09/2011-06/2017 Habilitation, English Literature, University of Freiburg
10/2007-09/2010 PhD, English Literature, Lincoln College, University of Oxford
08/2004-09/2007 MA, Philosophy / English Literature, University of Freiburg and Yale University
10/2001-07/2004 Undergraduate Studies, Philosophy / English Literature, University of Freiburg
- Visiting Fellow, Department of Comparative Literature, Queen Mary University London (2019; one month)
- Visiting Fellow, English Department, University of California, Davis (2018; three months)
- Visiting Member, Jesus College, University of Cambridge (2016-2017; six months)
- Visiting Fellow, English Department, University of East Anglia (2016-2017; six months)
- Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University (2012-2013; twelve months)
Prizes and Fellowships
- Heisenberg Programme, German Research Foundation (five-year research grant, 2020-2025)
- Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize, awarded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), 2018
- Project funding (three years), "Literature, Liberalism, and the Laissez-Faire Economy, 1776-1900", Elite Programme for Postdocs, Baden Württemberg Foundation (funding for PhD student and additional funding for conference organisation and travel)
- Research Fellowship, German Research Foundation
- Feodor Lynen Fellowship, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
- Michael Foster Memorial Scholarship, awarded by the University of Oxford (waiving university and college fees during doctoral study)
- PhD scholarship, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
- Baden-Württemberg Scholarship (to study at Yale University)
- Scholar of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes), 2003-2010
- Grants for the organisation of international conferences from ZIF (Centre for Interdisciplinary Research, Bielefeld University), Thyssen Foundation, DFG, and other institutions
- Travel grants from DAAD, the University of Oxford, and other institutions
- Editorial board member, Critical Quarterly
- Member of the Board of Directors, English Department, University of Freiburg (2017-19)
- Member of PhD Selection Committee, German Academic Exchange Service (2010-14)
- Referee for Oxford University Press; Cambridge University Press; Bloomsbury; Literature and History; Modernism/Modernity; Victorian Network; Key Words: Journal of the Raymond Williams Society; Modern Philology; German Research Foundation; Research Foundation Flanders
- Academia Europaea (elected member)
- International Association of University Professors of English (elected member)
- Young Academy of Europe (elected member, 2014-21)
- Modern Language Association
- American Comparative Literature Association
- Modernist Studies Association
- North American Victorian Studies Association
- British Association of Modernist Studies
- The William Hazlitt Society
- British Literature and the Life of Institutions: Speculative States. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021.
- Committed Styles: Modernism, Politics, and Left-Wing Literature in the 1930s. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. [Reviewed in Times Literary Supplement; Review of English Studies; Literature and History; Modernist Cultures; Ostrava Journal; ZAA; Year's Work in English Studies; Twentieth-Century Literature]
- Ed. (with M. Taunton) The People: Belonging, Exclusion, and Democracy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, in progress.
- Ed. (with I. Perica) The Political Uses of Literature: Global Perspectives and Theoretical Approaches, 1920-2020. London: Bloomsbury, in progress
- Ed. (with I. Perica), Peripheral Europes. Special issue of Critical Quarterly, forthcoming.
- (Ed.) George Orwell, Keep the Aspidistra Flying. Oxford World's Classics, 2021.
- Ed. (with M. Taunton) A History of 1930s British Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019. [Books of the Year, Times Literary Supplement. Reviewed in: The Modernist Review, Textual Practice]
- Ed. (with M. Taunton) Literatures of Anti-Communism. Special issue of Literature and History (Spring 2015).
- Ed. Edward Upward and Left-Wing Literary Culture in Britain. London: Ashgate, 2013. [Reviewed in Times Literary Supplement; Review of English Studies; Literature and History; Key Words: The Journal of the Raymond Williams Society, SHARP News]
- Ed. (with R. Gregory) Utopian Spaces of Modernism: British Literature and Culture 1885-1945. London: Palgrave, 2012. [Reviewed in Victorian Studies; Modernism/Modernity; Year's Work in English Studies]
- Ed. (with M. Fludernik) Anglistentag 2011 - Proceedings. Trier: wvt, 2012.
- "Introduction" to Karl-August Varnhagen von Ense's "In the Sense of the Wanderers (1832)" [on the bildungsroman and Goethe's Wilhelm Meister novels], PMLA, forthcoming.
- “Slow Politics: H.G. Wells, Reform, and the Idea of the Welfare State”. Modern Fiction Studies 67.2 (2021), 342-65.
“Revolutionary Words: Perfect Languages and the Republican Imaginary around the Mid-Seventeenth Century”. Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 258.2 (2021), 366-85.
