Field of Work
The principal research areas of Prof. Dickhaut are History of French and Italian Literature, European Theatre, Magic and magia naturalis (1400-1800), Intermediality, literary anthropology, the Early Modern period, emotions, poetological aspects and libraries in literature.
Recently her focus lies on European theatre (Italian Renaissance and French classicism) and on the representation of magic and its meaning in the Early Modern period. The project, funded by the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, investigates the relationship between fiction and magic (2017-2019).
In 1996 Dickhaut finished her studies in English and French Literature, in 2002 she finished her Phd. She published her second book on "Cythera and its symbolism in Italian and French Literature”. The book received the scientific award of the university of Giessen in 2013. She was appointed by the University of Graz (Austria) in 2013, in 2014 by the University of Koblenz-Landau and in 2016 by the university of Stuttgart where she has worked since 2017.
Prof. Kirsten Dickhaut has headed the Department of Romance Literatures I since 2017 and the Department of Romance Literatures II since 2019 as well as the Italy Centre at the Institute for Literatures at the University of Stuttgart.