Deutsch Intern
    English and American Studies

    Publikationen / publications

    Monographien / books

    The Drama of Memory in Shakespeare’s History Plays. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.

    Shortlisted for the Shakespeare's Globe Book Award 2016.

    This book analyses the drama of memory in Shakespeare's history plays. Situating the plays in relation to the extra-dramatic contexts of early modern print culture, the Reformation and an emergent sense of nationhood, it examines the dramatic devices the theatre developed to engage with the memory crisis triggered by these historical developments. Against the established view that the theatre was a cultural site that served primarily to salvage memories, Isabel Karremann also considers the uses and functions of forgetting on the Shakespearean stage and in early modern culture. Drawing on recent developments in memory studies, new formalism and performance studies, the volume develops an innovative vocabulary and methodology for analysing Shakespeare's mnemonic dramaturgy in terms of the performance of memory that results in innovative readings of the English history plays. Karremann's book is of interest to researchers and upper-level students of Shakespeare studies, early modern drama and memory studies.

    Reviewed in

    • Times Literary Supplement, 22 April 2016, 20-21.


    Männlichkeit und Körper: Inszenierungen eines geschlechtsspezifischen Unbehagens im englischen Roman des 18. und frühen 19. Jahrhunderts. Königstein/Taunus: Ulrike Helmer Verlag, 2007.



    Reviewed in

    • Anglistik 21:2 (2010), 191-192.
    • Anglia 127:3 (2009), 548-552.
    • IASLonline, URL: [Rezensionsdatum 26.04.2009, letzter Zugriff 27.09.2010]


    Herausgeberschaften / edited collections

    Forms of Faith: Literary Form and Religious Conflict in Shakespeare’s England. Ed. Jonathan Baldo and Isabel Karremann. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2017.


    Shakespeare in Cold War Europe: Conflict, Commemoration, Celebration. Ed. Erica Sheen and Isabel Karremann. Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

    This essay collection examines the Shakespearian culture of Cold War Europe - Germany, France, UK, USSR, Poland, Spain and Hungary - from 1947/8 to the end of the 1970s. Written by international Shakespearians who are also scholars of the Cold War, the essays assembled here consider representative events, productions and performances as cultural politics, international diplomacy and sites of memory, and show how they inform our understanding of the political, economic, even military, dynamics of the post-war global order. The volume explores the political and cultural function of Shakespearian celebration and commemoration, but it also acknowledges the conflicts they generated across the European Cold War ‘theatre’, examining the impact of Cold War politics on Shakespearian performance, criticism and scholarship. Drawing on archival material, and presenting its sources both in their original language and in translation, it offers historically and theoretically nuanced accounts of Shakespeare’s international significance in the divided world of Cold War Europe, and its legacy today.


    Forgetting Faith? Negotiating Confessional Conflict in Early Modern Europe. Mit Cornel Zwierlein und Inga Mai Groote. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2012.




    rezensiert in


    Mediating Identities in Eighteenth-Century England: Public Negotiations, Literary Discourses, Topographies. Ed. by Isabel Karremann and Anja Müller. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2011.



    rezensiert in 

    • Anglistik 23:2 (2012), 232-234.
    • Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies 36: 4 (December 2013), 606-607.

     Aufsätze / articles 

    "Edmund Spenser’s The Ruines of Time as a Protestant Poetics of Mourning and Commemoration". Forms of Faith: Literary Form and Religious Conflict in Shakespeare’s England. Ed. by Jonathan Baldo and Isabel Karremann. Manchester: Manchester University Press, forthcoming 2017.

    "The Split of the German Shakespeare Society in 1964". Cold War Shakespeare: Commemoration, Celebration, Conflict. Palgrave Pivot Series. Ed. Erica Sheen and Isabel Karremann. Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2015/16.

    "Moderne mit und ohne Tiere: The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1719)". In: Robinsons Tiere, Hg. Roland Borgards. Würzburg: Königshausen und Neumann, 2015. 89-113.

