Researcher in Residence: Prof Dr. Kristin Mahoney, Michigan State University (USA)

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Prof. Dr. Kristin Mahoney

The Chair for English Literary and Cultural Studies is pleased to introduce a new format with Kristin Mahoney as our first Researcher in Residence.

The Researcher in Residence is a format designed as an opportunity for students and staff alike to form connections with internationally renowned researchers. The idea is to go beyond the usual types of classes and to be able to get up close and personal with the researcher both on the topic(s) of their research but also their experience in academia in their field and their country. We are excited to launch this project this semester and look forward to many more Researchers in Residence in the future.

Kicking us off as our first guest is Kristin Mahoney. Mahoney is Associate Professor/Chair and Director of Literary Studies at Michigan State University and her research is focused on late-Victorian Decadence and its afterlives in the 20th century. The author of two books, Literature and the Politics of Post-Victorian Decadence (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and Queer Kinship after Wilde (Cambridge University Press, 2022), she leaves behind the strict periodization of Victorianism vs. Modernism and explores, among other things, the topics of politics and sexology in literature and culture of the late 19th and early 20th century. To further research that resists these boundaries of periodization, Mahoney founded and is co-editor of the journal Cusp: Late 19th-/20th-Century Cultures (Johns Hopkins University Press). She is currently working on an upcoming collection with Dustin Friedman: Nineteenth-Century Literature in Transition: The 1890s (Cambridge University Press).

Kristin Mahoney will spend a week at FAU from December 11th through December 15th and host or participate in various teaching and discussion formats: She will, among other things, visit a (closed) seminar on Victorian Poetry and host a Masterclass on the ekphrastic poems by Michael Field (pseudonym for Katherine Harris Bradley and Edith Emma Cooper), which will transition into an International Coffee, open to all students. The International Coffee is an opportunity for students to ask Mahoney any and all questions they might have about her work, in terms of both content and context. The event will take place on Wednesday, December 13th from 10-12, in C 202 (Bismarckstraße 1). She will also give an open lecture on Laurence and Clemens Housman (“’Out and Out from the Family to the Community’: The Housmans and the Politics of Queer Sibling Devotion”) which will take place on Wednesday, December 13th from 4-6, in KH 0.016. You do not need to register for the lecture or the international coffee, you are welcome to just come around.


If you have any questions, please contact: Prof. Dr. Claudia Lillge (


Guest in the seminar Victorian Poetry (Melissa Sarikaya)

Monday, 11.12.2023, 10.15-11.45, KH 1.012


Masterclass and International Coffee:

Wednesday, 13.12.2023, 10.15-111.45, C 202 (Bismarckstraße 1)


Open Lecture: “‘Out and Out from the Family to the Community’: The Housmans and the Politics of Queer Sibling Devotion”

Wednesday, 13.12.2023, 16.15-17.45, KH 0.016.