Eva-Maria Windberger joined the English Department in June 2015. She studied English, Philosophy and Education at the Universities of Trier and Cambridge and obtained her Master of Education in 2015. In 2020, she completed a PhD thesis investigating the poetics of empowerment in David Mitchell’s novels, which was supervised by Prof. Dr Ralf Hertel and Prof. Dr Gerd Hurm. Her new research project is concerned with representations of the Far East on the English stage and the role of British East Asian playwrights in contemporary theatre.
Degree: BEd, MEd, Dr. phil. (Trier)
Phone: +49 651 201-2303
Fax: +49 651 201-3928
- Empowerment studies in literature
- Fiction in the 21st century, David Mitchell
- Transculturalism and drama, performativity
- Utopian and dystopian/speculative fiction
- Modernist poetry and prose
- Feminist criticism, Virginia Woolf
- (with Ralf Hertel:) Empowering Contemporary Fiction in English. The Impact of Empowerment in Literary Studies. Boston: Brill, 2021.
Articles and Book Chapters
- “Between Failure and Empowerment: Historicity, Genre, and Cultural Clashes in David Mitchell’s The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet.” Speaking of Failure: Cultural Encounters between East Asia and Europe, edited by Ralf Hertel und Kirsten Sandrock. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press (forthcoming).
- “‘Remember me’: Significant Absences and the Fragility of Family in Maggie O’Farrell’s Hamnet.” Alluvium, vol. 9, no. 1, 2021, n. pag. DOI: https://doi.org/10.7766/alluvium.v9.2.06.
- “Of Memory Boxes and Rhizomatic Structures: Strategies of Empowerment in David Mitchell's Über-book.” Empowering Contemporary Fiction in English: The Impact of Empowerment in Literary Studies, edited by Ralf Hertel and Eva-Maria Windberger. Boston: Brill, 2021. pp. 101–25.
- (with Ralf Hertel:) “Introduction: Empowering Contemporary Fiction.” Empowering Contemporary Fiction in English: The Impact of Empowerment in Literary Studies, edited by Ralf Hertel and Eva-Maria Windberger. Boston: Brill, 2021. pp. 1–15.
- “‘No Man is an Island’: Tracing Functions of Insular Landscapes in David Mitchell’s Fiction.” C21 Literature: Journal of 21st-century Writings, vol. 6, no. 3, 2018, pp. 1–25. DOI: https://doi.org/10.16995/c21.62. (1. Platz GUT-Publikationspreis 2018 der Universität Trier, FB II)
Students currently working on their MA/MEd or PhD thesis in literary studies are welcome to join our monthly colloquium, where we present, discuss and provide feedback on our current research projects (currently via Zoom). Please email me or my colleague Britta Colligs for further information.