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Chair of American Studies

American Studies
University of Regensburg
93040 Regensburg, Germany

email: hebel@uni-regensburg.de


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Research Interests

  • American cultures of memory
  • American visual cultures
  • early American studies
  • American drama and theater
  • theories of American studies


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Academic Position:
since 1998 Professor and Chair of American Studies, University of Regensburg

Administrative Offices:

since April 2013 President of the University of Regensburg
2011–2012 Dean of Research, Faculty of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
2007– Director of Young Students Program at the University of Regensburg (Frühstudium)
2006-2008 Vice President, University of Regensburg
2003-2005 Dean of the Faculty of Languages and Literatures, University of Regensburg
American Studies Offices:

International Delegate, German Association for American Studies (2014- )

Board Member, German Association for American Studies (2002- )

Chair, International Committee, American Studies Association (ASA) (2013- )

Member, International Committee, American Studies Association (ASA) (2008-  )

Founding Director of Regensburg European American Forum REAF (2008- )

President, German Association for American Studies (2011-2014)

General Editor,  Amerikastudien / American Studies (2002-2011)

Vice President, German Association for American Studies (1999-2002)

Deputy Director, Bavarian American Academy (2001-2004)

Board Member, Bavarian American Academy (1999-2007)

Previous Academic Positions:
1996-98 Professor of North American Literature, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg
1995-96 Professor of American Literary and Cultural History, University of Potsdam
1992-93 Visiting Scholar, Department of English and American Literature and Language, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
1990-95 Assistant Professor, American Studies Department, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz
1986-90 Instructor, American Studies Department, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz
1983-84 Teaching Intern (English/German), Stefan George-Gymnasium, Bingen/Rhine
1982-83 Lecturer, Department of English and Department of Germanic Language and Literature, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; Research Assistant (Prof. John W. Aldridge)
Positions Declined:
2004 Professor and Chair of American Studies, University of Freiburg
2003 Professor and Chair of American Studies, University of Mainz
1998 Professor and Chair of American Studies, University of Kassel
Awards:
2012 ERASMUS visiting professor to University of Ferrara, Italy
2011 ERASMUS visiting professor to University of Ferrara, Italy
2010 ERASMUS visiting professor to University of Ferrara, Italy
2009 grant (two years) from the German Research Foundation (DFG) for project on New England festive culture and Forefathers Day Orations between the  American Revolution and the Civil War
2009 invitation to chair a seminar week at Europäisches Forum Alpbach, Austria
2009 ERASMUS visiting professor to University of Ferrara, Italy
2008 ERASMUS visiting professor to University of Ferrara, Italy
2006 member of the David Thelen Award Committee of the Organization of American Historians (OAH)
2006 Andrew Mellon Foundation / American Studies Association International Initiative Grant
2005 Andrew Mellon Foundation / American Studies Association International Initiative Grant
2003 election as member of the American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, MA, USA
2001 Distinguished Max Kade Visiting Professor, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO, USA
2000 Kate B. and Hall J. Peterson Fellowship of the American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, MA, USA
1997 grant from the German Research Foundation (DFG) for the publication of habilitation thesis Those Images of Jealousie
1992-93 American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Research Fellowship
Visiting Scholar at Harvard University, Department of English and American Literature and Language
1991-92 sabbatical award of Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz
1988 dissertation award of "Freunde der Universität Mainz"
1984-86 grant for the doctoral thesis (State of Rhineland Palatinate)
1982 graduate student scholarship, University of Michigan,  Ann Arbor, MI, USA
1981 research scholarship for the first state exam thesis  (University of Mainz)
1978-79 student scholarship / Fulbright grant; Mississippi College, Clinton, MS, USA
Academic Degrees:
1995 Habilitation (Dr. phil. habil.), venia legendi: American Studies (Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz)
1988 Doctor of Philosophy (Dr. phil.) in American Studies, English Linguistics, and German Literature and Language (Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz)
1984 Second State Exam in English and German (Bad Kreuznach, Rhineland-Palatinate)
1982 First State Exam in English, German, Education (Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz)
Memberships:

German Association for American Studies (GAAS)

European Association for American Studies (EAAS)

American Studies Association, USA (ASA)

American Antiquarian Society (elected member)

Bavarian American Academy

Deutscher Anglistenverband

Modern Language Association (American Literature Section)

Collegium for African American Research (CAAR)

F. Scott Fitzgerald Society

Other Functions/Services:

Wissenschaftsrat Bewertungsgruppe Anglistik/Amerikanistik (2011-2012)

coordinator of meetings for ASA-sponsored internet portal American Studies Journals Worldwide (2005-2011)

reviewer of grant proposals and scholarship applications for German American Fulbright Commission, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), Robert Bosch-Stiftung, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Ebeling-Fellowship of DGfA and American Antiquarian Society

referee / comparative reviewer for appointments and promotions at German, American, British, Dutch, Austrian universities

member of the David Thelen Award Committee of the Organization of American Historians (OAH), 2006-2011

blind peer review reader for European and American journals of American Studies and American History

member of Advisory Board Gutenberg Forschungskolleg, University of Mainz, 2008-

member of Fachkommission für Reform der Lehrerbildung / Moderne Fremdsprachen (2005)

program and degree certifications for AQUIN, AQAS, and ZEvA


Publications


monographs / books

Ed. Transnational American Studies. American Studies Monograph Series 222. Heidelberg: Winter, 2012.

