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IMPORTANT COVID-RELATED INFORMATION:
 

(Last updated: 18th May 2020)
 

* OFFICE HOUR: Due to the current situation, there will be no regular office hour for the foreseeable future. I will be offering a virtual office hour via Skype as of 1st April. Please consider the following:

  1. Before taking the next step, please ask yourself whether a Skype session is really absolutely necessary and your request cannot be dealt with via a simple email. I will be available continuously via email and will respond quickly.
  2. If you feel a face-to-face consultation is necessary, do the following:
    1. Send me an email with the subject line: “Skype Office Hour”
    2. In your mail, let me know which weekday you wish to talk. I will be available on Mondays and Wednesdays between 9:00-11:00.
    3. I will then respond to you via email and you will be allocated a time-slot on your chosen day (if possible) and I will provide you with my Skype details.
    4. Call me on the assigned day and time on Skype!

* EXAMS: All of my students who have to do the resit for the Survey of British Literature Studienleistung got an email on 6th April with a home assignment that was to be handed in via email by 30th April. Please check your email for further information!

* TERM PAPERS:  Please hand in your paper in digital form only (PDF attachment via email with your scanned signature on the Declaration of Honour). You can hand in the printed copy later, i.e. once we're fully back to normal. 

Please send me an email, if you have any further questions.

Until then: Keep calm and carry on. And remember, the answer is always "42".   ;-)

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General Updates:


RESIT Survey of British Literature: 1st April, 10-12, R09 S05 B08 (CANCELLED - see above for alternative exam)

 

General Info on Term Papers (new regulation valid as of Summer Term 2019):


LABA and BA students now need to declare their intend to write a term paper by signing up via HiS during the official registration period (usually the fifth and sixth week of the semester)! You can then register in person with your lecturer anytime during the lecture period, i.e. clarify formalities, set a topic, etc., up to one month before the submission deadline. The submission deadline for the winter term is 31 March, for the summer term it is 30 September. Should these dates fall on a weekend or holiday, the deadline moves to the following working day.

There will be no extensions! Deregistration is no longer possible once a topic has been assigned and the respective form has been filled in and signed. Please come to one of my office hours to talk about a topic and please feel free to contact me with any questions during the writing process.

 

How to hand in your paper:

- Make sure your paper is proof-read and properly formatted, that you've got all necessary details on your cover page and that you attach a signed statement of authorship/originality (info on plagiarism).
- Please hand in both an electronic file - .doc or .pdf - plus a printed copy. You may send the electronic file by email (no CD ROMs or USB sticks, please).
- Hand in or post the printed copy to your lecturer or their secretary, or drop it in your lecturer's pigeon hole across the corridor from the 'Dekanat'.

Biographical Information

After finishing an apprenticeship, living in Southern California for some time and working in the media business for several years, Stefanie Caeners (née Albers) studied English and German Literature at the University of Duisburg-Essen (2003-2007). During her studies she worked as a journalist and also as both a student assistant and a tutor in the English department. In March 2007, she finished her degree with an MA thesis on literary theory in David Lodge's campus novels. In October 2010, she completed her PhD with a thesis entitled Verbal Visuality - The Visual Arts in Contemporary Anglophone Fiction. She's been working as a lecturer for the literary studies section since 2007.

Areas of Teaching and Research

Stefanie Caeners is currently working on a project combining the fields of urban studies, eco-criticism and hauntology. She was involved in the "Literature Online" project, designing an online version of an introductory course to English literature and the "E-Bibliotheksschein" project, developing an online course in database research techniques. She mainly teaches in the fields of Modernist literature, Postmodernism, Literary Theory, Intermediality Studies and Popular Culture.

In the last few years, and in collaboration with Claudia Drawe, Stefanie Caeners has organised several excursions to the Edinburgh International Book Festival: Link to the Edinburgh Book Festival Excursions If you're interested in joining a potential excursion to the Book Festival in the future, please send an email for more details.

