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PD Dr. Jennifer Wawrzinek

Prof. Dr. Jennifer Wawrzinek

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Habelschwerdter Allee 45
14195 Berlin


My research focuses primarily on questions of identity, power and ideology, ethics and politics in Romantic and Postmodern literature. My doctoral research at the University of Melbourne examined the relationship between the aesthetic categories of the sublime and the grotesque in two postmodern texts and one performance piece in order to analyse the ways in which their female authors rearticulated the postmodern sublime as political and ethical strategies of resistance. My current research examines the ways in which several Romantic writers of the long eighteenth century have deconstructed, disrupted or disabled traditonal conceptions of the Romantic subject as autonomous indivudal. In 2005 I was based in Paris as a Felix Meyer Scholar at the University of Paris IV - La Sorbonne, where I undertook research on subaltern and minority Eastern European illegal immigrants. In 2006 I moved to Berlin to work with Russell West-Pavlov as  DFG Post-doctoral Fellow in Postcolonial Literatures. I have since edited several collections on postcolonial literatures with a focus on Australian Studies, and on African literature and media. I am a Varuna Fellow and a British Academy Fellow. Currently I am Junior Professor in British Romanticism at FU Berlin.


·         Romanticism

·         Postmodernism

·         Gender Studies

·         Postcolonial Studies

·         Australian Studies


Aktuelle Forschungsvorhaben

·         Beyond Identity: Radical Passivity in British Romanticism of the Long Eighteenth Century

·         Posthumanism: Interrogating ‘humanness’


·         Ambiguous Subjects: Dissolution and Metamorphosis in the Postmodern Sublime. Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2008.


Space: antiTHESIS 12 (with Steven Cowan, Kate Mitchell, Andrea Moss, Nicola Parsons). Carlton: University of Melbourne, 2001.

Frontier Skirmishes: Literary and Cultural Debates in Australia After 1992 (with Russell West-Pavlov). Heidelberg: Winter, 2010.

Negotiating Afropolitanism: Critical Reflections on Borders and Spaces in Contemporary African Literature and Media (with J.K.S. Makokha). Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2011.

Border-Crossings: Narrative and Demarcation in Postcolonial Literatures (with J.K.S. Makokha and Russell West-Pavlov). Heidelberg: Winter Verlag, 2012.

Weeds and Viruses: Ecopoetics after Postmodernism (with Cordula Lemke). Trier: WVT, forthcoming 2013.


“Theoretical Territories: An Orientation” (with Nicola Parsons, Stephen Cowan, Kate Mitchell, Andrea Moss). Space: antiTHESIS 12. Carlton: University of Melbourne, 2001: 8-10.

“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.

“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.

“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.

“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.

 “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.

“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.

“John Keats and the Ethics of Disappearance.” Anglia: Zeitschrift für Englische Philologie. 128.3 (März 2011): 431-445.

“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.

“‘Art, Glory, Freedom fail, but Nature still is fair’: Sean Penn, Byron, and the poetics of Oikos.Weeds and Viruses: Ecopoetics after Postmodernism. Ed. Cordula Lemke and Jennifer Wawrzinek. Trier: WVT, forthcoming 2013.




·         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.


·         “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.

“Skywriting.” Dislocations Conference. Australia Centre & Department of English, Melbourne University, Australien. 13. Juli 2000.

“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, Frankreich. 15.-17. Juni, 2002.

“Mapping Subjectivity in Morgan Yasbincek’s liv.” The Second International Conference on Minorities and Minority Literatures, Mohammed I University, Oujda, Marokko. 9.-11. März 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, 3.-4. November 2006.

“Translation as Erotic Surrender in Nicole Brossard’s Le Désert Mauve.” Pfister/Lobsien Work-in-Progress Seminar Serien, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 12. Juni 2007.

“The Limits of Knowledge: Violence and Anomie in Julie Taymor’s Titus.” Shakespeare-Tage 2009, Weimar, 23.-26. April 2009.

“Bearing Witness: Memory and Decreation in Kim Mahood’s Craft for a Dry Lake.” Anglistentag, Sektion IV, “(Post)Colonial Discourses: British Images of Australia in Literature and Art, Australian Responses.” Alpen-Adria Universität, Klagenfurt, 20.-23. September 2009.

 “Wordsworth, Space, and Place”, Moderatorin, “Romantic Explorations.” 13. Internationales Symposium der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Englische Romantik, Universtität Koblenz – Landau, 8-11. Oktober 2009.

“‘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. März 2011.

“Shelley’s Critical Tensions: Decreation and Radical Passivity in the Prose Works.” Romantic Realignments, Oxford University, England, 12. Mai 2011.

“Beyond Identity: Witnessing the Limits of Knowledge in P.B. Shelley’s The Triumph of Life.” Romantic Identities: Selves in Society, 1770-1835, Senate House, London, England, 13. Mai 2011.

“Community, Difference, Citizenship: Reading Between East and West.” ‘Austlit’ Behind the Wall: Australian Literature in the GDR, UNSW@ADFA, Canberra, Australien, 30. September 2011.

“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, Frankreich, 07.-08. Juni 2012.