I am Chair of British Cultural and Literary Studies at the University of Vienna, Austria. My areas of research include Medical Humanities, Adaptation, Inter- and Transmedia Studies, Victorian and Neo-Victorian Studies, Biopics, Digital Fictions, the Digital Literary Sphere.


since Oct. 2019
Chair of British Cultural and Literary Studies, Faculty of Philology and Cultural Studies, University of Vienna

Sept. 2019
Elected Trustee to the Board of the Association of Adaptation Studies

from 2019
Member of the Editorial Board, Journal “Adaptation” (Oxford University Press), United Kingdom

from 2019
Member of the Board of Referees, “Atlantis. Journal of the Spanish Association for Anglo-American Studies”

Book Review Editor, Journal “Adaptation” (Oxford University Press), United Kingdom

Visiting Professor for British Studies, University of Hamburg, Institute of English and American Studies

Acting Director of the Institute of English and American Studies (IAA), University of Hamburg

Visiting Scholar, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

DAAD Visiting Scholar, Deutsches Haus, New York University, USA

Visiting Academic, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

BritCult Award (Deutsche Gesellschaft für das Studium britischer Kulturen) for habilitation treatise “Spectres of Syphilis: Medicine, Knowledge and the Spectacle of Victorian (In)Visibility”

Research Associate, TU Braunschweig, Faculty of Humanities and Education, English Seminar

Volkswagen Visiting Fellow, Washington University in St. Louis, USA, Department of Anthropology

Habilitation at the University of Siegen, Faculty of Philosophy, English Seminar

Doctoral thesis at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, “International Performance and Media Studies Programme”, Landesgraduiertenförderung Rheinland-Pfalz

Master studies at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland, and at the Université d’Avignon et des Pays de Vaucluse, Avignon, France



