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Dear students,
I have left the University of Cologne for a professorship at the University of Bamberg. If I have already agreed to supervise your BA- or MA-thesis either this summer term or winter term 2024/25, I will do so. If you still want to hand in a term paper for a seminar you took with me in summer term 2023 or winter term 2023/24, you can register for the MAP with PD Dr. Marlena Tronicke. The same goes for oral exams. It was a pleasure meeting and teaching so many of you!
Warm regards & take care,
Susanne Gruß

I joined English Seminar I as professor of English literature and culture (with a special focus on gender and queer studies) in 2022. Before that I was visiting professor at the universities of Bonn, Passau, and Frankfurt/Main, and (senior) lecturer in English literature and culture at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg. I hold a PhD in English literature (published as The Pleasure of the Feminist Text: Reading Michèle Roberts and Angela Carter, Rodopi/Brill 2009) and have finished a 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.

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