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Curriculum Vitae

  • Lena Linne is a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer (wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin) at the chair of English literature. Drawing upon her expertise in classics, she is currently working on a postdoctoral research project which examines the role of Homer's epics in 21st-century English literature.
    Her Ph.D. thesis Unlived Lives in English Literature: A Typological Study was published in September 2019. It combines narratology and the study of motifs, and it focuses on a wide range of authors, among them Henry James, Virginia Woolf and Alice Munro.
    Lena assists Burkhard Niederhoff in editing a volume of early short stories by Robert Louis Stevenson as part of The New Edinburgh Edition of Stevenson’s works.
    She obtained her M.Ed. degree in English and Latin in 2014, and her B.A. degree in English Studies and Classics in 2011.

Research Interests

  • Classical myths in contemporary literature
  • 20th- and 21st-century fiction
  • Narrative theory
  • Alice Munro
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Contemporary poetry

Work in Progress

  • Postdoctoral project: Troy Revisited: The Homeric Epics in Contemporary English Literature
  • "Meta-Epic Reflection in 21st-Century Rewritings of Homer, Or, The Meta-Epic Novel" (journal article)
  • "'[A] gaming-table, a duel, and a Roman amphitheatre'? Pleasure and R. L. Stevenson's Suicide Club" (talk to be given at the conference "Stevenson and Pleasure", Université Bordeaux Montaigne, rescheduled to June 2022)
  • a journal article about internal focalization and character point of view in Gothic novels



  • Unlived Lives in English Literature: A Typological Study. Anglistische Forschungen 467. Heidelberg: Winter, 2019.


  • With Burkhard Niederhoff: "Annotation as an Embedded Textual Practice: Analysing Explanatory Notes in Three Editions of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.” Connotations 29(2020): 48-76.
  • "'That's him pushing the stone up the hill': Contemporary Versions of the Sisyphus Myth". Ambige Helden. Ed. Nicolas Potysch and Angelika Zirker. Spec. issue 6 of helden. heroes. héros: E-Journal zu Kulturen des Heroischen (2019): 37-45.
  • "Memorial, Or How Alice Oswald Excavates the Iliad". Nexus: Studentische Zeitschrift des Seminars für Klassische Philologie an der RUB 7 (2018): 28-31.
  • With Burkhard Niederhoff: "'[M]emories and similes laid side by side': The Paratactic Poetics of Alice Oswald’s Memorial". Connotations 27 (2018): 19-47.
  • "Unlived Lives in Alice Munro’s ‘Walker Brothers Cowboy’ and ‘Something I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You’". Literatur in Wissenschaft und Unterricht 48 (2015): 309-24.

Teaching (2014-2021)

Winter Semester 2021/22

  • James Joyce: Dubliners and A Portrait of the Artist (B.A.-Seminar, B.A.-Übung, M.A./M.Ed.-Übung)
  • Introduction to Literary Studies

Summer Semester 2021

  • Focalization, Perspective, Point of View: A Historical Perspective (online)
  • Penelope and Odysseus: Ancient Characters through the Ages (online)

Previous Courses

  • Sensibility from Laurence Sterne to Jane Austen (online)
  • Modernist Short Stories (online)
  • Two Unconventional Socialists: G.B. Shaw and George Orwell (online)
  • The Short Story in Canada (online)
  • The Trojan War and Its Long Aftermath: Homer in the 21st Century
  • Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Three Contemporary British Poets
  • Introduction to Comedy
  • Alternate History
  • The Friendship and Fiction of Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf
  • Governesses and Teachers: The Novels of Charlotte and Anne Brontë
  • The Motif of the Unlived Life
  • Alice Munro
  • Introduction to Literary Studies (2x)

Conference Papers and Guest Lectures

  • "'Sing, Muse, he said, and I have sung': Metageneric Reflection in Contemporary Rewritings of the Homeric Epics". 16th International Connotations Symposium "Metagenre", online, July 27, 2021.
  • "Oliver Twist: Mehr als nur der Weg eines Fürsorgezöglings". Talk planned to be given at the Blue Square of Ruhr University Bochum, 18 December 2020; cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic.
  • With Burkhard Niederhoff: "Annotation as an Embedded Textual Practice: Analysing Explanatory Notes in Three Editions of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde". 15th International Connotations Symposium "Understanding (through) Annotations", Tübingen, July 29, 2019.
  • With Burkhard Niederhoff: "'A Kind of Oral Cemetery': Eine Annäherung an Alice Oswalds Memorial". Ringvorlesung "Homer komparatistisch", Ruhr-Universität Bochum, June 12, 2018.
  • With Burkhard Niederhoff: "‘[M]emories and similes laid side by side’: The Paratactic Poetics of Alice Oswald’s Memorial". 14th International Connotations Symposium "Self-Imposed Fetters: The Productivity of Formal and Thematic Restrictions", Mülheim an der Ruhr, August 1, 2017.
  • "The Road to NewEdRLS: Digitizing and Collating Stevenson’s ‘The Pavilion on the Links’". Seminar "Editing Stevenson", Ruhr-Universität Bochum, January 24, 2017.
  • "The Motif of the Unlived Life in English Literature: Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway (1925)". Seminar "Two Modernist Writers: E.M. Forster and Virginia Woolf", Ruhr-Universität Bochum, January 21, 2016.
  • "The Motif of the Unlived Life in English Literature". Doktoranden/innen-Kolloquium der Fakultät für Philologie "Medien der Literatur/Mediale Gebrauchsformen", Ruhr-Universität Bochum, December 13, 2014.


  • since 2021: Member of the Early Career Researchers Board of RUB Research School
  • 2019: Erasmus+ grant for one-week teaching stay at Wroclaw University (Poland)
  • 2016-2018: Mentee in the programme "mentoring³" (Universitätsallianz Ruhr)
  • 2016: NRW-Zertifikat "Professionelle Lehrkompetenz für die Hochschule" (Basismodul)


Dr. Lena Linne
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Department of English
GB 6/140 Fach 166
44780 Bochum, Germany

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Tel: +49-234-32-25056