Dr. Torsten Caeners
Room: R12 R05 A36
Office hours: see below
Tel.: 0201/183-2239 (E)
Office Hours in Times of Corona:
In line with the current Corona regulations, I will not be offering the usual office hours on campus. From April, 1st I will be available for virtual office hours via Skype until further notice, i.e. until normal on-campus teaching will resume. Please follow and adhere to the following steps to register for my skype office hours:
- Before taking the next step, 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.
- If you feel a skype session in necessary, do the following:
- Write me an email with the subject line: “Skype Office Hours”
- In your mail, let me know which weekday you wish to talk. I will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 08:00-11:00.
- 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.
- Call me on the assigned day and time on skype!
Torsten Caeners, born 1976 in Moers, studied English and American Literature and Culture as well as Computational Linguistics at the University of Duisburg (1998 - 2004). He finished his studies in October 2004 with an M.A. thesis on the shorter poetry of the Augustan poet Dr. William King. Since then he has been teaching at the Department for Anglophone Studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen. In 2010 he finished his PhD with a thesis investigating the application of poetic writing for psychoanalytical treatment in the context of post-structuralist literary theory. Since the beginning of 2007, he additionally holds the position of Coordinator for the BA / MA "Business Administation and Cultural Studies" within the Department of Humanities.
Study Councillor BA / MA "Anglophone Studies"
Dr. phil. (PhD) in English Literature, University of Duisburg-Essen
|Since 4/2007||Coordinator of the interdisciplinary BA study programme ”Kulturwirt“ (“Cultural Studies and Business Administration”)|
|8/2006 - 4/2007||Research assistant at the Department of Anglophone Studies at the University of Duisburg - Essen (Prof. Dr. Michael Gassenmeier)|
|2004 - 2008||Lecturer at the Department of Anglophone Studies at the University of Duisburg- Essen|
|11/2001 - 12/2003||Student assistant in the Department of Computational Linguistics at the University of Duisburg-Essen|
|2001||Student tutor for English literature at the University of Duisburg-Essen|
|10/1998 - 10/2004||Studies of British and American Literature and Culture, and Computational Linguistics at the University of Duisburg-Essen|
|8/1996 - 9/1997||Work with a severely disabled child (autism) for my mandatory period of social service (Zivildienst)|
|6/1996||Abitur, Gymnasium Adolfinum in Moers|
Torsten Caeners' research is focused on creative/poetic writing, especially the process(es) of poetic creation and the participation of unconscious influences in poetic writing. Further research interests are Renaissance and contemporary British and American poetry, in particular the role and function of poetry within society. The appropriation of traditional poetic forms and genres in contemporary poetry constitutes another focal point. He is also interested in contemporary (science fiction) series as a means of social and cultural commentary. In his teaching Torsten Caeners offers courses in British and American literature from the Renaissance to the 21st century. In the past he has taught seminars on Shakespeare, Seamus Heaney, Philip Larkin, the sonnet, Restoration and Augustan literature and culture, and British Romanticism.
All classes since 2001 are listed here.
Torsten Caeners supervises BA and MA theses of the following courses of studies:
- akademischer 2-Fach Studiengang Anglophone Studies (BA/ MA theses)
- Kulturwirt (BA /MA theses)
- Lehramt (BA only!)
If you seek supervision for your thesis make sure it falls within Torsten Caeners' areas of research and teaching. Ideally, you have done a seminar with Dr. Torsten Caeners already although this is not mandatory. In any case, bring a rough idea of your thesis to a preliminary meeting in one of the office hours.
All supervised BA and MA theses by Dr. Torsten Caeners since 2010 are listed here.
Poetry as Therapy: Contemporary Literary Theory as a Foundation of Poetry Therapy.Trier: WVT, 2011.
Essays and Reviews
"'Neither god nor ghost:' The Resurrection of the Tollund Man in Seamus Heaney's District and Circle." LWU: Journal of Academic Research and Education 1:2006. 21-38.
"'Let me tell you the story of a soldier named Dan:' Konkretisierungs- und Personalisierungstendenzen in Donovans Protestliedern der 1960er Jahre." Da habt Ihr es, das Argument der Straße. Kulturwissenschaftliche Studien zum politischen Lied. Martin Butler und Frank Erik Pointner (eds.).Trier: WVT, 2007. 133-149.
"Humanity's scarred Children: The Cylons' oedipal Dilemma in Battlestar Galactica." Extrapolation 49:3 (2008). 368-384.
With Stefanie Albers: "The Poetics and Aesthetics of Ian McEwan's Atonement." English Studies - A Journal of English Language and Literature. 90:6 (2009). 707-720.
"'Imagined within the gravitational pull of the actual' - The fusion of the private and the public in Seamus Heaney's Poetic Theory." Intimate Exposure: Essays on the Public/Private Divide in British Poetry Since 1950. Emily Merriman (ed.). Jefferson, NC: McFarland. 2010.
"Beyond Mourning and Melancholia - Postmodern Grief in Douglas Dunn's Elegies." LWU: Journal of Academic Research and Education 1:2010. 37-52.
" 'You're broken. I can fix you' -- Negotiating US ideological concepts in Heroes." Inverstigating Heroes: Essays on Truth, Justice and Quality TV. David Simmons (ed.). Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2011.130-143.
"'Co-opted and obliterated echo' - Formal Poetry and the Negotiation of Identities." English Studies, 93:1, 57-70.
"Romantic Urbanity and Urban Romanticism: The Metropolis as a Place of Romantic Imagination and the Case of Mary Robinson's 'London's Summer Morning'." Romantic Cityscapes: Selected Papers from the Essen Conference of the German Society for English Romanticism. Jens Gurr and Berit Michels (eds). Trier: WVT, 2013. 53-65.
