About

I am an experienced researcher and project officer with a particular interest in ideas of space and place in fictional and non-fictional writing in Wales, heritage tourism, maritime history and cultural geography.

Education

2014

  • Summer School ‘Culture & Technology’ – The European Summer School in Digital Humanities, 2014, Universität Leipzig


2013

  • Module for Teaching in Higher Education ‘Aktivierende Methoden in der Lehre’, Universität Leipzig

  • PhD (summa cum laude), Institut für Anglistik, Universität Leipzig, Thesis: ‘Re-inventing the Gwerin: Anglo-Welsh Identities in Fiction and Non-Fiction, 1847-1914’
    Supervisors: Prof Dr Joachim Schwend (Universität Leipzig) and Prof Tony Brown (Bangor University, Wales)
    Funded by: Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes


2008

  • Magistra Artium (GPA: 1.2), Universität Leipzig Master thesis: ‘Harry Potter and the Psychomachia’ (GPA: 1.0)
    1st Major: British studies at Institut für Anglistik
    2nd Major: German as a Foreign Language at the Herder-Institut


2006

  • ERASMUS semester at University of Wales, Bangor
    School of English; School of Modern Languages

Other Publications

RESEARCH DATABASE

  • Accounts of Travel: Travel Writing by European Visitors to Wales. Eds. Rita Singer, Kathryn N. Jones, Carol Tully and Heather Williams. European Travellers to Wales, 1750-2010. Bangor University, Bangor. 2013-2017. etw.bangor.ac.uk/about-database


EDITED VOLUMES

  • Richards, Thomas. Rob the Red-Hand and Other Stories of Welsh Society and Scenery. Ed. Rita Singer. Aberystwyth: Llyfrau Cantre’r Gwaelod, 2017.

  • Prichard, T. J. Llewelyn. The Adventures and Vagaries of Twm Shôn Catti. 1828. Ed. Rita Singer. Aberystwyth: Llyfrau Cantre’r Gwaelod, 2017.

  • Spooner, Louisa Matilda. Gladys of Harlech, or: The Sacrifice. 1858. Ed. Rita Singer. Honno Classics. Aberystwyth: Honno Press, 2017.

  • Britische Orientbilder: Auf Spurensuche zwischen Oxford und Oxiana. Ed. Rita Singer. Leipzig: Edition Hamouda, 2013.


RESEARCH ARTICLES, CHAPTERS AND INTRODUCTIONS

  • ‘Von Hay-on-Wye nach Blaenau Ffestiniog: Elmar Schenkels Reisen in Wales, 1974–2010.‘ Festschrift. Das Leben und die seltsamen Abenteuer des Elmar Schenkel, aus Soest, Professor. Nicht von ihm selbst verfasst. Eds. Maria Fleischhack, Jürgen Ronthaler, Stefan Welz. Leipzig: Edition Hamouda. 168-74.

  • ‘Through Wales in the Footsteps of William Gilpin: illustrated Travel Accounts by early French Tourists, 1768–1810.’ European Romantic Review 30 (2019): 127-47. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10509585.2019.1583563

  • ‘Introduction.’ Richards, Thomas. Rob the Red-Hand and Other Stories of Welsh Society and Scenery. Ed. Rita Singer. Aberystwyth: Llyfrau Cantre’r Gwaelod, 2017. vii-xlii.

  • ‘Introduction.’ Prichard, T. J. Llewelyn. The Adventures and Vagaries of Twm Shôn Catti. 1828. Ed. Rita Singer. Aberystwyth: Llyfrau Cantre’r Gwaelod, 2017. vii-xxxvi.

  • ‘Leisure, refuge and solidarity: messages in visitors’ books as microforms of travel writing.’ Studies in Travel Writing 20.4 (9 Mar 2017): 392-408. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13645145.2016.1259606

  • ‘Introduction.’ Spooner, Louisa Matilda. Gladys of Harlech, or: The Sacrifice. 1858. Ed. Rita Singer. Honno Classics. Aberystwyth: Honno Press, 2017. v-xvii.

