Miriam Lahrsow

Proceedings opened: 30 March 2021
Dissertation colloquium: 8 October 2021


Biographical information:

  • Born in 1994
  • Graduated in 2012 from the Goldberg-Gymnasium Sindelfingen
  • 2012-2015: B.A. English (major) and International Literatures (minor) at Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
  • 2015-2017: M.A. English Literatures and Cultures at Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
  • 2015-2017: Student assistant for the Research Training Group 1808 “Ambiguity - Production and Perception” and for the Digital Humanities project “Explanatory Annotation: A Research Project in Digital Literary Annotation”
  • Oct. 2017-Apr. 2018: Research Associate at the English Department of Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen (Chair: Prof. Dr. Matthias Bauer)
  • Sept. 2018 - Dec. 2018: Research Stay in Birmingham and Edinburgh
  • Since April 2018: Research Associate and PhD Candidate in the Research Training Group 1808: “Ambiguity - Production and Perception”


Research Interests:

  • English Literature (18th and 19th century)
  • Explanatory Annotation
  • Digital Humanities


Abstract: "The Author as Annotator: Ambiguities of Self-Annotation in Pope and Byron" (working title)


This dissertation project is concerned with self-annotations, i.e. with elucidations for a literary text (usually in the form of foot- or endnotes) which were written by the author of the text himself. The focus hereby lies on Alexander Pope’s (1688-1744) The Dunciad as well as on selected poems by Lord Byron (1788-1824). The self-annotations of both authors have various functions: In some cases, they are indeed meant to help readers understand the annotated text better; in other cases, however, they are used in order to manipulate readers’ understanding of the text or even to call the main text itself into question.

My dissertation aims at analysing the different strategies of self-annotation that Byron and Pope employ in order to enrich, change, ambiguate, or disambiguate the meaning of single text passages or of the text as a whole.



  • “Pope’s and Byron’s Self-Annotations: Brevity, Efficiency, and Ambiguity” Paper at Kolloquium of the RTG Kleine Formen (04.11.2019, Berlin)
  • "Transgressing the Boundaries of the Text: Byron’s Self-Annotations" Paper at Conference Transgressive Romanticisms (04.-08.09.2019, Vechta).
  • "More than Just Explanations: Functions of Self-Annotation in Pope and Byron" Paper at the 15th International Connotations Symposium (28.07.-1.08.2019, Tübingen)
  • Nor’westers, Fighting Cocks, and Obserwations: A Digital Annotated Edition of The Chimes (with Angelika Zirker). Talk at the Dickens Conference, University of Tübingen, 30.07.2018.
  • The Author as Annotator - Ambiguity, Understanding, and Auto-Annotation in Byron and Pope. Talk at the International Young Researchers Workshop “Understanding Understanding”, University of Tübingen, 04.05.2018.
  • TEASys: Digitales kollaboratives Annotieren als Lehr- und Lernprozess (with Leonie Kirchhoff, Angelika Zirker und Matthias Bauer). Poster presentation at the DHd2018 „Kritik der digitalen Vernunft“, University of Cologne, 01.03.2018.
  • Erklärende Annotationen und Textverständnis im digitalen Medium (with Leonie Kirchhoff). Talk at the Young Researchers Workshop “Verstehen verstehen”, University of Stuttgart, 15.02.2018.





  • Summer Term 2018
    • “Aestheticist and Decadent Literature”
    • “Digital Methods in Literary Studies” (together with Matthias Bauer)
  • Winter Term 2017/18
    • “Introduction to Literary Studies”