"Memory and Memory Work." Introducing Criticism in the 21st Century. 2nd. Edition. Julian Wolfreys (ed.). Edinburgh Edingburgh UP, 2015. 282-307.
With Stefanie Caeners. "The Locus Amoenus in Audrey Niffenegger's The Time Traveler's Wife". In: LWU: Journal of Academic Research and Education. 4: 2011. 265-276.
"Tennyson's Reception in Germany." The Reception of Alfred Lord Tennyson in Europe. Leonee Ormond (ed.). London [et al.]: Bloomsbury, 2016.
Review: Herbert F. Tucker's "Epic: Britain's Heroic Muse: 1790-1910." Anglistik - International Journal of English Studies (1 /2009). 194-196.
Review: Michael Thurston's "The Underworld in Twentieth Century Poetry." Anglistik - International Journal of English Studies (2/2011).190-193.
"Imagination Reloaded: Transfiguring Urban Space into Virtual Space in the TV series Caprica." Cityscapes of the Future: Urban Spaces in Science Fiction. Yael Maurer and Meyrav Koren-Kuik (eds.). Leiden: Brill Rodopi, 2018. 186-205.
"Negotiating the Human in Ridley Scott's Prometheus." Young Adult Fiction: Finding Humanity in a Posthuman World, edited by Anita Tarr and Donna R. White. University Press of Mississippi. 2018, 199-226.
Accepted for publication
"Beyond Human -- The Posthuman Superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe." Proceedings of the Superhero Project: 2nd Global Meeting. Oxford: Brill.
"Tending the Flame of King Olaf's Verse-Palimpsestuous Textuality in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim."
"All this has happened before. All this will happen again' – Rebirth of/in the (re-imagined) Battlestar Galactica TV series."
Poem “Jenny” in Anon Magazine, Volume 5
Poem “Nell on Campus” in Quiddity Journal, Volume 1, 2008
Radio interview on “Poetry and Wellness” hosted by Joanna Beth Tweedy in May 2008 (WUIS-WIPA, Illinois Public Radio, Illinois, USA. See: www.wuis.org/Quiddity/)
Torsten Caeners and Lioba Schreyer (Hrsg.), Verse and Tile, Gilles & Francke, 2017.
Poems: "A Quartet of Voices" in Verse and Tile, 2017
Poem: "Unwoken" in Verse and Tile, 2017
Poem: "The White Goddess" in Verse and Tile, 2017
Poem: "Homecoming" in Verse and Tile, 2017
Poem: "The Mouse and the Crocodile" in Verse and Tile, 2017
Poem: "Tagomago" in Verse and Tile, 2017
Poem: "Black Stone" in Verse and Tile, 2017
Poem: "Weighing Anchor" in Verse and Tile, 2017
Poem: "Coda" in Verse and Tile, 2017
“'Imagined within the gravitational pull of the actual' – The fusion of the private and public discourses in Seamus Heaney’s poetic theory” at the International Conference "British Poetry 1950-2008 and the Public/Private Divide" 27-28 June 2008 at the Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV).
"'Simple Pagan Prayers' - Poetry as Belief in Douglas Dunn's Elegies" at the Conference "Poetry and Belief" 24-25 April 2009 at the University of Central Lancashire.
"Co-opted and obliterated echo' - Formal poetry and the negotiation of identities" at the Identity and Form in Twentieth- and Twenty-First Century Literature Conference. Sheffield Hallam University, UK. 3-4 July 2009.
"'Ruddy Morn' and 'Ruddy Housemaids' - Urban Space as a Place of Romantic Imagination in Mary Robinson's "London's Summer Morning'" at Romantic Cityscapes. 14th International Symposium of the German Society for English Romanticism. at the University Duisburg-Essen. 6-9 October 2011.
"The Reception of Tennyson in Germany" at Colloquium for the Reception of Tennyson in Europe at King's College, London. 14-15 October 2011.
"'Frak the Gods' -- (Re-)Negotiating the Classical World in Battlestar Galactica" at Swords, Sorcery, Sandals and Space: The Fantastika and the Classical World, University of Liverpool, Liverpool. 29 June - 01 July 2013.
"The Making of the Hero: Katabasis and the Superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe" at The Superhero -- The Superhero Project: First Global Meeting, University of Oxford, Mansfield College, Oxford. 07.09.-09.09.2015.
"Beyond Human – The Postmodern Superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe" at The Superhero -- The Superhero Project: Second Global Meeting, University of Oxford, Mansfield College, Oxford. 09.09.-11.09.2016.
„Disseminating the Heroic – Reverse-Katabasis in DC’s Wonderwoman”. Lecture Series “We don’t need another hero?” Heroism in Contemporary Culture, University of Duisburg-Essen. July, 19th 2018.
„Derridean Responsibility and/in Marvel’s Avengers”. Lecture Series “Great Responsibility” Heroism in Contemporary Culture, University of Duisburg-Essen. July, 18th 2019.
“Tony, Steve, Absolute Responsibility and the Uncertain Certainty of Death” at The Superhero -- The Superhero Project: Third Global Meeting, Katholische Akademie Wolfsburg, Mülheim, Germany. 20.09.-22.09.2019.
“Gone But Not Forgotten: Spectrality and the Haunting of Tony Stark in Spider Man: Far From Home” at The Superhero -- The Superhero Project: Fourth Global Meeting, Katholische Akademie Wolfsburg, Mülheim, Germany. 04.09.-06.09.2020.
“The ‘Man of Steel’ ain’t Superman – Negotiations of Christian Symbolism in Man of Steel, Batman v Superman and Justice League” at Morals, Faith and Religion in the Superhero Discourse. An Interdisciplinary Colloquium. 13.03.-14.03.2021