Classes 

Winter Term 2020/21
S: A Survey of British Literature (4 groups)
 

Summer Term 2020
S: The Weird, the Eerie and the Uncanny in 20th and 21st Century Literature
S: A Survey of British Literature (2 groups)

Winter Term 2019/20
S: A Survey of British Literature (3 groups)

Summer Term 2019
S: Virginia Woolf
S: A Survey of British Literature (2 groups)

Winter Term 2018/19
S: Of Ghosts and Doubles - Spectrality in 19th and 20th Century Literature
S: Tales of the Wizard 2.0 - Critical Approaches to the Harry Potter Series
S: A Survey of British Literature

Summer Term 2018
S: British Modernism
S: A Survey of British Literature
S: Post-Apocalyptic Narratives

Winter Term 2017/18
S: Tales of the Wizard - Politics, Racism, Class and Gender in the Harry Potter Saga
S: A Survey of British Literature (2 groups)

Summer Term 2017
S: "I make things up and write them down" - The Works of Neil Gaiman
S: A Survey of British Literature (2 groups)

Winter Term 2016/17
S: Of Ghosts and Doubles - Spectrality in 19th and 20th Century Literature
S: A Survey of British Literature (2 groups)

Summer Term 2016
S: A Survey of British Literature

Winter Term 2015/16
S: Discourses of the Post-Apocalypse in Popular Culture
S: A Survey of British Literature

Summer Term 2015
S: British Modernism
S: A Survey of British Literature

Summer Term 2014 & Winter Term 2014/15
on Parental Leave

Winter Term 2013/14
PS: A Survey of British Literature

Summer Term 2013
PS: Contemporary British Fiction
PS: A Survey of British Literature
HS: Excursion to the Edinburgh International Book Festival (with C. Drawe)

Winter Term 2012/13
PS: "The wee lass is boakin" - Contemporary Voices from Scotland
PS: A Survey of British Literature

Summer Term 2012
PS: A Survey of British Literature
HS: Modernism

Winter Term 2011/12
ÜB: Introduction to Literary Studies (Groups 1, 2, 3 and 4)
PS: A Survey of British Literature
HS: Jane Austen meets Mary Shelley - Women Writers in the Romantic Period

Summer Term 2011
ÜB: Introduction to Literary Studies (Groups 1 and 2)
PS: Classic Myths in Contemporary Literature (Blockseminar)
PS: A Survey of British Literature
HS: Of Ghosts and Doubles - An Introduction to 19th and 20th Century Literature

Winter Term 2010/11
PS: "Time is nothing" - Constructions of Temporality in Postmodern Fiction
PS: A Survey of British Literature
ÜB: Introduction to Literary Studies (Groups 1 and 2)
ÜB: How to Write a Term Paper

Summer Term 2010
ÜB: Introduction to Literary Studies (Groups 1 and 2)
PS: Hot Off the Press - Contemporary British and Irish Voices
PS: A Survey of British Literature
HS: T.S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf in the Context of Modernism
EX: Excursion to the Edinburgh International Book Festival (with C. Drawe)

Winter Term 2009/10
ÜB: Introduction to Literary Studies (Groups 1, 2, 10, 11, and Blockseminar)
ÜB: How to Write a Term Paper
PS: A Survey of British Literature (Groups 3 and 5)

Summer Term 2009
HS: "Arrange whatever pieces come your way." - British Modernism
HS: Art in the Novel - Aesthetic Discourses in Contemporary Anglophone Fiction
ÜB: Introduction to Literary Studies (Groups 1 and 2)
LC: English for Foreign Students

Winter Term 2008/9
ÜB: Introduction to Literary Studies (Groups 1, 2, 5 and 6)
PS: Making Sense? - Reading Postmodern British Fiction
LC: English for Foreign Students

Summer Term 2008
ÜB: Introduction to Literary Studies (Groups 1 and 2)
LC: Skills Focused Language Course I Receptive

Winter Term 2007/8
ÜB: Introduction to Literary Studies (Groups 3 and 6)
LC: Skills Focused Language Course I Receptive
PS: The Campus Novel

Summer Term 2007
LC: Skills Focused Language Course I Receptive (Groups 6 and 7)

Winter Term 2006/7
ÜB: Tutorial English Literature/Linguistics

Summer Term 2006
ÜB: Tutorial English Literature/Linguistics

Publications

Monographs:

Stefanie Albers. Verbal Visuality - The Visual Arts in Contemporary Anglophone Fiction. Trier: WVT, 2011.

*  In preparation:

The Spectral City - Hauntings of Urbanity in British Literature


Co-edited volumes:

Stefanie Caeners, Michael Eisinger, Jens Martin Gurr and J. Alexander Schmidt (eds.). Healthy and Liveable Cities: Selected Papers from the Essen Conference / Gesunde und lebenswerte Städte: Ausgewählte Beiträge der Essener Tagung. Ludwigsburg: avedition, 2013.

