Professor Martina Lauster

Emeritus Professor


Professor Lauster works mainly in comparative literature of the nineteenth century. She is interested in the 'journalistic revolution' that began to affect all forms of writing and publishing from about 1830. Her publications focus on German literature, notably metropolitan illustrated sketches, in a European context. Special interests include the influence of scientific observation (e.g. microscopy) and of popular forms of entertainment (e.g. magic lantern shows) on literary representation. She is currently working on a study of Karl Gutzkow as an author to be understood within nineteenth-century networks of knowledge. She also (co-)edits texts appearing in the internet edition of Gutzkow's works and, together with Professor Gert Vonhoff, acts as coordinator of this international, Exeter-based project.