Seminar für Englische Philologie

Vol. 10: Frauke Reitemeier (ed.), Transfers and Transmutations. Göttingen 2015.

From Diogenes to Appiah, Ovid to Shakespeare, from Jacobean to Edwardian England, from gender approaches to revising theories of identity: The Bachelor's and Master's theses collected in this volume are concerned with changes in various forms. Some chart the transmutation of a literary idea or motif into a different time or genre, others transfer concepts to new surroundings and test their uses. The papers are not restricted to literary topics but cover a broad range of cultural products and contexts, and they are often complementary: While Kirstin Runge charts the transformation of the Adonis story from Ovid to Shakespeare, discussing the functions of the poem for Shakespeare's reputation, Anika Droste looks at the practices and representations of violence in Elizabethan and Jacobean England, noting how various Shakespearean plays depict an unstable society by picking up public concerns common to the time. In similar ways, von Blanckenburg's and Glowsky's contributions look at nineteenth-century literature, while Schlink and Helm consider various cultural theories in a very modern context. Together, these papers present change from diverse perspectives, political as well as cultural, textual as well as theoretical, and provide the reader with a new insight into literary concepts and ideas throughout the centuries.


  • Alina Wirries: "Transfers and Transmutations: Introduction"
  • Kirstin Runge: "'Venus and Adonis' by Ovid and Shakespeare"
  • Anika Droste: "'Storm Still.' Violence, Power and Justice in Shakespeare"
  • Max von Blanckenburg: "Where Didactic Drama Meets the Comical: Two Views on the Victorian Family"
  • Marius Glowsky: "Intertextuality in James Hogg's Confessions of a Justified Sinner and James Robertson's The Testament of Gideon Mack"
  • Benjamin Schlink: "The Construction of Cornish Identity"
  • Nikolas Helm: "'Rooted' and 'Vernacular' Cosmopolitanism in Context: Conceptions of World-Citizenship from the Classical to the Postcolonial Age"