Eva-Maria Windberger is a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer in the English Department, which she joined in June 2015. She studied English, Philosophy, and Education at the Universities of Trier and Cambridge. In her PhD thesis, completed in 2020, she investigated the functions and strategies of empowerment in David Mitchell’s novels. Her new research project focuses on the performativity of East Asian identities on the British stage and the role of British East Asian playwrights in contemporary theatre. She is part of the interdisciplinary research initiative “Transkulturalität und ihre Grenzen” at the University of Trier.
• British East Asian Theatre and Film
• Performativity of Transcultural Identities
• Empowerment Studies in Literature
• Contemporary Fiction, David Mitchell
• Feminist Criticism
• Modernist Poetry and Prose
Edited Book and Volumes
- (with Monika Leipelt-Tsai:) “East Asia and Europe between Tradition and Innovation, Literary and Literally.” Issue 21 of Interface: Journal of European Languages and Literatures (forthcoming).
- (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, 2023.pp.152-69.
- “‘Remember me’: Significant Absences and the Fragility of Family in Maggie O’Farrell’s Hamnet.” Alluvium, vol. 9, no. 1, 2021, n. pag.
- “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 completing their MA/MEd thesis and early career researchers working on their PhD thesis or second book projects in literary studies are welcome to join our monthly colloquium, where we present, discuss, and provide feedback on our research projects (currently via Zoom). Please email me or my colleague Britta Colligs for further information.