Mag. Dr. Sandra Mayer
Winter term 2019
124183 VK BEd 08b.3: VK Cultural Studies for Language Teachers - Biografication! Life Narratives across Media

Mayer, S & Lajta-Novak, J 2019, Special Issue Life Writing and Celebrity. Life Writing, no. 2, vol. 16, vol. 16, 2 edn, Taylor & Francis.

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.

Neilly, J & Mayer, S 2018, Special Issue The Author in the Popular Imagination: Views from the Nineteenth Century. Forum for Modern Language Studies, no. 3, 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
  • 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. Her book, Oscar Wilde in Vienna, was published by Brill Rodopi in 2018. 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. Her co-edited special issue on "Life Writing and Celebrity" for Life Writing has just been published. 

She is currently organising a conference on "Art and Action: Literary Authorship, Politics, and Celebrity Culture", hosted by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities in March 2020. More information and a Call for Papers are available here

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.

  • Workshop "Writing Activism" (with Katherine Collins), The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, 26 February 2019
  • 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

The Booker Prize and Celebrity Performance: Authorial Cross-Field Migrations between Literature and Politics

Sandra Mayer (Speaker)
31 Jul 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Making Mischief: David Hare and the Celebrity Playwright's Political Persona

Sandra Mayer (Speaker)
25 Jun 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Die Aktualität von W.H. Auden

Sandra Mayer (Speaker), Timo Frühwirth (Speaker), Helmut Neundlinger (Speaker)
15 Jun 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Public


Lionism, Home Stories, Birthday Books: The Politics and Poetics of Victorian Celebrity Culture

Sandra Mayer (Speaker)
10 Apr 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Trading Oscar Wilde in the Fin-de-Siècle Viennese Marketplace

Sandra Mayer (Speaker)
12 Feb 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Panel Discussion: Oscar Wilde in Vienna: Pleasing and Teasing the Audience

Sandra Mayer (Speaker), Stefano Evangelista (Speaker), Mary Luckhurst (Speaker), Dominic Janes (Speaker)
8 Feb 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Roundtable: Patterns of Victorian and Neo-Victorian Celebrity

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

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


“She was not ambitious, though she enjoyed success”: Harriet Martineau and the Enabling and Disabling Potential of Celebrity Authorship

Sandra Mayer (Speaker)
30 Aug 2018

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Roundtable: Life-Writing: Theory and Practice

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

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Panel Discussion: Literary Celebrity and Political Persona

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

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Roundtable: Transnational Lives and Cosmopolitan Biographies

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

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


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

Sandra Mayer (Speaker)
28 Mar 2017

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Roundtable Celebrity and Life-Writing: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives

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

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Seminar Celebrity and Life-Writing: Exploring Intersections

Sandra Mayer (Speaker), Julia Lajta-Novak (Speaker)
22 Aug 201626 Aug 2016

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


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

Sandra Mayer (Speaker)
28 Jun 201630 Jun 2016

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Autobiographisierungsstrategien im Nachlass Benjamin Disraelis

Sandra Mayer (Speaker)
6 Nov 2015

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


"Approaching Celebrity across Periods and Disciplines"

Sandra Mayer (Speaker)
15 Oct 2015

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


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

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

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


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

Sandra Mayer (Speaker)
28 Aug 2015

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


"'Continental Reputation Equalling Posthumous Fame'? Disraeli's Literary and Political Celebrity in an International Context"

Sandra Mayer (Speaker)
2 Jul 2015

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Department of English and American Studies

Spitalgasse 2, Hof 8 (Campus)
1090 Wien
Room: 3F-O1-11

sandra.mayer@univie.ac.at