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Jennifer Neidhardt

Wiss. Mitarbeiter*in

Jennifer Neidhardt M.A.
Gebäude: 23.21
Etage/Raum: 02.063
+49 211 81-12521


I am interested in processes of participatory storytelling, mythmaking and and historiographic (mis-)remembering. My current research focus lies on the reception of Greek mythology in European Romanticism and its contemporary afterlife, which I discuss from the perspective of queer theory in my current PhD project.

My seminars introduce students to comparative mythologies, intertextuality and diversity in European literature and international popular culture.

Research Interests

Classical reception studies
Histories of gender and sexuality
Queer theory
European Romanticism
Participatory cultures and fandom studies




Since 2019

Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf: PhD Comparative Literature

Thesis Title: "Queering Romantic Hellenism and Its Afterlife" (working title)


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


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

Professional Experience

Since 2019


Research Assistant (Wiss. Mitarbeiter*in), 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)


Introduction to Classical Reception and Popular Mythmaking (Blockseminar, WS 21/22)
Romanticism and the Age of Revolution (Online Intermediate Seminar, SoSe '21)
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)
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.



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