 

Essays and articles:

Stefanie Caeners. "Kate Atkinson". In: KLfG Kritisches Lexikon zur fremdsprachigen Gegenwartsliteratur, 2018.

Stefanie Caeners. "When Style Meets Content - Identity, Metafiction and the Cultural Symbolism of Language in Ali Smith’s There But For The". In: LWU XLVI: 4 (2013/ published 2015). 289-298.

with Michael Eisinger, Jens Gurr and J. Alexander Schmidt. "Introduction / Einleitung." Healthy and Liveable Cities: Selected Papers from the Essen Conference / Gesunde und lebenswerte Städte: Ausgewählte Beiträge der Essener Tagung. Ed. Stefanie Caeners, Michael Eisinger, Jens Martin Gurr, J. Alexander Schmidt. Ludwigsburg: avedition, 2013. 6-13.

Stefanie Caeners. "Eine Frage der Fragmentierung? Paul Auster und die Dichotomie des Privaten und Öffentlichen". In: Simone Sauer/Christian Bachmann (eds.). Paul Auster - Werk und Poetik. Bochum: Ch. A. Bachmann Verlag, 2012. 117-127.

Stefanie Caeners and Torsten Caeners. "The Locus Amoenus in Audrey Niffenegger's The Time Traveler's Wife". In: LWU. XLIV: 4 (2011). 265-276.

Stefanie Albers and Torsten Caeners. "The Poetics and Aesthetics of Ian McEwan’s Atonement". In: English Studies - A Journal of English Language and Literature. 90:6 (2009). 707-720.

Stefanie Albers. "'But who is to say what is fake and what is real?' – Spectral and Textual Haunting in Peter Ackroyd’s Chatterton". In: FORUM - The University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture and the Arts. 7:2 (2008).

* In preparation:

"Spectres of Civilisation" - The Loss of Urban Structures in The Walking Dead


Selected reviews:

Philipp Schweighauser. Beautiful Deceptions - European Aesthetics, The Early American Novel, and Illusionist Art. in: Anglia 137.2 (2019).369-73.

Johanna Hartmann. Literary Visuality in Siri Hustvedt's Work. in: Anglistik – International Journal of English Studies 29.1 (2018). 167-9.

Oliver Simons. Literaturtheorien zur Einführung. in: Monatshefte. 102:2 (2010). 228-29.

Sarah Dillon. Palimpsest: Literature, Criticism, Theory. in: Anglistik – International Journal of English Studies. 20:2 (2009). 228-229.

Klaus Benesch/Ulla Haselstein. The Power and Politics of the Aesthetic in American Culture. in: Anglistik – International Journal of English Studies. 20:1 (2009). 219-221.


Other publications:

with Dorothee Graf, Melanie Borchers, Margit Hempel. E-Bibliotheksschein Anglophone Studien - Einführung in die fachwissenschaftliche Recherche auf Moodle Basis. 2012-2018. www.uni-due.de/ub/schulung/anglistik_e-schein
 

Miscellaneous:

Personal blog (book reviews, etc.): www.theconstantreader.net/blog


Selected conference papers:

"The Iconography of the Novel: Siri Hustvedt's What I Loved". at the British Association for American Studies Annual Conference. University of Central Lancashire, UK. 14-17 April 2011.

"Identity, Aesthetics and the Visual Arts: Constructions of 'Self' in Salman Rushdie's The Moor's Last Sigh and Zadie Smith's On Beauty" at the Identity and Form in Twentieth- and Twenty-First Century Literature Conference. Sheffield Hallam University, UK. 3-4 July 2009.

"A Matter of Fragmentation? - The Private and the Public in Selected Works by Paul Auster" at the British Association for American Studies Annual Conference. University of Nottingham, UK. 16-19 April 2009.


Other talks:

"Let's read together: George Orwell's 1984." VHS Moers. Summer 2014.

"Let's read together: Téa Obreht's The Tiger's Wife." VHS Moers. Summer 2015.

"Short Fiction Reading Circle". Weekly Book Club, VHS Moers. from 2013-2016.


Conference organisation:

Gesellschaft für Englische Romantik, 2011 Annual Conference, Duisburg/Germany - organised with Prof. J.M. Gurr and Prof. F.-E. Pointner