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Dr. Christine Matzke

Faculty of Languages and Literature
Department of English Literature


Before joining the University of Bayreuth in spring 2011 I taught literature and theatre in the Department of New Literatures in English at Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main (2001-2003) and the African Studies Department, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (2003-2010). I studied at Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main and Queen Mary (then QMW), University of London, and hold degrees from the University of Leeds. I was an associate editor to African Theatre, (James Currey/Boydell & Brewer) from 2013 until 2020 when the series ended; from 2004-2015 I was a member of the editorial board of Matatu: Journal for African Literature and Culture (Rodopi/Brill). My main interests are African, especially Eritrean, theatre and performance, postcolonial crime fiction and medical humanities. I have written too many book reviews; and I believe that studying literature should (also) be fun. Together with a group of colleagues based in the UK, USA, Canada, and Nigeria, I am currently involved in researching a German-Nigerian television production from the 1960s.


  • African Theatre Association (AfTA)
  • Association for Anglophone Postcolonial Studies (GAPS)
  • International Federation of Theatre Research (IFTR)

Faculty of Languages and Literature
Department of English Literature


  • African theatre and performing arts
  • British drama since 1890
  • Shakespeare in performance
  • Anglophone African literature
  • Popular literature (crime fiction)
  • Sports and culture
  • Concepts of diaspora
  • Historiography
  • Medical Humanities

Faculty of Languages and Literature
Department of English Literature



Lena van der Hoven, Christine Matzke, Hilde Roos, Christopher Odhiambo: Introduction. In: Christine Matzke, Lena van der Hoven, Christopher Odhiambo, Hilde Roos (Hrsg.): African Theatre 19 : Opera & Music Theatre. - Woodbridge, Suffolk : James Currey, 2020. - S. 1-13.

Christine Matzke: "Home is where the memory persists most" : Introducing Zainabu Jallo's We Take Care of Our Own. In: Christine Matzke, Lena van der Hoven, Christopher Odhiambo, Hilde Roos (Hrsg.): African Theatre 19 : Opera & Music Theatre. - Woodbridge, Suffolk : James Currey, 2020. - S. 194-202.

African Theatre 19 : Opera & Music Theatre. - Christine Matzke, Lena van der Hoven, Christopher Odhiambo, Hilde Roos (Hrsg.). - Woodbridge, Suffolk : James Currey, 2020. - 288 S.


Christine Matzke: "Abraham Verghese, Cutting for Stone (2009)" und "Abraham Verghese: Biogramm" . In: Heinz Ludwig Arnold (Hrsg.): Kindlers Literatur-Lexikon : KLL. 3., völlig neu bearb. Auflage - Online. - Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler, 2019.

Christine Matzke: Flânerie of the Mind : Beyene Haile’s Asmara Play as a Dramaturgy of the Street. In: Peter Eckersall, Helena Grehan (Hrsg.): The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Politics. - Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon/New York : Routledge, 2019. - S. 268-271.


Christine Matzke: "Helon Habila: Waiting for an Angel (2002)" und "Ama Ata Aidoo: Anowa (1970)" . In: Heinz Ludwig Arnold (Hrsg.): Kindlers Literatur-Lexikon : KLL. 3., völlig neu bearb. Auflage - Online. Update 3/2018 (Mai). - Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler, 2018.


Christine Matzke: Whose Side Are You On? Cold War Trajectories in Eritrean Drama Practice, 1970s to Early 1990s. In: Christopher B. Balme, Berenika Szymanski-Düll (Hrsg.): Theatre, Globalization and the Cold War. - London : Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. - S. 273-292.

Christine Matzke: Staging "Islam" : Sefi Atta's Hagel auf Zamfara [The Sentence] at the Theater Krefeld/Mönchengladbach. In: Research in African Literatures, 48 (2017). - S. 225-242.


