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PD Dr. Philipp Erchinger

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

Office Hours

During term: Mon, 12pm-1pm and by appointment

During term break:
by appointment

Biographical Information
  • Biographical Information

    From 1998 until 2004, I studied for an MA in English (as well as Rhetoric and Political Science) at Tübingen and, on a DAAD scholarship, at Lancaster, UK. Subsequently, I moved to the University of Frankfurt/Main in order to participate in the DFG doctoral programme ‘Zeiterfahrung und ästhetische Wahrnehmung’. Having received my PhD (Dr. phil.) from Frankfurt in 2007, I taught and researched at the Universities of Erlangen-Nürnberg, where I was a post-doctoral member of the DFG graduate school ‘Cultural Hermeneutics’, and Exeter, UK, where I spent more than two and a half years as a DFG-funded research fellow at the Centre for Victorian Studies. In October 2013, after another brief stint at Erlangen-Nürnberg, I came to Düsseldorf where I have since been teaching as a lecturer (‘wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter’). I completed the ‘Habilitation’ (post-doctoral degree) in 2016.

Research Interests and Projects
  • Research Interests and Projects

    I have research interests in the following areas:

    • British poetry and prose of the long nineteenth century
    • Literature among the arts and sciences
    • Literary theory, especially theories of creativity, experiment, and emergent form
    • Place, movement, and the ecology of literary practices

    My first book, Kontingenzformen, investigates how fictional narratives by Thomas Nashe, Laurence Sterne and Lord Byron operate through and along with the contingency that informs them, rather than seeking to domesticate it. As a result of this study, I have become more generally interested in historical theories of evolution and emergence as well as in practices of experimentation in the arts and sciences. These concerns have led to a second book on ways of knowing in Victorian literature and science, entitled Artful Experiments, which is currently being prepared for publication. Most recently, I have begun to nurture an interest in the ecology of literary work that found provisional expression in the organisation of a symposium on Earth-Writing: Literature and Geography held in April 2016.

  • Teaching

    I teach BA and MA courses on various periods, genres, and topics of modern British literature, often, though not necessarily always, with a focus on nineteenth and twentieth century poetry and prose.

  • Publications


    Under preparation for the press:

    • Artful Experiments: Ways of Knowing in Victorian Literature and Science (manuscript completed)

    Editorial Work

    • Ed. with Cristian Alvarado-Leyton. Identität und Unterschied: Zur Theorie von Kultur, Differenz und Transdifferenz. Bielefeld: transcript, 2010.
    • Ed. with Nadine Böhm-Schnitker. “Victorian Lives and Minds: Scientific Cultures in the Nineteenth Century”. Anglistentag 2013 Konstanz: Proceedings. Ed. Silvia Mergenthal, Reingard M. Nischik. Trier: WVT, 2014, 1-80 (edition of book section).

