Petra Dierkes-Thrun

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Petra Dierkes-Thrun’s research and teaching interests include the European and transatlantic fin de siècle and modernism (including literature, the visual arts, opera, dance, and film); feminist and queer theory; LGBTQ literary and cultural studies; and digital pedagogy. Her book, Salome’s Modernity: Oscar Wilde and the Aesthetics of Transgression, was published by The University of Michigan Press in Spring 2011.  Other publications include articles on Realism, Oscar Wilde, Arthur Symons, Stéphane Mallarmé, George Bernard Shaw, Richard Strauss, Victoria Cross, fin-de-siècle realism, and feminism and modernist dance. 

Petra Dierkes-Thrun is an Editorial Board member of Rodopi's "Dialogue" series.  She also co-edits The Latchkey: Journal of New Woman Studies, a peer-reviewed, international scholarly online journal dedicated to the figure of the New Woman in fin de siècle and modernist society and culture, published by The Rivendale Press (UK) and affiliated with The Oscholars

Since 2013, Petra Dierkes-Thrun is a member of the Program Committee for Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Stanford




Salome’s Modernity: Oscar Wilde and the Aesthetics of Transgression.  Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 2011.


Peer-reviewed articles:

  1. “Wilde’s Comedic Takes on the New Woman: A Comparison with Ibsen and Shaw.”  Wilde’s Society Plays, ed. by Michael Y. Bennett.  Palgrave Macmillan.  Under contract.
  2. “Victoria Cross’s Six Chapters of a Man’s Life: Queering Modernist Middlebrow Feminism.” The Popular Imagination and the Dawn of Modernism: British Middlebrow Writing 1880-1930, 2 vols., ed. by Christoph Ehland and Kate Macdonald.  London: Pickering & Chatto, 2013. Forthcoming.
  3. “Realism.” The Fin-de-Siècle World, ed. by Michael Saler. New York: Routledge, 2013. Forthcoming.
  4. “Salomé in the Comics: P. Craig Russell’s Intertextual Graphic Adaptation from Strauss and Wilde.” Special issue on Wilde’s Salomé in The Oscholars (open-access, peer-reviewed journal), ed. by Virginie Pouzet-Douzer. Spring 2013. Online.
  5. “Aestheticist Comedies of Manners: Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.” A History of British Drama: Genres – Developments –Interpretations.  Ed. by Sibylle Baumbach, Birgit Neumann, and Ansgar Nünning. WVT Handbücher zum Literaturwissenschaftlichen Studium.  Trier, Germany: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2011.  227-40.
  6. “’The Brutal Music and the Delicate Text’?  The Aesthetic Relationship between Oscar Wilde’s and Richard Strauss’s Salome Reconsidered.” Modern Language Quarterly 69.3 (September 2008): 367-89.
  7. “Salomé, C’est Moi?  Salome and Wilde as Icons of Transgression.” Approaches to Teaching the Works of Oscar Wilde, ed. by Philip E. Smith. Modern Language Association, Approaches to Teaching World Literature series.  New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2008. 171-
  8. “Incest and the Trafficking of Women in G.B. Shaw’s Mrs Warren’s Profession: ‘It Runs In the Family’.” ELT (English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920) 49.4 (September 2006): 293-310.
  9. “Arthur Symons’ Decadent Aesthetics: Stéphane Mallarmé and the Dancer Revisited.” Decadences: Morality and Aesthetics in British Literature, ed. by Paul Fox.  Studies in English Literatures.  Stuttgart: Ibidem, 2006. 33-65.  (Revised edition in preparation by Ibidem.)


Book reviews and other publications:

  1. Salomé Stripped Down and Dressed Up for Today’s Stage: A New Translation of Oscar Wilde’s Play.” Review of a new edition of Oscar Wilde’s Salomé, ed. and trans. by Joseph Donohue (University of Virginia Press: Charlottesville and London, 2011).  Irish Literary Supplement, September 2013.
  2. “Comparisons Worth Making: Queer Studies and Comparative Literature.” Review ofComparatively Queer: Interrogating Identities Across Time and Cultures, ed. by Jarrod Haynes, Margaret R. Higonnet, and William J. Spurlin.  London: Macmillan, 2010. GLQ 19.2 (2013): 264-66.
  3. “A Bill of Rights and Principles for Learning in the Digital Age.”  Co-authored with John Seely Brown, Betsy Corcoran, Cathy N. Davidson, Todd Edebohls, Mark J. Gierl, Sean M. Morris, J. Philipp Schmidt, Bonnie Stewart, Jesse Stommel, Sebastian Thrun, Audrey Watters.  First published simultaneously in several online venues and by the Chronicle of Higher Education on January 23, 2013.
  4. Review of Imperishable Beauty: Art Nouveau Jewelry, by Yvonne J. Markowitz and Elyse Zorn Karlin. The Eighth Lamp: Journal of Ruskin Studies (Spring 2010).
  5. Salome by Richard Strauss.”  Pittsburgh Opera Magazine (Fall 2001): 16-19.
  6. Review of Romantic Genius: The Prehistory of a Homosexual Role, by Andrew Elfenbein. The Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature 54.2 (Fall 2000): 110-112.

2003:  Ph.D. in Cultural and Critical Studies. English Department, University of Pittsburgh.
1995 and 1996:  Erstes Staatsexamen in  English, Theology, and German. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, Bonn, Germany.

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