I. Julia Bührle

Non-Stipendiary Junior Research Fellow (English)
Maîtrise (Paris), Master II (Paris), M.St. (Oxon), Ph.D. (Paris/ Stuttgart)

Iris Julia Bührle is a Junior Research Fellow at New College and a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the English Faculty. She studied Comparative Literature, History of Art and International Relations in Stuttgart, Paris (Sorbonne-Nouvelle/ Sciences Po) and Oxford, before completing her PhD in Paris and Stuttgart. Her doctoral dissertation on ballet adaptations of works of literature was awarded the Franco-German University’s prize for the best binational PhD thesis. She also worked for UNESCO, Suhrkamp publishers and the Paris Opera.

Research Interests

Dr Bührle has worked on various authors and periods in English, German and French literature. The main focus of her recent research is the relationship between literature, music and dance, and the ways in which works of literature have been adapted by librettists and choreographers since the beginnings of ballet history. She is currently researching into dance adaptations of Shakespeare’s works.


Dr Bührle mainly teaches Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama, with a particular interest in performance and adaptation.

Selected publications

Articles/ book chapter:

  • “Titania’s Dream: three choreographic Midsummer Night’s Dreams of the twentieth century”, Shakespeare Survey 71, forthcoming 2018.
  • “Shakespeare ballets in Germany: From Jean-Georges Noverre to John Neumeier”, in: The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Dance, edited by Lynsey McCulloch and Brandon Shaw, Oxford: OUP, forthcoming 2018.
  • “Pas de deux for a hunchback and a cathedral: Roland Petit’s Notre-Dame de Paris”, Forum for Modern Language Studies, forthcoming 2019.
  • “Brigands in pointe shoes and selfless spirits: salvage and salvation in nineteenth-century ballets”, Comparative Critical Studies, forthcoming 2018.
  • “Dances of Death from Paris to Saint Petersburg: Suicides in Ballet”, European Drama and Performance Studies 7 (2016), 171-184. 



  • Literature and dance: the choreographic adaptation of works of literature in Germany and France from the 18th century to the present day (German), Würzburg: Koenigshausen & Neumann, 2014.
  • Robert Tewsley: Dancing beyond borders/Tanz über alle Grenzen (bilingual English-German), Würzburg: Koenigshausen & Neumann, 2011.