Mag. Dr. Julia Lajta-Novak, M.A.
currently on leave


Lajta-Novak, J 2016, Paratext in Performance: Live Poetry as a Direct Encounter of Poet and "Reader". in Z Csikai, M Fodor, G Hartvig, M Kurdi & G Vöö (eds), Encounters, Intersections, Adaptations in Anglophone Literatures, Popular Culture, Theatre, and Film. University of Pécs Institute of English Studies, Pécs, pp. 101-119.





Lajta-Novak, J 2014, The (Re-)Making of Clara Wieck-Schumann: Celebrity and Gender in Biofiction. in Search for the Real: : Authenticity and the Construction of Celebrity. Inter-Disciplinary Press, pp. 97-112.



Lajta-Novak, J 2012, Clara Wieck-Schumann in Vienna: The Making of a Star, Retold in Biofiction. in K Bronk (ed.), Stardom: Discussions on Fame and Celebrity Culture. Inter-Disciplinary Press, Oxford, pp. 3-12.



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.







Lajta-Novak, J 2011, Transformatrix: Confused Cultural Identities in the Performance Poetry of Patience Agbabi. in A Miralles Pérez (ed.), Restless Travellers: Quests for Identity across European and American Time and Space. Cambridge Scholars Press, Newcastle, pp. 83-90.

Huber, W, Rubik, M & Lajta-Novak, J 2010, Introduction. in W Huber, M Rubik & J Lajta-Novak (eds), Staging Interculturality. Contemporary Drama in English, vol. 17, Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, Trier, pp. 7-18.

Lajta-Novak, J 2010, Lip Up Fatty: Marketing Live Poetry as Popular Culture. in K Martens (ed.), State(s) of the Art: Considering Poetry Today. Königshausen & Neumann, Würzburg, pp. 113-122.


Huber, W, Rubik, M & Lajta-Novak, J (eds) 2010, Staging Interculturality. Contemporary Drama in English, vol. 17, Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, Trier.

Lajta-Novak, J (ed.) 2009, Clara Schumann: a life in letters and notes. in S Coelsch-Foisner & S Herbe (eds), From the Cradle to the Grave: Life-Course Models in Literary Genres. Universitätsverlag Winter GmbH, pp. 19 - 27.



Julia Lajta-Novak has recently joined the Department of English and American Studies as an Elise Richter research fellow (Austrian Science Fund FWF) and is currently working on a book project (Habilitation) on biographical novels about historical women artists. She has been a research fellow at the University of Salzburg and a visiting fellow at the Institute of English Studies, University of London, King’s College University of London, and the English Faculty, University of Oxford, as well as visiting professor of English and Anglophone Literatures at the University of Vienna.
For her scholarly and literary work she has received a number of prizes and awards, among them the Theodor Körner Prize, the Dr Maria Schaumayer Prize, the DOC Award of the City of Vienna, and a DOC scholarship by the Austrian Academy of Sciences. In 2015 she was awarded the University of Salzburg’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching.
Julia Lajta-Novak has written a book on reading groups, Gemeinsam Lesen: Die Buchgruppe als soziales Phänomen und ökonomische Triebkraft (Lit, 2007), a book entitled Live Poetry: An Integrated Approach to Poetry in Performance (Rodopi, 2011), and a book of poetry – Federwach das Vorwärts: Leichtathlyrik (Verlagshaus Hernals, 2015). She is co-editor of Experiments in Life-Writing (Palgrave 2017), Staging Interculturality (WVT, 2010), Ireland in/and Europe (WVT, 2012), and Ireland in Drama, Film, and Popular Culture (WVT, 2012), as well as editor of a collection of life-writing about Vienna, Vienna:Views (Luftschacht, 2006). She is a member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW Junge Akademie), the International Association for Biography and Autobiography Europe (editorial board European Journal of Life Writing), the European Gender Studies Network of ESSE (national correspondent), the Historical Fictions Research Network (editorial board Journal of Historical Fictions), and Netzwerk Biographieforschung, among others.
As a literature manager, Julia Lajta-Novak is founder and artistic director of the literary society Vienna Lit and was twice artistic director of the Vienna Lit Festival. She has curated and organised literature events in collaboration with the Universities of Vienna and Salzburg, the British Council, and the Austrian Commission for UNESCO, to name just a few. Furthermore, she has been running a book group at the University of Vienna’s English Studies Library since 2005.
For a full CV & list of publications, see www.julianovak.at.

