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10/2014 - 12/2018   PhD, English Literature, Pembroke College, University of Oxford

10/2013 - 07/2014   MSt, English Literature 1830 - 1914, Kellogg College, University of Oxford

10/2010 - 05/2013   BA, English and Comparative Literature, Goldsmiths, University of London

09/2006 - 07/2010   BA, Theatre Directing, Otto-Falckenberg-Schule/Münchner  Kammerspiele, Munich, Germany

Academic Positions

  • Stipendiary Lecturer in Victorian, Modern and Contemporary Literature in English, Brasenose College, Oxford (2018-2021)
  • Associate Lecturer in English and Comparative Literature, Goldsmiths, University of London (2017-2021)
  • Visiting Fellow at the Centre for British Studies, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany (2016, one month)


  • TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities) Graduate Fund (2018)
  • AHRC Research Training Support Grant for an Overseas Study Visit (2017)
  • Maxwell and Meyerstein Fund, English Faculty, Oxford (2017)
  • Robert Browning Scholarship, Pembroke College, Oxford (awarded twice) (2015-2017)
  • AHRC Doctoral Award (2014-2018)
  • Various travel grants

Professional Service

  • Postdoctoral Mentor MSt in English Literature 1830 - 1914, English Faculty Oxford (2020-2021)
  • Examiner DPhil Transfer of Status Vivas, English Faculty Oxford (2020-2021)
  • Examiner Admission Interviews, Brasenose College (2018-2021)
  • Web administrator of the International Comparative Literature Association (2019-2021)

Professional Memberships

  • British Association of Victorian Studies (BAVS)
  • Decadence and Translation Network (funded by the AHRC, Oxford/Glasgow)
  • British Association of Decadence Studies (BADS)
  • American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA)
  • British Comparative Literature Association (BCLA)
  • International Comparative Literature Association (ICLA)
  • Centre for Comparative Literature Goldsmiths (CCL)
  • Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA)



'The Indispensable East' in Decadent Literature in England and Germany 1880-1920, in preparation 

Edited Volumes and Special Issues

  • Katharina Herold and Frank Krause (eds), Smell and Social Life: Aspects of English, French and German Literature (1880-1939) (London/Munich: IMLR and Iudicium, 2021) forthcoming
  • Katharina Herold and Leire Barrera-Medrano (eds), Women Writing Decadence: European Perspectives 1880-1920, Volupté: Interdisciplinary Journal of Decadence Studies, 2:1 (2019)

Journal Articles

  • 'Allegories on the International Scene: Vernon Lee's, Mina Loy's, and Else Lasker-Schüler's War Plays', ed. by Dennis Denisoff, Feminist Modernist Studies, 4:2 (2021), 203-21
  • 'Scraps of Life: Frederick Rolfe's Decadent scrapbook and late-Victorian biography' (in preparation)

Book Chapters

  • 'Teutonic Romance': Vernon Lee's Aesthetic Germany During and After World War I', in Vernon Lee: Place, Nation, Memory, ed. by Patricia Pulham, Sally Blackburn-Daniels (Ohio University Press, 2022), in preparation
  • 'Germany: Decadence from the Wilhelmine Empire to the Weimar Republic', Oxford Handbook of Decadence, ed. by Jane Desmarais and David Weir (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021) forthcoming
  • 'Satirical Scents in Paul Scheerbart's Decadent Orient', Scents of Value: Smells and Social Life in European Literature (1880-1939), ed. by Katharina Herold and Frank Krause (London/Munich: IMLR and Iudicium, 2021) forthcoming
  • 'Socio-aesthetic Histories: Vienna 1900 and Weimar Berlin', in Decadence and Literature, ed. by Jane Desmarais and David Weir (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019), pp. 283-300
  • '"Against civilisation": Symons, the Gypsy Lore and politicised Aestheticism', in Arthur Symons: Poet, Critic, Vagabond, ed. by Elisa Bizzotto and Stefano Evangelista (Cambridge: Legenda, 2018), pp. 145-60.
  • 'Dancing the Image - Sensoriality and kinaesthetics in the poetry of Stéphane Mallarmé and Arthur Symons', in Decadence and the Senses, ed. by Jane Desmarais and Alice Condé (Cambridge: Legenda, 2017), pp. 141-62


  • Karim Mattar, Spectres of World Literature: Orientalism, Modernity, and the Novel in the Middle East (Edinburgh University Press, 2020), Wasafiri, forthcoming 2021
  • Reza Taher-Kermani, The Persian Presence in Victorian Poetry (Edinburgh University Press, 2020), The Review of English Studies, New Series (2021) 1-3
  • Andreea Miri-Wolf, Walter Paters Ästhetik im Kontext der deutschen Kulturgeschichte (Munich: Iudicium, 2018), Studies in Walter Pater and Aestheticism, ed. by Joseph Bristow, Rebecca N. Mitchell and Charlotte Ribeyrol, 5 (Summer 2020), 127-30
  • Gregory Mackie, Beautiful Untrue Things: Forging Oscar Wilde's Extraordinary Afterlife (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2019), The Wildean: A Journal of Oscar Wilde Studies, 57 (2020), 127-9
  • Robert Stilling, Beginning at the End: Decadence, Modernism and Postcolonial Poetry (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2018), Volupté: Interdisciplinary Journal of Decadence Studies, 1:2 (2018), 171-6 (online)
  • Kenneth Womack and James M. Decker (eds), Victorian Literary Cultures: Studies in Textual Subversion' (Lanham: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2016), English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920, 6:3 (2018), 418-22
  • Kirsten Shepherd-Barr, Theatre and Evolution from Ibsen to Beckett (New York: Columbia University Press, 2015)', Victorian Network, 7:1 (2016), 158-63 (online)


