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Burkhard Niederhoff is professor of English Literature. As a teacher, he is a generalist, with a broad range of courses centered around individual writers, genres, motifs and theoretical subjects. His research interests include the writings of Robert Louis Stevenson, narrative theory and the history and theory of comedy. He co-edits Connotations: A Journal for Critical Debate and has hosted some of the bi-annual conferences organised by the editors of the journal.

What's New?


In June 2024, Burkhard Niederhoff and Lena Linne will be hosting a conference on “Intertextual Stevenson”. For more information, please see "Conference 'RLS 2024'".

Courses in the Winter Semester 2024/25

In the winter semester, Prof. Niederhoff will be teaching
the following classes:

Theory of Drama (Lecture BA/MA/M.Ed)
History Plays (BA)
George Eliot: Middlemarch and Other Writings (MA/M.Ed.)
Introduction to Literary Studies (BA)

For more informations, please see "Courses and Eams".

Recently Published

“Schiffbruch ohne Zuschauer: Daniel Defoes Robinson Crusoe.” Schiffbruch: Von Untergängen und Neuanfängen, edited by Manuel Baumbach and Yasmin Temelli, Franz Steiner Verlag, 2024, pp. 159-73.


Stevenson, Robert Louis. Early Stories. Edited by Burkhard Niederhoff, The New Edinburgh Edition of the Collected Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Edinburgh UP. (one volume in the new critical and annotated edition of Stevenson’s works)

“The Pleasure of the Intertext: Aesthetic Self-Fashioning in ‘Providence and the Guitar.’” Robert Louis Stevenson and Pleasure, edited by Julie Gay, Lesley Graham and Nathalie Jaëck, Brill.

“‘And in the porches of mine ear did pour’: Shakespeare’s Influence in Chapter 9 of James Joyce’s Ulysses.” Literaturwissenschaftliches Jahrbuch, vol. 65, no. 1, 2024.

Comedy on Stage and Screen: An Introduction, by Wieland Schwanebeck. Anglistik. (Review)

Prof. Dr. B. Niederhoff


Prof. Dr. Burkhard Niederhoff
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Department of English
GB 6/141 Fach 166
44780 Bochum, Germany

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