Dr. Anja Hartl

Assistant Professor of English Literature (Akademische Mitarbeiterin Englische Literaturwissenschaft)

Please note:
As of March 2023, Anja Hartl has joined the Department of English at the University of Innsbruck and can be contacted at Anja.Hartl@uibk.ac.at.

Please direct any inquiries regarding my previous courses at the University of Konstanz to karin.schunk@uni-konstanz.de.

Information on Letters of Recommendation


Curriculum Vitae

Academic Positions

Since 10/2019

Assistant Professor (Akademische Mitarbeiterin)
English Literature (Prof. Dr. Christina Wald)
University of Konstanz

2015 - 2019

Lecturer (Akademische Mitarbeiterin)
English Literature (Prof. Dr. Christina Wald)
University of Konstanz



Dr.phil. (summa cum laude)
English Literature, University of Konstanz
Thesis: “Experiential Brecht: Dialectical Theatre on the Contemporary British Stage”

2009 - 2015

First State Exam (Erstes Staatsexamen)
English, French
University of Augsburg and University of Edinburgh

Fellowships, Awards and Grants


Konstanzia Fellowship University of Konstanz


Wissenschaftsförderpreis der Stadt Konstanz (PhD Prize, awarded by the city of Konstanz)

2016 - 2019

Full Doctoral Studentship Award
German National Academic Foundation

2017 - 2018

Mentee of the Mentoring with Experts and international Networking programme (MEiN), University of Konstanz
February/March 2018 Research stay, University of Reading


Research stay, University of Reading
Funded by the German Excellence Initiative, University of Konstanz

2009 - 2014

Full Studentship
Max Weber-Programme of the State of Bavaria

2011 - 2013

Full Studentship


  • German Association for the Study of British Cultures (BritCult)
  • British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS)
  • The German Society for Contemporary Theatre and Drama in English (CDE)
  • International Brecht Society (IBS)
  • Recherches sur les Arts Dramatiques Anglophones Contemporains (RADAC)
  • Deutsche Shakespeare-Gesellschaft
  • Deutscher Anglistenverband

Current Projects

  • Post-doc project: Textures of Shame in Victorian Fiction
  • Critical edition of Bertolt Brecht's The Threepenny Opera (under contract with Bloomsbury Methuen Drama Student Editions)

Research Interests

  • Victorian Fiction, Shame, Affect Theory, (New) Materialism
  • Contemporary British Drama; Political Theatre; Ethics in Theatre and Performance
  •  Bertolt Brecht
  •  Adaptation Studies
  •  Shakespeare
  •  Border Aesthetics




Book Chapters and Journal Articles

  • "'Finstere Zeiten': Post-brechtsche Dialektik im Werk von Caryl Churchill." Bertolt Brecht - zwischen Tradition und Moderne: Studien zu seinem Werk und dessen Rezeption.  Ed. Jürgen Hillesheim. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2018. 337-57.
  • "Recycling Brecht in Britain: David Greig's The Events as Post-Brechtian Lehrstück." Recycling Brecht. Eds. Tom Kuhn, David Barnett and Theodore F. Rippey. Rochester, NY: Camden, 2018. 152-69. The Brecht Yearbook/Das Brecht-Jahrbuch 42.

Performance Reviews and Reports

Book Reviews

  • Rev. of Die Sprache der Infamie III: Literatur und Scham, by Achim Geisenhanslüke. Germanistik 61.1-2 (2020): 148-9.
  • Rev. of Ecologies of Precarity in Twenty-First Century Theatre: Politics, Affect, Responsibility, by Marissia Fragkou. Journal of Contemporary Drama in English 8.2 (2020): 327-31.
  • Rev. of The Contemporary Political Play: Rethinking Dramaturgical Structure, by Sarah Grochala. Journal of Contemporary Drama in English 7.1 (2019): 149-153.
  • Rev. of Contemporary Approaches to Adaptation in Theatre, by Kara Reilly, ed. Studies in Theatre and Performance. Web.
  • Rev. of Anti-War Theatre after Brecht: Dialectical Aesthetics in the Twenty-First Century, by Lara Stevens. Journal of Contemporary Drama in English 6.2 (2018): 363-7.
  • Rev. of Performance in the Twenty-First Century: Theatres of Engagement, by Andy Lavender, and of Not Just a Mirror: Looking for the Political Theatre of Today, by Florian Malzacher, ed. Journal of Contemporary Drama in English 5.2 (2017): 385-91.
  • Rev. of Die Möglichkeit, dass alles auch ganz anders sein könnte: Geschlechterverfremdungen in zeitgenössischen Theatertexten, by Franziska Bergmann. Journal of Contemporary Drama in English 4.2 (2016): 448-52.

Talks and Organised Conferences

  •  “Learning to See: Shame and the Politics of Visual Perception in Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South,” Refractions/Reflections: Victorian(ist) Ways of Seeing, Victorians Institute, 22-23 October 2021.
  • “Affective Mediation: Reading and Experiencing Shame in the Victorian Novel,” Moved by Movement in Novels, University of Mainz, 9-10 September 2021.
  • "Shame and Social In/Exclusion in Wilkie Collins's No Name," Victorian Inclusion and Exclusion, 13th Annual Conference of the Victorian Popular Fiction Association, University of Greenwich, London, 14-16 July 2021.
  • “Adaptation as Border-Crossing Strategy in Ali Smith’s Autumn,” Border Narratives – Brexit, Europe, and the UK, University of Göttingen, 5-7 May 2021.
  • “Andy Smith’s Agonistic Provocations,” Dialogue, Performance and the Body Politic, Charles University Prague, 5-6 February 2021.
  • “Performing the Border in British Politics and Drama,” British Borders: Annual Conference of the German Association for the Study of British Cultures, 19-21 November 2020.
  • "Performing Brecht in 21st-Century Britain: Experiential Dialectics," Brecht: Contradiction as a Method, Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (DAMU), 8-10 November 2019.
  • "Britain’s Brecht? John Arden’s Serjeant Musgrave’s Dance," Invited Talk, Charles University, Prague, 7 November 2019.
  • Response and Round-Up Discussion, Shakespearean Transections and Translocations: The Poetics and Politics of Contemporary Engagements, Research Workshop, Institute for Advanced Study, University of Konstanz, 14-15 June 2019.
  • "Appropriating the Myth of Macbeth in David Greig's Dunsinane," Shakespeare und Übersetzung, Shakespeare-Seminar, Frühjahrstagung der Deutschen Shakespeare-Gesellschaft, Weimar, 26-28 April 2019.
  • "Ethics on Stage," symposium organised with Julia Boll, University of Konstanz, 3 July 2018.
  • "Brechts Erbe im britischen Drama des 21. Jahrhunderts: Post-brechtsche Dialektik im Werk von Carly Churchill," Baustelle Brecht / Working with Brecht, Literaturforum im Brecht-Haus in Zusammenarbeit mit der International Brecht Society, 23 June 2017.
  • "Negativity and Dystopia: Post-Brechtian Dialectics in Caryl Churchill’s 21st-Century Plays," Postgraduate Colloquium, University of Reading, 7 June 2017.
  • "Experiential Brecht: Post-Brechtian Aesthetics in Contemporary British Drama," Postgraduate Symposium, University of Birmingham, 19 May 2017.
  • "Post-Brechtian Aesthetics in Contemporary British Drama," Recycling Brecht: 15th Symposium of the International Brecht Society, University of Oxford, 24-30 June 2016.

Previous Courses