Dr. Aileen Jorena Behrendt

Lecturer

 

Am Neuen Palais 10
Building 19, Room 0.25

 

Sprechzeiten
by individual appointment

I completed my PhD thesis on Dynamic Stasis and Gender Politics in British Novels of the 1930s, focusing on Nancy Mitford, Stevie Smith, Rosamond Lehmann and Jean Rhys in 2019. My dissertation was supervised by Prof. Dr. Dirk Wiemann and Prof. Dr. Eveline Kilian (Humboldt- Universität zu Berlin) and won the Gender Award of the Philosophical Faculty at the University of Potsdam in 2019.

In 2017 and 2018 I was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, USA. I graduated from the master’s programme English Literatures at Humboldt-University Berlin in 2014 and received my bachelor’s degree from the University of Potsdam in 2011. I spent an Erasmus semester at the University of Hull.  

My research and teaching interests include: 

  • Modernism
  • Gender and Queer Theory
  • Fandom Studies and Television Studies
  • British Humour and Contemporary Comedy
  • Metropolitan Cultures
  • Victorian Literature and Culture
  • Cultural and Literary Theory

Recent academic projects include:

‘Against the Economic Imperative – Jean Rhys’s Interwar Women as Capitalist Failures.’ Making the Economic Order Visible: Work and the Economic Subject in Modern European Writing, Ed. Nick Courtman and Aileen Behrendt. Peter Lang (forthcoming 2021)

with Nick Courtman. ‘Introduction.’ Making the Economic Order Visible: Work and the Economic Subject in Modern European Writing, Ed. Nick Courtman and Aileen Behrendt. Peter Lang (forthcoming 2021)

Gender Politics and British Women Writers of the1930s. Königshausen & Neumann (2020)

 ‘Female Friendships, Domesticity and the Construct of Englishness in Winifred Watson’s Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day.’ Comedy and Intermodernism in Fiction by British Women Authors, 1930-1960, Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2020)

‘Policing Female Bodies – Narratives of Illegal Abortions in Interwar British Literature and Beyond’, lecture series: Geschichte, Politik und Ethik des Schwangerschaftsabbruchs (11/2018)

‘Who can we laugh at? – British Humour in Times of Brexit’, Hard Times 101 (11/2018)