Prof. Dr Ralf Hertel

Degree: MA, Dr. phil. (FU Berlin), Dr. phil. habil. (Hamburg)

Ralf Hertel was appointed Professor of English Literature at Trier University in 2015. He has also taught at the Free University Berlin, the Humboldt University in Berlin, and Hamburg University. He has published widely in the field of Early Modern Studies as well as Contemporary Literature, and has also worked as a journalist for the "Süddeutsche Zeitung". He was a guest professor at the Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, in 2015.

Main Areas of Teaching and Research

  • Anglo-Asian Encounters
  • Asian Canadian Literature and Culture
  • Shakespeare and Early Modern England
  • Contemporary Literature / New English Literatures
  • Sensuousness in Literature

Selected Publications

Books

Edited Books

Selected Articles

  • “The Encounter that Wasn’t: Imagining East Asia in Richard Hakluyt.” In: Speaking of Failures: Cultural Encounters between East Asia and Europe, hgg. von Ralf Hertel und Kirsten Sandrock [forthcoming].
  • (mit Eva-Maria Windberger) “Empowering Contemporary Fiction.” In: Empowering Contemporary Fiction, hgg. von Ralf Hertel und Eva-Maria Windberger. Boston: Brill [forthcoming].
  • “Xiaolu Guo’s Empowering Fictions.” In: Empowering Contemporary Fiction, hgg. von Ralf Hertel und Eva-Maria Windberger. Boston: Brill [forthcoming].
  • “John Agard.” In: The Blackwell Companion to British and Irish Poetry, 1960-2010, hgg. von Wolfgang Görtschacher und David Malcolm. London: Blackwell Wiley [forthcoming].
  • “W.H. Auden: Journey to a War (1939).” In: Handbook of British Travel Writing, hgg. von Barbara Schaff. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2020.
  • “ England and Its Others.” In: Handbook of English Renaissance Literature, hgg. von Ingo Berensmeyer. Boston: De Gruyter, 2019.
  • “Au Dung and Y Hsiao Wu Looking for China: Strategies of Unwriting Space in W. H. Auden and Christopher Isherwood‘s Journey to a War (1939)“. In: People and Cultures in Motion: Environment, Space and the Humanities, ed. Ralf Hertel and Christian Soffel (Taipeh: Chengda University Press, 2018).
  • “Writing China Across the Globe: Xiaolu Guo in Conversation with Ralf Hertel”. In: Anglistentag 2016 Hamburg – Proceedings, ed. Ute Berns and Jolene Mathieson (Trier: WVT, 2017).
  • "Faking It: The Invention of East Asia in Early Modern England". In: Early Encounters between East Asia and Europe: Telling Failures, ed. Ralf Hertel and Michael Keevak (New York: Routledge, 2017).
  • (with Michael Keevak:) “Telling Failures: Early Encounters between East Asia and Europe“. In: Early Encounters between East Asia and Europe: Telling Failures, ed. Ralf Hertel and Michael Keevak (New York: Routledge, 2017).
  • “Unwriting Trauma, Unwriting Asia: Post-Ethnic Identity in Madeleine Thien’s Certainty“. In: Wor(l)ds of Trauma : Canadian and German Perspectives, ed. Wolfgang Klooß (Münster, New York: Waxmann, 2017).
  • "Introduction: On John Berger - Telling Stories". In: On John Berger: Telling Stories, ed. Ralf Hertel and David Malcolm (Leiden, Boston: Rodopi / Brill, 2015).
  • "The Body of the Text: 'To the Wedding', 'From A to X', and the Corporeality of John Berger's Later Fiction". In: On John Berger: Telling Stories, ed. Ralf Hertel and David Malcolm (Leiden, Boston: Rodopi / Brill, 2015).
  • “Postkoloniales Gelächter: Zur Erfahrung der Inkongruenz in Zadie Smiths White Teeth”. In: Wer lacht, zeigt Zähne: Spielarten des Komischen, ed. Johann N. Schmidt, Felix Sprang and Roland Weidle. Trier, WVT, 2014.
  • “The Senses in Literature: From the Modernist Shock of Sensation to Postcolonial and Virtual Voices.” In: A Cultural History of the Senses in the Modern Age, 1920-2000, ed. David Howes. vol. 6 of A Cultural History of the Senses, ed. Constance Classen. London: Bloomsbury, 2014.
  • “Kriegsstück oder Antikriegsstück? Von der Subjektivierung des Krieges in Shakespeares Heinrich V”, in: Der Krieg hat kein Loch: Friedenssehnsucht und Kriegsapologie in der Frühen Neuzeit, ed. Mark Föcking and Claudia Schindler. Heidelberg: Winter, 2014.
  • “Ousting the Ottomans: The Double Vision of the East in The Travels of the Three English Brothers (1607).” In: Early Modern Encounters with the Islamic East: Performing Cultures, ed. Sabine Schülting, Sabine Lucia Müller and Ralf Hertel. Farnham: Ashgate, 2012.
  • “Bragging Turks and Winning Words: Solo-Performances in Anglo-Ottoman Encounters - The Case of Christopher Marlowe's Tamburlaine the Great.” In: Early Modern Solo-Performances, ed. Ute Berns. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2010.
  • “'Mine Italian brain 'gan in your duller Britain operate most vilely' – Cymbeline and the Deconstruction of Anglo-Italian Differences.” In: Performing National Identity: Anglo-Italian Cultural Transactions, eds. Ralf Hertel and Manfred Pfister. Internationale Forschungen zur Allgemeinen und Vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft 114. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2008.
  • “Dramentextanalyse.” In: Handbuch Literaturwissenschaft, ed. Thomas Anz, vol. 2. Stuttgart: J. B. Metzler, 2007.

Selected Reviews

  • “Asian Shakespeares”. Review of Tian Yuan Tan et al., eds., 1616: Shakespeare and Tang Xianzu’s China (London: Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2016) and Bi-qi Beatrice Lei et al., eds., Shakespeare’s Asian Journeys: Critical Encounters, Cultural Geographies, and the Politics of Travel (New York: Routledge, 2017), in Shakespeare-Jahrbuch 2018 (Bochum: Kamp, 2018).
  • Review of Paul Innes,  Shakespeare’s Roman Plays. (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), in Shakespeare-Jahrbuch 2017 (Bochum: Kamp, 2017).
  • Review of Joachim Frenk, Textualised Objects: Material Culture in Early Modern English Literature (Heidelberg: Winter, 2012), in Anglistik: International Journal of English Studies 25.2 (2014).
  • Review of Michael Keevak, Becoming Yellow: A Short History of Racial Thinking (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2011), in: Anglistik: International Journal of English Studies 24.1 (2013).