Janine Hauthal studied Applied Theatre Studies in Giessen and Bristol and earned her PhD in English from the University of Giessen. Her PhD thesis analyses plays by Sarah Kane, Martin Crimp, Michael Redhill and Alan Ayckbourn and won the bi-annual CDE award of the German Society for Contemporary Theatre and Drama in English for the best new monograph study in the field of contemporary drama and theatre in English in 2008. After working as research assistant and assistant professor at the universities of Giessen and Wuppertal, she is at present Postdoctoral Fellow of the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (2014-2021), where she is affiliated with the Centre for Literary and Intermedial Crossings (CLIC). She also holds a part-time, temporary research professorship in the Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies at VUB (2016-2021).
Her research focusses on metareference across media and genres (especially metadrama), British drama since the 1990s, European postdramatic theatre, British ‘fictions of Europe’, contemporary (Black) British writing, and cultural and intermedial narratology. Her publications include her monograph Metadrama und Theatralität: Gattungs- und Medienreflexion in zeitgenössischen englischen Theatertexten (2009) and the edited collections Metaisierung in Literatur und anderen Medien: Theoretische Grundlagen – Historische Perspektiven – Metagattungen – Funktionen (with Julijana Nadj, Ansgar Nünning and Henning Peters, 2007) and Kulturwissenschaften exemplarisch: Gießener Forschungsbeiträge zu acht Kernkonzepten (with Martin Zierold and Horst Carl, 2011). In addition, her work has been published in international peer-reviewed journals such as Modern Drama, Journal for Postcolonial Writing, Lili – Zeitschrift für Literaturwissenschaft und Linguistik and English Text Construction as well as with Brill, De Gruyter, and Routledge. She is currently completing a monograph on Britain in Europe: The Emergence of Transnational Discourses in Contemporary British Literature and working on a new FWO-funded project concerned with “Europe in the Anglophone Settler Imagination after 1989”.
From October 2020 onwards, she will hold a position as Professor of Intermediality at VUB (tenure track).