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Stefanie Lethbridge

Prof. Dr. Stefanie Lethbridge

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R 4214 | KG IV



  • Heroes and hero cultures in Britain: 18th- and 19th-century, contemporary popular culture, superheroes
  • British gothic and sensation fiction
  • Literary anthologies and publisher's series in Britain and India: the production of culture through print products, including questions of production, book design, distribution, and reception
  • Material culture, Book history, Media history: the interdependence of cultural and media development
  • Popular literature and culture: the mediation of 'high culture' in popular culture products – cinema, bestsellers, popular entertainment
  • British poetry Renaissance to Twentieth Century
  • Ecocriticism, climate fiction



12/2012 Habilitation Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg:
Poetry Anthologies in British Print Culture
02/2002 PhD Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen:
Science and Poetry in James Thomson's The Seasons
12/1994 MA (Magister Artium) Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
08/1989 Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Andrews University, MI



  • National Library of India
  • British Library
  • Bodleian Library
  • Oxford University Press Archive
  • University of Tübingen Rare Books Department



  • Member of the Collaborative Research Association SFB 948 "Helden – Heroisierungen – Heroismen", interdisciplinary research association financed by the Deutsche Forschungsgesellschaft (DFG), since 2012
  • Research Fellow, Centre for Advanced Studies, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India (December 2015 – January 2016)
  • Visiting Fellow, Presidency University, Kolkata, India (August 2012)
  • Visiting Fellow, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India (August 2012)
  • Visiting lecturer, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands (May 2012)
  • Visiting lecturer, University of St. Andrews, Scotland (February 2008)
  • British Anthologies – Online Database. 2-year project funded by the DFG
  • Basics of English Studies – An Online Course. 2-year project, funded by the Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst, Baden-Württemberg
  • Oxford University Press Archive, research and travel grant (English Department, University of Freiburg, August 2009)
  • British Library research grant, London (DFG, March and October 2007)
  • Bodleian Library, Oxford, research and travel grant (DFG, August 2006)
  • British Library, London and Bodleian Library, Oxford, research and travel grant (Freunde und Förderer der Universität Freiburg, April 2005)



Primary Thesis Advisor

  • Busch, Sarah. "Emotional Audiences – An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Role of Affect in the Reception of Postdramatic Theatre"
  • Kübler, Lukas. "Fremde Räume und soziokulturelle Propriozeption – Eine Raumästhetik; Selbstverortung in und durch Alternativwelten und deren Veränderung durch digitale Räume"
  • Sereni, Eleonora. "Female Superheroes in Films and TV Series of the Comic-Book 'Modern Age'"




  • Lyrik in Gebrauch: Gedichtanthologien in der englischen Druckkultur 1557-2007. Heidelberg: Winter, 2014.
  • James Thomson's Defence of Poetry: Intertextual Allusions in The Seasons. Studien zur Englischen Philologie Neue Folge, 38. Tübingen: Max Niemeyer Verlag, 2003. (Dissertation)


  • Ed. [with Anne Hemkendreis]. Climate Heroism. Special issue 8 of helden.heroes.héros: E-Journal zu Kulturen des Heroischen. Special Issue 8: Climate Heroism (2022).

  • Ed. [with Barbara Korte]. Victorian Periodical Review. Special Issue: Borders and Border Crossings in the Victorian Periodical Press 51.3 (Fall 2018).

  • Ed. [with Barbara Korte]. Heroes and Heroism in British Fiction Since 1800. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2016.
  • Ed. [with Christine Baatz]. William Shakespeare: Appropriations and Transformations of a Cultural Icon. Sonderband Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 4 (2003).
  • Ed. [with Barbara Korte and Ralf Schneider]. Anthologies of British Poetry: Critical Perspectives from Literary and Cultural Studies. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2000.



  • “From Miscellany to Cultural Memory: The Long-Term Transmission of Poems from Sixteenth-Century Poetry Anthologies.” Transmission, transposition, transformation dans l’Angleterre de la première modernité. Ranam 56. Ed. Anne Bandry-Scubbi, Laurent Curelly, Rémi Vuillemin. Strasbourg: Presses Universitaires de Strasbourg, 2022: 169-186.

  • [with Anne Hemkendreis]. “Faces of Climate Change: The Age of the Million Heroes and Heroines.” helden.heroes.héros: E-Journal zu Kulturen des Heroischen. Special Issue 8: Climate Heroism. Ed. by Stefanie Lethbridge and Anne Hemkendreis. (2022): 3-10. DOI 10.6094/helden.heroes.heros./2022/CH/01

  • "More than a Canon: Lists of Contents in British Poetry Anthologies." Enumeration, Epistemology, Etcetera. Ed. Eva von Contzen and Sarah Link. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2022. 151-169.
  • "The Past in the Present. The Black Forest in Victorian Periodicals." Negotiating, Subverting, Reconfiguring Borders. Ed. S. Baudry, H. Ibata and M. Manolescu. Strasbourg: Strasbourg University Press, 2021.
  • “The Cowardly Hero and the Perils of Pleasure: The Flashman Papers.” The Pleasures of Peril: Rereading Anglophone Adventure Fiction. Ed. T. Döring and M. Kübler. REAL vol. 37. Tübingen: Narr, 2021. 297–318.