Syphilis in Victorian Literature and Culture: Medicine, Knowledge and the Spectacle of Victorian Invisibility. Houndmills, Basingstoke, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science, and Medicine
             Reviewed in:   Victorian Studies 61.1 (2018)
                                        The British Society for Literature and Science (2018)
                                        Jahrbuch Literatur und Medizin 10 (2019)
                                         Journal for the Study of Britlish Cultures (2/2019)
The Male Body and Masculinity: Representations of Men in the British Visual Culture of the 1990s. Trier: WVT, 2007.
             Reviewed in:  Anglia. Zeitschrift für englische Philologie 127.2 (2010)
                           Visual Culture & Gender 4 (2009)
                            MEDIENWissenschaft 1 (2008)
(with Martin Middeke) Handbook of the English Novel 1830-1900. Berlin: DeGruyter, 2020.
(with Nora Pleßke and Eckart Voigts) Transforming Cities: Discourses of Urban Change in the 19th and 21st Centuries. Heidelberg: Winter, 2018.
             Reviewed in:   English Studies 100.7 (2019)
                                       The Literary London Journal 15.1 (2018)
                                      Bibliographie Moderner Fremdsprachenunterricht 2018/3
(with Lucia Krämer) „Section I: Mash-ups.“ Anglistentag 2016 Hamburg: Proceedings. Ed. Ute Berns and Jolene Mathieson. Tier: WVT, 2017. 13-86.
(with Antonija Primorac) Neo-Victorianism and Globalisation: Transnational Dissemination of Nineteenth-Century Cultural Texts – Special Issue of Neo-Victorian Studies Journal 8:1 (2015), (peer-reviewed).
(with Martha Stoddard Holmes) Disease, Communication and the Ethics of (In)visibility – Special Symposium Issue of Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 11:4 (2014), (peer-reviewed).
Women, Beauty, and Fashion. Vol. I-VI. London und New York: Routledge, 2014. History of Feminism
(with Eckart Voigts and Barbara Schaff) Reflecting on Darwin. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2014, (peer-reviewed).
                        Reviewed in:    Victorian Studies (2016)
Victoriographies 6.1 (2016)
                        Anglia. Zeitschrift für englische Philologie 134.1 (2016)
                        The British Society for Literature and Science (2/2019)
(with Eckart Voigts-Virchow) Adaptations – Performing across Media and Genres. Trier: WVT, 2009. Contemporary Drama in English
Reviewed in:    Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance 3.2 (2010)
(with Deborah Cartmell und Imelda Whelehan) Adaptation: The Journal of Literature on Screen Studies (Oxford UP) (2011-2019).
„Medical Mappings of Syphilis in the Late Nineteenth Century.“ Nobody’s Disease: Theorizing Syphilis and Subjectivity. Ed. Carrie Johnson and Kary Nixon. Houndmills, Basingstoke und New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.
Jane Eyre’s Transmedia Lives.“ Charlotte Brontë: Legacies and Afterlives. Ed. Amber Regis and Deborah Wynne. Manchester: Manchester UP, 2017. 241-257, (peer-reviewed).
(mit Eckart Voigts) „Good Vibrations: The Case of Hysteria and the Medical Humour of Neo-Victorianism.“ Neo-Victorian Humour: Comic Subversions and Laughter in Contemporary Historical Re-Visions. Hrsg. von Marie-Luise Kohlke und Christian Gutleben. Boston: Rodopi, 2017. 192-212, (peer-reviewed).
„Adapting Alice in Wonderland. Cultural Legacies in Contemporary Graphic Novels.“ Drawing on the Victorians: The Palimpsest of Victorian and Neo-Victorian Graphic Texts. Ed. Anna Maria Jones und Rebecca N. Mitchell. Athens, OH: Ohio UP, 2016. 67-89, (peer-reviewed).
„An Absent Archive: Photography and Deviance in Gail Jones’s Sixty Lights.“ Rivista di Studi Vittoriani (RSV). Special Issue of Neo-Victorian Deviance. Ed. Mariaconcetta Costantini und Saverio Tomaiuolo 40 (2016): 69-86.
„‘The Dark Lady of American Photography’ – Steven Shainberg’s Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006).“ Invented Lives, Imagined Communities: The Biopic and American National Identity. Ed. Barton Palmer and William H. Epstein. Albany: SUNY Press, 2016. 201-220, (peer-reviewed).
(with Antonija Primorac) Introduction: What is Global Neo-Victorianism?Neo-Victorianism and Globalisation: Transnational Dissemination of Nineteenth-Century Cultural Texts – Special Issue of Neo-Victorian Studies Journal 8:1 (2015): 1-16, (peer-reviewed).
(with Martha Stoddard Holmes) „Disease, Communication, and the Ethics of (In)Visibility.“ Special Symposium Issue of Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 11:4 (2014): 441-444.
„Introduction.“ Women, Beauty, and Fashion (History of Feminism). Ed. Monika Pietrzak-Franger. London und New York: Routledge, 2014. iv-li.
„Straightening the Skein: Art, Biography and Gender Politics in Christopher Hamptons’ Carrington.“ Adaptation, Intermediality and the British Celebrity Biopic. Ed. Marta Minier und Maddalena Pennacchia. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2014. 161-178, (peer-reviewed).
„Screen Adaptations of Anthony Shaffer’s Sleuth (1970).“ Modern British Drama on Screen. Ed. Barton Palmer und William Robert Bray. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2013. 169-191, (peer-reviewed).
„From Entangled Vision to Ethical Engagement: Darwin, Affect and Contemporary Exhibition Projects.“ After Darwin: Animals, Emotions, and the Mind. Ed. Angelique Richardson. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2013. 193-214, (peer-reviewed).
„Conversing with Ghosts: Or the Ethics of Adaptation.“ Adaptation and Cultural Appropriation. Ed. Pascal Nicklas und Oliver Lindner. Berlin: DeGruyter, 2012. 70‑88.
„‘Those Ill Things‘: On Hidden Spectacles and the Ethics of Display.“ Spectacles and Things: Visual and Material Culture and/in Neo-Victorianism. Special issue of Neo-Victorian Studies 4.2 (2011): 24-48. Web. 20. Januar 2012, (peer-reviewed).
„Envisioning the Ripper’s Visions: Adapting Myth in Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell’s From Hell.“ Adapting the Nineteenth Century: Revisiting, Revising and Rewriting the Past. Special Issue of Neo-Victorian Studies 2.2 (Winter 2009/2010): 157-185. Web. 10 Oct. 2010, (peer-reviewed).
„Silencing the Male: Rochester’s Muteness.“ NJES 7.1 (2008): 11-32. Web. 10 October 2010, (peer-reviewed).





