Prof. Dr. Renate Haas (em.)



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Renate Haas studied at the universities of Würzburg, Cardiff, and Regensburg and did her Referendariat (post-graduate teacher training) in Munich and Rohr. She has taught at seven universities in Germany and abroad.

Renate Haas has published widely on English literature and the development of English Studies, including an analysis of the formative period: V.A. Huber, S. Imanuel und die Formationsphase der deutschen Anglistik. Zur Philologisierung der Fremdsprache des Liberalismus und der sozialen Demokratie. Together with Balz Engler (University of Basel), she has initiated the EHES project: The European History of English Studies. Among its results are the two volumes European English Studies: Contributions towards the History of a Discipline (2000+2008). Cp. (
A further emphasis of Renate Haas lies in Gender Studies. In 2015, she edited Rewriting Academia: The Development of the Anglicist Women's and Gender Studies of Continental Europe. In it, twenty-five experts present surveys for their countries with a historical and European contextualization and offer fundamental insights not only for English Studies but also various other disciplines. A logical next step was to work towards a Gender Studies network of European Anglicists. See



Frankfurt, etc.: Peter Lang, 2015. 442 pp.

From a historical perspective, the full academic establishment of Women’s and Gender Studies is a radical and far-reaching innovation. Decisive impulses have come from the United States, the European unification and globalization. European Women’s and Gender Studies are therefore intimately linked to the English language and Anglophone cultures, as the near untranslatability of 'gender' shows. In this volume 25 experts present surveys for their countries and offer fundamental insights not only for English Studies but also various other disciplines.


The European History of English Studies

European English Studies: Contributions towards the History of a Discipline I. Ed. by Balz Engler and Renate Haas. Leicester: The English Association for ESSE, 2000.


European English Studies: Contributions towards the History of a Discipline II.
Ed. by Renate Haas and Balz Engler. Leicester: The English Association for ESSE, 2008.


For further information see here.

Selected Publications

1. Books

2009. With Albert Hamm. The University of Strasbourg and the Foundation of Continental English Studies / L’Université de Strasbourg et la fondation des études anglaises continentales / Die Universität Straßburg und die Etablierung der Anglistik auf dem Kontinent. European Studies in the History of Science and Ideas 16. Frankfurt: Lang. 230 pp.

1990. V. A. Huber, S. Imanuel und die Formationsphase der deutschen Anglistik: Zur Philologisierung der Fremdsprache des Liberalismus und der sozialen Demokratie. Frankfurt: Lang. VII + 382 pp. [Originally habilitation thesis, Univ. of Duisburg, 1987]

1985. Peter Nichols: A Day in the Death of Joe Egg. Düsseldorf: Bagel. 163 and 80 pp.

1980. Die mittelenglische Totenklage: Realitätsbezug, abendländische Tradition und individuelle Gestaltung. Frankfurt: Lang. 363 pp.
Awarded the Kulturpreis Ostbayern


2. Editorships


2015. Rewriting Academia. The Development of the Anglicist Women’s and Gender Studies of Continental Europe. Frankfurt: Lang, 2015. 442 pp.

2008 +
2000. With Balz Engler. European English Studies. Contributions towards the History of a Discipline I+II. Leicester: English Association for ESSE. 388 pp. + 246 pp.

1985. With C. Klein-Braley. Literatur im Kontext: Festschrift für Helmut Schrey. St. Augustin: Richarz. 459 pp.


3. Articles


2016. "Language Teaching - a 'Woman's Job', a Semi-Profession or a Profession?" In: D. Elsner / V. Lohe (eds.) Gender and Language Learning. Tübingen: Narr, pp. 39-53.

2016. "Genre-/Genderbilder aus der Kieler Geschichte eines jungen, aber auch alten Fachs".

2015. "Introduction: Basic Concept and Realization". In: R. Haas (ed.). Rewriting Academia, pp. 11-21.

2015. "Germany: Two Steps Forward and One Back, or Slow Snowball Effect?". In: R. Haas (ed.). Rewriting Academia, pp. 141-170.

2015. "Conclusion: Europe and Beyond". In: R. Haas (ed.). Rewriting Academia, pp. 405-425.

2012. "Geschlechterforschung und Englisch-Literaturdidaktik". In: M. Kampshoff / C. Wiepcke (eds.). Handbuch Geschlechterforschung und Fachdidaktik. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, pp. 141-154.

2008. "English Studies in Germany". In: R. Haas / B. Engler (eds.). European English Studies II, pp. 67-92.

2008. "European Perspectives: Concluding Remarks". Ibid., pp. 215-223.

2007. "Femina: Female Roots of 'Foreign' Language Teaching and the Rise of Mother-Tongue Ideolo­gies". Exemplaria. A Journal of Theory in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. 19, No 1: 139-162.

