of specialisation Prof. Indira Ghose:

  • Early modern drama 
  • Literature of the British Empire 
  • Humour and the comic 
  • Renaissance courtesy literature 
  • History of the emotions


Areas of specialisation Prof. Julia Straub:

  • Contemporary English literature and digital technologies
  • Intermedial configurations from 1800 to the present day
  • Transatlantic literary relationships
  • Victorian literature, especially the reception of Dante Alighieri’s works
  • Melodrama: its history, forms and functions
  • Theories of literary canon formation and cultural memory