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Dr. Michaela Schrage-Frueh



Michaela Schrage-Frueh studied English, German and American literature at Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz (1992-1999) and at University College Galway (1994-95). From 2001 to 2012 she was lecturer in the Department of English and Linguistics in Mainz, where she received her doctorate in English Literature in 2003 and taught classes on English literature from the early modern period to the present. She also taught at the Waterford Institute for Technology, the University of Koblenz-Landau and the University of Duisburg-Essen. Since September 2012 she is UL's DAAD-Lektor and member of the Centre for German-Irish Studies. She teaches on various modules on German literature and culture as well as German language classes. She is the author of Emerging Identities: Myth, Nation and Gender in the Poetry of Eavan Boland, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and Medbh McGuckian (Trier: WVT, 2004) and editor (with Borbala Farago) of The Unfixed Horizon: New Selected Poems by Medbh McGuckian (Winston-Salem: WFU Press, 2015). Her monograph Philosophy, Dreaming and the Literary Imagination was published with Palgrave Macmillan in 2016. Since September 2015 she is a member of the DFG-funded network "Das naechtliche Selbst" (The nocturnal self). In May 2015 she co-organised an international, interdisciplinary conference on "Women and Ageing: New Critical and Cultural Perspectives", including a public reading by internationally renowned feminist Germaine Greer and funded under the IRC New Foundations scheme. Together with Cathy McGlynn and Margaret O'Neill she is currently preparing an edited collection entitled Ageing Women in Literature and Visual Culture: Reflections, Refractions, Reimaginings to be published with Palgrave Macmillan in 2017.

Research Interests

  • contemporary poetry and fiction
  • women's writing
  • dreaming and the literary imagination
  • ageing studies
  • language learning