Sandra Mayer

Sandra Mayer, Dr.

Senior Research and Teaching Assistant for English Literature

Phone: +41 (0)44 634 36 79

Room number: PET-2


Sandra Mayer is a Senior Teaching and Research Associate in English Literature. She studied English and History at the universities of Graz, Sussex, and Vienna, where she received her doctorate in English Literature for a thesis on the reception of Oscar Wilde’s works on twentieth-century Viennese stages. In 2014, she was awarded an Erwin Schrödinger Research Fellowship by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) to undertake postdoctoral research at the University of Oxford’s English Faculty and Wolfson College, where she worked on a project exploring the intersections of literature, politics, and Victorian celebrity culture in the life and career of Benjamin Disraeli. This research forms part of a larger project – Art and Action – that investigates the complex interrelations of literary celebrity and politics in and through autobiographical life-writing genres. She also holds a Visiting Scholarship at the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing at Wolfson College, University of Oxford, where she co-ordinates the Centre’s “Life-Writing and Celebrity” research strand.

Her research interests include literary celebrity and authorship, life-writing, bio-fiction, cultural transfer and reception, literary networks and cosmopolitanism, literature and culture of the Victorian Age and the Fin de Siècle, and Neo-Victorianism.

For more information, see her personal website.


Select Publications

Wilde in Vienna: Pleasing and Teasing the Audience. Amsterdam: Brill-Rodopi (forthcoming in 2017).

"Art and Action: Authorship, Politics and Celebrity." Celebrity Studies 8.1 (2017): 152-156.

“Portraits of the Artist as Politician, the Politician as Artist: Commemorating the Disraeli Phenomenon." Journal of Victorian Culture 21.3 (2016): 281-300.

“Literary Cosmopolitanism and Agents of Mediation: Oscar Wilde and Fin-de-Siècle Viennese Artistic Networks.” Reconnecting Aestheticism and Modernism: Continuities, Revisions, Speculations. Ed. Bénédicte Coste, Catherine Delyfer and Christine Reynier. London: Routledge, 2016. 67-79.

 “The Art of Creating a Great Sensation: Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)." Celebrity Authorship and Afterlives in English and American Literature. Ed. Gaston Franssen and Rick Honings. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. 111-132.

 “Disparate Images: Literary Heroism and the 'Work vs. Life' Topos in Contemporary Biofictions about Victorian Authors.” Journal of Neo-Victorian Studies 7.1 (2014): 25-51. (co-authored with Julia Novak)

“Visions of Salome, Visions of Wilde: Critical Readings of Oscar Wilde’s Salome in Early-Twentieth-Century Vienna.” Performing Salome, Revealing Stories. Ed. Clair Rowden. Farnham: Ashgate, 2013. 49-69.


Journal Special Issues

  • "Art and Action: Authorship, Politics, and Celebrity." Special Issue of Celebrity Studies "Forum" 8.1 (2017). 
  • "Life-Writing and Celebrity." Ed. Sandra Mayer and Julia Novak. Special Issue of Life Writing (Routledge, forthcoming in 2018).
  • The Author in the Popular Imagination: Views from the Nineteenth Century. Ed. Joanna Neilly and Sandra Mayer. Special Issue of Forum for Modern Language Studies (Oxford University Press, forthcoming in 2018). 




Office Hours

Thursday, 12-2pm


In the autumn term 2017, she will be teaching a BA seminar on (celebrity) authorship in Victorian and Neo-Victorian fiction and a seminar course as part of the introductory compulsory module Textual Analysis