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Lecturer

Dr. Thomas Gurke

Building: 23.32
Floor/Room: 04.30
Phone +49 211 81-13275
Fax +49 211 81-11443

Office Hours

Monday 12-1 pm
No office hours on July 24th!

Research Interests

  • Modern English Literature since the Renaissance with emphasis on the 19th, 20th and 21st century
  • Authorship
  • Affect Studies and Process-Philosophy
  • Ecocriticism and Ecology
  • Intermediality (Text-Music relationships)
  • Aesthetics and History of Music
  • The Short Story
  • Literary Representation of the City
  • Anglo-Irish Studies
  • James Joyce
  • Samuel Beckett

Employment

Since October 2008: Lecturer and ERASMUS-Coordinator at the Chair of Modern English Literature, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf (Chair: Prof. Dr. Roger Lüdeke).

August 2007 – September 2008: Exam-Coordinator for the English Department, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf.

October 2006 – July 2007: Lecturer at the Chair of Modern English Literature, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf.

September 2002 – September 2006: Student Research- and Teaching Assistant at the Chair of Modern English Literature, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf (Chair: Prof. Dr. Therese Seidel).

September 2000 – April 2004: Technical Translator, Marketing- and Sales Support, Panasonic Industrial Europe, GmbH.

 

Education

Summer 2008 – Summer 2014: PhD (summa cum laude), HHU Düsseldorf. Dissertation: “Fuga per canonem: A Flight Through the Canon. Music Aesthetics and Affect in James Joyce". Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Therese Seidel, Prof. Dr. Roger Lüdeke.

Winter 2000/2001 – Summer 2006: Graduation Magister Artium in Modern English Literature, Medieval English Literature and Musicology at Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf and Robert-Schumann-Hochschule, Düsseldorf. M.A.-Thesis: "Music and its Function in James Joyce's Dubliners and Ulysses" (1,4). Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Therese Seidel, Prof. Dr. Susanne Peters.

Scholarships and Awards

Winter 2015: Award for the best PhD-Dissertation of 2014 from the Faculty of Arts at Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf (HHU-website & newspaper article).

Summer 2012: UB-Special Collections Scholarship at the Humanities Institute, State University of New York at Buffalo, New York, USA (April-June).

Summer 2009: Scholarship at the James Joyce Foundation in Zurich, Switzerland (Friends of the Zurich James Joyce Foundation Scholarships, August-October).

Winter 2005: Research-Scholarship at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland (DAAD-Stipendiate, August-October).

 

Publications

Monographs

fuga per canonem: A Flight Through the Canon. Music Aesthetics and Affect in
James Joyce” (under consideration for the Florida James Joyce Series at the University Press of Florida).

See summary in Stella Neumann (ed.), English and American Studies in German. Vol. 4, No. 1. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter 2015, 42–44.

Articles / Book Chapters / Reviews

(with Alexander Zimbulov) “Mashing Up the Classroom – Teaching Poetry and Prose in the Age of Participatory Culture”. Proceedings Anglistentag Hamburg 2016. Trier: WVT 2017 [accepted/forthcoming].

“Pythagorean Parallaxes in ‘The Dead’ and Ulysses.” Penelope Paparunas, Frances Ilmberger, Martin Heusser (Eds.). Parallaxing Joyce. Tübingen: Narr Francke Attempto 2017, 300-316.

(Review) "Catherine Laws: Headaches Among the Overtones. Music in Beckett /Beckett in Music. Amsterdam, New York: Rodopi, 2013." Symbolism Vol. 14 (2014), Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter 2014, 276-283.

"Zum Eskapismus der Anästhetik im populären Drogenroman". Roger Lüdeke (ed.). Kommunikation im Populären. Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven auf ein ganzheitliches Phänomen. Bielefeld: Transcript 2011, 125-137.

"After all the Errears and Erroriboose: The Zurich James Joyce Workshop of August 2008". James Joyce Literary Supplement, Vol. 23 (Spring 2009) No. 1, 20.

(Review) "Dieter Fuchs. Joyce and Menippos. 'A Portrait of the Artist as an Old Dog". Anglia, Vol. 126 (2008) No. 3, 563-567.

 

 

Talks / Papers / Workshops

9-12 August 2017: "From Fragmented Language to a Poetics of Musical Affectivity". Arts of Incompletion: Fragments, Drafts, Revisions in Words and Music. International Association for Word and Music Studies (WMA). Department of Culture and Aesthetics, University of Stockholm, Sweden.

24-28 July 2017: "Affect as Transnational Effect of Weltliteratur in Joyce and Beckett". IASIL 2017: Ireland's Writers in the 21st Century – The International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Funded by HHU.

21-25 June 2017: "'[T]hat other wor[l]d' – Diaspora and Weltliteratur in Joyce and Beckett". Diasporic Joyce – North American James Joyce Conference. Victoria College, University of Toronto, Canada. Funded by the DAAD.

4-6 May 2017: "The Short-Story in (E)co-textual Environments". Short Fiction: Co-texts and Contexts – Le Récit Bref: Co-textes et Contexts. 3rd European Network for Short Fiction Research (ENSFR) Conference. KU Leuven, Belgium.

20-22 April 2017: "A Poetics of Musical Affectivity". New Perspectives: The Fourteenth International Conference on English and American Literature and Culture. Jagiellonian University Krakow, Poland.

1 March 2017: "Ursprünge von Musik und Sprache in James Joyces Ein Porträt des Künstlers als junger Mann (1916)." Heine Research Academies (HeRa). Haus der Universität, Düsseldorf.

5-8 January 2017: Boundary Conditions. MLA 2017 (attended). Philadelphia, (USA).

