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Dr. Marieke Krajenbrink

Research Interests

My research interests lie in the area of Literature and Culture of the German-speaking countries. More specifically, I am interested in the ways in which issues concerning national and cultural identity are reflected in contemporary literature and, in relation to this, how intertextual devices in the context of postmodernism challenge such issues. This work focuses on the one hand on re-workings of national myths and aims to analyse the ways in which such myths have been used in the construction of identities over time. On the other hand the transformation of genres such as crime and detective fiction and its relation to a questioning of identities plays a major part in my research. In both cases, I favour a comparative approach from a European perspective. Another part of my research activity concerns literature of German Romanticism, especially word and image relations in the romantic novel. Upon my arrival at the University of Limerick, I joined the Centre for Irish-German Studies, which enabled me to further refine my comparative work on identity issues with a particular focus on Ireland.

Professional Activities


  • 2005 Founding Member , International Crime Genre Research Group, Ireland (previously: Atlantic Alliance of Universities Crime Genre Research Group (UL, NUI Galway, UCC, MIC, Queen¿s University Belfast)
  • 2004 University of Limerick Representative, Royal Irish Academy Committee for Modern Language, Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Founding Member and Executive Committee Member, Comparative Literature Association of Ireland (CLAI)
  • ordinary member, German Studies Association of Ireland (formerly ATLTGI),
  • ordinary member, Business German in Ireland Working Group


  • 2004 Academy Committee for Modern Languages, Literary and Cultural Studies, Royal Irish Academy,
  • 2003 Research Group ¿Cultural Constructions of Identity¿ within Cultural Studies in the College of Humanities, University of Limerick,
  • 2003 Course Board BA Language & Cultural Studies,
  • 1999 University Research Committee,
  • 1999 Department of Languages & Cultural Studies Research Committee,
  • 1999 Course Board BA International Insurance & European Studies,
  • 1998 Departmental Library Committee,
  • 1998 Centre for Irish-German Studies, University of Limerick,
  • 1899 Vereniging van Docenten in de Handelswetenschappen, The Netherlands,
  • 1899 Association of Third-Level Teachers of German in Ireland,
  • 1899 Vereniging voor Germanisten aan de Nederlandse Universiteiten, The Netherlands,
  • 1899 Onderzoekschool Literatuurwetenschap / Netherlands Graduate School for Literary Studies,
  • 1899 Themagroep Culturele Identiteit en Postmodern Schrijven, Kamer II, OSL, the Netherlands,
  • 1899 Vereniging voor Algemene Literatuurwetenschap, The Netherlands,


  • 2004 University of Limerick - Course Director MA in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies
  • 2003 University of Limerick. - Head of German Section
  • 2000 University of Limerick - Lecturer
  • 1998 University of Limerick - Junior Lecturer
  • 1997 Free University Amsterdam - Researcher
  • 1996 Free University Amsterdam - Assistant Manager
  • 1991 Free University Amsterdam - PhD student
  • 1990 Niftarlake College, Maarssen - Teacher of German
  • 1990 Instituut voor Talen, Amsterdam and Linguarama - Teacher of German
  • 1987 Scholengemeenschap ?Panta Rhei?, Amstelveen - Teacher of German


  • 1996 Free University Amsterdam - Ph.D.
  • 1988 Free University Amsterdam - M.A.