2007. "Language Teaching as a 'Woman's Job': Historical and Current Perspectives". In: H. Decke-Cornill / L. Volkmann (eds.). Gender Studies and Foreign Language Teaching. Tübingen: Narr, pp. 31-46.

2005. "Töchter des Imperialismus: die Auslandslehrerinnen Thekla Trinks und Anna Harriette Leono­wens". In: W. Hüllen / F. Klippel (eds.). Sprachen der Bildung – Bildung durch Sprachen im Deutschland des 18. und 19. Jahrhunderts. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, pp. 289-310.

2005. "Caroline F.E. Spurgeon (1869-1942): First Woman Professor of English in England". In: J. Chance (ed.). Women Medievalists and the Academy. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, pp. 99-109.

2005. Rev. rpt. "Privatdozentinnen in the 'Land of Women' and Beyond". In: S. Kohl (ed.). Anglistik: Research Paradigms and Institutional Policies 1930-2000. Trier: wvt, pp. 207-224.

2003. "Introduction to Section II: Anglistik between 1945 and the 1960s: Continuities and New Begin­nings". In: E. Mengel et al. (eds.). Anglistentag 2002 Bayreuth. Trier: wvt, pp. 95-98.

2003. "Privatdozentinnen in the 'Land of Women' and Beyond". Ibid., pp. 131-142.

2003. "Caroline Spurgeon – English Studies, the United States, and Internationalism". Studia Anglica Posnaniensia 38: 215-228.

2002. "The 'Ruhrfestspiele': European Shakespeare – Industrial and Post-Industrial". In: K. Kujawinska Courtney (ed.). Culture at Global / Local Levels: British and Commonwealth Contribution to World Civilisation. Lodz: University of Lodz, pp. 279-287.

2001. "'Europe has never existed; one has genuinely to create Europe'". Anglistik 12, No 1: 41-45.

2001. "'We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal'. Geschlechter­forschung und Englischdidaktik". In: H. Hoppe et al. (eds.). Geschlechterperspektiven in der Fachdidaktik. Weinheim: Beltz / Deutscher Studien Verlag, pp. 101-121.

2000. "1848 and German English Studies / German Philology". In: B. Engler / R. Haas (eds.). European English Studies, pp. 293-311.

2000. "European Survey: Parameters and Patterns of Development". In: B. Engler / R. Haas (eds.). European English Studies, pp. 349-371.

2000. With Balz Engler. "ESSE5: Seminar 'Towards a European History of English Studies: the 1920s and 30s'". The European English Messenger 9, No 2: 83-85.

2000. "Eine vernachlässigte Grundfrage: Was bedeute(te)n Englischkenntnisse für deutsche Mädchen und Frauen?". In: H. Schrey (ed.). Anglistik quo vadis? Plädoyer für einen stärkeren Adressatenbezug. Essen: Blaue Eule, pp. 71-89.

1998. With Balz Engler. "Is History Bunk?". The European English Messenger 7, No 1: 74-75.

1997. "Michèle Roberts – Rewriting Christian Tradition". a&e 60: 83-95.

1997. "The Old Wives' Tale and Dryden". In: M.-F. Alamichel / D. Brewer (eds.). The Middle Ages after the Middle Ages. Papers of a Conference Held at the University of Paris IV – Sorbonne. Cambridge: Brewer, pp. 91-101.

1997. "Das 'Produzieren auf Halde'". Anglistik 8, No 1: 105-108.

1996. "Vida Dutton Scudder and John Ruskin". In: U. Müller / K. Verduin (eds.). The Year's Work in Medievalism 5 / Mittelalter-Rezeption V. Göppingen: Kümmerle, 188-198.

1996. "Lange im Schatten anderer Sprachen. Die Anglistik / Amerikanistik im Porträt". Forschung und Lehre 3, No 8: 432-435.

1996. "Krise der deutschen Anglistik?". Zeitschrift für Literaturwissenschaft und Linguistik (Lili) 103: 132-140.

1995. "Die Geschichte der Anglistik und Amerikanistik an deutschen Universitäten". In: R. Ahrens / W. Bald / W. Hüllen (eds.). Handbuch Englisch als Fremdsprache. Berlin: Schmidt, pp. 481-486.

1995. "Helmut Schrey zum 75. Geburtstag". Anglistik 6, No 2: 185-189.

1994. "Women and the Development of English Studies in Germany". In: G. Blaicher / B. Glaser (eds.). Anglistentag 1993 Eichstätt. Tübingen: Niemeyer, pp. 528-540.

1993. "Pope Joan and Patient Griselda as 'Top Girls'. Late Medieval Literature via Poetic Deconstruc­tion". In: P. Boitani / A. Torti (eds.). Interpretation: Medieval and Modern. The J. A. W. Bennett Memorial Lectures, Eighth Series. Cambridge: Brewer, pp. 25-41.