Christine Matzke: Surviving (with) Theatre : a History of the ELF and EPLF Cultural Troupes in the Eritrean War of Independence. In: Patrick Duggan, Lisa Peschel (Hrsg.): Performing (for) survival : theatre, crisis, extremity. - Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. - S. 17-36.

Christine Matzke: Introducing Blickakte - "Acts of Viewing" : "Do I see what I see, do I know what I know, do I hear what I hear ...". In: James Gibbs, Femi Osofisan (Hrsg.): African Theatre: China, India & the eastern world. - Woodbridge, Suffolk : Currey, 2016. - S. 31-40.


Christine Matzke: Introducing "The Sentence" by Sefi Atta. In: Yvette Hutchison, Christine Matzke, Jane Plastow (Hrsg.): African Theatre 14: Contemporary Women. - Woodbridge, Suffolk : James Currey, 2015. - S. 109-112.

African Theatre 14: Contemporary Women. - Yvette Hutchison, Christine Matzke, Jane Plastow (Hrsg.). - Woodbridge, Suffolk : Currey, 2015. - XII, 144 S.


Christine Matzke: "I want to dialogue" : Chief Muraina Oyelami Talking Osogbo and Beyond. In: Isidore Diala (Hrsg.): Syncretic arenas : essays on postcolonial African drama and theatre for Esiaba Irobi. - Amsterdam : Rodopi, 2014. - S. 333-346.

Christine Matzke: Afrika. In: Peter W. Marx (Hrsg.): Hamlet-Handbuch : Stoffe, Aneignungen, Deutungen. - Stuttgart : Metzler, 2014. - S. 330-342.


Christine Matzke: Writing a Life into History, writing Black Mamba Boy : Nadifa Mohamed in Conversation. In: Northeast African Studies, 13 (2013). - S. 207-224.

Christine Matzke: Performing the Nation at the London Globe : Notes on a South Sudanese Cymbeline ; "We will be like other people in other places". In: Jane Plastow (Hrsg.): African Theatre 12 : Shakespeare in & out of Africa. - Woodbridge, Suffolk : James Currey, 2013. - S. 61-82.

Christine Matzke: Into the Heart of Whiteness : Performing African Moon in Krefeld: Gabriel Gbadamosi in Conversation. In: Bernth Lindfors, Geoffrey V. Davis (Hrsg.): African literatures and beyond : a florilegium. - Amsterdam : Rodopi, 2013. - S. 257-269.

Christine Matzke: Ascari Tales : Preliminary Notes on Gebreyesus Hailu’s the Conscript. In: Lars Berge, Irma Taddia (Hrsg.): Themes in modern african history and culture : Festschrift for Tekeste Negash. - Padova : Libreriauniversitaria.it, 2013. - S. 357-363.


Christine Matzke: "Stark Raving Sane" or Playing Kupenga Kwa Hamlet (The Madness of Hamlet) : Tonderai Munyevu in Conversation. In: Julius Heinicke, Hilmar Heister, Tobias Robert Klein, Viola Prüschenk (Hrsg.): Kuvaka Ukama – Building Bridges : a tribute to Flora Veit-Wild. - Heidelberg : kalliope paperbacks, 2012. - S. 361-372.

Christine Matzke: Of Guns, Ghosts, and Gangsters : a preliminary checklist of African and African-Diasporic crime novels in English. In: Anja Oed, Christine Matzke (Hrsg.): Life is a thriller : investigating African crime fiction ; selected papers from the 9th International Janheinz Jahn Symposium, Mainz, 2008. - Cologne : Rüdiger Köppe, 2012. - S. 203-212.

Christine Matzke: Michael Adonai . In: Emmanuel K. Akyeampong, Henry Louis Gates (Hrsg.): Dictionary of African biography. Band 4. Maal - Odhia. - New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 2012. - S. 208-210

Life is a Thriller : investigating African crime fiction ; selected papers. - Anja Oed, Christine Matzke (Hrsg.). - Köln : Köppe, 2012. - 246 S.

