Dr. Verena Bernardi

Dr. Verena Bernardi

Senior Lecturer & Academic Administrator (Fachrichtungsreferentin)

Assistant to Head of Department


Areas of expertise and research interests:

  • Vampire Studies
  • Television Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Fandom Studies
  • Critical Fandom Studies
  • Popular Culture
  • Southern Regionalism (Louisiana)
  • Language



Bernardi, Verena, et al. Covid-19 in Film and Television: Watching the Pandemic. Routledge, forthcoming.

Bernardi, Verena. "The Originals and Family History Two-Fold: Caught Between Two Worlds." The Transmedia Vampire, edited by Simon Bacon. McFarland, 2021. pp. 174-186.

Bernardi, Verena and Frank Jacob, editors. All Around Monstrous: Monster Media in Their Historical Contexts. Vernon Press, 2019.

Bernardi, Verena. “’One Big Happy Frankenstein Family’ – The Originals: From Monstrous Patriarchy to Unruly Modern Family.” All Around Monstrous: Monster Media in Their Historical Contexts, edited by Verena Bernardi and Frank Jacob. Vernon Press, 2019, pp. 187-210.

Bernardi, Verena. "Subtropical Gothic: New Orleans and Posthuman Supernaturals in The Originals." Tropical Gothic, vol. 1, no. 18, 2019, http://dx.doi.org/10.25120/etropic.18.1.2019.

Bernardi, Verena. Us versus Them, or We? Post-2000 Vampiric Reflections on Family, Home and Hospitality in True Blood and The Originals. 2018. Saarland University, PhD dissertation.

Bernardi, Verena. “Come on in! Home, Hospitality and the Construction of Power in The Originals.Hospitality, Rape and Consent in Vampire Popular Culture: Letting the Wrong One In, edited by David Baker et al., Palgrave Gothic Series, 2017, pp. 37-52.

Bernardi, Verena. “‘No Darlin’. We’re White. He’s Dead.’ Southern Hospitality and Reconfigurations of Discrimination in True Blood.” Entertainment – Journal of Movie and Media Studies, vol. 1, 2016, pp. 115-34.



Outlander Conference, Glasgow, Scotland
(18-22 July 2023)
Conference Paper: "The Outlander Effect 2.0: A Case Study’"

31st Far West Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association (FWPCA/ACA), Las Vegas, NV, USA
(22-24 February 2019)
Conference Paper: “Posthuman Gothic in The Originals””

5th Biennial Tropics of the Imagination conference 2017, Living Cities: Tropical Imaginaries, Singapore (6-9 September 2017)
Conference paper: “Fangs, Family and the Question of Home in The Originals

2017 Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association (PCA/ACA) Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, USA (12-16 April 2017)
Conference paper: “‘We are bound forever to those with whom we share blood’ (The Originals, S01/E01) - Fangs and Family: Vampires and the Question of Family and Loyalty”

43rd International Conference of the Austrian Association for American Studies (AAAS), Innsbruck, Austria (11-13 November 2016)
Conference paper: “Southern Fangs: Vampires and Their Regional Attachment in True Blood

8th Oceanic Popular Culture Association Conference, Honolulu, HI, USA (27-28 May 2016)
Conference paper: “African Americans as Failed Individuals in True Blood?”

8th Annual Meeting of the Popular Culture / American Culture Association in the South, Wilmington, NC, USA (1-3 October 2015)
Conference paper: “True Blood: Southern Hospitality and Reconfigurations of Discrimination”

Sociolinguistics Symposium 19, Freie Universität Berlin (21-24 August 2012)
Conference paper: “Swearing as an alignment technique”


Oral Expression Advanced, Vocabulary, Language Course I+II, Introduction to English Linguistics: General


Office Hours: by appointment (email me).

 Students are encouraged to drop by my office — even outside of office hours — or to send me an email if they have questions or things they'd like to discuss

Email: verena.bernardi(at)mx.uni-saarland.de

Tel.: +49 (0)681 302 57564


I joined the English Department at Saarland University in 2010.


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