1992. "Lionesses Painting Lionesses?". In: J. Dor (ed.). A Wyf Ther Was. Proceedings of the Conference in Honour of Paule Mertens-Fonck. Liège: Université, pp. 178-192.

1992. "V. A. Huber's Characterization of F. J. Furnivall". Studies in Medievalism 4: 215-218.

1992. "Daniel Schiebeler and Chaucer Reception in Eighteenth-Century Germany". In: T. Takamiya / R. Beadle (eds.). Chaucer to Shakespeare. Essays in Honour of Shinsuke Ando. Cambridge: Brewer, pp. 233-242.

1992. "Zu den sexistischen Aspekten des neusprachlichen Reformstreits in Deutschland". Numéro spécial du Bulletin CILA, 56: 59-74.

Abstract in Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (San Diego), 27 (1993), 278.

1992. "A Note on Troilus and Criseyde V. 1786-92". Florilegium (Ottawa) 10 (1988-1991): 93­-98.

1991. "Caryl Churchills Top Girls und die Möglichkeit oder Unmöglichkeit einer feministischen Komödie". a&e 45: 139-154.

1991. Summary of V. A. Huber, S. Imanuel…. English and American Studies in German 1990, pp. 152-154.

1991. "Kildare-Gedichte". In: Lexikon des Mittelalters, V. München: Artemis, col. 1135.

1990. "'Mannsbilder' in Caryl Churchills wichtigsten Stücken". Forum Modernes Theater 5: 48-61.

1990. "Therese Huber: Teilemanzipation und Schriftstellerinnenkarriere durch die Französische Revolu­tion". In: M. Christadler (ed.). Freiheit, Gleichheit, Weiblichkeit. Opladen: Leske + Budrich, pp. 75-92.

1990. "'Kissing the steppes of Uirgile, Ouide, etc.'". In: R. Ahrens (ed.). Anglistentag 1989 Würzburg. Tübingen: Niemeyer, pp. 298-309.

1989. "The Social Functions of F.J. Furnivall's Medievalism". In: U. Böker / M. Markus / R. Schöwer­ling (eds.). The Living Middle Ages. A Festschrift for Karl Heinz Göller. Stuttgart: Belser, pp. 319-332.

1989. "From the Vormärz to the Empire: The Socio-Political Context of the Golden Age of German Chaucer Scholarship". Poetica (Tokyo) 29-30: 102-114.

1987. "Chaucer's Monk's Tale: An Ingenious Criticism of Early Humanist Conceptions of Tragedy". Humanistica Lovaniensia 36: 44-70.

Included among the "Best Books and Articles" by The Year's Work in English Studies (1987: 821).

1986. With C. Klein-Braley. Summary of Literatur im Kontext. English and American Studies in German 1985, pp. 39-42.

1986. "Chaucers Tragödienkonzept im europäischen Rahmen". In: J. O. Fichte / K. H. Göller / B. Schimmelpfennig (eds.). Zusammenhänge, Einflüsse, Wirkungen. Berlin: de Gruyter, pp. 451-465.

1986. "Top Girls – Top Boys – Modern Heroes – Women Heroes?". In: Städtische Bühnen Dortmund (ed.). Programmheft zu Caryl Churchills Top Girls. Dortmund: Commedia, pp. 3-7.

1985. With C. Klein-Braley. "Vorwort". In: R. Haas / C. Klein-Braley (eds.). Literatur im Kontext. Festschrift für Helmut Schrey. St. Augustin: Richarz, pp. 1-5.

1985. "Romantische Literaturwissenschaft und Englischunterricht im Kontext: Das Beispiel Victor Aimé Huber und sein englisches Lesebuch". Ibid., pp. 72-94.

1984. "Landeskunde in Germany, Past and Present". Journal of Area Studies 10: 7-11.

1983. Mit H. Schrey. "Zum Stand der England- und Amerikakunde". Die Neueren Sprachen 82: 394-408.

1981. "The Laments for the Dead". In: K.-H. Göller (ed.). The Alliterative Morte Arthure: A Reassess­ment of the Poem. Cambridge: Brewer, pp. 117-129, 176f.

1980. Summary of Die mittelenglische Totenklage. English and American Studies in German 1979, pp. 36-38.


4. Reviews

Various reviews in Anglia, Archiv, Studies in the Age of Chaucer, and ZAA.


5. Articles in Latin

E.g. 1983. Latin review of Umberto Eco's Il nome della rosa. Vox Latina 19: 371-372. Rpt. in: R. Giovannoli (ed.). Saggi sul 'Il nome della rosa'. Milano: Bompiani, 1985, pp. 154-155 / Ensayos so­bre 'El nombre de la rosa'. Barcelona: Lumen, 1987, pp. 185-186; and in: B. Kroeber (ed.). Zeichen in Umberto Ecos Roman 'Der Name der Rose'. München: Hanser, 1987 / dtv 1989, pp. 162-163.