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Medical Humanities
While I am involved in a number of projects in this area, I’d like to draw attention to:
Post-Covid-19 Care: Medical Humanities and Health Economics at the Frontlines

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Monika Pietrzak-Franger (PI)

Department of English and American Studies, University of Vienna, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Susanne Mayer (PI) and Dr. scient. med. Agata Łaszewska (co-PI)
Department of Health Economics, Center for Public Health, Medical University of Vienna
December 2020
The recent, on-going SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has had devastating impacts on healthcare systems, economies, and communities worldwide. In fact, as Alicia Fernandez, an expert in health and healthcare disparities, argues, “[t]here are three coexisting pandemics: COVID-19, poverty, and fear” (qtd. in Frieden 2020). The close intertwining of these three parallel developments – (1) the effects of the virus on individual health and healthcare systems, (2) the concomitant exacerbation of individual socio-economic status, and (3) the global media spread of misinformation and generation of strong affects – requires interventions that go beyond standard research and translational efforts. A vaccine is no guarantee for better post-COVID-19 care. What is needed is a nuanced focus on all three of the above transformations. In light of these developments, future post-COVID-19 care will need to implement innovative strategies to narrow the gaps in the uptake of healthcare across socio-economic groups.
Our project aims to offer a first step in this direction by bringing together Medical Humanities/Cultural Studies and Health Economics. We aim to contribute to a better understanding of how translational efforts can take all of the above factors into consideration and improve post-COVID-19 care. While in a medical context, care is usually understood as the care performed by trained medical staff, in this project, we extend our understanding of care to include also self-care, i.e. “the ability of individuals, families and communities to promote health, prevent disease, maintain (mental) health, and to cope with illness and disability with or without the support of a healthcare provider” (WHO). Considering the COVID-19-related spread of misinformation, long-term (mental) health consequences, and differences in the type of care delivered (e.g. telehealth), it is crucial to implement innovative strategies to narrow the gaps in the uptake of healthcare across socio-economic groups through improvement of health and media literacy, education of health professionals, and concomitant dialogue with health policy makers. Post-COVID care, as we understand it, has a triple meaning: First, it refers to care after the COVID-19-outbreak, second, it takes into account patients’ experiences and third, it considers the future of (health)care in the aftermath of the pandemic.
The intertwined research strands that we propose encompass the identification of socio-economic/media literacy factors that influence the uptake of healthcare, the role of media and media literacy for health literacy, the long-term (mental) health consequences of the pandemic, and the resultant challenges of post-COVID-19 care. In this context, the Medical Humanities team will investigate the way in which British and Austrian media have communicated about the pandemic, the tendencies characteristic of social media as well as the historical developments in pandemic communication. 

Post-COVID-19 Art Worlds – An International Conference, 21-23 July 2021 https://postcovidarts.com/


COVID-19 beyond Borders: Rethinking Medical Humanities at the Frontlines, 1st June – 7th July 2021, University of Vienna, Austria https://anglistik.univie.ac.at/research/conferences/covid-19-rethinking-medical-humanities/

An Interdisciplinary Lecture Series, I have organised: Medical Humanities: Cultures, Sciences, Media: CSM
There is some more information about our aims, especially in times of Covid-19 and Coronavirus: The Power of Images
Die Bildsprache des Coronavirus

Nineteenth-Century Transmedia Practices
Next to our interdisciplinary symposium: Nineteenth-Century Transmedia-Practices
we are at the moment preparing a publication on the topic.
Having served as Book Review Editor for Adaptation for a number of years, I have been elected Trustee of the Association of Adaptation Studies. Despite Corona, we are hoping to have a digital PhD Mentoring Symposium AAS

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