Virginia Woolf and Life Writing

Lajta-Novak, J. (Speaker)
24 Oct 2017

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionOther


Manifestations of the Carnivalesque: Reading (with) Bakhtin

Lajta-Novak, J. (Speaker)
10 Jul 2017

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionOther


Seminar Celebrity and Life-Writing: Exploring Intersections

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

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


The Woman Poet in Fiction: Novelistic Afterlives of Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Lajta-Novak, J. (Speaker)
28 Sep 2014

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionOther


Elizabeth Barrett Browning in Fiction: Gendering Novelistic Afterlives

Lajta-Novak, J. (Invited speaker)
24 Sep 2014

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionOther


Romantic Heroine to Political Poet: Novelistic Afterlives of Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Lajta-Novak, J. (Speaker)
1 Sep 2014

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionOther


Remembering the Author in Fiction: Novelistic Afterlives of Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Lajta-Novak, J. (Speaker)
19 May 2014

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionOther


Poetry in Action: Poetry in the EFL Classroom

Lajta-Novak, J. (Speaker)
26 Apr 2014

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionOther


The (Re-)Making of Clara Wieck-Schumann: Celebrity and Gender in Biofiction

Lajta-Novak, J. (Invited speaker)
26 Nov 2013

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionOther


Nell Gwyn in Contemporary Romance Novels: Biography, Individuality, and the Dictates of ‘Genre Literature’

Lajta-Novak, J. (Speaker)
22 Nov 2013

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionOther


Nell Gwyn: A Dubious Romantic Heroine in Biographical Novels of the 21st Century

Lajta-Novak, J. (Invited speaker)
13 Nov 2013

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionOther


Nell Gwyn in Contemporary Romance Novels: Biography and the Dictates of ‘Genre Literature’

Lajta-Novak, J. (Speaker)
2 Nov 2013

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionOther


Brave Ehefrau oder feministische Vorreiterin: Das Bild der Künstlerin

Lajta-Novak, J. (Speaker)
19 Jun 2013

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionOther


Disparate Images: The “Work vs. Life” Topos in Contemporary Biofictions about Victorian Authors

Lajta-Novak, J. (Speaker)
27 Apr 2013

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionOther


Journeys of (Self-)Discovery: Clara Wieck-Schumann and Artemisia Gentileschi in Biofiction

Lajta-Novak, J. (Speaker)
3 Nov 2012

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionOther


The (Re-)Making of Clara Wieck-Schumann: Celebrity and Gender in Biofiction

Lajta-Novak, J. (Speaker)
26 Sep 2012

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionOther


Live Poetry: Approaching Poetry in Performance

Lajta-Novak, J. (Speaker)
2 May 2012

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionOther


Clara Wieck in Vienna: The Making of a Star Retold in Biofiction

Lajta-Novak, J. (Speaker)
15 Mar 2012

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionOther


Father and Daughter across Europe: The Journeys of Clara Schumann and Artemisia Gentileschi in Fictionalised Biographies

Lajta-Novak, J. (Speaker)
19 May 2011

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionOther


Live Poetry: Approaching Poetry in Performance

Lajta-Novak, J. (Speaker)
25 Nov 2010

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionOther


Department of English and American Studies

Spitalgasse 2, Hof 8 (Campus)
1090 Wien

julia.lajta-novak@univie.ac.at