BA and MA Thesis Advising




Thomas Wyck, „A scholar in his Study“,  (circa 1616 – 1677)

Important information for prospective BA and MA students:

Keep in mind that it is not only you who chooses the thesis advisor but the advisor also chooses you.

If at all possible, you may want to reflect on how much you have invested in the courses taught by your potential supervisor: ask yourself whether you contributed to each class to the extent that your intellectual presence in class was vital to the healthy dynamics of the seminar; were you the one whose absence in class meant that the seminar would be a struggle rather than an intellectual experience which makes it worth the effort; or was your class presence passive and only assumed the form of an observer?

Take the time to arrange a meeting with your potential thesis advisor. Discuss your project and its feasibility and find out if they have an interest in your topic.

A potential BA supervisor will make their final decision once your term papers have been assessed (June 23rd/25th). Your term paper must be awarded a positive grade (at least a 5 on a 10 point scale); otherwise, you may be advised to write your BA paper in Linguistics or Stylistics.


Here are the research domains I am most interested in:

Material culture and art / Thing Theory/Memory and  Bachelardian phenomenology

Ecocriticism/Literature and the Anthropocene/ Animal Studies

Cartography/The North in literature and art

Neo-Victorian literature and culture


MA Papers 2018

At the Species Juncture: Humanity and Humility in Yann Martel’s The High Mountains of Portugal

BA Papers 2018

Guilty of Being Quilty: Stitching the Case of Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace

All Creatures Great and Small: (Neo-)Victorian Fossil Hunting in Tracy Chevalier’s Novel Remarkable Creatures

MA papers 2017

The Art of Mourning: Verbal Pentimento in Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch

BA papers 2017

The Thing on the String: The Art of Theft in John Banville’s The Blue Guitar

BA papers 2016

Surfaces and Depths: The Geography of the Artistic Consciousness in Gerald Murnane’s Novel The Plains

The Poetics of the Miniature in Jessie Burton’s Novel The Miniaturist

The Myth of an Artist: Anne Carson’s Autobiography of Red

Public and Private Memory in Waltz with BashirA Lebanon War Story by Ari Folman and David Polansky

BA papers 2015

The Dionysian and the Orphean: Jim Morrison’s Poetic Ventures

Art and Authenticity in Tom McCarthy’s Men in Space

Shakespeare Subverted: World as Carnival in Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters