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Dr. Eike Kronshage

+49 371 531-36154
+49 371 531-836154
Reichenhainer Straße 39, 215
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Main Areas of Research

Elizabethan drama
Aesthetics and poetics
Economy and literature
Early British film

Career/Job History


Since Oct. 2014

Chemnitz University of Technology: Academic staff member, Chair of English Literature

Oct. 2016 – Sept. 2021  Humboldt-University of Berlin (Master of Education in English and Philosophy)

May 2014 – Sept. 2014

Dahlem Research School: DRS Honors PostDoc Fellow

Oct. 2010 – Jan. 2014

Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies, Berlin: PhD in English Studies

April 2012 – July 2012

University of Cambridge: Visiting Researcher

Oct. 2004 – Aug. 2008

Free University Berlin, Peter Szondi Institute of Comparative Literature: Magister Artium (M.A.)

Sept. 2007 – May 2008

Yale University: Teaching assistant and visiting researcher 

Aug. 2003 – April 2004

University of Copenhagen: Exchange student (ERASMUS)

Oct. 2001 – May 2004

Ludwig-Maximilians University: B.A. in Comparative Literature




Vision and Character: Physiognomics and the English Realist Novel. New York: Routledge, 2018.

Editorial Works

Crisis, Risks, New Regionalisms. Ed. Cecile Sandten, Claudia Gualtieri, Roberto Pedretti, and Eike Kronshage. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2017. CHAT: Chemnitzer Anglistik/Amerikanistik Today 8.

Britisch-deutscher Literaturtransfer 1756-1832. Ed. Knapp, Lore, and Eike Kronshage. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2016. WeltLiteraturen / World Literatures 11.

Palimpsestraum Stadt. Ed. Eike Kronshage, Sandten, Cecile, and Winfried Thielmann. Trier: WVT, 2015. CHAT: Chemnitzer Anglistik/Amerikanistik Today 5.



  • Hitchcock: Rewatch 2022. Scholarly blog about all films by Alfred Hitchcock. https://hitchcock22.blogspot.com/
  • Translation of Brindlewood Bay by Jason Cordova. Gelsenkirchen: System Matters, 2022.
  • Review of: Martina Bross, Versions of Hamlet: Poetic Economy on Page and Stage. In: Literaturwissenschaftliches Jahrbuch 60 (2019): 405-408.
  • Review of David Hawkes, Shakespeare and Economic Theory. In: Journal for the Study of British Cultures.
  • Translation of: Bruno Latour: “On Actor-Network Theory: A Few Clarifications.” Soziale Welt 47:4 (1996): 369-381
    “Über die Akteur-Netzwerk-Theorie. Einige Klarstellungen.” Übers. v. Eike Kronshage. In: Lore Knapp (Hrsg.): Literarische Netzwerke im 18. Jahrhundert. Bielefeld: Aisthesis, 2019:45-66.
  • (with Stefan Schukowski) Shakespeare's Sonnet 155. Shakespeare Sonnet Generator. Commissioned by Prof. Erika Greber. See: Greber, Erika. "Triskaidekaphobia? Sonettzahlen und Zahlensonette." Zahlen, Zeichen und Figuren: Mathematische Inspirationen in Kunst und Literatur. Ed. Andrea Albrecht, Gesa von Essen, and Werner Frick. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2011. 214-247 (especially 231-32).
  • Gesichter - Faces. 23.03.2010 - 25.03.2010, Berlin. Conference Proceedings. H-Soz-u-Kult, 17.04.2010.
  • "A Portrait of the Artist as a Translator. On James Joyce's translation of Gerhart Hauptmann's Vor Sonnenaufgang." Yale Modernism Lab, New Haven, 2008.
  • Farø, Ken: Universal-Wörterbuch Dänisch: dänisch-deutsch, deutsch-dänisch. [Dictionary Danish-German]. Editors of the revised edition: Eike Kronshage and Kerstin Klingelhöffer. Langenscheidt KG, Munich, 2005.

Conference Papers and Invited Talks

  • Sep 2021
"'[N]o trace to leave behind.' Vertical and Horizontal Financial Transmission as Dickens's Critique of Industrial Capitalism in Dombey and Son."
15th ESSE Conference (European Society for the Study of English), Lyon, France (virtual conference due to COVID-19).
  • Jul 2021

"The Dialectics of Money in Barnaby Rudge."
26th Annual Dickens Society Symposium, Rochester, NY, USA (virtual conference due to COVID-19).

