Kathrin Bethke

Kathrin Bethke

Room 224

Telephone: +49 (0) 431/ 880- 2253


Registration for office hours via OLAT course 'Sprechstunden Bethke' and via email.






Research Interests

  • History and Theory of Affect and Emotion
  • History and Theory of Poetry, Poetics, and Genre
  • Early Modern and Modernist Literatures
  • Conceptual Metaphor Theory
  • The Story of Troy in Contemporary Women's Writing


PhD Project

Affective Appraisals: Shakespearean Correlations of Emotions and the Concept of Value, supervised by Prof. Dr. Andreas Mahler at Freie Universität Berlin


M.A. Thesis

The Poetics of Pathological Grief in Early Modern England: On the Complaints of Chaucer, Spenser and Shakespeare, supervised by Prof. Dr. Winfried Menninghaus (Final Grade: 1,0)


Academic Employment

  • since October 2016: Assistent Professor at the English Department of Kiel University
  • 2015-2016: Freelance Translator and German Teacher at Sprachenatelier Berlin
  • 2013: Assistant Professor at the Peter-Szondi-Institute of Comparative Literature at FU Berlin
  • 2011: Adjunct Lecturer at the Peter-Szondi-Institute of Comparative Literature at FU Berlin




  • 2009-2012: Graduate Student at the Cluster of Excellence Languages of Emotion, FU Berlin
  • 2014: Visiting Researcher at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Host: Prof. Tzachi Zamir
  • 2011: Visiting Researcher at Stanford University, Host: Prof. Blair Hoxby
  • 2009: M.A. in Comparative Literature, Philosophy, and Theatre Studies at FU Berlin
  • 2003-2004: Visiting Student at Yale University
  • 2001-2002: Visiting Student at the University of Edinburgh


Grants and Scholarships

  • 2014: DAAD Global Humanities Junior Fellowship in the research network Principles of Cultural Dynamics at the Dahlem Humanities Center
  • 2012: Conference Travel Grant of the DRS (Dahlem Research School)
  • 2011: Research Grant of the DRS (Dahlem Research School)
  • 2009-2012: Graduate Scholarship of the Cluster of Excellence Languages of Emotion
  • 2003-2004: Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Visiting Fellowship; Fellowship of the Berlin Consortium of Germanic Studies; Fulbright Travel Grant
  • 2001-2002: Socrates / Erasmus Scholarship



  • Forthcoming: "Love's Accountants: Double-Entry Bookkeeping and the Sonnet Form in Early Modern England." In: Forms at Work: New Formalist Approaches to the Study of Literature, Culture and Media. Ed. by Ansgar Nünning, Elisabeth Kovach and Imke Polland.
  • 2021: "Emotion Metaphors and Literary Texts: The Case of Shakespeare's Sonnets." In: The Rhetoric and Topics of Forms.Ed. by Gianna Zocco. Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter. 15-27. the article via open access
  • 2012: "'I cannot heave my heart into my mouth.' Embodiment und Sprachmaterial in King Lear und Richard II." In: Gefühle Sprechen: Emotionen and den Anfängen und Grenzen der Sprache. Ed. by Victoria Räuchle und Maria Römer. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann. 139-60.
  • 2011: "Zwischenbericht: Der 3. Tag, die 3. Fahrt. Auf dem Karusell: Kathrin Bethke & Bastian Ronge." In: Fühlt Weniger! Dialoge über Emotionen. Recherchen 78. Ed. by Irene Albers and Isabel Dziobek. Berlin: Theater der Zeit. 208-17.
  • 2010: "'Where I have lost, I softer tread': Emily Dickinson und die Prosodie der Trauer." In: Emotionale Grenzgänge: Konzeptualisierungen von Liebe, Trauer und Angst in Sprache und Literatur. Ed. by Lisanne Ebert et al. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann. 133-51.


Guest Lectures and Conference Presentations

  • 2020: Emotion, Affect, and the 'Folly of Evaluation': Reading Shakespeare with Massumi. (Value and its Other[s], Workshop Series at Kiel University).
  • 2019: Forms in Conjunction: Double-Entry Bookkeeping and the Sonnet Form in Early Modern England. (Invited Talk at the English Department of the University of Leipzig).
  • 2018: Love's Accountants: Double-Entry Bookkeeping and Literary Form in the Renaissance. (Forms at Work: New Formalist approaches to Literary Studies, GCSC at the University of Gießen).
  • 2016: Emotion Metaphors and Literary Texts: The Case of Shakespeare's Sonnets. (21st Annual Meeting of the International Comparative Literature Association in Vienna).
  • 2015: Love's Appraisals: Poetic Numbers and Emotional Prosody in Shakespeare. (61st Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, Berlin).
  • 2012: "Nothings monstered": Economies of Pride in Coriolanus and Troilus and Cressida. (40th Annual Convention of the Shakespeare Association of America Boston, USA).
  • 2011: "I cannot heave my heart into my mouth": Languages - and Silences - of Emotion in Shakespeare. (Gefühle Sprechen: Emotionen an den Grenzen der Sprache, Graduate Conference at the FU Berlin).
  • 2010: Value Feelings: The Economy and Axiology of the Passions in Troilus and Cressida. (Performing the Poetics of Passion - Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde and Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida, FU Berlin)
  • 2009: "Where I have lost I softer tread": Emily Dickinson's Prosody of Grief. (Language Talks - Konzeptualisierungen von Liebe, Trauer und Angst in Sprache und Literatur, Graduate Conference at LMU Munich).



Seminars taught at the English Department of Kiel University

  • WS 2020/21: Penelope, or: How to Weave a Story (2x)
  • SS 2020: Troy Story: The Literary Lives of Troilus and Criseyde (2x)
  • WS 2019/20: Modernist Poetics (2x); Transformations of the Sonnet
  • SS 2019: Intertextual Shakespeare; Intermedial Shakespeare
  • WS 2018/19: Elegy; Concepts and Methodologies (2x)
  • SS 2018: Early Modern Revenge Tragedies; Poetic Landscapes
  • WS 2017/18: Transformations of the Sonnet; Concepts and Methodologies
  • SS 2017: Empathy and its Discontents; Metaphysical Poetry
  • WS 2016/17: Minting, Printing, Counterfeiting: Cultural Technologies of the Renaissance; Concepts and Methodologies


Seminars taught at the Peter-Szondi-Institute of Comparative Literatures, FU Berlin

  • WS 2013/14: Einführung in die Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft (with Dr. Anne Enderwitz)
  • SS 2013: Shakespeare in Theory; Hassliebe: Kämpfende Paare in der Literatur
  • WS 2012/13: Grundbegriffe der Literaturwissenschaft
  • WS 2011/12: Elegie and Complaint: Poetologien der Trauer von Chaucer bis Plath


Tutorials at the Peter-Szondi-Institute of Comparative Literature, FU Berlin

  • WS 2004/05: Poetologische Lyrik: Baudelaire - Rilke - Yeats (Tutorial for "Metapherntheorie" taught by Prof. Dr. Gert Mattenklott)
  • SS 2004: Intertextualität: Eine theoretische und praktische Einführung (Tutorial for "Einführung in die AVL" taught by Dr. Florian Cramer)
  • SS 2002: Robert Musil: Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften (Tutorial for "Einfürhung in die Germanistik" taught by Prof. Dr. Hans Feger)