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Mag. Dr. Julia Lajta-Novak, M.A.


Research Interests

  • Life-Writing, Biographical Fiction
  • Gender Studies
  • Restoration Verse Satire
  • Poetry and Performance
  • Black British Literature
  • Literature Development



  • Introductory Seminar "Victorian Women Writers"
  • AR "Life Writing"
  • AR "Sounding the Word"
  • KO Critical Readings in Literature: "The Politics of Genre"




Julia Lajta-Novak has recently joined the department as Visiting Professor of English and Anglophone Literatures (summer term 2016). She currently holds the University of Salzburg’s Marie Andessner Research Scholarship for a project entitled “Portrait of the Woman Artist: Gender and Genre in Biofiction”, which was previously supported by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF Hertha Firnberg programme).

Julia Lajta-Novak studied English and Music in Vienna and Edinburgh, and Arts Management in London. She is founder and artistic director of Vienna Lit, a literary society dedicated to the promotion of literature/s in English. She has written a book on reading groups, Gemeinsam Lesen: Die Buchgruppe als soziales Phänomen und ökonomische Triebkraft (Lit, 2007), and a book entitled Live Poetry: An Integrated Approach to Poetry in Performance (Rodopi, 2011). She is a published poet, editor of a collection of stories about Vienna, Vienna:Views (Luftschacht, 2006), and co-editor of Staging Interculturality (WVT, 2010), Ireland in/and Europe (WVT, 2012), and Ireland in Drama, Film, and Popular Culture (WVT, 2012).

Julia Lajta-Novak has been a visiting research fellow at King’s College London (2012, 2015-16), the Institute of English Studies, University of London (2010), and at the English Faculty, University of Oxford (2013). In 2015 she received the University of Salzburg’s Excellence in Teaching Award. For her PhD project on live poetry she was awarded a DOC scholarship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (2006/7), the Theodor Körner Prize (2007), the Dr Maria Schaumayer Prize (2010), and the DOC Award of the City of Vienna (2010).

She is a member of the University of Vienna's Biography Research Network.

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