    "Human/Animal Relations in Romantic Poetry: The Creaturely Poetics of Christoper Smart and John Clare". European Journal of English Studies 19:1, 2015. (Special Issue The Creaturely, ed. Virginia Richter, Greta Olson, Pieter Vermeulen.) 94-110.

    "Venedig: Ambiguität der Republik". Handbuch Literatur & Raum, hg. von Jörg Dünne und Andreas Mahler. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2015. 379-387.

    "Nostalgic Spectacle and the Politics of Memory in Henry VIII". Shakespeare Survey 67, 2014: 180-190.

    "Schulden machen Theater: Produktive Geldkrisen bei Shakespeare". Shakespeare-Jahrbuch 150, 2014: 17-41.

    "Animals and the Question of Literature". Social Alternatives 32:4, 2014: 21-27.

    "Aboard the Raging Queen: Eighteenth-Century Pirates as Queer Icons on the Contemporary Screen". The New Eighteenth Century: Re-Presenting Restoration, Enlightenment and Romanticism in Contemporary Literature and Film. In Honour of Hans-Peter Wagner . Eds. Anja Müller, Achim Hescher, and Anke Uebel Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2014. 139-154.

    "A Passion for the Past: The Politics of Nostalgia on the Jacobean Stage." In Passions and Subjectivity in Early Modern Culture, hg. von Brian Cummings und Freya Sierhuis. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2013. 149-164.

    "Das ethische Potential des Vergessens – Eine Annäherung". In Potentiale des Vergessens, hg. von André Blum, Theresa Georgen, Wolfgang Knapp, Veronica Sellier. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2012. 93-115.

    "The Art of Oblivion: Semiotics – Pragmatics – Hermeneutics". In Die Soziokulturelle (De-) Konstruktion des Vergessens: Bruch und Kontinuität in den Gedächtnisrahmen um 1945 und 1989, hg. von Nicoletta Diasio und Klaus Wieland. Bielefeld: Aisthesis, 2012. 49-63.

    "Introduction". Mit Cornel Zwierlein und Inga Mai Groote. In Forgetting Faith: Negotiating Confesional Conflict in Early Modern Europe. Hgs. ibid. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2012. 1-40.

    "Deafness as conditio humana in Eighteenth-Century Writings: The Case of Duncan Campbell". In Taste and the Senses in the Eighteenth-Century, ed. by Hans-Peter Wagner and Frédéric Ogée. Trier: WVT, 2011. 207-220.

    "The Displeasures of the Imagination: Gender, Distaste, and Paranoia in Tobias Smollett's Humphry Clinker". In Taste and the Senses in the Eighteenth-Century, ed. by Hans-Peter Wagner and Frédéric Ogée. Trier: WVT, 2011. 361-380.

    "Augustan Manliness and its Anxieties: Shaftesbury and Swift". In Constructions of Masculinity in British Literature from the Middle Ages to the Present, ed. by Stafan Horlacher. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. 109-127.

    "Introduction: Mediating Identities in Eighteenth-Century England". In Mediating Identities in Eighteenth-Century England, ed. by Isabel Karremann and Anja Müller. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2011. 1-16.

    "Found and Lost in Mediation: Manly Identity in Defoe's A Journal of the Plague Year". In Mediating Identities in Eighteenth-Century England, ed. by Isabel Karremann and Anja Müller. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2011. 31-44.

    "’Memory by litterature?’ The mnemonic anxieties of medieval and early modern historiography". Mitteilungen des SFB 573 2/2011, 17-25.

    "Media Pluralization and Censorship in the Early Seventeenth Century: The Case of Thomas Middleton’s A Game at Chess". In Proceedings of the Anglistentag 2010, ed. by Joachim Frenk and Lena Steveker. Trier: WVT, 2011. 343-352.

    "'Drinking of the wyne of forgetfulnesse': The Blessings of Oblivion and the Early Modern Stage". Shakespearean Criticism 136, 2011: 122-128.

    "The Sea Will Make a Man of Him? A Genealogy of the Queer Pirate in the Popular Imagination from the Eighteenth into the Twenty-First Century", gender forum 32 (2011): no pagination.