"Sounding the Present: Crisis and Collective Voice in David Peace’s GB84". English Literary History 87 (2020), 829-54.
- "Julien Green and the Murmur of the Sea: Literary Histories of Flotsam". Critical Quarterly 62.2 (2020), 54-68.
- "Proletarian Modernism: Literature, Film, Theory". PMLA 134.5 (2019), 1056-75.
- "'Plain and Positive Terms': The Idea of a Perfect Language in Early Modern Utopian Narratives". Literaturwissenschaftliches Jahrbuch 59 (2018), 155-81.
- "The Victorian Crisis of Laissez-Faire: George Eliot, Political Economy, and the Common Good", History of Political Economy 48:4 (2016), 681-704.
- "Toward a History and Theory of the Socialist Bildungsroman", NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction, 48:2 (2015), 167-89.
- "What Is It Like to Be a Rat? Early Cold War Glimpses of the Post-Human", Textual Practice 28/4 (2014), 655-75.
- “Awkward Moments: Melodrama, Modernism, and the Politics of Affect”, PMLA 128/2 (2013), 337-52.
- “An Honest Decade: William Empson and the Ambiguities of Writing in the 1930s”, English Literary History 80/1 (2013), 221-49
- "Edward Upward, W. H. Auden, and the Rhetorical Victories of Communism", Modernism/Modernity 20/2 (2013), 287-306.
- “‘Men of Sobriety and Buisnes’: Pepys, Privacy, and Public Duty”, Review of English Studies 61/251 (2010), 553-71
- “‘The Heritage of Symbolism’: Henry Green, Maurice Bowra, and English Modernism in the 1920s”, Modern Language Notes 124/5 (2009), 1188-1210
- “‘Stand Still, True Poet That You Are!’ Remembering the Brownings, Imagining Memorabilia”, ZAA 57/2 (2009), 125-38
- "Symptoms: Literature and Activism before the 'Political Unconscious'." In: The Routledge Companion to Literature and Politics. Ed. Matthew Stratton. London: Routledge, forthcoming
- "In Real Time: Phenomenologies of Precarity in Ali Smith's Seasonal Quartet." In: Literary Representations of Precarious Work, 1840 to the Present. Ed. Bart Philippsen and Michiel Ries. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2021. 287-304.
- “George Gissing: Idealism and Social Reform”. In: The Novel of Ideas. Ed. Rachel Potter and Matthew Taunton. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, forthcoming.
- “George Orwell and the ‘Auden Generation’. In: The Oxford Handbook of George Orwell. Ed. Nathan Waddell. Oxford: Oxford UP, forthcoming.
- "From Proletarianization to Precarization in New British Fiction". In: Precarity in British Literature and Culture. Ed. Emily J. Hogg and Peter Simonsen. London: Bloomsbury, 2021. 143-59
- (with M. Taunton) "Introduction: The Long 1930s". A History of 1930s British Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2019. 1-14.
- "Fashioning the 1930s". Cambridge Companion to British Literature in the 1930s. Ed. James Smith. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2019. 224-38.
- "Cognitive Sympathy and the Laissez-Faire Economy: Adam Smith and Harriet Martineau". Anglistentag 2017 - Proceedings. Trier: wvt, 2018. 135-44.
- "Muße, Work, and Free Time: Nineteenth-Century Visions of the Non-Alienated Life". How to Do Things With Narrative: Theory and Practice. Ed. Jan Alber and Greta Olson. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2017. 187-204.
- "'The End of Laissez-Faire': Literature, Economics, and the Idea of the Welfare State". Late Victorian into Modern, 1880-1920. Ed. Laura Marcus, Michèle Mendelssohn, and Kirsten Shepherd-Barr. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2016. 448-62.
- "Das Ich in der Revolte: Der Bildungsroman nach 1945 aus komparatistischer Perspektive". Vom 'unrettbaren' zum 'wiedergefundenen' Ich? Identitätsnarrative im 20. Jahrhundert. Ed. Heribert Tommek and Christian Steltz. Frankfurt: Lang, 2016. 145-63.
- "'Possible Failures': Doris Lessing and Individual Formation in a Tragic Key". Anglistentag 2014 - Proceedings. Trier: wvt, 2015. 353-63.
- "Christopher Isherwood and Edward Upward". The American Isherwood. Ed. Jim Berg and Christopher Freeman. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2015. 198-214.
