Dr. Susanne Gruß

Research Summary and Profile

Research Interests

Contemporary Literature (Focus on Neo-Victorianism); Literary and Cultural Theory (Focus on Gender Studies, Feminism); Film & Media Studies (Focus on Processes of Adaptation and Canonization); Gothic; Jacobean drama; Legal Discourse and/in Literature


Short CV

  • Postdoc Project / Habilitationsprojekt: “The Laws of Excess: Violent Law and Generic Violence on the Early Modern Stage” (WT)
  • Dissertation: „The Pleasure of the Feminist Text: The (De)Construction of Gender in the Works of Michèle Roberts and Angela Carter“
  • Since September 2001: member of academic staff / wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin, FAU
  • Magister Artium (Englische Philologie, Neuere deutsche Literaturgeschichte und Neuere/Neueste Geschichte) and Lehramt Gymnasium (Englisch, Deutsch), FAU and Trinity College, Dublin (DAAD Scholarship)



Authored Books

Edited Volumes

Journal Articles

Book Contributions

Papers (Auswahl):


  • (2013) “Angela Carter, Nights at the Circus.” Ringvorlesung Classics of the English Canon, Johannes. Gutenberg University Mainz, 18. Juli.
  • (2013) “Jacobean Drama.” Gastvorlesung, Universität Basel, 02. Mai
  • (2013) “Philip Massinger for the Middle Temple? The Queen of Corinth, The Fatal Dowry and the Genre of Legal Learning.” Renaissance Men at the Middle Temple, Birbeck College, London, 01.-02. Feb.
  • (2012) “Bleak London: (Neo-)Dickensian Psychogeographies.” Topographies of Britain, Universität Basel. 22.-24. Nov.
  • (2012) “From Bollywood to Hollywood and Back Again: Transcultural Adaptation.” Inderdisciplinary lectureseries Understanding India, Universität Germersheim, 09. Juli.
  • (2012) “What Early Modern Literature Learnt from the Law – and Vice Versa.” Can Literature Learn from Law? Münster Symposium on Law and Literature, Universität Münster, 21.-22. Mai.
  • (2011) “‘Thou monster of cruelty, forbear!’: Women and ‘Gothic’ Monstrosity on the Early Modern Stage.” The Monster Inside Us, The Monsters Around Us: Monstrosity and Humanity, De Montfort University, Leicester, 18.-20. November.
  • 2011) “Jacobean Gothic and the Law: Revengers and Ineffectual Rulers in Middleton and Massinger.” Gothic Limits / Gothic Ltd. 10th Biennial Conference of the International Gothic Association. Universität Heidelberg, 02.-05. Aug.
  • (2011) “‘Whose hand presents this gory spectacle?’: Monstrous Rulers on the Early Modern Stage and the Breakdown of the Law.” Re-Thinking the Monstrous: Violence and Criminality in Society, LMU München, 01.-03. Juli.
  • (2011) “Wilde Crimes: Biographilia, the Art of Murder and Decadent (Homo)Sexuality in Gyles Brandreth’s Oscar Wilde-Series.” Neo-Victorian Art and Aestheticism, University of Hull, 26. März.
  • (2010) (mit Nadine Böhm) “Introduction.” Fashioning the Neo-Victorian: Iterations of the Nineteenth Century in Contemporary Literature and Culture, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, 08.-10. April.
  • (2009) “‘But there was something very appealing about that Fe-Male’: Transgender und Passing im zeitgenössischen britischen Roman.” Ringvorlesung Phänomene der Fremdheit, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, 17. Dez.
  • (2009) “Thomas Middleton’s Gothic Nightmares: The Revenger’s Tragedy, The Bloody Banquet and The Lady’s Tragedy.” Gothic Renaissance, Universität Kön, 03.-04. Dez.
  • (2009) “Carter’s Excessive Stagings of the Canon: Psychoanalytic Closets, Hermaphroditic Dreams, and Jacobean Westerns.” Angela Carter: A Critical Exploration, University of Northampton, 05.-07. Juni.
  • (2008) “The Jane Austen Cult.” Gastvorlesung, Universität Basel, 17. Dez.
  • (2008) “‘The Flesh Made Word’ – Sensuous Religion in the Works of Michèle Roberts.” Anglistentag 2008, Universität Tübingen, 05.-08. Okt.
  • (2008) “Shakespeare in Bollywood? Vishal Bhardwaj’s Omkara.” Semiotic Encounters: Text, Image and Trans-Nation, University of Stuttgart, 17.-20. Juli.
  • (2007) “‘A few flowery phrases and he thinks I’m his’ – (Re)Appropriations of Wordsworth in Contemporary Literature and Film.” 18th British Cultural Studies Conference – High Culture and/versus Popular Culture, Universität Salzburg, 22.-24. Nov.
  • (2007) (mit Nadine Böhm) „Post-Colonial Shakespeares – Ein Unterrichtsexperiment.“ Workshop Anglistische Hochschuldidaktik: Alternative Lehr-/Lernformate, Universität Bielefeld, 04.-06. Okt.
  • (2007) “‘…into the Shadows’: The Frailty of Masculinity in Angela Carter’s ‘Bristol Trilogy’.” Men and Madness: Representing Male Psychopathology and Mental Disorder in Modern and Contemporary Culture, Manchester Metropolitan University, 28.-30. Juni.
  • (2007) “Sex and the City? (Re)Empowering mistresses, muses and prostitutes.” ASNEL – Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of the New Literatures in English, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, 17.-20. Mai.
  • (2006) “Jane Austen in Kholiwood? Bride and Prejudice at the Crossroads of Hollywood and Bollywood Aesthetics.” Bollywood and Beyond. Contemporary Indian Cinemas and Globalisation, TU Dresden, 23.-24. Juni.
  • (2005) “‘The trembling earth is God’s Herald’: Das Erdbeben von Lissabon (1755) und die Theodizeedebatte in der zeitgenössischen Literatur.” Collegium Alexandrinum (“Catastrophes”), FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, 1. Dez.
  • (2004) “Virtualität im Cyberpunk – Pat Cadigans Tea From an Empty Cup.” Netzwelten, Evangelische Akademie Tutzing, Sektion “Vernetzte Welten: Virtualität und Wirklichkeit in Literatur und Film,” 16.-18. April.
  • (2003) “Playing the Dane – Shakespeares Hamlet im Film” (with Ina Habermann). Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften, FAU Erlangen-Närnberg, 25. Okt.