Mag. Dr. Julia Lajta-Novak, M.A.







Lajta-Novak, J., & Boldrini, L. (Eds.) (2017). Experiments in Life Writing: Intersections of Auto/Biography and Fiction. Palgrave Macmillan. Palgrave Studies in Life Writing https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-55414-3_1

Lajta-Novak, J. (2017). Experiments in Life-Writing: Introduction. In J. Lajta-Novak, & L. Boldrini (Eds.), Experiments in Life Writing: Intersections of Auto/Biography and Fiction (pp. 1-36). Palgrave Macmillan. Palgrave Studies in Life Writing


Lajta-Novak, J. (Editor), Macdonald, K. (Editor), Alden, N. (Editor), Bracker, J. (Editor), Heath, J. (Editor), & Lübbren, N. (Editor) (Eds.). (2017). Journal of Historical Fictions 1.1 (Spring 2017). Web publication, Historical Fictions Research Network. http://historicalfictionsjournal.org/archive.html

Lajta-Novak, J. (2017). Live-Lyrik: Körperbedeutung und Performativität in Lyrik-Performances. In A. Bers, & P. Trilcke (Eds.), Phänomene des Performativen in der Lyrik: Systematische Entwürfe und historische Fallbeispiele (pp. 147-162). Wallstein Verlag.



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 (pp. 101-119). University of Pécs Institute of English Studies.






Julia Lajta-Novak re-joined the Department of English and American Studies as an Elise Richter research fellow (Austrian Science Fund FWF) in 2017 and is currently working on a 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. In 2020, she was awarded the START Prize of the Austrian Science Fund for her next project “Poetry Off the Page: British Literary History and the Spoken Word, 1965-2020“, for which she has also been awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant. “Poetry Off the Page” will be launched in September 2021.
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 Life Writing and Celebrity (Routledge 2019), 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 an elected 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), 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.

Life Writing, Celebrity, Cultural Memory

Sandra Mayer (Speaker) & Julia Lajta-Novak (Speaker)

8 Jan 2021

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Applying for an ERC Consolidator Grant (mini lecture)

Julia Lajta-Novak (Speaker)

4 Dec 2020

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


‘Speaking oneself into being’: Black British Memory, Auto/Biography, and the Spoken-Word Show

Julia Lajta-Novak (Speaker)

29 Oct 2020

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Cinematic Appropriation, Biomythology and Gender: Screening Clara Schumann

Julia Lajta-Novak (Speaker)

22 Oct 2020

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Women's Lives in Biographical Fiction and Film (opening address)

Julia Lajta-Novak (Speaker)

16 Dec 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Speaking to Young Adults: Kat François’s Spoken-Word Show Raising Lazarus as Inspirational Auto/Biography

Julia Lajta-Novak (Speaker)

25 Oct 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Screening Clara Schumann

Julia Lajta-Novak (Speaker)

10 May 2019

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Poetry Off the Page: The (Literary?) Economy of the Spoken Word

Julia Lajta-Novak (Speaker)

8 Nov 2018

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Performing Re-Memory: Kat Francois’ Spoken-Word-Show Raising Lazarus as Embodied Auto/Biography

Julia Lajta-Novak (Speaker)

22 Mar 2018

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Reading Fiction as Biography: Novelistic Afterlives of Historical Women Artists

Julia Lajta-Novak (Speaker)

1 Mar 2018

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Virginia Woolf and Life Writing

Julia Lajta-Novak (Speaker)

24 Oct 2017

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Manifestations of the Carnivalesque: Reading (with) Bakhtin

Julia Lajta-Novak (Speaker)

10 Jul 2017

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Seminar Celebrity and Life-Writing: Exploring Intersections

Sandra Mayer (Speaker) & Julia Lajta-Novak (Speaker)

22 Aug 201626 Aug 2016

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

Julia Lajta-Novak (Speaker)

28 Sep 2014

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Elizabeth Barrett Browning in Fiction: Gendering Novelistic Afterlives

Julia Lajta-Novak (Invited speaker)

24 Sep 2014

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

Julia Lajta-Novak (Speaker)

1 Sep 2014

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

Julia Lajta-Novak (Speaker)

19 May 2014

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Poetry in Action: Poetry in the EFL Classroom

Julia Lajta-Novak (Speaker)

26 Apr 2014

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

Julia Lajta-Novak (Invited speaker)

26 Nov 2013

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

Julia Lajta-Novak (Speaker)

22 Nov 2013

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

Julia Lajta-Novak (Invited speaker)

13 Nov 2013

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

Julia Lajta-Novak (Speaker)

2 Nov 2013

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Brave Ehefrau oder feministische Vorreiterin: Das Bild der Künstlerin

Julia Lajta-Novak (Speaker)

19 Jun 2013

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

Julia Lajta-Novak (Speaker)

27 Apr 2013

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

Julia Lajta-Novak (Speaker)

3 Nov 2012

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

Julia Lajta-Novak (Speaker)

26 Sep 2012

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Live Poetry: Approaching Poetry in Performance

Julia Lajta-Novak (Speaker)

2 May 2012

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

Julia Lajta-Novak (Speaker)

15 Mar 2012

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

Julia Lajta-Novak (Speaker)

19 May 2011

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Live Poetry: Approaching Poetry in Performance

Julia Lajta-Novak (Speaker)

25 Nov 2010

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Live Poetry: Approaching Poetry in Performance

Julia Lajta-Novak (Speaker)

27 May 2010

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"Clara Schumann: a life in letters and notes"

Julia Lajta-Novak (Speaker)

14 Nov 2008

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"Lip Up Fatty: Marketing Live Poetry as Popular Culture"

Julia Lajta-Novak (Contributor)

25 Oct 2008

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"The Other Poetry: popular poet-performers in Britain"

Julia Lajta-Novak (Speaker)

14 May 2008

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Department of English and American Studies

Spitalgasse 2, Hof 8 (Campus)
1090 Wien
Room: 3C-EG-32

julia.lajta-novak@univie.ac.at