Univ.-Prof. Dr. Werner Huber (1952-2016)

Research Interests

  • Irish Studies: Irish Literature, Irish Cultural Studies
  • Auto/Biography
  • British Romanticism (esp. Byron, the Romantic-Era novel)
  • Samuel Beckett
  • Contemporary Theatre and Drama in English
  • Film Studies (Literature and Film)


  • History of English Literature
  • Irish Literature
  • Cultural Studies
  • Theatre Studies
  • Film Studies 

Selected Publications

Monographs and Edited Collections

  • James Stephens' frühe Romane: Rezeption - Text - Intention. Sprache und Literatur: Regensburger Arbeiten zur Anglistik und Amerikanistik. 21. Frankfurt/Main, Bern: Peter Lang, 1982. (= Diss. Universität Mainz 1980).
  • (co-editor) Byron-Symposium Mannheim 1982. Paderborn: Universität-Gesamthochschule-Paderborn, Fachbereich 3, 1983.
  • (co-editor) series Studien zur englischen Romantik. Vols. 1-12 (1985-1996).
  • (co-editor) English Romanticism: The Paderborn Symposium. Studien zur englischen Romantik, 1. Essen: Die Blaue Eule, 1985.
  • (co-author) Critique of Beckett Criticism: A Guide to Research in English, French, and German. Columbia, SC: Camden House, 1994.
  • 'I was Ireland': Imagologie und Autobiographie in der irischen Literatur des 20. Jahrhunderts. Habilitationsschrift Paderborn 1995.
  • (co-author) A Checklist of Beckett Criticism in German. Paderborn: Schöningh, 1996. 
  • (co-editor) Biofictions: The Rewriting of Romantic Lives in Contemporary Fiction and Drama. Columbia, SC: Camden House, 1999. 
  • (co-editor) Alternative Romanticisms: Proceedings of the Grimma Conference 2001. Studien zur englischen Romantik, 15. Essen: Die Blaue Eule, 2003.
  • (editor) The Corvey Library and Anglo-German Cultural Exchanges, 1770-1837: Essays to Honour Rainer Schöwerling. Corvey-Studien, 8. München: Wilhelm Fink, 2004.
  • (co-editor) Self-Reflexivity in Literature. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2005.
  • (co-editor) Intermedialities. Focal Point, 6. Trier: WVT Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2007.
  • (co-editor) Irish Studies in Europe, 4 vols. to date. Trier: WVT Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2007ff.
  • (co-editor) Ireland: Representation and Responsibility. Irish Studies in Europe, 1. Trier: WVT, 2007.
  • (co-editor) Place and Memory in the New Ireland. Irish Studies in Europe, 2. Trier: WVT Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2009.
  • (co-editor) Staging Interculturality. CDE: Contemporary Drama in English, 17. Trier: WVT Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2010.
  • (co-editor) Contemporary Irish Film: New Perspectives on a National Cinema. Austrian Studies in English, Vol. 102. Wien: Braumüller, 2011.
  • (co-editor) Dreaming the Future: New Horizons/Old Barriers in 21st-Century Ireland. Irish Studies in Europe, 3. Trier: WVT Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2011.
  • (co-editor) Ireland in/and Europe: Cross-Currents and Exchanges. Irish Studies in Europe, 4. Trier: WVT Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2012.


