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Ms Leonie Wanitzek

I am a DPhil Candidate at the English Faculty under the supervision of Dr Stefano Evangelista. Before joining Oriel College, I completed an MA in English Literatures and Literary Theory at the University of Freiburg (Germany) and an undergraduate degree in English, History and Creative Writing at the Universities of Bayreuth (Germany) and Chester. I also worked as a research assistant and tutor for BA students at the University of Freiburg.

My research focuses on British writers and Italy in the period 1880-1920. I explore how literary representations of Italy, particularly Italian places, simultaneously produce constructions of English cultural and national identity.


“‘The South! something exclaims within me’: Real and Imagined Spaces in Italy and the South in Vernon Lee’s Travel Writing”. In: Cahiers victoriens et edouardiens 83 (2016). Issue ed. Laurence Roussillon-Constanty.

Wanitzek, Leonie. “Englishness, Summer and the Pastoral of Country Leisure in Twentieth-Century Literature”. In: Idleness, Indolence and Leisure in English Literature. Ed. Monika Fludernik and Miriam Nandi. Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

Wanitzek, Leonie. “Eros in the Classroom: Mentor Figures, Friendship and Desire in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and The History Boys”. In: Gender Forum: An Internet Journal for Gender Studies 39 (2012).