- "Versions of Working-Class Idleness: Non-Productivity and the Critique of Victorian Workaholism". Leisure, Idleness and Indolence in British Literature. Ed. Monika Fludernik and Miriam Nandi. Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2014. 195-214.
- "Introduction". Edward Upward and Left-Wing Literary Culture in Britain. London: Ashgate, 2013. 1-18.
- "Introduction". Utopian Spaces of Modernism: British Literature and Culture, 1885-1945. Ed. Rosalyn Gregory and Benjamin Kohlmann. London: Palgrave, 2012. 1-18.
Handbook and Dictionary Entries
- “Thomas Love Peacock”, “Thomas Lovell Beddoes”, “Edmund Burke”. Encyclopaedia of Literary Romanticism. Ed. Andrew Maunders. New York, 2010
- “Edward Upward”, Literary Encyclopedia, www.litencyc.com, 2010 [2500 words]
- Review of Peter Stansky, Edward Upward: Art and Life. Woolf Studies Annual, 23 (2017), 199-202.
- Review of Marius Hentea, TaTa Dada: The Real Life and Celestial Adventures of Tristan Tzara. Modernism/Modernity, 22/1 (2015), 206-8.
- Review of Jock Macleod, Literature, Journalism, and the Vocabularies of Liberalism. ZAA, 61/1 (2014), 93-95.
- Review of Jed Esty, Unseasonable Youth: Modernism, Colonialism, and the Fiction of Development. Modernist Cultures, 9/2 (2014), 310-14.
- Review of Ina Habermann, Myth, Memory, and the Middlebrow: Priestley, du Maurier, and the Symbolic Form of Englishness. ZAA, 61/1 (2013), 93-95.
- Review of Kristin Bluemel, ed., Intermodernism: Literary Culture in Mid-Twentieth-Century Britain. Modernist Cultures, 6/1 (2011), 196-98
- Review of Paul Crosthwaite, Trauma, Postmodernism, and the Aftermath of World War II, Modern Language Review, 105/2 (2010), 546-47
Poems by Silke Scheuermann. Inventory Journal (2014)
- Conference, The Political Uses of Literature: Comparative Approaches, Theoretical Perspectives. LMU Munich, 2020 (with Ivana Perica); funded by the Graduate School “Globalization and Literature” and LMU Universitätsstiftung.
- Conference, Radical Styles: Forms, Commitments, Traditions, University of Freiburg, 2019.
- Conference, The Proletarian Moment: Interdisciplinary Approaches, Comparative Perspectives, ZIF (Centre for Interdisciplinary Research), University of Bielefeld, 2018 (with Sabine Hake); funded by ZIF
- Conference, Post-, Neo-, Anti-: The Futures of Critique, University of Freiburg, 2018
- Conference, Modern Literature, Organisations, and Institutions, University of East Anglia, 2017 (with Rachel Potter and Matthew Taunton)
- Conference, Symmetry, Proportion, Seriality: Convergences in Science and the Arts, Academia Europaea Conference, University of Freiburg, 2015 (with Andreas Buchleitner, Monika Fludernik, Martin Middeke); funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG)
- Conference, EUCOR PhD and MA Conference, University of Freiburg, 2014 (two days; with Wolfgang Hochbruck and Monika Fludernik)
- Conference, "Anti-Communism: Culture, Literature, Propaganda", Institute of English Studies, London, 2013 (with Matthew Taunton); funded by the Leverhulme Trust
- Conference, "Cultivating the Economy: Literature, Politics, Economics, 1870-1940", Heyman Center for the Humanities, Columbia University, 2013; funded by Thyssen Foundation
- Conference, “Utopian Spaces of British Literature, 1890-1945”, English Faculty, University of Oxford, 2009 (with Rosalyn Gregory)
Invited and Keynote Lectures
- Keynote, "Substanceless Subjectivity: Crisis and Collectivity in British Experimental Fiction", University of Leuven, 2020.
- "Modernism and Revolution: Literary Politics before the 'Political Unconscious'", Harvard University, Mahindra Humanities Center, 2019.
- "Julien Green and the Murmur of the Sea", University of Cambridge, 2019.
- "Modernist Internationalism", Global Modernisms / Global Modernities Summer School, University of Hamburg, 2019.
- "Auden, Rilke, and the Island-Mind", University of Cambridge, 2018.
- "Realist Montage: Realism and Formal Experiment at the Mid-Century", Lewis and Clark College (Portland), 2018.
- "Rethinking the Aesthetics of Classlessness", University of California (Santa Cruz), 2018.
- "The Reformist Literary Mode and the Welfare State", University of Colorado (Boulder), 2018.
