Petra Dierkes-Thrun

  • Stanford University

Petra Dierkes-Thrun is a lecturer in Comparative Literature at Stanford University’s Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages. Her research and teaching interests include the European and transatlantic fin de siècle and modernism (including literature, the visual arts, opera, dance and film); feminist and queer theory; LGBTQ literary and cultural studies; and literary theory. Her book, Salome’s Modernity: Oscar Wilde and the Aesthetics of Transgression, was published in 2011. Petra also has published articles on Oscar Wilde, Arthur Symons, Stéphane Mallarmé, George Bernard Shaw, Richard Strauss, Victoria Cross, fin-de-siècle realism, and feminism and modernist dance.  She is an editorial board member of Rodopi’s “Dialogue” series and co-edits The Latchkey: Journal of New Woman Studies, a peer-reviewed, international scholarly online journal dedicated to the figure of the New Woman in fin de siècle and modernist society and culture, published by The Rivendale Press (UK) and affiliated with The Oscholars. Petra earned her Ph.D. in Cultural and Critical Studies from the University of Pittsburgh.