PD Dr. Jennifer Wawrzinek
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My research focuses primarily on questions of identity, power and ideology, ethics and politics in Romantic and Postmodern literature, often with a colonial/postcolonial focus. My doctoral research at the University of Melbourne examined the aesthetic categories of the sublime and the grotesque in Australian and Canadian novels and performance of the late 20th Century. My second monograph used Simone Weil’s concept of decreation to examine British Romantic texts that variously resisted the notion of the autonomous individual.
I have been a Felix Meyer Scholar, based at the University of Paris IV - La Sorbonne, a British Academy Research Fellow (Birkbeck College, University of London), Acting Chair of Literary and Postcolonial Studies (University of Potsdam), FONTE Guest Professor (HU Berlin), and was Junior Professor at the FU Berlin until 2016.
I am currently Research Associate at the Centre for Enlightenment, Romanticism, and Contemporary Culture at the University of Melbourne, and adjunct faculty at the English Institute, FU Berlin.
Please note that I am not currently taking on supervisions.
· Gender Studies
· Postcolonial Studies
· Australian Studies
I am currently working on conceptions of ‘worlding’ in British Romantic texts at the turn of the 19th Century: https://arts.unimelb.edu.au/enlightenment-romanticism-contemporary-culture#associate
Beyond Identity: Romanticism and Decreation (manuscript under revision)
Ambiguous Subjects: Dissolution and Metamorphosis in the Postmodern Sublime. Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi. 2008.
Catalysts of Change: The Colonial Transformation of Anglo-European Literary Cultures across the Long Eighteenth Century. Ed. Lisa O’Connell and Jennifer Wawrzinek. Postcolonial Studies Special Issue 23.3 (2020).
Weeds and Viruses: Ecopoetics after Postmodernism. Ed. Cordula Lemke and Jennifer Wawrzinek. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2015.
Border-Crossings: Narrative and Demarcation in Postcolonial Literatures and Media. Ed. J.K.S. Makokha, Jennifer Wawrzinek and Russell West-Pavlov. Heidelberg: Winter, 2012.
Negotiating Afropolitanism: Critical Reflections on Borders and Spaces in Contemporary African Literature and Media. Ed. J.K.S. Makokha and Jennifer Wawrzinek. Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2011. Winner of the 2013 ABS Book of the Year Bronze Award.
Frontier Skirmishes: Cultural Debates in Australia After 1992. Ed. Jennifer Wawrzinek and Russell West-Pavlov. Heidelberg: Winter Verlag, 2010.
Space: antiTHESIS 12. Ed. Steven Cowan, Kate Mitchell, Andrea Moss, Nicola Parsons and Jennifer Wawrzinek. 2001.
“Difference and Accountability: Framing the Black Female Voice.” Catalysts of Change: Colonial Transformations of Anglo-European Literary Culture in the Long Eighteenth Century. Ed. Lisa O’Connell and Jennifer Wawrzinek. Postcolonial Studies Special Issue 23.3, 2020: 389-403.
“Introduction” (with Lisa O’Connell). Catalysts of Change: Colonial Transformations of Anglo-European Literary Culture in the Long Eighteenth Century. Ed. Lisa O’Connell and Jennifer Wawrzinek. Postcolonial Studies Special Issue 23.3, 2020: 257-267.
“Beyond the Black Atlantic: Afropolitanism and the Novel.” New Approaches to the 21st-Century Anglophone Novel. Ed. Sibylle Baumbach, Birgit Neumann and Ansgar Nünning. Palgrave Macmillan, 2020: 237-254.
“Postcolonial Dandies and the Death of the Flâneur.” South and North: Contemporary Urban Orientations. Ed. Kerry Bystrom, Ashleigh Harris, A.J. Weber. New York: Routledge, 2018: 161-179.
“Community, Difference, Context: (Re)reading the Contact Zone.” Behind the Wall: Australian Literature in the GDR. Ed. Nicole Moore and Christina Spittel. London: Anthem Press, 2016: 71-90.
“Recovering the Stage of Oikos: Postmodern Uncertainties and the Demands of Ecopolitics”, together with Cordula Lemke. Weeds and Viruses: Ecopoetics after Postmodernism. Ed. Cordula Lemke and Jennifer Wawrzinek. Trier: WVT, 2015: 1-17.
