PhD Candidate & Teaching Assistant, University of Oxford

Franziska is working towards a DPhil in English Literature at Brasenose College, Oxford. Her thesis investigates the transformation of dream visions in Victorian fantastic literature within the interdisciplinary framework of nineteenth century psychology, focusing particularly on the works of Lewis Carroll, George MacDonald, Charles Kingsley and H.G. Wells. She further has a strong interest in German and Russian literature of the Nineteenth Century, and has worked on E.T.A. Hoffmann, Ivan Turgenev and Fyodor Dostoevsky.

Franziska has presented her research widely on numerous conferences, and has published articles on nineteenth century science and literature as well as postmodern adaptations of Victorian narratives. She is a committee member of the Lewis Carroll Society, and member of the British Society for Literature and Science, the British Association for Victorian Studies and the George MacDonald Society. She teaches Victorian, Fantastic and Children’s Literature at St Anne’s College, Oxford, and has in the past worked as journalist and translator, most recently for MARVEL Comics.


  • –present
    Doctoral Candidate & Teaching Assistant in Literature and Science, University of Oxford
  • 2013–present
    Graduate Tutor, University of Oxford
  • 2016–2016
    Tutor, Emory University
  • 2014–2015
    Tutor, ASE Bath
  • 2008–2011
    Tutor, TU Dresden


  • 2012 
    University of Sheffield, MA Nineteenth Century Studies
  • 2011 
    Universität Leipzig, BA English & Communication and Media Science


  • 2016
    ‘The stupidest tea-party in all my life’: Lewis Carroll and Victorian Psychiatric Practice, Journal of Victorian Culture
  • 2015
    A Scientific Guide to Seeing Fairies, REMEDIA - the history of medicine in dialogue with its present
  • 2014
    “Back to the Future: The Time Traveller’s Traumatic Jet Lag in A Christmas Carol. , Dickens on the Move – Between Cultures and Continents