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Dr. Gesa Jessen

Freie Universität Berlin

Researcher, Board Member

Habelschwerdter Allee 45
Room JK 30/206
14195 Berlin


Since 2021 Researcher at CRC 1171, Project C04 »Contestations of the principle of multicultural diversity in Germany´s literary and political public spheres«

10/2017-01/2021 DPhil at the University of Oxford (Wolfson College) 

2014–2017 Master in Comparative Literature at Freie Universität Berlin (Peter Szondi-Institut)

2010-2014 Bachelor in Comparative Literature with minor subject Art History at Freie Universität Berlin (Peter Szondi-Institut)

Completed projects

Nature after Romanticism – Literary Explorations of the Natural World in the Works of Heine, Lenau, Droste-Hülshoff


Research Areas

Nature and literature

Romanticism and reception of Romanticism

Literary theory

Politics and literature


„und daß ich selbst wieder zerrinnen möchte in süße Atome“ – Zur Dynamik von Wasser, Wirtschaft und Geschlecht in ‚Die Harzreise‘, Heine-Jahrbuch 2019



My Garden, an overgrown Swamp – Botanical Imagery and Environmental Thought in Annette von Droste-Hülshoff’s Poetry, lecture in the context of the SciencePoetry Research Seminars, TORCH – TheOxford Research Centre in the Humanities, University of Oxford, June 2019.

Wär ich ein Mann doch mindestens nur – Annette von Droste-Hülshoff’s reluctant feminism, lecture in the context of the Symposium Länder der Dichterinnen & Denkerinnen. Celebrating German-speaking feminist thinkers and writers, University of Oxford, March 2019.

und daß ich selbst wieder zerrinnen möchte in süße Atome – Dynamiken von Wasser, Selbst und Gender beim frühen Heine, lecture at the 21. Internationalen Forum Junge Heine Forschung, Heinrich-Heine-Institut, Heinrich-Heine-Gesellschaft e.V., Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, December 2018.

Praised and Condemned: German Rhetorics of Homosexuality between 1820 and 1980, lecture in the context of the Berlin-Oxford Workshops: Language, Literature and Culture, University of Oxford, June 2018.

Germans up on the Mountain and down by the Sea. Heinrich Heine’s Travel Pictures and the Emergence of Nature Tourism, lecture in the context of the Nineteenth Century Research Seminars, University of Edinburgh, January 2018.