“Sean Penn, Byron, and the Poetics of Oikos.” Weeds and Viruses: Ecopoetics after Postmodernism. Ed. Cordula Lemke and Jennifer Wawrzinek. Trier: WVT, 2015: 67-84.
“‘What Can a Body Do?’: Keatsian Plasticity and the Event of Knowledge.” Romanticism and Knowledge: Selected Papers from the Munich Joint Conference of the German Society for English Romanticism and the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism. Ed. Stefanie Fricke, Felicitas Meifert-Menhard, and Katharina Pink. Trier: WVT, 2015: 241-250.
“Hospitality and the Nation in Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Short Residence in Sweden, Norway and Denmark.” Romantik 03, 2014: 129-150.
“Reading Australia from Distant Shores.” Antipodes: A Global Journal of Australian/New Zealand Literature 28.1 (June 2014): 18-22.
“African Chicken and the Transonant Subject in Brian Castro’s Shanghai Dancing.” Border-Crossings: Narrative and Demarcation in Postcolonial Literatures. Ed. J.K.S. Makokha, Wawrzinek & West-Pavlov. Heidelberg: Winter Verlag, 2012: 275-287.
“John Keats and the Ethics of Disappearance.” Anglia: Zeitschrift für Englische Philologie 128.3 (March 2011): 431-445.
“Addressing the Absent Other in J.M. Coetzee’s Age of Iron.” Negotiating Afropolitanism: Critical Reflections on Borders and Spaces in Contemporary African Literature and Media. Ed. J.K.S. Makokha and Jennifer Wawrzinek. Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2011: 115-130.
“Dis/rupting the Law: Violence and Anomie in Two Versions of Titus Andronicus.” Theatre as Heterotopia: Contemporary Comparative Perspectives on Shakespeare. Lörke, Mutiti, Tchai, Wawrzinek, West-Pavlov, Wiegandt. Trier: WVT, 2010.
“Bearing Witness: Memory and Decreation in Kim Mahood’s Craft For a Dry Lake.” Frontier Skirmishes: Cultural Debates in Australia After 1992. Ed.Jennifer Wawrzinek and Russell West-Pavlov. Heidelberg: Winter, 2010: 185-198.
“The (Un)Becoming Subject in The Women’s Circus’ Secrets.” Iterationen: Geschlecht im kulturellen Gedächtnis. Ed. Sabine Lucia Müller and Anja Schwarz. Göttingen: Wallstein, 2008: 191-215.
“Cartography and the Contingent Subject in Morgan Yasbincek’s liv.” Representing Minorities: Studies in Literature and Criticism. Ed. Larbi Touaf and Soumia Boutkil. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2006: 160-168.
“Nomads in the Desert of Textual Desire: The Syncopated Mis-re-cognitions of Nicole Brossard’s Mauve Desert and Morgan Yasbincek’s liv.” Désert(s): Entre Désir et Délire. Conference Proceedings, Confluences XXII, Nanterre: Centre de Recherches Espaces, Ecritures Bibliothéque Durrell, 2003: 251-268.
“Theoretical Territories: An Orientation.” Ed. Nicola Parsons, Stephen Cowan, Kate Mitchell, Andrea Moss, Jennifer Wawrzinek. Space: antiTHESIS 12. Carlton: University of Melbourne, 2001: 8-10.
· Review Essay of Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, in Space: antithesis 2001. Ed. Cowan, Mitchell, Moss, Parsons and Wawrzinek. Carlton: University of Melbourne (2001). 183-187.Kurzbelletristik
· “Fluttering”. Janus Head: Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature, Continental Philosophy, Phenomenological Psychology, and the Arts. Pittsburg, USA, 6.2 (2003): 235-249.
· “Dear Circus Aerialist”. Strange Cities: New Melbourne Writing, Vol. 1, 2002: 27-32.
· “Arnold Gallagher Turns to Face the Ocean”. Strange Cities: New Melbourne Writing, Vol. 1, 2002: 33-40.
· “Lacuna”. Tongue: New Melbourne Writing. Ed. Moss, McNamara & Grogan. Melbourne: Quixotic Press, 2001: 23-30.
· “The Lake”. Southerly 63.3 ( 2001): 107-116.
· “Dear Circus Aerialist”. Westerly 45 (2000): 161-166.
“Dorothy Wordsworth’s Exscriptions: Worlding as Compearance”. “Romantic Ecologies: GER Conference, Augsburg, 29 September – 02 October, 2022.