10-12 November 2016: "'Language of flow [...] Now! Language of love': Music, Sexuality and Affect in James Joyce”. Word Music Association Forum (WMAF) conference on "Music and Sexuality". Barrett Honors College. Arizona State University, Phoenix (USA).

21-24 September 2016: "Introducing ‘POP: Perspectives on Poetry’ – A Mash-up Project in Theory and Teaching" (with Alexander Zimbulov). Anglistentag 2016. University of Hamburg.

23-25 June 2016: Other Europes: Migrations, Translations, Transformations. First European MLA International Symposium (attended). Malkasten, Haus der Universität and Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf.

13-18 June 2016: "Negotiating Poetics of Affectivity in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man". Anniversary Joyce – 25th International James Joyce Symposium. SOAS, University of London, UK (funded by the Heine Research Academies).

13-14 May 2016: “Coherence and Counterpoint: Music in the Short Stories of James Joyce and Kazuo Ishiguro”. ‘The Child of the Century’: Reading and Writing Short Fiction Across Media. European Network for Short Fiction Research (ENSFR) Conference. Edge Hill University, UK.

28-29 April 2016: Earth Writing. Literature and Geography: A Symposium (attended). Schloss Mickeln, Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf.

8–9 April 2016: "'the after restoration of the latter': Self-Appropriation, Drugs, Delirium and Authorship" at Authorship and Appropriation. University of Dundee. Dundee, Scotland.

15-16 October 2015: "Dubliners 101". Constructing Coherence in the British Short Story Cycle. Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz.

13 May 2015: "Text and the City". Research Colloquium. Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf.

16-21 June 2014: "Acousma and Acousmatics in 'The Dead' and 'Sirens'." XXIV International James Joyce Symposium. Utrecht University. Utrecht, Netherlands.

30 September 2013: "POP - Perspectives on Poetry". Sciencity Düsseldorf. Haus der Universität, Düsseldorf.

13-18 June 2010: "Joycean Musemathematics through the Looking Glass of the fuga per canonem".  XXII International James Joyce Symposium. Charles University. Prague, Czech Republic.

7-10 January 2010: Symposium The Popularity of Literature/Die Popularität der Literatur. Malkasten, Düsseldorf.

2-8 August 2009: "The Memory of Music in 'Sirens'". Workshop Musicillogical Joyce. International James Joyce Foundation. Zurich, Switzerland.

16-18 April 2009: James Joyce Research Colloquium. James Joyce Research Centre. University College Dublin, Ireland.

3-9 August 2008: "Errears in 'Sirens'". Workshop Errears and Erroriboose. International James Joyce Foundation. Zurich, Switzerland.

11 - 17 June 2006: "The Function of Music in Dubliners". XX International James Joyce Symposium. Budapest-Szombathely, Hungary.

March-April 2006: "Beckett and Music/Beckett and Radio Drama". Beckett 100. Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Düsseldorf.

12-19 June 2004: XIXth. "Bloomsday 100" – International James Joyce Symposium. Dublin, Ireland.

March 2004: Interdisciplinary Conference Beckett and German Culture/Beckett und die deutsche Kultur. Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Germany.

 

Other Appearances

12 January 2016: "75. Todestag von James Joyce. Die Darstellung der Musik durch Sprache". Moderation: Nele Freudenberger; Redaktion: Ulrike Gruner. Radio programme on the uses of music in the writings of James Joyce. Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR 3). http://www1.wdr.de/kultur/musik/james-joyce-100.html (07:25 Min.).

 

 

Teaching

  • Summer 2017: Experimental Fiction: Novel(tie)s of Exhaustion (BA)
  • Summer 2017: Dreams and Visonary Literature from Romanticism to Postmodernism (MA)
  • Winter 2016/2017: Robots. Androids. Cyborgs. – Cyberpunk and Posthumanism (MA)
  • Winter 2016/2017: Flash Fiction, Twitterature, Nanoism (BA)
  • Winter 2016/2017: Colloquium for MA-Dissertations
  • Summer 2016: James Joyce's Ulysses (BA)
  • Summer 2016: Mapping the Mash-Up (MA)
  • Summer 2016: Colloquium for MA-Dissertations
  • Winter 2015/2016: Memory and Recollection in Short Fiction (BA)
  • Winter 2015/2016: An(-)Aesthetics of Drug Literature (MA)
  • Summer 2015: Languages of  Ecology (MA)
  • Summer 2015: Text and the City (BA)
  • Winter 2014/2015: "Words? Music? No: it's what's behind" – Literary Music Aesthetics (MA)
  • Summer 2014: Have You Read Ulysses? (BA)
  • Winter 2013/2014: "Dream a little dream of me" – Meditation, Imagination, Mediation (BA)
  • Summer 2013: POP - Perspectives on Poetry (MA)
  • Summer 2013: Literature on Drugs – Anaesthetics and Affect within Artificial Paradises (BA)
  • Winter 2012/2013: Text and the City (BA)
  • Summer 2012: Affect! (MA)
  • Winter 2011/2012: Literary Music Aesthetics (BA)
  • Summer 2011: Close Reading (BA)
  • Summer 2011: Radio Drama (BA)
  • Winter 2010/2011: Drama! Drama! Irishness on Stage from Wilde to McDonagh (BA)
  • Summer 2010: James Joyce's Ulysses (BA)
  • Summer 2010: Literature on Drugs (BA)
  • Winter 2008/2009: The Musicalization of Fiction in Modern and Postmodern Literature (BA)
  • Summer 2007: Introduction to English Literature (BA)
  • Winter 2006/2007: Synge and the Irish Language (BA)

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