  • Jan 2020
Keynote: "Weimar, Wallace, Westdeutschland."
Deutsch-Britische Gesellschaft Dresden e.V., in cooperation with the Chair of English Literary Studies, University of Technology Dresden, Dresden, Germany.
  • May 2019
Keynote: “‘A keen eye for physiognomy’: Lavaters Physiognomik im realistischen englischen Roman George Eliots”. Britisch-Deutsche Wissenschaftsgeschichte(n), Technische Universität Chemnitz.
  • Dec. 2018
“‘Purchased honour’: Economic Expediency in The Duchess of Malfi”. John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi Reconsidered. École normale supérieure de Lyon, Lyon, France, December 2018.
  • Jul. 2018
“‘You would call that lad a degenerate?’ Measuring Intellectual (Dis)Ability Through Phrenology in Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent.”: Literature, Education and the Sciences of the Mind in Britain and America, 1850-1950. Canterbury, Kent, England.
  • Jul. 2018
“Speaking Faces? Dickens’s Critique of Physiognomics”: The 23rd Annual Dickens Symposium: Dickens and Language, Tübingen, Germany.
  • Sep. 2018

Sep. 2018: “‘Red-hot applications on their vile skins.’ Ironic Transparency in Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent”: Anglistentag 2018, Panel: Victorian Surfaces: Skin, Silk, and Show in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture. Bonn, Germany.

  • Jun. 2017
"Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice": Vortrag mit Studierenden vor der Deutsch-Britischen Gesellschaft Chemnitz e.V., Chemnitz, Germany.
  • Apr. 2017
"'Kings break faith upon commodity': Religious Crisis and Economic Transformation in Shakespeare's King John":
Conference of the German Shakespeare-Society: Shakespeare and Reformation, Weimar, Germany.
  • Jul. 2016

"Theorien des Nichtlesens."
21st World Congress of the International Comparative Literature Association (ICLA 2016), Vienna, Austria.

  • Jul. 2016

"Genre of a City: The Early Modern English City Comedy."
Lecture Series "The City", University of Technology Chemnitz, Germany.

  • Nov. 2015

(with Prof. Dr. Cecile Sandten): "Teacher Training: English Short Plays in the EFL Class Room"
University of Technology Chemnitz, Germany.

  • Nov. 2015
"Kommunikation und Körpersemiotik."
Ringvorlesung Interkulturelle Kommunikation, University of Technology Chemnitz, Germany.
  • Sept. 2015
"Zur Objektivität physiognomischer Porträts im literarischen Realismus."
Internationale Konferenz: Physiognomisches Schreiben. Stilistik, Rhetorik und Poetik einer gestaltdeutenden Kulturtechnik, Université de Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • July 2015
"Closure, Open Endings, and Poetic Justice."
13th International Connotations Symposium: Poetic Justice: Legal, Ethical, and Aesthetic Judgments in Literary Texts, University of Tübingen, Germany.
  • June 2015
"'Better to Be Cruel': Inhumanity in Thomas Hardy’s Last Novel, Jude the Obscure (1895)."
Talk to the German-British Society Chemnitz, Chemnitz, Germany.
  • June 2015
"Kirche und Gesetz in Anthony Trollopes The Warden (1855)."
Lecture Series "Victorian Anniversaries", Universitas Chemnitz.
  • Dec. 2014
"Crisis of the Humanities: The First 150 Years."
Crisis, Risks and New Regionalisms in Europe, University of Milan, Italy.
  • Nov. 2014
"Physiognomisches Verstehen, physiognomische Verständigung. Über die Persistenz historischer Körpersemiotiken"
Ringvorlesung Interkulturelle Kommunikation, University of Technology Chemnitz, Germany.
  • May 2014
"Narratives of Degeneration in Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent."
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Institut für Anglistik. Auf Einladung von Prof. Dr. Susanne Scholz.
  • April 2014
"'Feast-won, fast-lost': Mock banquets in Shakespeare's Timon of Athens"
Conference of the German Shakespeare-Society: Celebrating Shakespeare, Weimar, Germany
  • July 2013
"George Eliot's Poetic Epigraphs in Daniel Deronda."
12th International Connotations Symposium: Poetry in Fiction, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany.
  • Oct. 2012
"'More in countenance than language.' Physiognomic Language in Foreign Cultural Surroundings in Charlotte Brontë's The Professor and Villette."
  • July 2012
"(Sur)Face. Physiognomics in Mid-Victorian Realism."
Graduate Workshop: Surface Reading? What We Do to Texts and Other Media, Magdalene College, Cambridge, UK.