Anja Oed, Christine Matzke: Introduction. In: Anja Oed, Christine Matzke (Hrsg.): Life is a thriller : investigating African crime fiction ; selected papers. - Köln : Köppe, 2012. - S. 9-15.

Christine Matzke: "Alemayo Kahsay [with Memher Asres Tessema, Tedros Hagos and Yakem Tesfai]" and "Alemseged Tesfai" . In: Emmanuel K. Akyeampong, Henry Louis Gates (Hrsg.): Dictionary of African biography. Band 1. Abach - Brand. - New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 2012. - S. 160-162


Christine Matzke: "Travellers of the Street" : Flãnerie in Beyene Haile's Heart-to-Heart Talk. In: New Theatre Quarterly, 27 (2011). - S. 176-188.


Christine Matzke: Theatre in Eritrea . In: Siegbert Uhlig, Alessandro Bausi (Hrsg.): Encyclopaedia Aethiopica. Band 4. O - X. - Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2010. - S. 942-943

Christine Matzke: Looking for "Eritrea’s Past Property" (1947) : Archives and Memories in Eritrean Theatre Historiography. In: Yvette Hutchison (Hrsg.): African Theatre 9 : Histories 1850-1950. - Woodbridge, Suffolk : James Currey, 2010. - S. 1-22.

Christine Matzke: Girls with Guts : Writing a South African Thriller: Angela Makholwa in Conversation. In: Gordon Collier, Marc Delrez, Anne Fuchs, Bénédicte Ledent (Hrsg.): Engaging with Literature of Commitment. Vol. 1. Africa in the World. - Amsterdam : Rodopi, 2010. - S. 111-118.


Christine Matzke: "Wole Soyinka, A Dance of the Forests (1963)", "Wole Soyinka, The Beatification of Area Boy (1995)" und "Tsitsi Dangarembga, Nervous Conditions (1988)" . In: Heinz Ludwig Arnold (Hrsg.): Kindlers Literaturlexikon. 3., völlig neu bearb. Aufl.. - Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler, 2009.

Christine Matzke: "Performing 'Africa'" in Germany : Members of abok Theatre Company in Conversation. In: Elisabeth Bekers, Sissy Helff, Daniela Merolla (Hrsg.): Transcultural modernities : narrating Africa in Europe. - Amsterdam : Rodopi, 2009. - S. 391-404.

Christine Matzke, Osita Okagbue: Introduction. In: Christine Matzke, Osita Okagbue (Hrsg.): African Theatre: Diasporas. - Woodbridge, Suffolk : Currey, 2009.

African Theatre 8: Diasporas. - Christine Matzke, Osita Okagbue (Hrsg.). - Woodbridge : Currey, 2009. - XX, 170 S.


Christine Matzke: Unity Dow : the Screaming of the Innocent (2002). In: Susanne Peters, Klaus Stiersdorfer, Laurenz Volkmann (Hrsg.): Novels. Band 1. - Trier : WVT, 2008. - S. 157-171.

Christine Matzke: "Life in the Camp of the Enemy" : Alemseged Tesfai’s Theatre of War. In: Ernest N. Emenyonu (Hrsg.): War in African Literature Today. - Woodbridge, Suffolk : Currey, 2008. - S. 15-32.

Christine Matzke: The Asmara Theatre Association, 1961 – 1974 : Mahber Teyatr Asmera. In: James Gibbs (Hrsg.): African Theatre 7 : Companies. - Woodbridge, Suffolk : James Currey, 2008. - S. 62-81.


Christine Matzke: Tsitsi Dangarembga, Nervous Conditions : Food for Thought in Zimbabwean Writing. In: Tobias Döring (Hrsg.): A history of postcolonial literature in 12 ½ books. - Trier : WVT, 2007. - S. 33-50.

Christine Matzke: Gender Drama : Cross-Dressing and Role Reversals in the Eritrean Performing Arts. In: Susan Arndt, Marek Spitczok von Brisinski (Hrsg.): Theatre, performance and new media in Africa. - Bayreuth : Breitinger, 2007. - S. 51-68.