“De Quincey’s Haunted Empire”. Guest Lecture, Delhi University, 27 September 2018.
“Fanny Burney’s Animal Pleasures.” “Polite and Impolite Pleasures: Entertaining the Georgian City.” Fairfax House Georgian Studies Symposium, York, 21 October 2016.
“Unsettling the Time of Empire: De Quincey’s Suspiria and the English Mail Coach.” “The Colonial Reinvention of Anglo-European Literary Culture in the Long Eighteenth Century.” Freie Universität Berlin, 09-10 June 2016.
“Dis-Placing the Subject: Australian Unbelonging and the Transnational Experience.” Guest Lecture, Universität Hamburg, 12 January 2016.
“Charles Lamb and Thomas de Quincey in the Balzacian Shop of History.” “Rethinking Cultural Memory.” NARS Conference, Copenhagen, 04-05 December 2015.
“Telling Stories About Faces: Posthuman Encounters in William Blake’s An Island in the Moon.” “Narratives of Romanticism.” GER Conference, Wuppertal, 08-11 October 2015.
“Wounding the Tissue of the Text in Keats’s Fall of Hyperion. A Dream.” Guest Lecture, Early Modern Literature Forum, University of Queensland, 29 May 2015.
“Dorothy Wordsworth’s Glittering Sheep: The Grasmere Journal.” Guest Lecture, Writing and Society Research Seminar Series, University of Western Sydney, 08 May 2015.
“Telling Stories About Faces: Posthuman Encounters in Dorothy Wordsworth’s Grasmere Journal and Blake’s An Island in the Moon.” Guest Lecture, English and Theatre Studies Research Seminar Series, Melbourne University, 06 May 2015.
“Revisioning Justice in the Eighteenth-Century Travel Narrative.” “Postcolonial Justice”, GNEL-ASNEL Conference, Potsdam, 29 May-01 June 2014.
“’What Can a Body Do?’: Keatsian Plasticity and the Event of Knowledge.” “Romanticism and Knowledge”, GER-NASSR Supernumerary Conference, München, 10-13 October 2013.
“Mary Wollstonecraft in Scandinavia: Sympathetic Engagement and Ethical Justice.” “Romantic Movements”, NASSR Conference, Boston, USA, 08-11 August 2013.
“‘Somewhere in all of this is the story that I’m trying not to tell’: Revisiting the Silences of Australia’s Colonial Past.” Guest Lecture, Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya, 21 February 2013.
“P.B. Shelley and the Problem of the Political.” Guest Lecture, Ludwig-Maximillian-Universität München, 15 November 2012.
“Mary Wollstonecraft in the Contact Zone: Imagination, Engagement and Possibility in A Short Residence in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark.’ Crossroads/Carrefours, Colloque international, Université de Toulouse-Le-Mirail, Toulouse, France. 07-08 June 2012.
“Community, Difference, Citizenship: Reading Between East and West.” ‘AusLit’ Behind the Wall: Australian Literature in the GDR.’ UNSW@ADFA, Canberra, Australia. 30 September 2011.
“Beyond Identity: Witnessing the Limits of Knowledge in P.B. Shelley’s The Triumph of Life.” ‘Romantic Identities: Selves in Society, 1770-1835.’ British Association of Romanticism Studies Emerging Scholars Conference. Senate House, London, England. 13 May 2011.
“‘I know not how to express my devotion’: Keats and the Ethical Relation in the Letters to Fanny Brawne.” ‘Picture This: Postcards and Letters Beyond Text.’ University of Sussex, England. 24-26 March 2011.
“Nomads in the Desert of Textual Desire in Morgan Yasbincek’s liv and Nicole Brossard’s Mauve Desert.” ‘Confluences XXII. Déserts(s): entre désir et délire’, Université de Paris X – Nanterre, Paris, France. 15-17 June 2002.
“Mapping Subjectivity in Morgan Yasbincek’s liv.” The Second International Conference on Minorities and Minority Literatures, Mohammed I University, Oujda, Morocco, 09-11 March 2006.
“’When I’m Up There It Feels Like Heaven’: Aerial Bodies and the Women’s Circus’ Secrets.” ‘(Contingent) Iteration. Performative Correspondances of Memory and Gender’. Freie Universität Berlin, 03-04 November 2006.