Dr. Bärbel Höttges

Abteilung Banerjee

I am a literary and cultural studies academic currently working on my second book (Habilitation) in American Studies. I studied German, American, and Film Studies at the University of Mainz, the University of California, Irvine, and Columbia University, New York, and received my state exam diploma, my master’s degree, and my Ph.D. from the University of Mainz.



My current research focuses on childhood and grief, in particular in Puritan New England, and I am also interested and involved in ethnic studies, religion and literature, colonial literature, film studies, short fiction, and contemporary fantasy. My publications include various articles and the monograph Faith Matters: Religion, Ethnicity, and Survival in Louise Erdrich’s and Toni Morrison’s fiction.



I am a committed and enthusiastic teacher who continuously tries to develop and promote new teaching styles and methods. I completed the Rheinland-Pfalz-Zertifikat für Hochschuldidaktik in 2014 and, with my colleagues Jonathan Westwood and Micha Edlich, initiated and developed the online learning platform ARIEL (Academic Resources for Interactive English Learning).


Teaching Areas

  • Death and Grief in Literature and Culture
  • Childhood Studies
  • Colonial Literature
  • Ethnic Fiction, in particular African American and Native American Fiction
  • Short Stories
  • Literature and Film


Dr. Bärbel Höttges
Philosophicum II
Jakob-Welder-Weg 20
Room 02.204

Phone: +49-6131-39-22768

Office hours: by appointment