Henriette-Juliane Seeliger

PhD Project | Dissertationsprojekt

Men of the House – The Historicizing Construction of Masculinity in Recent British Period Drama (Working Title/Arbeitstitel)

As current debates in Western societies show, traditional gender roles are dissolving and we are confronted with questions that go beyond the prescribed roles for men and women, but question the binary division of the sexes itself. Yet, while old gender traditions are changing fast, paradoxically heritage drama series such as Downton Abbey (2010–2015), Mr Selfridge (2013–2016), and Upstairs, Downstairs (2010–2012), set in times when gender roles still seemed rather clear-cut, run very successfully. Based on Andreas Reckwitz’s theory of hybrid subjects and using methods of social semiotics and multimodal discourse analysis, my dissertation project seeks to answer the question whether the series reflect current changes in the gender order, or whether they are the visual expression of a backlash against current changes, of a nostalgia for “good old times” when men were still “truly masculine” and women knew their place. Since much energy has already been devoted to the representation of women on screen, I will be focusing particularly on how masculinity is constructed and represented in the dramas chosen.

Supervisor | Betreuer/in

Prof. Dr. Christoph Houswitschka (Lehrstuhl für Englische Literaturwissenschaft)


Research Interests | Forschungsschwerpunkte

  • Gender Studies & Feminist Theory
  • Film-/Media-/Adaptation Studies
  • Victorian Literature
  • Romantic Literature
  • Postcolonial Studies



Seit 2016

Promotionsstudium, Lehrstuhl für Englische Literaturwissenschaft, Universität Bamberg


European Joint Master’s Degree in English and American Studies, Universität Bamberg & The City College of New York, USA


BA Intercultural Studies (Anglistik & Europäische Geschichte), Universität Bayreuth & University of Chester, United Kingdom


Scholarships & Awards | Stipendien & Preise

seit 2019

Promotionsstipendium des Evangelischen Studienwerk Villigst e.V.


FeRNet – Mentee im “Female Researcher Network for Junior Researchers,” Universität Bamberg


PUSh – Preis für Studentinnen mit hervorragenden Leistungen, Universität Bamberg


DAAD Promos-Stipendium für einen Auslandsaufenthalt am City University New York, USA


Vollstipendium für das Bachelorstudium an der University of Chester, UK


Publications | Publikationen

Seeliger, Henriette and Tiara Sukhan. „From ‘Basic Bitch’ to ‘Boss Bitch’: Morality & Motherhood in NBC’s Good Girls.“ Bitch or Badass: Anti-heroines of Contemporary Literary Media, Television, and Cinema (working title), edited by Melanie A. Haas and N. A. Pierce. Lexington Books. [forthcoming]

Seeliger, Henriette. “Trapped Outside The History House: Language, History, and Belonging in three Generations of (Post-)Colonial Subjects.” in esse: English Studies in Albania. [forthcoming]

Seeliger, Henriette. “From Class to Culture: The Transformation of Conflict from Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice to Gurinder Chadha’s Bollywood Adaption Bride & Prejudice.Immortal Jane: Jane Austen in a Global Context, edited by Katharina Nambula, Göttingen Univ. Press. [forthcoming]

Seeliger, Henriette. “‘Raging Bull:’ Contesting Masculinity in Joyce Carol Oates’ A Book of American Martyrs (2017).” Gender Forum, no. 69, 2018, pp. 24-35.

Seeliger, Henriette. “Looking for Mr. Darcy: The Role of the Viewer in Creating a Cultural Icon.” Persuasions On-line, vol. 37, no. 1, 2016.

Reviews | Rezensionen

Seeliger, Henriette. “Feminismus als Verkaufsargument. Review of Andi Zeisler‘s We Were Feminists Once.” Feministische Studien, vol. 36, no. 1, 2018.


Contact | Kontakt

Professur Anglistik: Anglistische Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft
An der Universität 9
96047 Bamberg



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