  • "James Stephens: His Philosophy of Composition." Studies in Anglo-Irish Literature. Ed. Heinz Kosok. Bonn: Bouvier Grundmann, 1982. 182-189.
  • "On the Structure of Peter Shaffer's Amadeus." Modern Drama 27.3 (Sept. 1984): 299-313. Repr. in Contemporary British Drama, 1970-90: Essays from 'Modern Drama'. Ed. Hersh Zeifman and Cynthia Zimmermann. Basingstoke and London: Macmillan, 1993. 62-80. [co-author Hubert Zapf]
  • "Autobiography and Stereotypes: Some Remarks on Brendan Behan's Borstal Boy." Literary Interrelations: Ireland, England and the World. Vol. 3: National Images and Stereotypes. Ed. Wolfgang Zach and Heinz Kosok. Tübingen: Narr, 1987. 197-206.
  • "Irish Writers and the English Romantics." Beyond the Suburbs of the Mind: Exploring English Romanticism: Papers Delivered at the Mannheim Symposium in Honour of Hermann Fischer. Ed. Michael Gassenmeier and Norbert H. Platz. Studien zur englischen Romantik, 2. Essen: verlag die blaue eule, 1987. 79-94.
  • "Beckett und Athol Fugard." Beckett und die Literatur der Gegenwart. Ed. Martin Brunkhorst, Gerd Rohmann und Konrad Schoell. Heidelberg: Winter, 1988. 144-158.
  • "Flann O'Brien and the Language of the Grotesque." Anglo-Irish and Irish Literature: Aspects of Language and Culture. Proceedings of the Ninth International Congress of the International Association for the Study of Anglo-Irish Literature Held at Uppsala University, 4-7 August, 1986. Ed. Birgit Bramsbäck and Martin Croghan. Vol. II. Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis: Studia Anglistica Upsaliensia, 65. Uppsala, 1988. 123-130.
  • "Forgotten Novels of the Romantic Era, Part II: Mary Charlton, Rosella (1799)." English Romantic Prose. Ed. Günter Ahrends and Hans-Jürgen Diller. Studien zur englischen Romantik, 3. Essen: verlag die blaue eule, 1990. 39-49.
  • "Irish vs. English: Brian Friel's Making History." British Drama in the 1980s: New Perspectives. Ed. Bernhard Reitz and Hubert Zapf. (= anglistik & englischunterricht, 41). Heidelberg: Winter, 1990. 165-175.
  • "Maria Landgräfin von Hessen (1823-1772): Eine englische Prinzessin am hessischen Fürstenhof und ihre Bibliothek." Corvey Journal 2.2 (1990): 2-13.  [co-author Rainer Schöwerling]
  • "Introducing the Corvey Library." Factotum: Newsletter of the XVIIIth STC No. 33 (March 1991): 19-21.
  • "Notes on Beckett's Reception in Germany." The Crows Behind the Plough: History and Violence in Anglo-Irish Poetry and Drama. Ed. Geert Lernout. Amsterdam and Atlanta: Rodopi, 1991. 29-39.
  • "'Those scanty intellectual viands of the whole female reading public': Die Romane der Minerva Press in der Fürstlichen Bibliothek zu Corvey." Die Fürstliche Bibliothek Corvey: Ihre Bedeutung für eine neue Sicht der Literatur des frühen 19. Jahrhunderts. Ed. Rainer Schöwerling und Hartmut Steinecke. Corvey-Studien, 1. München: Fink, 1992. 205-217.
  • "Myth and Motherland: Edna O'Brien's Mother Ireland." A Small Nation's Contribution to the World: Essays on Anglo-Irish Literature and Language. Ed. Donald E. Morse, Csilla Bertha and István Pálffy. Irish Literary Studies, 45. Debrecen: Lajos Kossuth University; Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe, 1993. 175-181, 234-237.
  • "Godot, Gorba, and Glasnost: Beckett in East Germany." Beckett in the 1990s: Selected papers from the Second International Beckett Symposium, held in The Hague, 8-12 April, 1992. Ed. Marius Buning and Lois Oppenheim. (= Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd'hui, 2.) Amsterdam and Atlanta: Rodopi, 1993. 49-57.
  • "Self-Fashioning in the Irish Renaissance: Moore, Joyce, and the Autobiographical Intertext." Anglistentag 1994 Graz: Proceedings. Ed. Wolfgang Riehle and Hugo Keiper. Tübingen: Niemeyer, 1995. 77-86.
  • "'Pig's Back' and 'Enchanted Isle': Irish Autobiographers and their I/Is/Ireland." EESE: Erfurt Electronic Studies in English 1 (1995): 68-80. [URL: http://www.ph-erfurt.de/~neumann/eese/articles/huber/4_95.html].
  • "Towards a 'Comédie Humaine of Ireland': The Politics of James Stephens's Early Novels." Troubled Histories, Troubled Fictions: Twentieth-Century Anglo-Irish Prose. Ed. Theo D'haen and José Lanters. The Literature of Politics. The Politics of Literature: Proceedings of the Leiden IASAIL Conference: Volume 4; Costerus ns 101. Amsterdam and Atlanta: Rodopi, 1995. 95-103.
  • "Portraying the Irish Palatines: An Example of Alterity Discourse." Éire-Ireland 30.4 (1995): 173-180.
  • "'Devolving English Literature'; or, The Wild Irish Write Back: Irish Fiction and the Corvey Library." Literatur und Erfahrungswandel, 1789-1830. Ed. Rainer Schöwerling, Hartmut Steinecke und Günter Tiggesbäumker. Corvey-Studien, 5. München: Fink, 1996. 195-208.
  • "Biography in Contemporary Drama." Drama and Reality. Ed. Bernhard Reitz. CDE, 3. Trier: WVT, 1996. 133-143. [co-author Martin Middeke]
  • "Dead Poets Society: Byron, Postmodernism, and the Biographical Mode." Lord Byron the European: Essays from the International Byron Society. Ed. Richard A. Cardwell. Lewiston, Queenston, Lampeter: Edwin Mellen Press, 1997. 75-90.
  • "Byronic Bioplays." Byromania: Portraits of the Artist in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Culture. Ed. Frances Wilson. London: Macmillan, 1999. 93-108.
  • "The Plays of Martin McDonagh." Twentieth-Century Theatre and Drama in English: Festschrift for Heinz Kosok on the Occasion of His 65th Birthday. Ed. Jürgen Kamm. Trier: WVT, 1999. 555-571.
  • "Tom Stoppard and the English Disease." Anglistentag 1998 Erfurt: Proceedings. Ed. F.-W. Neumann and S. Schülting. Trier: WVT, 1999. 457-466.
  • "'Language is an Anguish': The Deterritorialization of Language on the Celtic Fringe". RANAM: Recherches Anglaises et Nord-Américaines 30 (1997) [2000]: 157-166.
  • "'Because it's two World Wars and one World Cup ...': Soccer as a Cultural Metaphor." Anglistentag 2001 Wien. Ed. Dieter Kastovsky, Gunther Kaltenböck, and Susanne Reichl. Trier: WVT, 2002. 283-292.
  • "Contemporary Drama as Meta-Cinema: Martin McDonagh and Marie Jones." (Dis)Continuities: Trends and Traditions in Contemporary Theatre and Drama in English. Ed. Margarete Rubik and Elke Mettinger-Schartmann. Trier: WVT, 2002. 13-23.
  • "De/Mythologizing Ireland on the Screen." Anglistentag 2002 Bayreuth. Ed. Ewald Mengel, Hans-Jörg Schmid, and Michael Steppat. Trier: WVT, 2003. 351-360.
  • "Monty Python." Der komische Körper. Ed. Eva Erdmann. Bielefeld: trans-cript, 2003. 294-300.
  • "From Leenane to Kamenice: The De-Hibernicising of Martin McDonagh?" Literary Views on Post-Wall Europe: Essays in Honour of Uwe Böker. Ed. Christoph Houswitschka, Ines Detmers, Anna-Christina Giovanopoulos, Edith Hallberg, Annette Pankratz. Trier: WVT, 2005. 283-294.
  • "Why this farce, day after day? On Samuel Beckett's Eleuthéria." Self-Reflexivity in Literature. Ed. Hubert Zapf, Martin Middeke, Werner Huber. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2005. 125-134.
  • "The Early Plays: Martin McDonagh, Shooting Star and Hard Man from South London." The Theatre of Martin McDonagh: A World of Savage Stories. Ed. Lilian Chambers and Eamonn Jordan. Dublin: Carysfort Press, 2006. 13-26.
  • "'Personalised lumps of matter': Beckett, Joyce, and Auto/Biography." Anglistentag 2005 Bamberg: Proceedings. Ed. Christoph Houswitschka, Gabriele Knappe, Anja Müller. Trier: WVT Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2006. 401-409.
  • "Celtic Tiger Cinema: Irish Dramatists and/as Filmmakers". Cinemas of Ireland. Ed. I. le Corff, E. Epinoux. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009. 192-204.
  • "Contemporary Irish Film: An Introduction." Contemporary Irish Film: New Perspectives on a National Cinema. Ed. Werner Huber and Seán Crosson. Austrian Studies in English, Vol. 102. Wien: Braumüller, 2011. 1-12. [co-author Seán Crosson]
  • "'What's the news from Kilcrobally?': Notes on the Reception of Contemporary Irish Theatre in German-Speaking Countries." Irish Drama: Local and Global Perspectives. Ed. Nicholas Grene and Patrick Lonergan. Dublin: Carysfort Press, 2012. 81-92.
  • "The Brothers McDonagh, Filmmakers." Anglistentag 2012 Potsdam: Proceedings. Ed. Karin Röder and Ilse Wischer. Trier: WVT, 2013. 71-80.



