Birgit Breidenbach

Birgit Breidenbach


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Personal profile

Academic Background

I joined UEA in 2018 as a Lecturer in Literature and Philosophy after gaining research and teaching experience at the University of Warwick and Queen Mary University of London.

In my research, I study the role of mood and other collective forms of feeling in our encounters with literature and other artistic forms. I am particularly interested in the idea that literature can convey or produce certain moods and in the ways in which the textual dynamic of affect intersects with wider political, social and cultural questions. I use an interdisciplinary approach drawing on aesthetic theory, philosophy and affect theory to study these phenomena. Since my background is in comparative literary studies with a particular focus on modern Anglophone, German and Russian literature, I study aesthetic articulations of mood across literatures and languages.

My monograph Aesthetic and Philosophical Reflections on Mood: Stimmung and Modernity (Routledge, 2020) investigates aesthetic philosophies of mood in works by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Samuel Beckett and Thomas Bernhard. I'm also the co-editor of the interdisciplinary volume Mood: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, New Theories (Routledge, 2019).

You can watch my lockdown lecture on the question 'Who's in Charge of Our Emotions?' for the Royal Institute of Philosophy here


Office hours: 

My spring semester office hours are 2-3pm on Tuesdays and 11am-12 on Thursdays. Please note that this semester my office hours will take place online on Microsoft Teams. If you'd like to book an appointment, please contact me via email.

Teaching Interests

My teaching interests include aesthetic and critical theory, the intersection of literature and philosophy, comparative literary studies, contemporary fiction and modern world literature. At UEA, I have taught the LDC modules Literature and Philosophy, Criticism/Critique, Critical Theory and Practice, Contemporary Fiction, Reading Texts I and II and Literature in History II: Varieties of Realism.

I'm a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Warwick


Master of Arts, University of Warwick


Bachelor of Arts, Justus Liebig University Giessen


External positions

Teaching Fellow in Comparative Literature, Queen Mary, University of London


Early Career Fellow, Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick