Jun.-Prof. Dr. Jens Elze

Junior Professor

Career History:

  • 2017: Junior-Professor of British Literature and Culture, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
  • 2013-2017: Post-Doc at the Graduate School of the Humanities, Göttingen. Leader of the Junior Research Group “Multiple Modernities”
  • 2012-2013:Research Assistant. Department of English, Free University Berlin
  • 2009-2012: PhD-scholarship at the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School for Literary Studies
  • 2009: PhD-scholarship of the Federal State of Berlin
  • 2009: Visiting scholar at the University of Cape Town
  • Education: English and American Studies, Spanish and Comparative Literature at Potsdam, FU Berlin and Georgia State University

Fields of Research:

  • Shakespeare and the Renaissance
  • Realism
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • Literary Theory


    a) Monographies

  • Postcolonial Modernism and the Picaresque Novel: Literatures of Precarity (Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2017).

  • b) Edited Volumes

  • Das Enigma des Pikaresken / The Enigma of the Picaresque. Heidelberg: Winter, 2018.
  • with Annika McPherson. . “Multiple Modernities / Multiple Modernisms,” in Anglistentag 2015 Paderborn: Proceedings (Trier: wvt, 2016), 171-244. (Section)
  • with Zuzanna Jakubowksi, Lore Knapp, Stefanie Orphal and Heidrun Schnitzel. Möglichkeiten und Grenzen der Philologie: Philologische Forschung in internationaler Perspektive (Dokumentenserver GiNDok 2011).

  • c) Articles

  • “Genres of the Global South: The Picaresque.” in The Global South and Literature,ed. Russell West-Pavlov (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018), 223-234.
  • “Diebstahl, Koloniale Expansion und die Möglichkeit des Romans,” in Diebe! Zur Kulturgeschichte eines Kuturgründungsmythos, ed. Andreas Gehrlach & Dorothee Kimmich (München: Fink, 2018), 159-178.
  • “Sincerity, Authenticity, and the Enigma of the Picaresque,“ in The Enigma of the Picaresque. ed. Jens Elze (Heidelberg: Winter, 2017), 65-85.
  • “Introduction: Enigmas of the Picaresque.” in The Enigma of the Picaresque, ed. Jens Elze. (Heidelberg: Winter, 2017), 9-25.
  • “Cosmopolitan Space, Postcolonial Time, and the Politics of Modernism in Teju Cole’s Open City." Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 65.1 (2017): 85-104. (peer reviewed)
  • “Contained Immanence: Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens Between Tragedy and Romance,” Anglia 134.1 (2016): 1-24. (peer reviewed)
  • with Annika McPherson, “Multiple Modernities / Multiple Modernisms,” in Anglistentag 2015 Paderborn: Proceedings, ed. Christoph Ehland, Ilka Mindt & Merle Tönnies (Trier: wvt, 2016): 171-179.
  • “Postkoloniale Pikareske,” Zeitschrift für Literaturwissenschaft und Linguistik 43.2 (2015): 130-49. (peer reviewed)
  • “Deixis and Performativity in Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children," in Border Crossings: Narrative and Demarcation in Postcolonial Literatures and Media, ed. Russell West-Pavlov & Jennifer Wawrzinek (Heidelberg: Winter, 2012), 269-78.
  • (with Russell West-Pavlov) “Translation History as a Provocation for Literary Studies. A Case Study on the Translation of Australian Literature into German,” Anglistik. International Journal of English Studies 21.1: (2011): 189-204. (peer reviewed).
  • “Precarity and the Picaresque: An Exemplary Reading of Ben Okri’s The Famished Road," in Negotiating Afropolitanism: Critical Reflections on Borders and Spaces in Contemporary African Literature, ed. Justus Siboe Makhoka & Jennifer Wawrzinek. (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2011), 47-61.