Ronja Holzinger, M.A.

My research focuses on Victorian literature and culture with a special focus on consumer culture as well as narrative structures and strategies of self-fashioning. Further interests and my teaching include British literature and culture until today from the perspective of gender and postcolonial studies, with an emphasis on consumption, material culture, advertising, travelling, and representations of space(s).

My current project, tentatively titled “‘Romancing Shopping’: Gendered Narrative Strategies in Late-Nineteenth and Early-Twentieth Century Texts on Shopping”, studies the representations of female shoppers in British literature and culture at the turn of the century.

Past and upcoming activities

“Körperdarstellungen als kulturell differenzierende Werbestrategie in der Konsumgesellschaft des 19. Jahrhunderts” (upcoming in 2021, Body Politics: Intersektionale Forschungsperspektiven auf den Körper, Interdisciplinary Workshop, IZGDD)

“‘Come Buy! Come Buy!‘: Konsum, Geschlechterrollen und Identitäten im Warenspektakel des 19. Jahrhunderts” (VHS Erlangen, studium generale, 17.12.2019)

“‘Shopping’ im 19. Jahrhundert: Frauen und das Warenspektakel” (Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften an der FAU Erlangen, 18.10.2019)


Review: Black, Barbara. Hotel London: How Victorian Commercial Hospitality Shaped a Nation and Its Stories. Columbus: Ohio State UP, 2019. JSBC – Journal for the Studies of British Cultures 27, 1/2020, pp. 98-101.

Academic Bio

M.A. “English Studies” (Erlangen and Oslo, completed 2019)