Lecturer in Comparative Literature
Petra Dierkes-Thrun’s research and teaching interests include the European and transatlantic fin de siècle and modernism (including literature, the visual arts, opera, dance, and film); feminist and queer theory; LGBTQ literary and cultural studies; community-engaged learning; digital pedagogy as well as literary theory for the digital age; and pedagogically smart uses of technology in teaching, including project-based learning in the Humanities that uses social media and other technologies to engage people with books and ideas.
Petra Dierkes-Thrun is the author of Salome's Modernity: Oscar Wilde and the Aesthetics of Transgression (University of Michigan Press 2011) and co-editor, with Michael Davis, of Wilde's Other Worlds (Routledge, 2018), two books on Oscar Wilde and his impact on Victorian and modernist culture. She is currently an Advisory Editor for the UK journal Volupte: International Journal for Decadence Studies. She also has served as an Advisory Editor for the international journal of literature and culture, boundary 2 (Duke University Press). Previously, she was the editor of The Latchkey: Journal of New Woman Studies,a peer-reviewed, international scholarly online journal dedicated to the figure of the New Woman in fin-de-siècle and modernist society and culture (Rivendale Press, UK).
Honors and awards:
2017-18 Graduate of the Leadership@Stanford program
2015-16 Stanford Faculty Research Fellow, The Clayman Institute for Gender Research
2015 Teaching Excellence Award, Phi Beta Kappa (Northern Caifornia Association)
2015 Honoree of the World Affairs Council and the Global Philanthropy Forum for leadership in education in the Bay Area
Wilde’s Other Worlds. Co-edited with Michael F. Davis. London and New York: Routledge, 2018.
“Decadent Sensuality in Rachilde and Wilde.” In Decadence and the Senses, ed. Jane Desmarais and Alice Conde. Oxford: Legenda (MHRA & Maney Publishing). Forthcoming in 2015.
“Victoria Cross’s Six Chapters of a Man’s Life: Queering Modernist Middlebrow Feminism.” In The Popular Imagination and the Dawn of Modernism: British Middlebrow Writing 1880-1930, 2 vols. Eds. Christoph Ehland and Kate Macdonald. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Forthcoming in 2015.
“Wilde’s Comedic Takes on the New Woman: A Comparison with Ibsen and Shaw.” In Oscar Wilde's Society Plays, ed. Michael Y. Bennett. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Forthcoming in 2015.
“’Sincere and Studied Triviality’: The Importance of Being Earnest as an Aestheticist Comedy of Manners.” In Wilde in Earnest, ed. Emily Eells. Collection Intercalaires: Agrégation d’anglais. Paris: Presses universitaires de Paris Ouest, 2015. 19-34.
“Realism.” The Fin-de-Siècle World, ed. Michael Saler. New York: Routledge, 2015. 706-718.
“Salomé in the Comics: P. Craig Russell’s Intertextual Graphic Adaptation from Strauss and Wilde.”Special issue on Wilde’s Salomé in The Oscholars (open-access, peer-reviewed journal), ed. by Virginie Pouzet-Douzer. Spring 2013. Online.
“Aestheticist Comedies of Manners.” A History of British Drama: Genres – Developments –Interpretations. Ed. by Sibylle Baumbach, Birgit Neumann, and Ansgar Nünning. WVT Handbücher zum Literaturwissenschaftlichen Studium. Trier, Germany: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2011. 227-240.
“’The Brutal Music and the Delicate Text’? The Aesthetic Relationship between Oscar Wilde’s and Richard Strauss’s Salome Reconsidered.” Modern Language Quarterly 69.3 (September 2008): 367-389.
“Salomé, C’est Moi? Salome and Wilde as Icons of Transgression.” Approaches to Teaching the Works of Oscar Wilde, ed. by Philip E. Smith. Modern Language Association, Approaches to Teaching World Literature series. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2008. 171-179.
“Incest and the Trafficking of Women in G.B. Shaw’s Mrs Warren’s Profession: ‘It Runs In the Family’.”ELT (English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920) 49.4 (September 2006): 293-310.
“Arthur Symons’ Decadent Aesthetics: Stéphane Mallarmé and the Dancer Revisited.” Decadences: Morality and Aesthetics in British Literature, ed. by Paul Fox. Studies in English Literatures. Stuttgart: Ibidem, 2006. 33-65.
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2003 PhD, University of Pittsburgh (English, Cultural and Critical Studies)
1996 Erstes Staatsexamen, Rheinische Freidrich-Wilhelms-Universitaet Bonn, Germany (English, German, Catholic Theology)