    "Rites of Oblivion in Shakespearian History Plays". Shakespeare Survey 63, 2010: 24-36.

    "Macht-Körper-Sinn? Körper als Schnittstelle zwischen kultureller Einschreibung und verstörendem Eigensinn" (mit Carolin Roder). In Disturbing Bodies, ed. by Sylvia Mieszkowski and Christine Vogt-Williams. Berlin: trafo, 2008. 121-164.

    "'Drinking of the wyne of forgetfulnesse': The Blessings of Oblivion and the Early Modern Stage", Wissenschaftliches Seminar Online 6, 2008: 29-39

    "Meaning by Critics: Klassikerverehrung als Ausschlußpolitik" (mit Carolin Roder). Shakespeare-Jahrbuch 141, 2005: 119-132.

    "Männlichkeitsforschung und Literatur(wissenschaft) in Deutschland". Jahrbuch für Finnisch-Deutsche Literaturbeziehungen 36, 2004: 33-46.

    "'I’d Rather be a Cyborg than a Goddess': Reading the Cyborg Poetics of Eavan Boland’s In Her Own Image". Nordic Irish Studies 3:1, 2004: 113-126.

    "'One and One is Two, Three is Potency: the Dynamics of the Erotic Triangle in Othello". In: 'Nothing but papers, my lord': Studies in Early Modern English language and literature, ed. by Jorge L. Bueno Alonso et al. Vigo: Servicio de Publicatións da Universidade de Vigo, 2003. 111-121.

    Rezensionen / reviews

    Roland Weidle, Englische Literatur der Frühen Neuzeit. Eine Einführung. Grundlagen der Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Band 37 (Berlin: Erich Schmidt Verlag, 2013). In: AAA – Arbeiten aus Anglistik und Amerikanistik 40, 2015: 1-2.

    April London, The Cambridge Introduction to the Eighteenth Century Novel (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012). In: Anglia 132:2, 611-615. (2013). Jonathan Baldo, Memory in Shakespeare’s Histories: Stages of Forgetting (New York: Routledge, 2012). In: Anglia 131:4, 2014: 667-671

    Martin Middeke and Christina Wald, The Literature of Melancholia: Early Modern to Postmodern (Basingstoke/New York: Palgrave, 2011). In: Anglia 130:4, 2012: 592–597.

    Norbert Lennarz, "My Unwash’t Muse": Die (De-)Konstruktion der Erotik in der englischen Literatur des 17. Jahrhunderts . In: Anglia 128, 2010: 513-518.

    Warren Chernaik, The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare's History Plays (2007); Ton Hoenselaars, ed., Shakespeare's History Plays (2007); Dermot Cavanagh et al., eds., Shakespeare's Histories and Counter-Histories (2006); Paulina Kewes, ed., The Uses of History in Early Modern England (2006). In: Shakespeare-Jahrbuch 145, 2009: 246-249.

    The Handbook of Lesbian and Gay Studies , eds. Diane Richardson and Steven Seidman (Sage, 2003). In: Rac(e)ing Questions II, gender forum 10, 2004:

    Sylvia von Arx, Sabine Gisin, Ita Grosz-Ganzoni, Monika Leuzinger, Andreas Sidler eds., Koordinaten der Männlichkeit: Orientierungsversuche (Tübingen: edition diskord, 2003). In: Gender Queeries, gender forum 8., 2004:

    David Halperin, How to Do the History of Homosexuality (Chicago: U of Chicago Press, 2002). In: Anybody’s Concerns II: Gender and the Body, gender forum 7, 2004.

    Gabriele Griffin, Who's Who in Gay and Lesbian Writing (London/ New York: Routledge, 2002). In: Anybody’s Concerns I: Gender and the Body, gender forum 6, 2003:

    Stephen Whitehead, Men and Masculinities: Key Themes and New Directions (Cambridge: Pollity, 2002), erschienen in H(a)unted Heroines, gender forum 4, 2003:

    Michael Neill, Putting History to the Question: Power, Politics, and Society in English Renaissance Drama (New York: Columbia UP, 2001), in ZAA 2003:3, 319-321.


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