Since 10/2014: University of Technology Chemnitz, Institute for English and American Studies

  • History of Literatures in English: Reading the Canon and Beyond (Lecture, Fall 2022)
  • Alfred Hitchcock: From Realism to Postmodernism (BA seminar; Spring 2022)
  • Theories and Methods (BA Seminar; annual seminar, taught since Spring 2017)
  • Shakespeare's Comedies (BA seminar; Fall 2021)
  • Peforming the Economy in Early Modern England (BA seminar; Spring 2021)
  • The Industrial Novel (MA seminar; Winter 2020/21)
  • Dickens and London (BA seminar; Winter 2020/21)
  • Ekphrastic Encounters (MA seminar; Spring 2020)
  • Encountering the Other in Shakespeare (MA seminar; Winter 2019/20)
  • Beyond Shakespeare (MA seminar; Winter 2019/20)
  • Imperial Adventure Fiction (MA seminar; Spring 2019)
  • J.M. Coetzee and Postcolonial Violence (MA seminar; Winter 2018/19)
  • Shakespeare’s Roman Plays (BA seminar; Winter 2018/19)
  • Marx and Shakespeare (BA seminar; Spring 2018)
  • Revenge Tragedies in Early Modern England (MA Seminar; Spring 2017)
  • The Novels of Jane Austen (BA Seminar; Spring 2017)
  • Shakespeare's Tragedies: Hamlet, Othello, King Lear (BA Lecture; Winter 2016)
  • The British Espionage Novel in the Early Twentieth Century (BA Seminar; Winter 2016)
  • Organizer of the five-year lecture series: "Viktorianische Jubiläen"
  • The Brontë Sisters (BA Seminar; Spring 2016)
  • Alfred Hitchcock: Narrative Cinema (BA Seminar; Winter 2015)
  • Economy & Drama: From Shakespeare to Webster (MA Seminar; Spring 2015)
  • Introduction to the Study of Literatures in English (Lecture; Winter 2014)

10/2014 – 09/2015: Free University Berlin, Institute for Comparative Literature

  • Mimesis: Literary Representation of Reality (BA Seminar; Spring 2015)
  • Typology of Reading (MA Seminar; Winter 2014)

10/2013 – 03/2014: University Potsdam, Institute for English and American Studies

  • Introduction to Literary Studies (BA Seminar; Winter 2013)

10/2011 – 03/2014: Free University Berlin, Institute for English Studies

  • Culture vs. Canon (Fall 2020)
  • The Verbal and the Visual: Description and Ekphrasis (Fall 2020)
  • Making of the English Literary Canon (BA Seminar; Spring 2014)
  • Introduction to Literary Studies (BA Seminar; Winter 2013)
  • Joseph Conrad’s Spy Fiction (BA Seminar; Winter 2013)
  • Representation of Britishness in Film & Fiction (BA Seminar; Winter 2013)
  • Charles Dickens and London (BA Seminar; Winter 2012)
  • Mid-Victorian Realism: Elizabeth Gaskell & George Eliot (BA Seminar; Winter 2011)

09/2007 – 06/2008: Yale University, Department of German

  • German for Reading (Spring 2008)
  • Undergraduate Tutorial (Fall 2007 and Spring 2008)

Professional Memberships

British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS)

Connotations: Society for Critical Debate

Deutscher Anglistenverband e.V.

Deutsche Shakespeare-Gesellschaft

Dickens Society

Ernst-Reuter Gesellschaft der Förderer und Freunde der Freien Universität Berlin e.V.

European Shakespeare Research Association (ESRA)

Peter Szondi-Institut: Alumni-Vereinigung e.V.

Renaissance Society of America (RSA)