Lisa Ebert

Proceedings opened: 28 September 2018
Dissertation colloquium: 10 May 2019

Biographical Information

  • Since October 2015: Dissertation Fellowship German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes)
  • Associate Member DFG Research Training Group 1808: Ambiguity - Production and Perception
  • 2007 – 2013: Studied English and German literature and linguistics (Teaching degree) at the University of Tuebingen and Willamette University, OR, USA
  • 2010 – 2013: Student Assistant Chair Professor Dr. Bauer
  • 2010 – 2013: Scholarship German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes)
  • 2011 – 2012: Peer Mentor Project „Annotating Literature“
  • 2011 – 2012: Teaching Assistant „Introduction to English Literature“
  • 2013: First State Examination in English and German literature and linguistics (with distinction)
  • 2013 – 2016: Master Program „English Literatures and Cultures“, University of Tübingen (M.A. 4 March 2016 with Distinction)
  • 2013 – 2014: Graduate Assistant DFG Research Training Group 1808: Ambiguity - Production and Perception
  • 2014 – 2015: Research Assistant University of Tübingen


Ambiguity in Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights (working title)

The aim of this dissertation project is to offer a new reading of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights by addressing ambiguity as a thematic focal point and structural key element of the novel. Wuthering Heights is not just an ambiguous narrative; it presents a world and inhabitants whose very nature is ambiguous. Problems of perception and narration are foregrounded and interlinked, as characters and narrators struggle to evaluate and mediate their experiences. The focus of the proposed reading of the novel will be both an analysis of local phenomena of ambiguity with regard to perception, narration and fictional reality, and a global perspective on the constitution of ambiguity through the interplay of text passages that are either ambiguous in themselves or in relation to each other. Exploring the link between the ontological, epistemological and narrative ambiguity as characteristic of Wuthering Heights, my study also strives to advance our knowledge of ambiguity and the way in which its manifestations are related to each other.

Research Interests

  • Ambiguity
  • Emily Brontë
  • Nineteenth Century Literature
  • Interface literary studies – linguistics



  • Winter Term 2015-16
    • Undergratuate Seminar I "Introduction to Literary Studies"
  • Summer Term 2015
    • Undergraduate Seminar II "Nature and Narration in Nineteenth Century Literature"
  • Winter term 2014-15
    • Undergraduate Seminar I "Introduction to Literary Studies"



"Conventionalized Metaphors and Ambiguity in Oscar Wilde‘s Society Comedies”. May 21, 2016 at the “Advances in Metaphor Studies” Conference (20.-22.05.2016) in Genoa.
“Immediacy and Reflection in Emily Brontë‘s Wuthering Heights”. June, 17 2016 at the “International Conference on Narrative 2016“ (16.-18.06.2016) in Amsterdam.
“The Interplay between Ambiguous Elements in Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights”. July 28, 2016 at “PALA 2016: In/Authentic Styles“ (27.- 30.07.2016) in Cagliari.
“Ambiguität in Emily Brontës Wuthering Heights”. November 20, 2015 at the “Abschlussworkshop GRK 1767 ‘Faktuales und Fiktionales Erzählen’” (20.-21.11.2015), Albert Ludwigs University Freiburg.