- "Surface Reading", Centre for Uses of Literature, University of Southern Denmark, 2017.
- "Speculative States: British Literature's Hegelian Moment", Center for Welfare State Research, University of Southern Denmark, 2017.
- "Means and Ends: Anglistische Perspektiven auf das Verhältnis von Literatur und Politik", University of Erlangen, 2017.
- "Towards a Literary Prehistory of the Welfare State", English Department, Durham University, 2017.
- "Proletarian Modernism in the Long 1930s", English Department, University of Manchester, 2017.
- "States of Welfare: Modernism and the Reformist Literary Mode", English Department, University of East Anglia, 2017.
- "Democracy and Dictatorship: Literary Visions of Classlessness", English Department, Sheffield Hallam University, 2017.
- Keynote, "Outside of the Frame of Theory: Literature and the Place of Politics", Outside the Frame of Theory Conference, University of Freiburg, 2017.
- "Slow Politics: Modernism, Reform, and the Idea of the Welfare State", English Faculty, University of Oxford, 2016.
- "Proletarian Modernism", English Department, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2016.
- "The State Beyond Governmentality: Literary Reformism and the Emergence of the Welfare State", English Department, University of Notre Dame, 2016.
- "Modernism and the Idea of the Welfare State", English Department, University of California, Davis, 2016.
- Keynote, "The State Beyond Governmentality", Welfare and Welfare Narratives Conference, Center for Welfare State Research, University of South Denmark, 2016.
- "Automatic Subjects", Novel Marxisms Workshop, Center for the Study of the Novel, Stanford University, 2016.
- "Government and the State: Late Victorian Literature and the Politics of Reform", School of English, University of Sussex, 2016.
- "The Apolitical Unconscious of 1930s Literature", English Department, University of Gent, 2014.
- "Rethinking the 1930s: Literature, Politics, and the Communist Voice", English Department, Stanford University, 2013.
- "'Higher Feelings' and the State: Literature, Economic Discourse, and the End of Laissez-Faire, 1870-1930", Max Planck Institute for Human Development (Centre for "History of the Emotions"), Berlin, 2012.
- "Awkward Moments: Modernism, Melodrama, and the Politics of Affect", English Department, Brunel University, 2011.
Conference Papers (Selected)
- "Britain's Long Hegelian Moment", Modernist Studies Association, Toronto, 2019.
- "Proletarian Modernism", American Comparative Literature Association Conference, Utrecht 2017.
- "'Machinery with a Common Purpose': Reformism and the Ends of the State", Modernist Studies Association, Pasadena, 2016.
- "Proletarianiziation and Its Discontents", Modernist Studies Association, Pasadena, 2016.
- "True Ownership: Edward Carpenter and the Nationalization of Land", NAVSA, Phoenix, 2016.
- "Edward Carpenter, Land Nationalisation, and Late Victorian Popular Politics", BritCult Conference, University of Erlangen, 2015.
- "The Long 1930s", Writing Literary History, University of Leuven, 2015.
- "The Socialist Bildungsroman and the Time of the Revolution", Anglistentag, Hanover, 2014.
- "Genealogies of Welfare: Ideas of the Common Good in E.M. Forster", Modernist Studies Association, Pittsburgh, 2014.
- "'A Romance about Capital': E.M. Forster and the Idea of the Welfare State", Modernist Communities, Paris, 2014.
- "Politics Without Footnotes", Modernist Studies Association, Brighton, 2013.
- "Spiral Descent: Communist Anti-Communism after World War II", Anti-Communism: Literature, Culture, Propaganda, Institute of English Studies, London, 2013.
- "Forms of Preparedness: E.M. Forster, Risk, and Unemployment Insurance", Cultivating the Economy, Columbia University, 2013.
- "The Drama of Preparedness: Unemployment Insurance and E.M. Forster's (New) Liberal Aesthetic", On Liberties: Victorian Liberals and Their Legacies, Gladstone's Library, Hawarden (UK), 2013.
- "'Playing with Bright Images': The Making and Unmaking of Surrealist Black Humour", Space Between Conference, DePaul University, Chicago 2013.
- "Auden, Isherwood, and Post-Liberal Citizenship", Modernist Studies Association, Las Vegas, 2012.
- "A Lost Generation: The Literature of the 1930s and Writing after Modernism", Generation M: Resetting Modernist Time. UVA, Amsterdam, 2012.
- "'Brittle Ghosts': Surrealism, History, and Black Humour in the 1930s", History and Humour. Freiburg, 2012.
