At the University of Giessen, I wish to facilitate work on the nexus between political and artistic practices and academic analysis, and am interested in mentoring projects concerning cultural approaches to law/Law and Literature, the politics of form, critical media studies, American Studies, and feminism and sexuality studies. As a general editor of EJES, I wish to encourage proposals for special issues that span divides between cultural theory, literary analysis, and linguistics and reflect on the study of English within Europe. With Jeanne Gaakeer, I run the European Network for Law and Literature Research.


Newest Publications

  • Olson, Greta (2022). “Legal Facts, Affective Truths, and Changing Narratives in Trials Involving Sexual Assault: Harvey Weinstein and #MeToo.” Routledge Companion to Narrative Theory. Ed. Paul Dawson and Maria Mäkelä, London and New York: Routledge. 179-192.
  • Olson, Greta, and Laura Borchert (2022). “Transing” / “Narrative Authority, Affective Unreliability, and Transing Law,” Research Handbook in Law and Literature. Ed. Daniela Gandorfer, Cecilia Gebruers, and Peter Goodrich. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. 378-400.


Recent Talks

Keynote: “Naming and Resisting Anti-Feminist and Anti-LGBTQIA Narratives and Tropes: Philology as Political Practice,” 49th Annual Conference of the Austrian Association for American Studies (AAAS) on “Narrative, Environment, Social Justice” (21 October 2022), Unipark Nonntal, Salzburg

Featured Lecture: “Von der Schwierigkeit und Notwendigkeit feministisch zu arbieten,“ Femme*Festival Giessen (21 September 2022), University of Giessen

“Towards Decolonial Trans Feminist Womxn” at the Final International Conference on Homo Mimeticus, “The Mimetic Turn” (22 April 2022), University of Leuven



Professor Greta Olson
Institut für Anglistik
Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen
Otto-Behagel-Straße 10 B
35394 Giessen, Germany
Tel: +49 641 – 99 30091 or – 99 3031 (Stefanie Rück, MA)
Fax: +49 641 – 99 30099


Office hours during the semester: Please register online through Stud.IP.


The photograph above was taken by Salar Baygan for a project on celebrating white hair initiated by Andrea Leicher, Oliver Metzler, and Nicolai Tilov.