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English Department

Olivia Tjon-A-Meeuw

Olivia Tjon-A-Meeuw, Dr.

  • Teaching and Research Assistant in English Literature
  • Assistant Prof. Dr. Michael C. Frank
+41 44 634 3558
Room number
PET-106 und PLH 103
Working hours
Mo - Fr


Olivia Tjon-A-Meeuw is a teaching and research assistant at Prof. Dr. Michael C. Frank’s Chair of English Literatures of the 19th and 20th century.

She received her PhD in English Literature from the university of Zurich in 2023. Her dissertation entitled Writing the Caribbean: Race and Sexuality in (Neo-)Victorian Narratives studies how dispositives of race and sexuality developed in and through the anglophone Caribbean in the nineteenth century and remain active even today, a continuity that is particularly evident in historical fiction.

She holds an MA in English Literature and English Linguistics from the University of Zurich as well as a BA in English Literature and Linguistics.


HS 18 - FS 24 Textual Analysis (introductory module, 2 semesters)
FS 24 Queer Theory (BA seminar)
HS 23 Undead: The (Post)Colonial Zombie (BA seminar)
FS 23 Again and Again - The History of Serial Narrative (BA seminar)
FS 22 Imperial Nostalgia: Neo-Victorian Fictions of Empire (BA seminar)
FS 21 Refiguring the Colonial Caribbean (BA seminar)
HS 19 Shakespeare Week: As the Shrews Like It (excursion)
HS 19 A Contradictory Continuum: The Caribbean in 19th Century Literature (BA seminar)


Research Interests

  • Race
  • Sexuality
  • Gender
  • Intersectionality
  • Feminism
  • Postcolonialism
  • Victorianism
  • Neo-Victorianism
  • Seriality
  • Fan Fiction



Oppliger, Rahel, Olivia Tjon-A-Meeuw and Johanna Vogelsanger. "Fan Fiction in the Digital Age: Literary and Social Practices." Variations 27. (Forthcoming)

Tjon-A-Meeuw, Olivia. ‘An Oceanic Nation of Pirates in Emmanuel Appadocca or Blighted Life: A Tale of the Boucaneers’. Romance, Revolution & Reform, no. 4, 2022, pp. 81–100.

Tjon-A-Meeuw, Olivia."The Daughters of Bertha Mason—Caribbean Madwomen in Laura Fish’s Strange Music." Neo-Victorian Madness: Rediagnosing Nineteenth-Century Mental Illness in Literature and Other Media. Edited by Brenda Ayres and Sarah E. Maier, Palgrave, 2020, pp. 73-96.


Conference Papers and Talks

August 29-September 2, 2022. "'A Price above Rubies' – The (De)Valuing of Black Bodies in The Confessions of Frannie Langton." ESSE Conference 2022, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz.

January 13-14, 2021. "A Black Ship on the Caribbean Atlantic: A Space for a Counter-Nation in Maxwell Philip’s Emmanuel Appadocca; or the Blighted Life: A Tale of the Boucaneers." Romance, Revolution and Reform Virtual Conference: “Transnationalism in the Long-Nineteenth Century”, Southampton Centre for Nineteenth-Century Research.

February 14-15, 2020. "The Neverending Treasure: Seriality & The Archive of Fan Fiction." Interdisciplinary Fan Fiction Workshop, University of Zurich.

May 16, 2019. "'Das Fragment der Dunkelheit'- Die Lücke in Michel Foucaults Der Wille zum Wissen." Max Frisch und die Macht, Symposium, Zürcher Hochschule der Künste.

March 22-23, 2018. Is Bertha Mad because she is Black, or is she Black because she is Mad? Paper at the conference "On Whose Terms? Ten Years on…Critical Negotiations in Black British Literature and the Arts", Goldsmiths College, University of London.

November 1, 2016. Introduction to Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Talk given at the Theater Winterthur together with Prof. Dr. Barbara Straumann prior to the performance of Dracula by the TNT Theatre Britain.



June 7-8, 2024. Women and Crime Fiction Workshop, University of Zurich. Supported by a grant by the graduate campus of the University of Zurich and a grant by the UZH Alumni.

February 14-15, 2020. Interdisciplinary Fan Fiction Workshop, University of Zurich. Supported by a grant by the graduate campus of the University of Zurich.

November 8-9, 2019. Mitarbeit an der Organisation der Konferenz "The Figure of the Terrorist in Literature, Film and Media", Universität Zürich.