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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Ms Jennifer Caisley






Dr Charlotte Lee


My research focuses on the writings of the Goethezeit (otherwise known as the “long Eighteenth Century”) and the interplay between the literature and science of the period. Currently, I am researching the interaction between contemporary scientific discourse in the long Eighteenth Century and Goethe’s magnum opus Faust. This provides fascinating new material with which to interpret the work, particularly with regard to the depiction of the feminine.


  • Peterhouse Research Studentship for PhD, 2017-2020
  • Peterhouse Research Studentship for MPhil, 2016-2017
  • One of three shortlisted applicants for the 2018 Women in German Studies Postgraduate Essay Prize


GeB2 supervisions (translation from German into English)

Conference papers

  • "Goethean immateriality", given at the Institute for Modern Languages Research Graduate Forum held in London in October 2018
  • "Gipfel", given at the German Studies Association Annual Conference held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in October 2018
  • "Goethe's geology: finance and materiality", given at the "Economic Subjects" Trilaterial Colloquium held at the University of Cambridge in July 2018
  • "Da ist für mich nichts Neues zu erfahren: re-visiting Goethe's geological writings", given at the Binghamton University German Studies Colloquium held at Binghamton SUNY in April 2018
  • “The Epistolarity of Goethe’s Die Wahlverwandtschaften”, given at the “Becoming Epistolary” graduate conference held at New York University in April 2017
  • “The Unheimliche and the Heim in the works of E.T.A. Hoffmann”, given at the German Undergraduate Conference held at the University of Cambridge in February 2016

Other activities and roles

  • Co-convenor of the German Graduate Research Seminar
  • Mentor, national Cambridge Undergraduate Conference in German Studies