Marie-Luise (Mel) Kohlke researches and teaches in the inter-disciplinary fields of neo-Victorianism, trauma narrative and theory, and gender studies, with particular interests in sexuality, cultural memory, and representations of violence. She is the Founding and General Editor of the peer-reviewed, open-access
e-journal, Neo-Victorian Studies, the first international, academic journal specifically dedicated to the subject. She is Series Co-editor (with Christian Gutleben) of the Neo-Victorian Series for Brill/Rodopi, which so far includes four volumes on Neo-Victorian Trauma, Neo-Victorian Families, Neo-Victorian Gothic, and Neo-Victorian Cities, with two further volumes on Neo-Victorian Humour and Neo-Victorian Biofiction in process. Mel is currently working on a monograph on Neo-Victorian Sexsation, as well as conducting research on reader response and bodily figuration in fictions of historical conflict. Other projects include the compilation of an on-line database on neo-Victorian literature and setting up a Neo-Victorian Network to further promote collaborative research into the neo-Victorian phenomenon.
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Conference Keynotes, Guest Lectures, Invited Papers and Forum Contributions
2015. “Neo-Victorian ‘Re-Imagineerings’ of Urban Ethnoscapes on Screen: The Invisible Problem of Race in the Gothic Cityscape”, Invited Paper presented at the Transforming Cities conference, Braunschweig, Germany, 3-4 July 2015.
2014. “Neo-Victorianism’s Death Wish: Musings on the Lure of Victorian Deathliness”, Guest Lecture presented at ‘What death can join together’: Neo-Victorian Mortalities in the 21st Century research seminar for the Death – Centre for Modern Studies research group, York University, UK, 26 November 2014.
2014. “Neo-Victorian Doings and Undoings: The Nineteenth Century Remediated”, Joint Guest Lecture (with Christian Gutleben) presented to the Arts, Media, and Culture Research Group and the Centre for Gender and Diversity, Maastricht University, The Netherlands, 13 March 2014.
2013. “Reciprocal Haunting in Ripper Street: Spectres of Twenty-First-Century Sexual Abuse in Neo-Victorian Media”, Guest Lecture presented at the Monsters and Detectives: Re-Writing the Victorians for Television and Radio symposium, Birkbeck University of London, UK. 23 November 2013.
2012. “Worrying the Wound: The Appalling Fascinations of Neo-Victorian Traumata”, Keynote Lecture presented at the Wounded Bodies, Tortured Souls: Narratives of Victorian and Neo-Victorian Trauma postgraduate conference, University of Portsmouth, UK, 14 June 2012.
2011. Guest participant at the forum ‘McJobs und die Zukunft der Geisteswissenschaften’ [‘McJobs and the Future of Arts and Humanities’], at the Anglistentag 2011 in Freiburg, Germany, 19-21 September 2011.
2011. “Luscious Aftertastes: The Influence of Pre-Raphaelitism in Neo-Victorian Fiction”, Keynote Lecture presented at the Neo-Victorian Art and Aestheticism symposium, University of Hull, UK, 26 March 2011.
2010. “Neo-Victorian Points of Departure and Destination (and Some Stopping Off Points In-Between)”, Guest Lecture presented at the Facultad Filosofía y Letras, University of Málaga, Spain (accompanied by neo-Victorian workshop for MA students), 20 May 2010.
2010. “Mining the Neo-Victorian Vein: Prospecting for Gold, Buried Treasure, and Uncertain Metal”, Keynote Lecture presented at the Fashioning the Neo-Victorian: Iterations of the Nineteenth Century in Contemporary Literature and Culture conference at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, 8-10 April 2010.
2009. “Neo-Victorianism as Postmodern Phenomenon: Re-Imagined Historical Violence, Narrative Traumatology and the Ethics of Cultural Memory”, Virtual Lecture presented at the Virtual Lectures from Across the Globe series for the Humanities Centre, Wayne State University, USA, 16 February 2009.
Other Recent Conference Papers
2015. “Hair and Teeth, Skin and Bones: Reflections on Bodily Traces of Humanity”, presented at the Material Traces of the Past in Contemporary Literature conference, Universidad de Málaga, Malaga, Spain, 6-8 May 2015.
2013. “The Thrills and Kills of Neo-Victorian Slumming: Revelling in Ripper Street”, presented at the Neo-Victorian Cultures: The Victorians Today conference at Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK, 24-26 July 2013.
2012. “The Gothic Puppetry of Lust and War: The Neo‐Victorian Underworlds of Kathe Koja’s Under the Poppy”, presented at the International Gothic Association Conference, Heidelberg, Germany 2-5 August 2012.
2011. “The Trace of the Body in Poetry, Fiction, and Visual Art on the Holocaust”, presented at the Beyond Trauma: Narratives of (Im)Possibility in Contemporary Literatures in English conference at University of Zaragoza, Spain, 31 March - 2 April 2011.