Dr. Melissa Schuh

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin

Lecturer in English Literature

Telefon: +49 (0) 431/880- 2675

E-Mail: schuh@anglistik.uni-kiel.de


Office hours:

Room 214, Wednesdays 2-3 pm (during term time).

Please sign up on the list on my door or

arrange an alternative appointment via email.




Research interests

  • Life writing, autobiography, autofiction
  • Genre
  • Contemporary literature
  • Modernism
  • Seriality
  • Fictionality
  • Ethics
  • Brexit and Literature/Brexlit


I would welcome supervision enquiries from final year BA students interested in any of the areas of my research.

Academic and Welfare Counselling

  •     As one of two liaison lecturers for diversity and equality in the English Department as well as diversity officer for the philosophical faculty, I offer counselling regarding questions and issues of diversity and equality.
  •     In my role as academic advisor and admissions officer for (non-EU/non-Erasmus) international students, I also welcome enquiries by current or prospective international students from outside the EU.





2013 – 2019 Queen Mary University of London

PhD English, The (Un-)Making of the Novelist’s Identity

Supervisors: Professor David James and Professor Mark Currie                               

2012 – 2013 The University of Oxford

MSt Modern languages, comparative literature pathway (English and German), overall grade: Distinction

2009 – 2012 The University of Nottingham

BA Joint honours English Studies & German, overall grade: First Class with distinction in spoken German (78 %)

Academic Career

2018 –          Research and Teaching Fellow at Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel

2017 – 2018 Research and Teaching Fellow at Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main

2014 – 2016 Teaching Associate at Queen Mary University of London



Articles and other:

  • ‘“Which I presume is permitted, since we are talking about a writer” – Lateness, Memory, and Imagination in Literary Autobiography’ in The European Journal of Life Writing, Volume IX (2020), 111–130. https://doi.org/10.21827/ejlw.9.37328
  • ‘Das „richtige Leben im Falschen“ – Autoritäre Systeme und die Einheit von Widerstand und Anpassung in Günter de Bruyns Autobiographien Zwischenbilanz und Vierzig Jahre‘, German Life and Letters, Volume 71, Issue 3 (2018), 268-290. https://doi.org/10.1111/glal.12195 
  • ‘The (Un)making of a Novelist’s Self – “Late Style” in Günter Grass’s and J. M. Coetzee’s Autobiographical Writing’ in Writing the Self: Essays on Autobiography and Autofiction, ed. by Kerstin Shands, Giulia Grillo Mikrut, Dipti R.Pattanaik , Karen Ferreira-Meyers (Stockholm: Södertörn University Press, 2015), p. 287-294. http://sh.diva-portal.org/smash/get/diva2:856577/FULLTEXT02.pdf
  • ‘Editorial to the Third Issue’, eTransfers: A Postgraduate eJournal for Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, Issue 3 (2015).