Prof. Dr. Patricia Plummer

Prof. Dr. Patricia Plummer

Expertise Summary

Patricia Plummer is Professor of English Literature and Postcolonial Studies. Her publications, research and teaching focus on English literature and culture of the long eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Orientalism, travel writing and religion, postcolonial literatures and gender studies as well as popular culture.

Patricia Plummer read English literature, Egyptology and Classical Archaeology at Mainz University, where she received her PhD degree (2000). She has been Assistant Professor and Senior Lecturer at Mainz University (2000-2010), Interim Professor at the university of Koblenz-Landau (2010), and Invited Visiting Professor of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies at the University of Koblenz (2005). More recently she has been Visiting Professor at Macquarie University, Sydney (2019), and has held research fellowships at The University of Sydney (2015), Australian National University (2016), and National University of Ireland, Galway (2019).

She also been involved in teaching projects (including Professor Mick Short’s international elearning investigation ‘Language & Style), and has received awards and grants for her own teaching projects, including ‘Scholarship Lehre divers’ (2017), which enabled her to develop a course on museums and diversity, and ‘Digital Postcolonial Studies’ (2018), a blended-learning course on ‘Key Concepts in Postcolonial Studies.’

Patricia Plummer has published numerous articles and book chapters; she is the author of a monograph on style in Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist (2003), co-editor of Perspektiven der Frauenforschung (Perspectives in Women's Studies, 1998), Frauen auf der Spur (Female Sleuths, 2001) and Subversive Romantik (Subversive Romanticism, 2004). She is currently editing an interdisciplinary collection of essays on transcultural encounters between Japan and the West, and is writing a book on the Anglo-Australian artist Louisa Le Freimann (1863-1956). Last but not least, Patricia Plummer is a member of the newly-founded research group on “Ambiguity and Difference: Historical and Cultural Dynamics” (2019-2021), where she and her team are investigating manifestations of (ethnic, gender-specific and/or religious) ambiguity in eighteenth-century British discourse on travel

Research Interests

  • English literature from the 18th to the 21st century
  • Travel writing since the Early Modern Age
  • Postcolonial literatures, esp. from Australia, South Asia and the Caribbean literature
  • Women’s and Gender Studies; Gender, Orientalism and Islam
  • Crime Fiction and Popular Culture, esp. the crime genre in Australia, Britain, Germany, Ireland and Scandinavia; comparative approaches to crime fiction; Indigenous crime fiction.


Since April 2011

Full Professor of English Literature and Postcolonial Studies, Duisburg-Essen University


Interim Professor of English Literature and Postcolonial Studies, Duisburg-Essen University


Interim Professor of British Cultural Studies, Landau University


Senior Lecturer, Department of English& Linguistics, Mainz University (leave of absence: 2010-11)


Assistant Professor, Department of English& Linguistics, Mainz University


Dr. phil., Mainz University, doctoral thesis on style in Charles Dickens’s Oliver Twist


Research assistant (wiss. Mitarbeiterin), Department of English, Mainz University


Studied English Literature, Egyptology and Classical Archaelogy at Mainz University (M.A.)


Research Awards and Grants


Visiting Professor, Department of Modern History, Macquarie University, Sydney

Visiting Research Fellow, Moore Institute, NUI Galway

2016  Joint Visiting Research Fellow, Humanities Research Centre and Gender Institute, Australian National University
2015 Visiting Research Fellow, Department of Studies in Religion, The University of Sydney
2007 Research Grant, Kalkhof-Rose-Stiftung (1.3.-31.7.2007)
2005 Invited Visiting Professor of International and Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, Koblenz University
2000 Dissertation Award, Faculty of Humanities, Mainz University
1993 Women’s Studies Award (2nd prize), Federal State of Rhineland-Palatinate


Teaching Projects and Grants


Teaching Innovation Grant, UDE

Project: “Digital Postcolonial Studies“ 


Scholarship Lehre divers, UDE

Project: “Museen als Lernorte von Diversität“ (link)


“Language & Style: A Web-Based Course“ (international investigation; principal investigator: 
Professor Mick Short, Lancaster University, UK

(collaborator, with Beatrix Busse)


Advisory Board, Research Network of Women’s and Gender Studies in North Rhine Westphalia (since 2014) 

Advisory Board, International Journal of Literary Linguistics 

Advisory Board and founding member, Feminist Europa: Review of Books (1998-2002)

Essen Gender Research Institute (Essener Kolleg für Geschlechterforschung): spokesperson, Research Cluster „Perception, Representation, Visibility“ advisory member to the board

Gender Equality Commission, UDE

Diversity Management Commission, UDE (2012-16)

Faculty board, Faculty of Humanities, UDE

Head of Department, Department of Anglophone Studies, UDE (since April 2020)

Conferences (recent)

2013: Indigenous Australian Literature in Context, 1993-2013

2012: Erleuchtung Garantiert? Japan im Westen: Literatur – Kultur – Spiritualität 

Publications (selection)



Stil in Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist: Formen – Funktionen – Kontexte.  Trier: WVT, 2003.

Edited Volumes

Japan im Westen: Transkulturelle Begegnungen mit Japan, 1868-2018 [forthcoming]

Subversive Romantik. [co-edited with Volker Kapp, Helmuth Kiesel and Klaus Lubbers]. Berlin: Duncker und Humblot, 2004.

Frauen auf der Spur: Kriminalautorinnen aus Deutschland, Großbritannien und den USA. [co-edited with Carmen Birkle and Sabina Matter-Seibel]. Tübingen: Stauffenburg, 2001.