    Essays in Journals and Books

    • "Reading Experience: William James and Robert Browning." Journal of Literary Theory 11.2 (2017), 162-182.
    • "Art as Process and Skill: On the Work of Literature in Wilkie Collins and Robert Browning." Materie – Material –Materialität: Disziplinäre Annäherungen. Ed. Andrea von Hülsen-Esch. Düsseldorf: Düsseldorf UP, 2016, 59-77.
    • (with Nadine Böhm-Schnitker). "Scientific Cultures in the Nineteenth Century: Introduction." Anglistentag 2013 Konstanz: Proceedings. Ed. Silvia Mergenthal, Reingard M. Nischik. Trier: WVT, 2014, 1-7.
    • "Mobility, Movement, Method and Life in G.H. Lewes." Perspectives on Mobility. Ed. Ingo Berensmeyer and Christoph Ehland. Amsterdam, New York: Rodopi, 2013, 151-175.
    • "Laws, Characters, and the Agency of the Text: An Answer to Beatrix Hesse and Lyn Pykett". Connotations 22.2 (2013), 264-278.
    • "Handlung, Identifikation und Ermöglichung von Differenz: Zur Kreativität der Rhetorik in literaturwissenschaftlicher Perspektive." Kreativi­­tät: Kommuni­kation, Wissenschaft, Künste. Ed. Joachim Knape, Berlin: Weidler, 2013, 107-133.
    • "'Moving Things into Certain Places': Nature, Culture and Art as Practice in Victorian Writing." Literature Compass 9.11 (2012): Special Issue on Literature and Philosophy 1850-1910, 786-800.
    • "Transport, Wayfaring and Ways of Knowing in Victorian Writing." REAL: Yearbook of Research in English and American Literature 28 (2012): Mobility in Literature and Culture 1500-1900, 285-311.
    • "Being Moved: G.H. Lewes’s Studies in Life." Anglistentag Saarbrücken 2010: Proceedings. Ed. Joachim Frenk and Neal Norrick. Trier: WVT Wissen­schaftlicher Verlag, 2011, 329-339 (rev. and extended version published with Rodopi, as above).
    • "Secrets Not Revealed: Possible Stories in Wilkie Collins’s The Woman in White.Connota­­tions 18.1-3 (2008/2009), 48-81 [issue backdated, published in 2010].
    • "Zwischen Identität und Unterschied: das Leben des Wissens." Identität und Unterschied: Zur Theorie von Kultur, Differenz und Transdifferenz. Ed. Cristian Alvarado Leyton and Philipp Erchinger. Bielefeld: transcript, 2010, 11-33.
    • "Nascent Consciousnesses, Unaccountable Conjunctions: Emergent Agency in Herbert Spencer's Principles of Psychology and George Eliot's Daniel Deronda." SKASE Journal of Literary Studies 1.1 (2009), 1-19.
    • "Das Bild der Rhetorik in der rhetorikkritischen Tradition." Rhetorik und Stilistik: Ein internationales Handbuch historischer und systematischer Forschung. Ed. Joachim Knape and Andreas Gardt. Vol. 1. Berlin/New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2008, 991-1009.
    • "Die Evolution des Textes. Mimikry als Selbstbeschreibungsverfahren (Nashe, Cervantes, Sterne)." Mimikry: Gefährlicher Luxus zwischen Natur und Kultur. Ed. Andreas Becker et al. Schliengen: Edition Argus, 2008, 288-305.
    • (with Joachim Knape). "Uniköpfe: Tübinger gelehrte Dichter." Literatur vom Neckar bis zum Bodensee 1000-1800. Ed. Wolfgang Gaier und Monika Küble. 2 vols. Ulm: OEW, 2003, 949-963.


    • Tiffany Watt Smith. On Flinching: Theatricality and Scientific Looking  from Darwin to Shell Shock. Oxford: OUP, 2014. Victorian Studies 59.2 (2017), 362-364.
    • Kathleen Frederickson. The Ploy of Instinct: Victorian Sciences of Nature and Sexuality in Liberal Governance. New York: Fordham UP, 2014. Victorian Studies 58.3 (2016), 582-585.
    • Ralph Pordzik. Victorian Wastelands: Apocalyptic Discourse in Nineteenth Century Poetry. Heidelberg: Winter, 2012. Anglia 131.2-3 (2013), 419-425.

    Reference Articles and Miscellaneous Texts

    • "Teaching Guide to 'Moving Things into Certain Places'". Literature Compass 9.11 (2012), 916-917.
    • "Forms of Contingency: Realising Fictional Narrative in Nashe, Sterne, and Byron." English and American Studies in German: A Supplement to Anglia, Berlin: de Gruyter, 2010, 69-72 (English summary of Kontingenzformen).
    • "Titel." Historisches Wörterbuch der Rhetorik. Ed. Gert Ueding. Vol. 9. Tübingen: Niemeyer, 2009, 537-545.
    • "Subnexio." Historisches Wörterbuch der Rhetorik. Ed. Gert Ueding. Vol. 9. Tübingen: Niemeyer, 2009, 255-257.
    • "Sermo." Historisches Wörterbuch der Rhetorik. Ed. Gert Ueding. Vol. 8. Tübingen: Niemeyer, 2007, 879-886.

    I have also acted as peer reviewer for academic periodicals in the field of English literature and culture. Moreover, I am on the editorial board of Identity Papers: a Journal of British and Irish Studies.

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