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Dr Anna-Sophie Jurgens

PhD in Comparative Literature (LMU Munich, Germany). Magister in Comparative Literature, Russian and French Literature (LMU Munich, Germany)
Feodor Lynen Postdoctoral Fellow (Humboldt Foundation)
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Literary Studies 2005
  • Comparative Literature Studies 200524
  • Other European Literature 200515
  • Cultural Studies 2002
  • Studies In Creative Arts And Writing Not Elsewhere Classified 199999

Research interests

Circus in Fiction

Science in (Australian) Fiction

Circus and Science

Hyperbolic Aesthetics

Intersections between Literature, Cultural Studies, Arts and Science

Avant-Gardes; 19th and 20th century novel

Artistic Research

Researcher's projects

My current project “On the origin and evolution of a species: Australian scientists in fiction” aims to provide a comprehensive historical examination of the representation and dynamics of the scientist in Australian fiction. It will explore fictional scientists from the 19th century onwards by analysing aesthetic and narrative techniques in order to offer new insight into Australian literary history as well as into the cultural relevance of science today.

In my 2016 monograph Die Poetik des Zirkus (‘Poetics of the Circus’), I explore circus and its hyperbolic aesthetics in fiction. Although I analyse postmodern and contemporary Australian, American, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian and German texts, a major part of my work elucidates the development of circus fiction since the 19th century and the cultural history of circus arts.

For more publications - edited collections and papers - and my circus and art projects see:


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