Biographical Information

Christian Feser received a B.A. from the University of Bamberg and an M.A. in English and American Studies from the University of Bamberg and the City University of New York. His M.A. thesis investigated changes in early modern British law and the practice of physiognomy as reflected in selected works by Fielding, Hogarth, Mayhew and Dickens. In the autumn of 2017, he joined the Chair of British Literature and Culture as a research assistant (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter). He is currently working on the publication of his doctoral thesis.


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  • Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in, Anglistik: Britische Kultur- und Literaturwissenschaft - British Literature and Culture

  • Travel writing
  • Early modern sociability and literary networks
  • Astropoetics
  • Cultural literacy

In his doctoral thesis, Christian focusses on eccentricity in the works of Thomas Coryate (1577?-1617), an English writer, courtier and raconteur. Coryate published a travelogue of a proto-Grand Tour, Coryat’s Crudities: Hastily gobled up in Five Moneths Travells in 1611, and only months later, set out on an even more daring adventure: a journey, undertaken mostly on foot, which was to take him from Constantinople to Safavid Persia and eventually to the court of the Grand Mughal in Northern India. On the way, he sent several letters back to England, but the bulk of his manuscripts is lost. Soon after his death, Coryate sank into relative oblivion – a status which has not changed much since, but is quite unwarranted, as Christian aims to prove.

Conference papers and other contributions

"‘Chewed in the Braines of the Author, and cast up in the presse of the Printer’: Material Knowledge in Coryats Crudities (1611)", European Society for the Study of English, University of Mainz, September 2022.

"Wicked Wives and Horrible Husbands: 'True Tragedies' on the Elizabethan Stage", Captivating Criminality 8: Crime Fiction, Femininities and Masculinities, University of Bamberg, July 2022.

"Thomas Coryate und sein Orientbild", Europe and the Ancient Near East: Reception and Construction of Images of the ANE since the 17th Century, University of Kassel, March 2021 (digital event).

Short contribution on Paradise Lost, Cultural Literacy in Europe Symposium: Research in the Arts, the Arts in Research, University of Łódź, May 2020 (digital event).

“The Mental Optician: Exploring the Mind with Telescopes from Defoe to Hogarth”, Landau-Paris Symposia on the Eighteenth Century, University of Bamberg, October 2019.

“Thomas Coryate and Pre-Colonial India”, European Society for the Study of English Doctoral Symposium, University of Wrocław, August 2019.

“‘N.B. I did not visit the arsenal’: Travelling eccentrics in Coryat’s Crudities (1611) and Another Traveller! (1768-69)”, International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, University of Edinburgh, July 2019.


"Thomas Coryate und sein Orientbild", in: Kerstin Droß-Krüpe, Agnès Garcia-Ventura, Kai Ruffing and Lorenzo Verderame (eds.). Orientalist Gazes: Reception and Construction of Images of the Ancient Near East since the 17th Century (Münster: Zaphon, 2023).

with Christoph Heyl. "Durbar Personas: Thomas Roe and Thomas Coryate at the Mughal Court", in: Rita Banerjee (ed.). India and the Traveller: Aspects of Travelling Identity (New Delhi: Bloomsbury, 2022), pp. 45-71.

“The Mental Optician: On the Telescope in Early Modern Literature and Art”, in: Kerstin-Anja Münderlein (ed.). Final Frontiers: Exploring, Discovering, Conquering in the Age of Enlightenment (Trier: WVT, 2021), pp. 147-164.

Grants and scholarships

2022: ESSE travel grant.

2020: DAAD travel grant (forgone due to COVID-19); 2-month scholarship at the German Historical Institute in London.

2019: DAAD travel grant; ESSE travel grant.

Public outreach

"Thomas Coryate: A Gentleman on an Elephant", VHS Essen (by invitation of the Deutsch-Britische Gesellschaft Ruhr e.V.), 18 October 2023.