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Olivia Tjon-A-Meeuw

Olivia Tjon-A-Meeuw, MA

  • Teaching and Research Assistant in English Literature
  • Assistant Prof. Dr. Michael C. Frank
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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 holds an BA in English Literature and Linguistics as well as Modern History. She also holds an MA in English Literature and Linguistics as well as Gender Studies. Both degrees are from the University of Zurich.

In her MA thesis 'Race' and Sex - A Foucauldian Approach to Reading (Neo-) Victorian Narratives, she analysed both classics of British Literature and unknown works from the Caribbean.


PhD Project

In her dissertation Writing the Caribbean: Race and Sexuality in (Neo-)Victorian Narratives Olivia Tjon-A-Meeuw looks at a moment in time, when the Caribbean had seemingly disappeared from British consciousness: the 19th century after the abolition of slavery. Analysing both canonical and less familiar novels such as Jane Eyre and Hamel, the Obeah Man, she looks at how these texts discursively create the West Indies as a space to be understood through the categories of race and sexuality, which are, as she argues, co-constructed. In the second part of this dissertation project, Olivia Tjon-A-Meeuw investigates if and how these discourses are taken up in Neo-Victorian texts such as Wide Sargasso Sea and Strange Music as they rewrite their textual predecessors. By combining Neo-Victorian studies with Postcolonial studies in the British-Caribbean context, she aims to make a contribution to a relatively understudied field.



FS 18 - HS 23 Textual Analysis (Einführungsmodul, 2-semestrig)

FS 22

FS 21

Imperial Nostalgia: Neo-Victorian Fictions of Empire (BA seminar)

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
  • 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.



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.