Conferences organised 

  • Conference, 'Common Scents': Smells and Social Life in European Literature (1880-1939) (with Prof. Frank Krause and Dr. Godela Weiss-Sussex), Institute of Modern Languages Research, London, 2018

  • Conference, Women Writing Decadence: European Perspectives 1880-1920 (with Dr. Leire Barrera-Medrano), English Faculty, Oxford, 2018

  • Symposium, Arthur Symons at the Fin de Siècle (with Prof. Jane Desmarais, Dr. Alice Condé, Dr. Jessica Gossling), Goldsmiths, University of London, 2017

  • Symposium, Art and Action: The Intersections of Literary Celebrity and Politics, (with Dr. Sandra Mayer, Universität Wien, Austria / Wolfson College / TORCH), Oxford, 2016

Invited Talks

  • 'Oscar Wilde and Postcolonial Criticism', round table, The European Society for the Study of English (ESSE), by invitation of Prof. Elisa Bizzotto (Iuav University of Venice) (online), 2021. 
  • 'Decadent Fetishism in Victoria Cross's Anna Lombard (1901)', Decolonizing Decadence, round table sponsored by the NAVSA Aestheticism and Decadence Caucus, moderated by Kristin Mahoney (Michigan State University), by invitation of Prof. Matthew Potolsky (University of Utah) (online), 2021. 
  • 'Imperial fetishization of masculinity and race in Victoria Cross's Anna Lombard (1901)', Nineteenth-Century Research Seminar, Faculty of English, University of Oxford (online), 2020. 
  • 'German Decadences', invited talk to a fully funded workshop (02.-09. October) by Fondation des Treilles, Politicised Aestheticism, led by Prof. Bénédicte Coste (University of Burgundy), Nice, 2017. 

Conference papers (selection)

  • 'Oscar Wilde in Arabic Translations', AHRC, Decadence and Translation Network, University of Glasgow, 2019. 
  • 'Frederick Rolfe's Scrapbook as Decadent Archive of the Self', Aesthetic Time, Decadent Archives, Goldsmiths, University of London, 2019. 
  • '"Teutonic Romance": Vernon Lee's aesthetic Germany during and after World War I', Vernon Lee 2019: An Anniversary Conference, British Institute, Florence, 2019. 
  • 'Stefan George's Translation of Ernest Dowson', Decadence and Translation Network, Trinity College, Oxford, 2018. 
  • 'Breaking the Victorian Pattern: Oriental Ornamentation in Wilde's Literary Decadence', BAVS Annual Conference: Victorian Patterns, University of Exeter, 2018. 
  • 'Orientalism and Decadence', Transnational Poetics, Aestheticism and Decadence at the fin de siècle, New York University, New York, 2018. 
  • 'The European Endgame and Oriental Befindlichkeit in Paul Scheerbart's Decadent Works', End Games and Emotions, Tallinn University and University of Helsinki, 2017. 


MA Theses

  • Sydney Erickson, 'Reading Michael Field's Sight and Song as Art Criticism'

  • Léonor Barnard, 'Visualising Thomas Hardy's pictorial landscapes' (1st Class Hons)

  • Sophie Long, 'John Dryden and New-World Baroque (1680-1750)'

BA Theses

  • Anna Mullock, '"The faces and the hands moved in a pattern / As the music rose and fell": Katherine Mansfield's Rhythmic Structures (2020-2021)
  • Caterina Tucker, 'Images of the Circus in Dickens, Browning, and Ernest Dowson' (2020-2021)
  • Evie Fleck, '"(s)he wanted another landscape, and another tongue": queerness expressed through landscapes and literary space by Virginia Woolf, Vita Sackville-West and Radclyffe Hall (1920-1930).' (2020-2021)
  • Alexander Haveron Jones, 'Glass and Artistic Voyeurism in Victorian poetry' (2020-2021)
  • Emily Jones, 'Mina Loy and Futurism' (2019-2020)
  • Yvette Dell, 'Paradoxes of dawn and decay in Decadent poetry 1890-1910' (2018-2019)
  • Katie Meynell, 'Androgynous lunar symbols in Decadent literature, 1880-1923' (2018-2019)
  • Hannah Scaife, 'There aren't words for what you did to me': Dramatic Representations of rape and the Experiential Mode in Sarah Kane, Peter Rose, and Mark Ravenhill' (2016-2017)
  • Paul Purewal, 'Constructions of Race in Dion Boucicault's The Octoroon' (2016-2017)
  • Rufus Sterling, 'The theatre as "the panoptic machine": imprisonment in the plays of Samuel Beckett and Sarah Kane' (1st Class hons) (2015-2016)

  1. Fakultät für Sprach-, Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaften
  2. Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik

Anglistik / British Studies

Akad. Rätin a. Z.

Dr. Katharina Herold-Zanker

Dr. Katharina Herold-Zanker

Room: PT 3.2.59

Phone: 943-3499