Mag. Dr. Sandra Mayer
Mayer, S 2018, Oscar Wilde in Vienna: Pleasing and Teasing the Audience. Internationale Forschungen zur Allgemeinen und Vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft, vol. 198, Rodopi/Brill.

Mayer, S 2018, Literary Celebrity, Politics and the Nobel Prize: The Nobel Lecture as an Authorial Self-Fashioning Platform. in J Alexander & K Bronk (eds), (Extra)Ordinary? The Concept of authenticity in Celebrity and Fan Studies. Brill Rudopi, pp. 54-74.

Mayer, S & Neilly, J 2018, Special Issue The Author in the Popular Imagination: Views from the Nineteenth Century. Forum for Modern Language Studies, vol. 52, vol. 52, OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC.






Mayer, S 2017, Literary Cosmopolitanism and Agents of Mediation: Oscar Wilde and Fin-de-Siècle Viennese Artistic Networks. in B Coste, C Delyfer & C Reynier (eds), Reconnecting Aestheticism and Modernism: Continuities, Revisions, Speculations. Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, pp. 67-79.

Mayer, S 2017, Special Issue Art and Action: Authorship, Politics and Celebrity. Celebrity Studies, vol. 8, 1 edn, Taylor & Francis.






Mayer, S 2016, The Art of Creating a Great Sensation: Oscar Wilde (1854-1900). in G Franssen & R Honings (eds), Celebrity Authorship and Afterlives in English and American Literature. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 111-132.

Mayer, S, Pegasus and Carthorse: The Many Shades of Disraeli's Celebrity, 2015, Web publication, University of Oxford Podcasts.






Mayer, S 2013, Visions of Salome, Visions of Wilde: Critical Readings of Oscar Wilde's Salome in Early Twentieth-Century Vienna. in C Rowden (ed.), Performing Salome, Revealing Stories. Ashgate, Farnham, pp. 49-69.


Huber, W, Lajta-Novak, J & Mayer, S 2012, Introduction. in W Huber, J Lajta-Novak & S Mayer (eds), Ireland in/and Europe: Cross-Currents and Exchanges. Irish Studies in Europe, vol. 4, Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, Trier, pp. 11-17.

Lajta-Novak, J, Mayer, S & Rubik, M 2012, Introduction. in L-N Julia, S Mayer & M Rubik (eds), Ireland in Drama, Film, and Popular Culture. Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, pp. 9-14.


Mayer, S, Lajta-Novak, J & Huber, W (eds) 2012, Ireland in/and Europe: Cross-Currents and Exchanges. Irish Studies in Europe, vol. 4, Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, Trier.


Lajta-Novak, J & Mayer, S 2012, "You have to have a grá to do it": An Interview with Irish Storytellers Clare Murphy, Niall de Búrca, and Joe Brennan. in S Mayer, J Novak & M Rubik (eds), Ireland in Drama, Film, and Popular Culture. Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, Trier, pp. 183-192.



Mayer, S 2010, The Critic as Agent: Literarische Vermittlungs- und Kanonisierungsprozesse am Beispiel von Oscar Wildes Komödien auf den Wiener Bühnen des frühen 20. Jahrhunderts. in Weltbühne Wien/World Stage Vienna Vol. 2: Die Rezeption anglophoner Dramen auf Wiener Bühnen des 20. Jahrhunderts. Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, Trier, pp. 77-101.

Mayer, S 2010, When Critics Disagree, the Artist Survives: Oscar Wilde, an All-Time Favourite of the Viennese Stages in the Twentieth Century. in S Evangelista (ed.), The Reception of Oscar Wilde in Europe. Continuum International Publishing Group, pp. 203-216.


Mayer, S 2008, 'Pleasing and Teasing the Audience. Oscar Wilde: An All-Time Favourite of Viennese Stages' Weltbühne Wien: International Conference on Drama, Theatre and Cultural Transfer, Wien, Austria, 11/05/08 - 13/05/08, .



Sandra Mayer

  • Department of English and American Studies
Postal address:
Austria

Email: sandra.mayer@univie.ac.at

Curriculum vitae

Sandra Mayer is a Hertha Firnberg Research Fellow in English Literature. She studied English and History at the universities of Graz, Sussex, and Vienna, where she received her doctorate in English Literature for a thesis on the reception of Oscar Wilde’s works on twentieth-century Viennese stages. In 2014, she was awarded an Erwin Schrödinger Research Fellowship by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) to undertake postdoctoral research at the University of Oxford’s English Faculty and Wolfson College, where she worked on a project exploring the intersections of literature, politics, and Victorian celebrity culture in the life and career of Benjamin Disraeli. This research forms part of her current FWF-funded project Art and Action, which investigates the complex interrelations of literary celebrity and politics in and through autobiographical life-writing genres. She also holds a Visiting Scholarship at the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing at Wolfson College, University of Oxford, where she co-ordinates the Centre’s “Life-Writing and Celebrity” research strand.

