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Dr Katharina Herold

Lecturer in English


I joined Queen’s in October 2019 to teach Prelims Paper 3: Literature in English 1830-1914; I also teach at Brasenose College and several other Oxford colleges. Since September 2017 I have been Associate Lecturer at Goldsmiths College, where I teach English and Comparative Literature to graduate and undergraduate students.

Previously, I trained and worked as a theatre director in Germany before embarking on a BA in English and Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London, followed by an MSt in English Literature (1830 – 1914) at Oxford. In 2017, I was a visiting scholar at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, where I became a member of the international research network ‘Writing 1900’ led by Prof. Gesa Stedman and Dr Stefano Evangelista. I am currently preparing my first monograph ‘The Indispensable East’ in Decadent Literature in England and Germany 1880−1920 which is based on my thesis, which was supported by an AHRC grant.


Victorian, Modern and Contemporary Literature in English (1830 – present).


My research interests focus on Literature and the Arts at the European Fin de siècle, specifically Aestheticism and Decadence; Victorian, Modern and Contemporary Drama and Performance; Literary Orientalism; Comparative Literature and Translation Studies.


Book chapters:

‘Socio-aesthetic Histories: Vienna 1900 and Weimar Berlin’, in Decadence and Literature, ed. by Jane Desmarais and David Weir (Cambridge University Press, 2019).

‘"Against civilisation": Symons, the Gypsy Lore and politicised Aestheticism', in Arthur Symons: Poet, Critic, Vagabond, ed. by Elisa Bizzotto and Stefano Evangelista (Legenda, 2018).

‘Dancing the Image – Sensoriality and kinaesthetics in the poetry of Stéphane Mallarmé and Arthur Symons’, in Decadence and the Senses, ed. by Jane Desmarais and Alice Condé (Legenda, 2017).

Book reviews:

Victorian Literary Cultures: Studies in Textual Subversion, ed. by Kenneth Womack and James M. Decker, English Literature in Transition, 1880 – 1920, 61 (2018).

Theatre and Evolution from Ibsen to Beckett by Kirsten Shepherd-Barr, Victorian Network, 7:1 (2016).