Dr. Carmen Dörge

SFB 833
University of Tübingen
Nauklerstraße 35 / 2.09
72074 Tübingen


+49 7071 29-77154



Research Interests

  • Early Modern Poetry
  • Metaphysical Poetry
  • Religion and Literature
  • 19th Century Literature
  • Emily Dickinson


since 09/2017
Scientific Coordinator

for the SFB 833

10/2016 - 08/2017
Research Assistant

for the SFB 833, Project Z1 (Administration and Coordination), responsible for Public Relations

07/2009 - 07/2017
PhD Thesis

on "The Notion of Turning in Metaphysical Poetry" at Tübingen University

07/2009 - 09/2015
Research Assistant

in Project A2 "Interpretability in Context" of the SFB 833, Tübingen University

07/2004 - 12/2007
Student Assistant

at the chair of Professor Dr. Matthias Bauer, Tübingen University; editorial assistance for the journal "Connotations" (layout and copy-editing)

10/2004 - 06/2005
Year Abroad

at the University of Oxford (Corpus Christi College) as Visiting Student (English Literature and Language)

10/2002 - 01/2009
Magister Artium

at Tübingen University in the subjects English Literature, Musicology, and English Linguistics; M.A. Thesis: "The Discourse of Prayer in Secular Renaissance Sonnet Sequences"


  • Bauer, M., Beck, S., Riecker, S., Brockmann, S., Zirker, A., Bade, N., Dörge, C. & Braun, J. (2020). Linguistics Meets Literature. More on the Grammar of Emily Dickinson. Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter Mouton. Link.
  • Dörge, C. (2018). The Notion of Turning in Metaphysical Poetry. Münster: LIT Verlag. Link.
  • Dörge, C., & Bade, N. (2016). "Identifying Referents in Emily Dickinson's 'If it had no pencil'". Forum for Modern Language Studies 52.4, 393-413.
  • Bauer, M., Bade, N., Beck, S., Dörge, C., v. Eckartsberg, B., Ottschofski, S., Niefer, J., & Zirker, A. (2015). "Emily Dickinson's 'My life had stood a loaded gun' - An Interdisciplinary Analysis". Journal of Literary Semantics 44, 115-140.
  • Bade, N., Bauer, M., Beck, S., Dörge, C., & Zirker, A. (2015). "Ambiguity in Shakespeare's Sonnet 138". In S. Winkler (ed.), Ambiguity: Language and Communication. Berlin: De Gruyter. 89-109.
  • Bauer, M., Bauer, M., Beck, S., Dörge, C., v. Eckartsberg, B., Meder, M., Riedel, K., Zimmermann, J., & Zirker, A. (2010). "'The Two Coeval Come': Emily Dickinson and Ambiguity". LiLi 158, 98-124.


  • "The Word made Flesh in Metaphysical Poetry", The Power of the Word - Poetry: Word made Flesh - Flesh made Word, Universität Gdańsk, 12.-14.09.2013.
  • "Away from and towards God: Movement in the Sidney Psalter and Donne's Poetry", Psalm Culture and the Politics of Translation, Queen Mary University of London, 15.-17.07.2013.
  • "The Power of Language in John Donne's 'The Canonization'", Les mots: entre pouvoir et puissance - Literary Texts: The Power and the Possible, Université de Reims, 17. & 18.05.2013 (with Nadine Bade).
  • "Emily Dickinson's 'My life has stood a loaded gun'", Dialogues between Form and Meaning: Linguistic Methods in Literary Studies, Universität Tübingen, 01. & 02.09.2011 (with Nadine Bade and Janina Zimmermann).
  • "Ellipsis and Redundancy in John Donne's Poetry", 11th International Connotations Symposium poetic Economy: Ellipsis and Redundancy, Universität Tübingen, 31.07.-04.08.2011 (with Angelika Zirker).
  • "'To Dwell in Possibility' - Different Methods for Identifying Referents in Emily Dickinson's Poetry", Courant Research Centre Text Structures, Universität Göttingen, 29.06.2011 (with Nadine Bade).
  • "'To Dwell in Possibility' - Different Methods for Identifying Referents in Emily Dickinson's Poetry", Linguistics Meets Literature: Reflections on Methodology, Universität Tübingen, 06.05.2011 (with Nadine Bade).
  • "Shakespeare's Sonnet 138", Text Structure: Form, Meaning, and Processing, Universität Göppingen, 01.-03.07.2010 (with Project A2).
  • "This would be Poetry? - Emily Dickinson's Poem J1247", Linguistics Meets Literature: Interpreting Literary Texts, Universität Tübingen, 11.12.2009.


  • 04/2017-09/2017: Proseminar II The Poetry of Emily Dickinson

  • 04/2017-09/2017: Proseminar II Early Modern Love Poetry

  • 10/2010-03/2011: Proseminar I Introduction to English Literature

  • 04/2010-09/2010: Proseminar II Renaissance Poetry

  • 10/2007-03/2008: tutorial for the HS/OS Elizabeth Gaskell and Charlotte Brontë

  • 04/2007-09/2007: tutorial for the HS/OS Language and Character in English Fiction: Jane Austen

Workshop organisation

  • 02/2020: Co-organisation of "Linguistic Evidence 2020: Linguistic Theory Enriched by Experimental Data"

  • 02/2018: Co-organisation of "Linguistic Evidence 2018: Experimental Data drives Linguistic Theory"

  • 09/2014: "From sentence to text and back again - Approaches to text-type-specific sentence interpretation" (with N. Bade, F. Buscher, & J. Herdtfelder), University Tübingen (co-financed by the "Zukunftskonzept" of Tübingen University)

  • 10/2012-03/2013: Organisation of the SFB 833's Colloquium for PhD Students and co-organisation of the Colloquium Summer School 2012

  • 09/2010-03/2013: Member of the research network Wahrnehmungsräume - Räume der Wahrnehmung um 1600 und um 1900

  • 05/2012: Member of the Selection Committee for the German National Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes)

  • 09/2011: "Dialogues between Form and Meaning: Linguistic Methods in Literary Studies" (with N. Bade & J. Zimmermann), Tübingen University (co-financed by the Graduate Academy of Tübingen University)

  • 05/2011: "Linguistics Meets Literature: Reflections on Methodology" (with N. Bade), Tübingen University

  • 12/2009: "Linguistics Meets Literature: Interpreting Literary Texts" (with M. Bauer), Tübingen University