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 Bashir: A 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