Frauen in Kultur und Gesellschaft: Ausgewählte Beiträge der 2. Fachtagung Frauen-/ Gender-Forschung in Rheinland-Pfalz. Ed. Renate v. Bardeleben with the assistance of Sabina Matter-Seibel, Simone Nelles and Patricia Plummer. Tübingen: Stauffenburg, 2000.

Perspektiven der Frauenforschung: Ausgewählte Beiträge der 1. Fachtagung Frauen-/ Gender-Forschung in Rheinland-Pfalz. [co-edited with Renate v. Bardeleben]. Tübingen: Stauffenburg, 1998.


Articles and Book Chapters (since 2000)

  1. "The Hidden History of an Australian Painter: Louisa Haynes Le Freimann (1863-1956)." Gender Down Under. Ed. Victoria Herche. Gender Forum vol. 53 (2015). <>
  2. "Frauen und Feminismus in Pakistan: Ein Gespräch über Bildung, Literatur und Zensur mit Prof. Dr. Shirin Zubair." Netzwerk Journal Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung NRW 36 (2015): 67-72.
  3. "From Paper Wars to Visual Paranoia: Contemporary British Negotiations of Muslim Fundamentalism." Narratives of Fundamentalism. Ed. Birgit Däwes. Literatur in Wissenschaft und Unterricht (2012): 45-57.
  4. "Eva, Bones und Ulrike Maria: Bewegungen, Widersprüche und Gleichzeitigkeiten in kulturellen Repräsentationen von Geschlecht." Emanzipation und Feministische Politiken: Verwicklungen Verwerfungen Verwandlungen. Ed. Carmen Birkle et al. Sulzbach: Ulrike Helmer Verlag, 2012. 183-187.
  5. "Güzel Sultanum: Gender und Macht im weiblichen Orientdiskurs: Die Orientreise Lady Mary Wortley Montagus (1716-18)." Geschlechterforschung: Blick hinter die Kulissen. UNIKATE: Berichte aus Forschung und Lehre Nr. 41 (2012). Ed. Essener Kolleg für Geschlechterforschung. 90-99.
  6. "Lady Mary Wortley Montagus Orientreise (1716-18): Ein Beitrag zum interkulturellen und interreligiösen Dialog der Aufklärung." Beuroner Forum Edition 2011. Ed. Stefan Blanz, Peter Häger, Jakobus Kaffanke OSB. Münster: LIT, 2011. 126-38.
  7. "'The whole city leads a double existence': Schottische Mythen, Verbrechen und Gesellschaft in Ian Rankins Kriminalromanen." Verbrechen und Gesellschaft im Spiegel von Literatur und Kunst. Ed. Véronique Liard. München: Meidenbauer, 2010. 235-47.
  8. "'The free treatment of topics usually taboo'd: Glimpses of the Harem in Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century Orientalist Discourse." Word & Image in Colonial and Postcolonial Literatures and Cultures. Ed. Michael Meyer. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2009. 47-68.
  9. "The Return of the Gothic in Contemporary Anglophone Crime Fiction." “My Age is as a Lusty Winter”: Essays in Honour of Peter Erlebach and Thomas Michael Stein. Ed. Bernhard Reitz. Trier: WVT, 2009. 111-24.
  10. "Joan Riley." Twenty-First-Century Black British Writers. [Dictionary of Literary Biography vol. 347]. Ed. R. Victoria Arana. Detroit: Gale, 2009. 244-52.
  11. "Cruel Sultans, Fair Captives: The Influence of Richard Knolles's Generall Historie of the Turkes (1603) on Eighteenth-Century English Drama." Literature as History/History as Literature: Fact and Fiction in Medieval to Eighteenth-Century British Literature. Ed. Sonja Fielitz. Frankfurt/Main: Peter Lang, 2007. 169-81.
  12. "Insatiable Desires: (Sub)Versions of Gender in William Beckford's Vathek and Frances Sheridan's The History of Nourjahad." Anglistentag 2006 Halle. Ed. Sabine Volk-Birke and Julia Lippert. Trier: WVT, 2007. 445-56.
  13. "Transcultural British Crime Fiction: Mike Phillips' Sam Dean Novels." Postcolonial Postmortems. Ed. Christine Matzke and Susanne Mühleisen. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2006. 255-70.
  14. "Investigating Student Reactions to a Web-Based Stylistics Course in Different National and Educational Settings." [with Mick Short and Beatrix Busse]. Literature and Stylistics for Language Learners: Theory and Practice. Ed. Greg Watson and Sonia Zyngier. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006. 106-25.
  15. "E-Learning and Stylistics in Mainz and Münster." [with Beatrix Busse]. Language and Literature 15.3 (2006): 257-76.
  16. "'My Workshop of Filthy Creation': Subversive Intertextualität bei Mary Shelley." Subversive Romantik. Ed. Kapp, Kiesel, Lubbers and Plummer. Berlin: Duncker und Humblot, 2004. 133-51.
  17. "Subversionen von Zeit und Raum in der amerikanischen Romantik." [with Klaus Lubbers]. Subversive Romantik. Ed. Kapp, Kiesel, Lubbers and Plummer. Berlin: Duncker und Humblot, 2004. 23-52.
  18. "Mattapoisett Revisited: The Postethnic Vision of Marge Piercy's Cosmopolitopia." [with Klaus Lubbers]. American Vistas and Beyond: A Festschrift for Roland Hagenbüchle. Ed. Marietta Messmer and Josef Raab. Trier: WVT, 2002. 267-84.
  19. "Re-writing the House of Fiction: Michèle Roberts' Daughters of the House." Engendering Realism and Postmodernism. Ed. Beate Neumeier. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2001. 63-85.