Marion Gymnich
Prof. Dr. Marion Gymnich

Prof. Dr. Marion Gymnich

University of Bonn
Department of English, American and Celtic Studies
Regina-Pacis-Weg 5
D-53113 Bonn
Phone: +49 / (0)228 / 73 7624

Current Position

  • Professor for English Literature and Culture
  • Co-Speaker of the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies


In her research project on representations of domestic service, Marion Gymnich explores changes and continuities in a wide range of literary and non-fictional depictions and negotiations of asymmetrical dependencies that shaped the lives of domestic servants in Britain from the Restoration period to the end of the nineteenth century. The juxtaposition of fictional representations of domestic service that were targeted at a middle-class and/or upper-class readership (in plays, poems and novels), 'lowbrow' texts (such as street ballads) and non-fictional texts (e.g., diaries, letters, advertisements, and testimonies by employers and servants), promises to shed new light on social stereotypes and recurring narratives that informed dominant discourses on relations between employers and (domestic) servants. More often than not, the stereotypes and narratives (with their implicit assumptions about 'normal' life trajectories) sought to legitimize and perpetuate patterns of asymmetrical dependency, although traces of resistance and subversive (literary) performances can also be found. Gender, age, social mobility, changing notions of ‘family’, ‘home’ and human development as well as numerous literary strategies of voicing and silencing are among the key concepts drawn upon in this project.

6 books (3 of these co-authored), 14 (co-)edited volumes, 92 articles, more than 30 contributions to lexica and encyclopedias, more than 20 reviews; numerous national and international lectures and papers; 4 completed doctorates as first supervisor; 14 completed doctorates as second supervisor; 1 completed Habilitation as co-mentor (University of Heidelberg).


  • 1999–2006              Postdoctoral studies at the University of Cologne and the University of Giessen, Germany; Habilitation in English Studies at the University of Giessen, Germany,
                                       Venia legendi in English Studies
  • 1994–1999              Ph.D. studies in English Literature, University of Cologne, Germany
  • 1987–1994              M.A. Studies in English and American Studies, German Studies and Slavic Studies, University of Cologne, Germany

Academic Positions

  • 2013–present          Member of the University's Council, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 2008–2013              Dean of Studies, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 2007–present          Professor for English Literature and Culture, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 2007                          Visiting Professor, University of Graz, Austria
  • 2006–2007              Substitute Professor for English and American Studies, University of Giessen, Germany
  • 2004                          Guest lecturer, University of Łodž, Poland
  • 2002–2006              Coordinator of the International and Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Program in Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Giessen, Germany
  • 1994–2002              Research Associate, English Department, University of Cologne, Germany


  • 2011/2013               Teaching Award, University of Bonn, Germany

Participation in Centers and Collaborative Projects

  • 2016–present           Member of the interdisciplinary research project "Phraseorom – Phraseology of the Novel", funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the
                                        Agence Nationale de la Recherche, France
  • 2002–2007               Member of the Giessen Graduate Centre
  • 2002–2006               Coordinator of the International and Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Program in Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Giessen, funded by the
                                        German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Additional Academic Activities

  • Co-editor of the series "Representations & Reflections: Studies in Anglophone Literatures and Cultures"

Third-Party Funding

  • German Research Foundation (DFG)/Agence Nationale de la Recherche: collaborative interdisciplinary research project "Phraseorom"

Selected Publications

  • Barbara Puschmann-Nalenz, Gerold Sedlmayr, and Dirk Vanderbeke. 2018. The Orphan in Fiction and Comics since the 19th Century. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

  • 2017. “Erzählen und Gender.” In Erzählen: Ein interdisziplinäres Handbuch, edited by Matías Martínez, 326–334. Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler.

  • 2013. “Gender and Narratology.” Literature Compass 10(9): 705–715.

  • 2011. “Restoration Comedies. William Wycherley’s The Country Wife, Aphra Behn’s The Rover, and William Congreve’s The Way of the World.” In A History of British Drama. Genres – Developments – Model Interpretations, edited by Sibylle Baumbach, Birgit Neumann, and Ansgar Nünning, 113–127. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier.

  • 2010. “The Gender(ing) of Fictional Characters.” In Characters in Fictional Worlds. Understanding Imaginary Beings in Literature, Film, and Other Media, edited by Jens Eder, Fotis Jannidis, and Ralf Schneider, 506–524. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter.

  • 2008. “Voyages Out – Voyages. In: Travelling and Individual Development in Novels by Nineteenth-Century British Women Writers.” In Points of Arrival. Travels in Time, Space and the Self, edited by Marion Gymnich, Ansgar Nünning, Vera Nünning, and Elisabeth Wåghäll Nivre, 221–237. Tübingen: Francke Verlag.

  • 2007. Charlotte Brontë: “Jane Eyre” – Emily Brontë: “Wuthering Heights”. Uni-Wissen: Anglistik, Amerikanistik. Stuttgart: Klett.

  • 2004. “Konzepte literarischer Figuren und Figurencharakterisierung.” In Erzähltextanalyse und Gender Studies, edited by Vera Nünning and Ansgar Nünning, 122–142. Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler.

  • 2003. “ʻA shock, of which I feel the reverberation to this day’: Memory and Identity in Charlotte Brontë’s Fictional Autobiography Jane Eyre.” In Literatur – Erinnerung – Identität. Theoriekonzeptionen und Fallstudien, edited by Astrid Erll, Marion Gymnich, and Ansgar Nünning, 125–141. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier.

  • 1996. “Das englische Drama der Restaurationszeit aus gattungstypologischer Sicht. Erscheinungsformen und Entwicklungstendenzen.” In Eine andere Geschichte der englischen Literatur. Epochen, Gattungen und Teilgebiete im Überblick, edited by Ansgar Nünning, 43–60. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier.

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