- “The Poverty of Surrealism: Social Critique in Early Mass-Observation”, The ‘Space Between’ Conference, McGill University, Montreal, 2011.
- "What Is It Like To Be a Rat? Thomas Pynchon and Early Cold War Glimpses of the Post-Human", Research Seminar, Regensburg University, 2011.
- "A ‘Radical Aesthetic’? Social Facts and Poetic Authority in Mass-Observation”, Modernism and Utopia, University of Birmingham, 2010.
- “‘The Heart of Standing Is You Cannot Fly’: William Empson and Taking Sides”, Utopian Spaces of British Literature and Culture, 1890-1945, University of Oxford, 2009.
- “Henry Green, Maurice Bowra, and the ‘Heritage of Symbolism’”, Twentieth-Century Literature Research Seminar, University of Oxford, 2009.
- “The Uses of Poetry: From T. S. Eliot to William Empson”, MLA Convention, Poetry Division (chaired by Susan J. Wolfson and Alan Golding), San Francisco, 2008.
- “Poetical Remains: Robert Browning in the Marketplace”, Bodies and Things: Victorian Literature and the Matter of Culture Conference, University of Oxford, 2008.
- Nikolina Hatton, “Decommodified Things in English Novels and Political Economy, 1790-1850“ (summa cum laude; 2018)
- Mir Ali Hosseini, “Between Dissensus and Consensus: Democracy and the Essay Form at the Mid-Twentieth Century” (ongoing)
- Andrea Claudia Geanta, “Love and Business in Charles Dickens’s David Copperfield and Other Works” (2014)
- Oleksandra Dragan, “Monsters from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to Contemporary Cinema” (2015)
- Nina Brunner, “Writing against the Cash Nexus: The Representation of Work in George Eliot’s Novels” (2015)
- Teona Micevska, “Modernist Female Dandyism: Queerness of Form and Identity“ (2015)
- Christian Lassen, “Peritextual Elements in Charles Dickens and Mark Twain” (2016)
- Anirudh Sridhar, “Metaphorical Mathematics and the Symbolism of Shapes and Numbers in Modernist Poetry“ (2016)
- Albina Okanovic, “Victorian Governess Rewritten: Representations of Femininity in the Victorian Sensation Novel“
- Mir Ali Hosseini, “Writing against the Grain: Style in Wittgenstein, Heidegger, and Derrida” (2017; diese Abschlussarbeit gewann den Fakultätspreis für die beste MA-Arbeit)
- Kerrin Kluewer, “The Work of Mourning: The Poetry of Charlotte Mew and Mina Loy” (2017)
- Hannah Rehm, “Alternative Ecologies: The New Nature Writing and Its Precursors” (2017)
- Elissa Wittke, “Networks of Things: The Design Theory of Ray and Charles Eames” (2018)
- Saina Tarverdy, “Fabulating Nomadic Subjects: The Figure of the Becomer in Modernist Literature” (2019)
Kalina Janeva, “Riffing on the Page: The Racial Politics of Blues and Jazz in Interwar Modernist Writing” (2020)
- Esther Gnandt, “‘There must be some secret at the bottom of all this’: Crime and Gender in Lady Audley’s Secret” (2015)
- Caroline Böckling, “A Perfect Product of Society: Women and Social Power in Pride and Prejudice and The Age of Innocence” (2015)
- Julia Ditter, “Mental Illness as a Symptom of Ideological Oppression: Social Criticism in Janice Galloway’s The Trick Is to Keep Breathing and Jenni Fagan’s The Panopticon” (2016)
- Laura Vartolomei, “Cuckoldry in English Renaissance Drama“ (2016)
- Katharina Schantz, “Eighteenth-Century Grand Tour Narratives as Ethnographic Writing: Smollett’s and Sterne’s Accounts of Italy and France“ (2016)
- Mathias Jacoby, “Gothic Short Fiction: A Comparative Analysis of Le Fanu and Hawthorne” (2016)
- Jonas Scheid, “Victorian Detective Legacies: Charles Dickens and Terry Pritchard” (2018)
- Alina Ruschen, “We Can Be Heroes: Illness in Young Adult Fiction” (2018)
- Viktor Chlowka, “The Documentary Impulse: British Literature and Film in the 1940s” (2019)
- Mareike Reinfandt, “Marginalized Voices in Troubled Times: The Northern Irish Novels A Son Called Gabriel by Damian McNicholl and Milkman by Anna Burns” (2019)
- Sophia Wolf, “A Female Rendering of Space in Dorothy Richardson’s Pilgrimage” (2019)