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Jennifer Neidhardt

Wiss. Mitarbeiterin

Jennifer Neidhardt M.A.
Gebäude: 23.31
Etage/Raum: 00.68
+49 211 81-14192


I am interested in processes of storytelling, rewriting and adaptation. My current research focus lies particularly on the reception of Greek and Roman antiquity, which I discuss from the perspective of queer theory in my dissertation project.

My seminars introduce students to concepts of gender, intertextuality and adaptation in classical literature as well as popular culture.

Research Interests


Reception studies
Classical Greek and Roman literature
Classical reception studies
Queer and feminist theories
Histories of gender and sexuality
English and German Romanticism
Monstrosity and otherness
Theories of popular culture and participation
Graphic narratives, digital narratives and intermediality
Online communities and interactive storytelling




Since 2019

Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf: PhD Comparative Literature

Thesis Title: "Queer Revisions of Greek Myth" (working title)


Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf: M.A. Comparative Studies in English and American Language, Literature and Culture

Thesis Title: “No one should live in a closet”: Queer Rewritings and the Influence of Transformative Fanwork on the Harry Potter Franchise


Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf: B.A. English and American Studies, Contemporary Japanese Studies

Thesis Title: Representations of Heroism in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion

Professional Experience

Since 2019


Research Assistant (Wiss. Mitarbeiterin), Department of Comparative Literature, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf



Graduate Assistant (Wiss. Hilfskraft), Department of American Studies, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf



Coordinator of the eLearning Support Fund, Studiendekanat Medizin, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf



Tutor for new students in English and American Studies, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf



Internships and Assistantships

  • Cirque du Soleil: Amaluna (2016)
  • Stadt Dortmund: Klangvokal Musikfestival (2016)
  • Funke Mediengruppe: WAZ Reiseredaktion (2015-2016)
  • Hochschulradio der Universität Düsseldorf (2015)
  • Mhoch4 – Die Fernsehagentur (2014-2015)
  • wysiwyg* digital product & brand design (2014)


Diving into the Wreck: Queer Theory and Revisions of Classical Myth (Online Advanced Seminar, WS '20/21)
Dancing with the Devil: Feminism and the Monstrous Lover in Literature and Cinema (Online Advanced Seminar, SoSe '20)
Tale As Old As Time? Rewriting and Intertextuality in Literature and Popular Culture (Advanced Seminar, WS '19/20)
SoSe '19: Academic Writing and Research: Literature (Tutorial, SoSe '19)
Tutorial for new students (WS '15/16)

Talks and Publications

"Lovers from the Underground: Contemporary Revisions of Hades and Persephone." Imagining Alternatives: Fantasy and the Political. Gesellschaft für Fantastikforschung, Online Conference, October 2020.

"The Three Lives of Tiresias: Revisiting ‘Transgender’ Myths and Their Reception." At the Crossroads: Narratives of the Excluded,  Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Online Conference, September 2020.

"'I knew there was something in the closet': Marvel’s Spider-Man and Queer Identity." Übersetzung, Lokalisierung, Imitation und Adaption: Aspekte der Comickomparatistik. Gesellschaft für Comicforschung, Schwarzenbach a.d. Saale, October 2019.

“"'The Hands of the King are the Hands of a Healer' – Masculinity and the Deconstruction of Traditional Heroism in the Work of J.R.R. Tolkien." 80 Jahre Tolkien – Rezeption und Wirkung. Deutsche Tolkien Gesellschaft, University of Aachen, October 2018.

Upcoming Publication: "Healers and Warriors: Masculinities and Heroism in the Work of J.R.R. Tolkien." Hither Shore, Vol. 15. Walking Tree Publishers: 2021.



Deutsche Gesellschaft für Comicforschung
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Fantastikforschung
Deutsche Tolkien Gesellschaft
Netzwerk Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung NRW
AG Partizipations- und Fanforschung