Dr Sandra Mayer

Dr Mayer studied English and History at the universities of Graz, Sussex, and Vienna. In 2011, she completed her PhD thesis on the reception of Oscar Wilde's works on twentieth-century Viennese stages as part of the research project "Weltbühne Wien - World Stage Vienna" and was awarded her doctoral degree under the auspices of the Austrian Federal President (promotio sub auspiciis praesidentis rei publicae). She subsequently worked as a lecturer in English Literature and Culture in the University of Vienna's English Department and as a senior research and teaching associate in the English Department at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. 

In 2017, she was awarded a Hertha Firnberg Research Fellowship by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) for a three-year research project dedicated to exploring the intersections of "Art and Action: Literary Celebrity and Politics" (2018-2021). The project will be undertaken in collaboration with the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing at Wolfson College, University of Oxford. 

She has lectured and published widely on the British and European reception of Oscar Wilde and have co-edited the volumes Ireland in Drama, Film, and Popular Culture (WVT, 2012) and Ireland in/and Europe: Cross-Currents and Exchanges (WVT, 2012). Her monograph, Oscar Wilde in Vienna: Pleasing and Teasing the Audience, was published with Brill-Rodopi in July 2018. 

As a literary and cultural historian, 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.