Christine Matzke, Jane Plastow: Sewit Children’s Theatre in Eritrea. In: Michael Etherton (Hrsg.): African Theatre: Youth. - Oxford : James Currey, 2006. - S. 138-150.

Christine Matzke, Susanne Mühleisen: Postcolonial Postmortems : Issues and Perspectives. In: Christine Matzke, Susanne Mühleisen (Hrsg.): Postcolonial postmortems : crime fiction from a transcultural perspective. - Amsterdam : Rodopi, 2006. - S. 1-16.

Postcolonial Postmortems : Crime Fiction from a Transcultural Perspective. - Christine Matzke, Susanne Mühleisen (Hrsg.). - Amsterdam : Rodopi, 2006. - 337 S.

Of Minstrelsy and Masks : the Legacy of Ezenwa-Ohaeto in Nigerian Writing. - Christine Matzke, Aderemi Raji-Oyelade, Geoffrey V. Davis (Hrsg.). - Amsterdam : Rodopi, 2006. - XII, 370 S.

Christine Matzke: "A good woman in a good country" or The Essence is in the Pumpkin : Alexander McCall Smith’s Mma Ramotswe Novels as a Case of Postcolonial Nostalgia. In: Wasafiri, 21 (2006). - S. 64-71.


James Gibbs, Christine Matzke: "accents yet unknown" : Examples of Shakespeare from Ghana, Malawi and Eritrea. In: Norbert Schaffeld (Hrsg.): Shakespeare’s Legacy : the appropriation of the plays in post-colonial drama. - Trier : WVT, 2005. - S. 15-36.


Christine Matzke: Shakespeare and Surgery in the Eritrean Liberation Struggle : Performance Culture in Orota. In: Journal of Eritrean Studies, 3 (2004). - S. 26-40.


Christine Matzke:En-gendering theatre in Eritrea : the roles and representations of women in the performing arts. - University of Leeds: White Rose eThesis Online, 2003.
(Dissertation, 2003, University of Leeds)

Christine Matzke: Africa : Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia . In: Dennis Kennedy (Hrsg.): The Oxford encyclopedia of theatre & performance. Band 1. A - L. - Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 2003. - S. 34-35


Christine Matzke: Of Suwa Houses and Singing Contests : Early Urban Women Performers in Asmara, Eritrea. In: Jane Plastow (Hrsg.): African Theatre: Women. - Oxford : Currey, 2002. - S. 29-46.

Christine Matzke: Comrades in Arts and Arms : Stories of Wars and Watercolours from Eritrea. In: Tobias Döring (Hrsg.): African cultures, visual arts, and the museum : sights, sites of creativity and conflict. - Amsterdam : Rodopi, 2002. - S. 21-54.


Christine Matzke: Musical Passages : Colonial and Post-Colonial Readings of West African Music. In: Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, 49 (2001). - S. 244-255.


Christine Matzke: Trying to Find the Stepping-Stones: Writing Tigre and Bilen Dancing in Eritrea : an Impressionistic Choreography within a Theatre Context. In: South African Theatre Journal, 13 (1999). - S. 73-101.


Christine Matzke: "Surto De Les Ombres Que S’Estenen I Cremen" : Introducció general sobre la literatura contemporània en llengua anglesa d’autores kenyanes. In: Studia Africana, 9 (1998). - S. 42-59.

Christine Matzke: "Njau, Rebeka" and "Ogot, Grace Emily Akinyi". In: Renate Hof, Inge Stephan, Flora Veit-Wild, Ute Hechtfischer (Hrsg.): Metzler Autorinnen Lexikon. - Stuttgart : J.B. Metzler, 1998. - S. 389-390.


Christine Matzke: A Preliminary Checklist of East African Women Writers. In: Matatu : Journal for African Culture and Society, 15/16 (1996). - S. 201-244.

Faculty of Languages and Literature
Department of English Literature

Dr. Christine Matzke

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