Research Interests

  • literary celebrity and authorship
  • life-writing
  • cultural transfer and reception studies
  • literary networks and cosmopolitanism
  • literature and culture of the Victorian Age and the Fin de Siècle
  • Neo-Victorianism

Organisation of Conferences etc.

  • Discussion panel "Literary Celebrity and Political Persona" (Kirsty Gunn, P David Marshall, Rachel Potter), Oxford Centre for Life-Writing 14 May 2018
  • Day symposium "Transnational Lives and Cosmopolitan Biographies" (co-organised with Philip Ross Bullock), Oxford Centre for Life-Writing, 17 March 2018
  • Half-day colloquium "Life-Writing and Female Celebrity", Oxford Centre for Life-Writing, 4 November 2017
  • Day symposium "Celebiography: Celebrity and Life-Writing in Dialogue", Oxford Centre for Life-Writing, 19 November 2016
  • Day symposium "Art and Action: The Intersections of Literary Celebrity and Politics", The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, 5 March 2016
  • Lecture series "Cultures of Celebrity", English Department, University of Vienna, winter term 2015/16
  • Day symposium "The Many Lives of Benjamin Disraeli", The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, 24 March 2015

Roundtable: Patterns of Victorian and Neo-Victorian Celebrity

Mayer, S. (Speaker), Charlotte Boyce (Speaker), Danielle Dove (Speaker), Patricia Pulham (Speaker)
30 Aug 2018

Activity: Science to ScienceTalk or oral contribution



Roundtable: Life-Writing: Theory and Practice

Mayer, S. (Speaker), Elisabeth Bronfen (Speaker), Hermione Lee (Speaker), Svenja Goltermann (Speaker), Gesine Krüger (Speaker)
30 May 2018

Activity: Science to ScienceTalk or oral contribution


Panel Discussion: Literary Celebrity and Political Persona

Mayer, S. (Contributor), P David Marshall (Speaker), Kirsty Gunn (Speaker), Rachel Potter (Speaker)
14 May 2018

Activity: Science to ScienceTalk or oral contribution


Roundtable: Transnational Lives and Cosmopolitan Biographies

Mayer, S. (Contributor), Stefano Evangelista (Speaker), Claudia Olk (Speaker), Jürgen Schlaeger (Speaker), Laura Marcus (Speaker)
17 Mar 2018

Activity: Science to ScienceTalk or oral contribution


"'My Secret Life': Victorian Erotic Memoir as Life-Writing Genre"

Mayer, S. (Speaker)
28 Mar 2017

Activity: Science to ScienceTalk or oral contribution


Roundtable Celebrity and Life-Writing: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives

Mayer, S. (Contributor), Hermione Lee (Speaker), Philip Bullock (Speaker), Ruth Scobie (Speaker), Lindsay Shapero (Speaker)
16 Nov 2016

Activity: Science to ScienceTalk or oral contribution


Seminar Celebrity and Life-Writing: Exploring Intersections

Mayer, S. (Speaker), Lajta-Novak, J. (Speaker)
22 Aug 201626 Aug 2016

Activity: Science to ScienceTalk or oral contribution


"'The Most Brilliant of Paradoxes': Benjamin Disraeli, Oscar Wilde and Cross-Field Performances of Celebrity"

Mayer, S. (Speaker)
28 Jun 201630 Jun 2016

Activity: Science to ScienceTalk or oral contribution


Autobiographisierungsstrategien im Nachlass Benjamin Disraelis

Mayer, S. (Speaker)
6 Nov 2015

Activity: Science to ScienceTalk or oral contribution


"Approaching Celebrity across Periods and Disciplines"

Mayer, S. (Speaker)
15 Oct 2015

Activity: Science to ScienceTalk or oral contribution


Roundtable "Historical Re-evaluations of Celebrity in the 18th and 19th Centuries"

Mayer, S. (Contributor), Ruth Scobie (Contributor), Tom Mole (Speaker), Simon Morgan (Speaker), Faramerz Dabhoiwala (Speaker), Jessica Goodman (Speaker)
19 Sep 2015

Activity: Science to ScienceTalk or oral contribution


"A Romantic Legacy: Benjamin Disraeli and Early-Victorian Celebrity Culture"

Mayer, S. (Speaker)
28 Aug 2015

Activity: Science to ScienceTalk or oral contribution



"The Prime Minister as Celebrity Novelist: 'Lothairmania' and Disraeli's 'Double Consciousness'"

Mayer, S. (Speaker)
23 Feb 2015

Activity: Science to ScienceTalk or oral contribution


"'A Strange Mingling': Disraeli as literary Celebrity and Celebrity Politician"

Mayer, S. (Speaker)
21 Jan 2015

Activity: Science to PublicTalk or oral contribution



"'What is He?' Victorian Images of Benjamin Disraeli as Literary Celebrity and Celebrity Politician"

Mayer, S. (Speaker)
11 Jul 2014

Activity: Science to ScienceTalk or oral contribution




Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik

Spitalgasse 2, Hof 8 (Campus)
1090 Wien

sandra.mayer@univie.ac.at