  • [with B. Korte] "A Wreath of Freedom and Control: The Kränzchen Periodical for Girls in Late Nineteenth-century Germany." Victorian Periodical Review 53.3 (Winter 2020).
  • "Feminine Gewalt: Chinesische Kampfheldinnen im populären Kino." Deutsch-chinesische Helden und Anti-Helden: Strategien der Heroisierung und Deheroisierung in interkultureller Perspektive. Ed. Z. Chen and A. Aurnhammer. Ergon, 2020. 291-304.
  • "Amazon Reboot. Wonder Woman, Classical Heritage and the Question of Hero Equality." Antikes Heldentum in der Moderne. Ed. S. Tilg and A. Novokhatko. Freiburg: Rombach, 2019. 185-208.
  • “Entangled Agency: Heroic Dragons and Direwolves in Game of Thrones.” Helden. Heroes. Héros: E-Journal zu Kulturen des Heroischen. Special Issue 3: Animals: Projecting the Heroic across Species. Ed. M.-L- Egbert and U. Zimmermann (2018), 7-16.
  • "It wasn't so long ago. We had heroes: Superheroes and Catastrophe in the Early 21st Century." Helden. Heroes. Héros: E-Journal zu Kulturen des Heroischen. Special Issue: HeldInnen und Katastrophen -- Heroes and Catastrophe. Ed. Ch. Hansen, K. Sperlin and J. Trauschke (Spring 2017), 31-40.
  • "The Wisdom of Folly: Cooperative Diversity in Ben Aaronovitch's Rivers of London." London post-2010 in British Literature and Culture. Ed. O. von Knebel Doeberitz and R. Schneider. Leiden: Brill/Rodopi, 2017. 235-253.
  • "The Horror of Clothing and the Clothing of Horror: Material and Meaning in Sensation Fiction." Sensationalism and the Genealogy of Modernity. Ed. A. Gabriele. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2016. 49–68.
  • "Negotiating Modernity, Modernising Heroes: Heroes and Heroines in Gothic and Sensation Fiction of the Long Nineteenth Century." Heroes and Heroism in British Fiction Since 1800. Ed. B. Korte and S. Lethbridge. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2016. 31-46.
  • [with B. Korte] "Introduction: Heroes and Heroism in British Fiction. Concepts and Conjunctures." Heroes and Heroism in British Fiction Since 1800. Hg. B. Korte und S. Lethbridge. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2016. 1-30.
  • "Der Orden des Phönix: Der Zauberstab und die Rückkehr des Helden in der britischen Populärliteratur." Kulturen des Heroischen und ihre Objekte. Hg. U. Bröckling, A. Aurnhammer and R.G. Asch. Würzburg: Ergon, 2015. 275-288.
  • "Girl on Fire: Hero, Anti-hero, Hunger Games." Helden. Heroes. Héros: E-Journal zu Kulturen des Heroischen. Special Issue: Antihelden. Ed. A. Bolay and A. Schlüter (Spring 2015), 93-104.
  • "Heroic Waste: Walpole, Ridicule and the Heroic in Early Eighteenth-century British Caricature." Imitatio Heroica: Heldenangleichung im Bildnis. Ed. R. von den Hoff et al. Würzburg: Ergon Verlag, 2015. 189-206.
  • "Anthologien." Handbuch Kanon und Wertung: Theorien, Instanzen, Geschichte. Ed. G. Rippl and S. Winko. Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler, 2013. 179-183.
  • "History 'from below': Stanley Holloway's Monologues for the Variety Stage." History and Humour: British and American Perspectives. Ed. B. Korte and D. Lechner. Bielefeld: Transcript, 2013. 69-86.
  • "Wars and 'Little' Heroes: Historical Topics in Popular Poetry Anthologies from the Nineteenth Century to the Present." Popular History 1800 – 1900 – 2000. Ed. B. Korte and S. Paletschek. Bielefeld: transcript, 2012. 123-148.
  • "'Masters of common life' – Moralistik im Tatler und Spectator." Literatur und Moral. Ed. V. Kapp and D. Scholl. Berlin: Duncker und Humblot, 2011. 377-392.
  • "Heldenhafte Frau oder nur Frau des Helden? Margaret Atwood's Penelopiade. " Odysseus: Irrfahrten durch die Jahrhunderte. Eds. Hans-Joachim Gehrke and Mirko Kirschkowski. Freiburg: Rombach Verlag, 2009. 91-110.
  • "Philip Dormer Stanhope, Lord Chesterfield", "Mark Akenside", "James Thomson", "Edward Young", "Ann Radcliffe", "George Babington Macaulay", "Saki (H.H. Munro)". Kindlers Literatur-Lexikon, 3rd. rev. ed., ed. Heinz Ludwig Arnold. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2009.
  • "'An alien yet eerily familiar world': Römerkrimis im anglo-amerikanischen Raum." Geschichte und Krimi. Eds. Barbara Korte und Sylvia Paletschek. Köln: Böhlau, 2009. 131-150.
  • "Basics of English Studies: An Introductory Online Course for Students of Literary Studies in English." New Media – New Teaching Options? Ed. Gabriele Linke. Heidelberg: Winter, 2006. 261-275
  • "Literatursoziologie." Literaturwissenschaft in Theorie und Praxis. Ed. Ralf Schneider. Tübingen: Narr, 2004. 163-187.
  • "Introduction: William Shakespeare. Appropriations and Transformations of a Cultural Icon." Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 4 (2003), 362-65.
  • "James Thomson, d. Ä." Metzler-Lexikon Literatur- und Kulturtheorie: Ansätze – Personen – Grundbegriffe. Ed. Ansgar Nünning. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2001.
  • "Anthological Reading Habits in the Eighteenth Century: The Case of Thomson's Seasons." Anthologies of British Poetry Poetry: Critical Perspectives from Literary and Cultural Studies. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2000. 89-103.
  • [with Barbara Korte] "Poetry Anthologies: A Bibliography of Secondary Sources." Anthologies of British Poetry, 2000. 33-41.
  • Reviews in Anglistik, Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Spenser Review and Prolepsis on book history, poetry anthologies, early modern literature, travel literature.
  • Book review editor, Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, 2004-2012.