  • ‘Adapting the Risorgimento: Ideas of Liberal Nationhood in L. M. Spooner’s Country Landlords (1860).’ Women’s Writing (20 Dec. 2016). https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09699082.2016.1268342

  • ‘Project report: Teithwyr Ewropeaidd i Gymru, 1750-2010 / European Travellers to Wales, 1750-2010.’ Journal of Tourism History 8.1 (11 Feb. 2016). Web http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1755182X.2016.1140826

  • ‘Liberating Britain from Foreign Bondage: A Welsh Revision of the Wars of the Roses in L. M. Spooner’s Gladys of Harlech; or, The Sacrifice (1858).’ Rule Britannia?: Britain and Britishness, 1707-1901. Ed. Christie Margrave. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015. 143-58.

  • ‘Bicultural Geographies: Narrating Anglo-Welsh Identities in the Novels of Allen Raine.’ International Journal of Welsh Writing in English 3 (2015): 102-22.

  • ‘“Vielen Dank im Voraus, meidet die Menschen und bleibt gesund”, oder: Die hohe Kunst der universitären E-Mail-Korrespondenz.’ Kulturkontakte / Cultures in Contact: Essays für Joachim Schwend. Eds. Frauke Hofmeister and Dietmar Böhnke. Leipzig: Edition Hamouda, 2013. 145-53.

  • ‘Vorwort.’ Britische Orientbilder: Auf Spurensuche zwischen Oxford und Oxiana. Ed. Rita Singer. Leipzig: Edition Hamouda, 2013.

  • ‘Rebellious Children of Wales: Amy Dillwyn and the Sons and Daughters of Rebecca.’ in: ‘Selected Papers from Strange New Today (Exeter, 17 Sep. 2011).’ Journal of Victorian Culture Online 29 Apr. 2013. http://myblogs.informa.com/jvc/2013/04/29/strange-new-today/

  • ‘Harry Potter and the Battle for the Soul: The Revival of the Psychomachia in Secular Fiction.’ Heroism in the Harry Potter Series. Eds. Katrin Berndt and Lena Steveker. Farnham: Ashgate, 2011. 25-38.

  • ‘A Welshman on the Water: The Portrayal of In-Betweener Identities in Richard Doddridge Blackmore’s The Maid of Sker (1872).’ Literatur in Wissenschaft und Unterricht 44.2/3 (2011): 139-52.


REVIEWS

  • ‘Stories of Solidarity and Wales: England’s First and Final Colony.’ Planet: The Welsh Internationalist 234 (May 2019).

  • ‘Queer Wales: The History, Culture and Politics of Queer Life in Wales.’ International Journal of Welsh Writing in English 5 (2018), 1. https://ijwwe.uwp.co.uk/article/id/384/

  • ‘Gwalia Patagonia.’ Planet: The Welsh Internationalist 215 (Aug. 2015): 83-5.

  • ‘Cartographies of Culture: New Geographies of Welsh Writing in English.’ Studies in Travel Writing 18.2 (2014): 201-2.


EDUCATIONAL WEB-BASED RESOURCES

ARTICLES IN THE POPULAR PRESS

  • ‘How Gothic Was My U-Boat?: The Welsh Press and German Submarine Warfare during the First World War.’ Planet: The Welsh Internationalist 236 (Nov 2019): 69-76.

  • ‘What now for UK Academia? Twelve Academics on Brexit.’ Women Are Boring. 27 June 2016. Web. https://womenareboring.wordpress.com/2016/06/27/what-now-for-uk-academia-twelve-academics-on-brexit/

  • ‘EwrOlwg: Cymru drwy Lygaid Teithwyr Ewropeaidd, 1750-2015 / EuroVisions: Wales through the Eyes of European Visitors, 1750-2015.’ Dehongli Cymru / Interpret Wales 22 (Spring 2016): 14-5.

  • ‘Land der tausend Geschichten: Walisische Ortsnamen und ihre Bedeutung.’ Liaisons 7 (Spring 2015): 6-11.

Memberships


  • Association for Welsh Writing in English

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