  • 1980  Dr.phil., University of Mainz (PhD thesis: "James Stephens' Early Novels")
  • 1977 Teacher's Diploma ("Erstes Staatsexamen Lehramt an Gymnasien") in English and German (diploma thesis: "Forms of Humour in Flann O'Brien's The Third Policeman")
  • 1971-1980 Student of English Language and Literature, American Studies, German Language and Literature: University of Mannheim / Amherst College, Amherst, MA / University of Mainz / Trinity College Dublin

Academic Career

  • 09/2005- Full Professor of English and American Language and Literature, University of Vienna
  • 09/1999-08/2005 Full Professor (C4) of English Literature, Chemnitz University of Technology
  • 10/1996-08/1999 Locum tenens ("Lehrstuhlvertretung"), University of Tübingen and Chemnitz University of Technology
  • 07/1995 Habilitation, University of Paderborn (venia legendi: "Englische Philologie")
  • 06/1980-08/1999 Research Assistant and Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Paderborn

Professional Memberships, Awards

  • Editorial (Advisory) Board Member: Litteraria PragensiaIrish German StudiesCanadian Journal of Irish StudiesIrish Studies ReviewIrish University Review, ongoing
  • 1999- Member of the Executive Committee of the European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies (EFACIS)
  • 2001-2009 President of the German Society for Contemporary Theatre and Drama in English (CDE)
  • 2000-2009 Vice-President (Europe) of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures (IASIL)
  • 1982-1996 Secretary-Treasurer and Vice-President of the German Society for English Romanticism
  • 09/1993-10/1993 Writer-in-Residence, Heinrich Böll Cottage, Achill Island, Co. Mayo, Ireland
  • 09/1973-08/1974 Fulbright Scholarship: Amherst College, Amherst, MA, USA