Kathrin Bartha, M.A.


Doctoral Researcher

Kathrin Bartha
studied English, German, and North American studies at Freie Universität Berlin, Babes-Bolyai University (Romania), and Melbourne University. She is currently writing her PhD thesis within the Joint PhD program between Goethe Universität (Frankfurt) and Monash University (Melbourne). Her PhD project examines how we can understand the Anthropocene through fiction.

Research Interests

  • Ecocriticism and the Environmental Humanities
  • Postcolonial Theory
  • Gothic Studies
  • Memory Studies
  • Literature and Globalisation

Current research project

PhD project “Uncanny Anthropocene: Australian Fiction of an (Un)natural Crisis”; supervisor: Prof. Susan Kossew, Prof. Frank Schulze-Engler

Selected publications (selected)

Articles (peer-reviewed)

  • “The Specter of Landscape: The Postcolonial Gothic, Preternatural, and Aboriginal Spiritual in Alexis Wright’s Plains of Promise. Preternature: Critical and Historical Studies on the Preternatural (2016). https://muse.jhu.edu/article/634830/pdf


Functions and Activities

  • Postgraduate Representative of ASLEC-ANZ (The Association for the Study of Literature, Environment and Culture, Australia and New Zealand)

Selected presentations

  • Conference presentation: “Reading Apocalypse as an Unethical Future in Briohny Doyle’s The Island Will Sink.” (Un)ethical Futures: Utopia, Dystopia and Science Fiction, Melbourne, December 2017.
  • Conference presentation: “Uncanny Anthropocene: The Ecogothic and Peter Weir’s The Last Wave,” 15th Association of Australian Studies Conference: Nature and Environment in Australia, Cologne, September 2016.
  • Conference presentation: “The (Post)colonial Gothic and Reconciliation in Alexis Wright’s Plains of Promise,” International Gothic Association: Gothic Migrations, Vancouver, July 2015.