Univ.-Prof. Dr. Rainer Emig

MA (Warwick), DPhil (Oxon), Habil (Siegen)


Rainer Emig is Chair of English Literary and Cultural Studies and teaches British literature and culture from the Middle Ages to the 21st century. He also has strong interests in the New Literatures in English, especially African and Asian writings, and in Ireland and Wales. He was educated at Johann Wolgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Warwick University and Oxford University, United Kindom, and Siegen University, Germany. He has taught at Cardiff University, Wales, Regensburg University and Hannover University, Germany. His theoretical interests range from psychoanalytic theory via deconstruction to postcolonial questions. His cultural interests focus on gender and sexuality as well as questions of normality, power, and violence, but also youth and popular culture. He has published monographs entitled Modernism in Poetry (1995), W.H.Auden (1999), and Krieg als Metapher im zwanzigsten Jahrhundert (2001) and editet collections on Stereotypes in Contemporary Anglo-German Relations (2000), James Joyce's Ulysses (2003), Gender ↔ Religion (with Sabine Demel, 2008), Hybrid Humour (with Graeme Dunphy, 2010), Commodifying (Post-)Colonialism (with Oliver Lindner, 2010), Performing Masculinity (with Anthony Rowland, 2010), and Treasure in Literature and Culture (2013). Current projects include a monograph on eccentricity and another on the intersection of ethics and questions of alterity in treasure and treasure hunts. From 2008 to 2016 Rainer Emig was one of the editors of the Journal for the Study of British Cultures (JSBC). Since 2019 he has been President of Deutscher Anglistenverband.