Dr. Torsten Caeners

Biographical Information

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.

 

Since 08/2011

Study Councillor BA / MA "Anglophone Studies"

06/2010

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

Areas of Research and Teaching

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. 

 

SoSe 16

PS: "An Introduction to Reading Popular Culture as Cultural Diagnosis"

PS: "The Resurgance of the Superhero"

MA: "Geisteswissenschaften / Wirtschaft Interdisziplinär"

VO: "Interdisziplinäre Ringvorlesung Kulturwirt"

Ü: Poetic Writing Workshop

 

WS 16/17

MA: Theories of Culture

MA: Literary Theory

MA: Zeitgenössche Kulturtheorien

Ü: Poetic Writing Workshop

SoSe 16

MA "Key Author: Seamus Heaney"

PS: "A Survey of British Literature"

MA: "Geisteswissenschaften / Wirtschaft Interdisziplinär"

VO: "Interdisziplinäre Ringvorlesung Kulturwirt"

Ü: Poetic Writing Workshop

WS 15/16

MA: Theories of Culture

MA: Literary Theory

MA: Zeitgenössche Kulturtheorien

PS: "A Survey of British Literature"

Ü: Poetic Writing Workshop

SoSe 15

PS: "Of Andriods and Electric Sheep -- Staging Cultural Diagnosis in Postmodern Anglophone TV and Fillm"

PS / MA: "Ridley Scott's Prometheus - An Exercise in Cultural Criticism"

MA: "Geisteswissenschaften / Wirtschaft Interdisziplinär"

ÜB: "Introductory English Course"

VO: "Interdisziplinäre Ringvorlesung Kulturwirt"

Ü: Poetic Writing Workshop

 WS 14/15

MA: Theories of Culture

MA: Literary Theory

MA: Zeitgenössche Kulturtheorien

Ü: Poetic Writing Workshop

SoSe 14

PS: “A Survey of British Literature”

MA: "Geisteswissenschaften / Wirtschaft Interdisziplinär"

VO: "Interdisziplinäre Ringvorlesung Kulturwirt"

Ü: Poetic Writing Workshop

WS 13/14

MA: Theories of Culture

MA: Literary Theory

MA: Zeitgenössche Kulturtheorien

PS: "A Survey of British Literature"

Ü: Poetic Writing Workshop

SoSe 13

PS: “A Survey of British Literature”

PS: "Identity in Contemporary Irish and English Poetry"

Ü: Poetic Writing Workshop

WS 12/13

MA: Theories of Culture

MA: Literary Theory

PS: "A Survey of British Literature"

ÜB: “Introduction to Literary Studies for Kulturwirte”

Ü: Poetic Writing Workshop

SoSe 12

PS: “A Survey of British Literature”

PS: "Staging the Postmodern: Influences, Strategies and Depictions of Postmodernity in Contemporyr Popular Culture"

Ü: Poetic Writing Workshop

WS 11/12

MA: Theories of Culture

MA: Literary Theory

ÜB: “Introduction to Literary Studies for Kulturwirte”

Ü: Poetic Writing Workshop

SoSe 2011

PS: “A Survey of British Literature”

PS: “The Underworld in 20th and 21st Century British Poetry”

Ü: Poetic Writing Workshop

WS 2010/11

MA: Theories of Culture

MA: Literary Theory

ÜB: “Introduction to Literary Studies for Kulturwirte”

SoSe 2010

HS: 'We shall express our darker purpose' - Renaissance Tragedy in the Contexts of its Time

PS: "A Survey of British Literature"

Ü: Poetic Writing Workshop

WS 09/10

PS: “A Survey of British Literature”

PS: "Contemporary British Poetry"

Ü: "Introduction to Literary Studies for Kulturwirte"

HS: The Sovereign's Voice? -- The Poets Laureate from John Dryden to Andrew Motion"

Ü: Poetic Writing Workshop

SoSe 09
PS: “A Survey of British Literature”

PS: "Poetry, Politics and Power: 18th Century British Literature and Culture"

Ü: Poetic Writing Workshop

WS 08/ 09
PS: “Our global story is not yet completed – 20th century Britain and the sonnets”

PS: “A Survey of British Literature”

LC: “Language Course English for students of Media and Cognitive Sciences"

Ü: Poetic Writing Workshop

SoSe 08
PS: “Contemporary Irish and Scottish Literature and Culture”

HS: “Introduction to poetic writing"

LC: “Language Course English for students of Media and Cognitive Sciences"

WS 07/ 08
HS: “Literature and Culture of the Romantic Period in Britain”

LC:  “Foundation Grammar”

LC: “Language Course English for students of Media and Cognitive Sciences"

SoSe 07
HS: “Images and counter-images of love in Renaissance Britain”

LC: “Skills-focused language course (receptive)”

LC: “English for Water Scientist”


WS 06/07
Ü: “Introduction to Literary Studies”

PS: “Rebellion and Resuscitation: Formal Verse in Post-modern British and American Poetry”

LC: “Skills-focused language course (receptive)”

LC: “English for Water Scientists” 


SoSe 06
ÜB: “Introduction to Literary Studies”

PS: “Our global story is not yet completed – 20th century Britain and the sonnets”

LC: “English for Water Scientists”

WS 05/06
PS: “Who justly knew to blame, or to commend – British Poetry from the Restoration Period to the Augustan Age”
 
SoSe 05
PS: “Introduction to 20th Century Poetry”

SoSe 01
Tutorial: VL “Survey of English Literature: The 18th Century”

Supervision of BA and MA Theses

Torsten Caeners supervises BA and MA theses o 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.

 

Publications 

Monographs

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 Ddilemma 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.

 

Accepted for publication

"Beyond Human -- The Posthuman Superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe." Proceedings of the Superhero Project: 2nd Global Meeting. Oxford: Interdiscipplinary Press.

"Tending the Flame of King Olaf's Verse-Palimpsestuous Textuality in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim." Games and Literary Theory (edited collection)

"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 of Mississippi Press.

"Imagination Reloaded: Transfiguring Urban Space in the TV Series Caprica."

"Of Dwemer, Falmer and Steam -- Steampunk in The Eldar Scrolls V: Skyrim"

"All this has happened before. All this will happen again' – Rebirth of/in the (re-imagined) Battlestar Galactica TV series." Bristol Journal of English Studies, Issue 5.

 

 

 

In Preparation 

"Breaking the Cycle: Revaluating the Ending of Battlestar Galactica"

"Palimpestuous Textuality and/in Edwin Muir's 'Milton'

"Diversity Management in Star Trek: Voyager"

 

 

 

Miscellaneous

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

 

Conference papers: 

“’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.