Ed., with Christoph Wagner. Pictorial Cultures and Political Iconographies: Approaches, Perspectives, Case Studies From Europe and America. Berlin/New York: De Gruyter, 2011. (also as e-book)

Ed. Transnational American Memories. Media and Cultural Memory 11. Berlin/New York: De Gruyter, 2009. (also as e-book)

Einführung in die Amerikanistik / American Studies. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2008.

Twentieth-Century American One-Act Plays: Historical Survey, Genre Conventions, Major Representatives, Suggestions for Teaching. Akademie-Vorträge  29. Dillingen: ALP, 2006.

Ed., with Martina Kohl. Visual Culture in the American Studies Classroom: Proceedings of the U.S. Embassy Teacher Academy. Vienna: RPO, 2005.

Forefathers' Day Orations, 1769-1865: An Introduction and Checklist. Worcester, MA: American Antiquarian Society, 2003.

Ed. Sites of Memory in American Literatures and Cultures. American Studies Monograph Series 101. Heidelberg: Winter, 2003.         

Ed. The Construction and Contestation of American Cultures and Identities in the Early National Period. American Studies Monograph Series 78. Heidelberg: Winter, 1999.

"Those Images of jealousie": Identitäten und Alteritäten im puri­tanischen Neu­england des 17. Jahr­hunderts. Mainzer Studien zur Amerikanistik 38. Frankfurt: Lang, 1997.            

Ed., with Karl Ortseifen. Transatlantic Encounters: Studies in European-American Rela­tions Presented to Winfried Herget. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag, 1995.            

Intertextuality, Allusion, and Quotation: An International Bibliography of Critical Studies. Bibliographies and Indexes in World Literature 18. New York: Greenwood, 1989.        

Romaninterpretation als Textarchäologie: Untersuchungen zur Intertextualität am Beispiel von F. Scott Fitzgeralds This Side of Paradise. Mainzer Studien zur Amerikanistik 23. Frank­furt/Main: Lang, 1989.  


edited journals

Ed. Amerikastudien/American Studies 48 (2003) – 56.1 (2011)

Ed. with Wolfgang Hallet. "Short Plays: Staging Women's Lives." Double Issue  Der fremdsprachliche Unterricht 41.85/86 (2007).

Ed. " Amerikastudien / American Studies at 50." Double Issue  Amerikastudien/American Studies 50.1/2 (2005).


articles

"'American' Pitctures and (Trans)National) National Iconographies: Mapping Interpictorial Clusters in American Studies." American Studies Today. Eds. Winfried Fluck et al. Heidelberg. Winter, 2014. 405-435.

"Interpiktoriale Dialoge in der amerikanischen Malerei und Fotografie: Beobachtungen zu einem Arbeitsfeld der American Studies nach dem Iconic Turn". Bilder sehen: Perspektiven der Bildwissenschaft. Eds. Marc Greenlee et al. Regensburg: Schnell & Steiner, 2013, 155-172.

"'Not a story to pass on'? The Pluralization of American Memory in Historical Dramas by Harlem Renaissance Women Playwrights." American Multiculturalism and Ethnic Survival. Ed. Renate von Bardeleben et al. Frankfurt: Lang, 2012. 51-66.
 
"Mächtige Bilder: Politische Ikonographie und interpiktoriale Cluster." Blick in die Wissenschaft 21.25 (2012): 6-11.

„Preface.“ Transnational American Studies. Ed. Udo J. Hebel. American Studies Monograph Series 222. Heidelberg: Winter, 2012.

Amerikastudien / American Studies 2002 – 2011.” Amerikastudien / American Studies 56 (2011): 5-13.

“Replacing the President: Cecil Stoughton’s ‘Lyndon B. Johnson Taking the Oath of Office’ and the Iconography of U.S. American Presidential Inaugurations.” Pictorial Cultures and Political Icono­graphies: Approaches, Perspectives, Case Studies from Europe and America.  Ed. Udo J. Hebel and Christoph Wagner. Berlin/New York: De Gruyter, 2011. 291-313.

“Harlem Renaissance Women Playwrights and the Revision of African American Historical Memory.” Letterature D’America: Rivista Trimestrale 29/124 (2009): 29-54.

„Arthur Kopit: Das dramatische Werk.“ Kindlers Literatur Lexikon. Ed. Heinz-Ludwig Arnold. Third Edition. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2009. 9:303-305.

„Edna St. Vincent Millay: Das lyrische Werk“. Kindlers Literatur Lexikon. Ed. Heinz-Ludwig Arnold. Third Edition. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2009. 11:288-290.

„David Rabe: Das dramatische Werk.“ Kindlers Literatur Lexikon. Ed. Heinz-Ludwig Arnold. Third Edition. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2009. 13:411-412.

„Walt Whitman: Democratic Vistas / Leaves of Grass.“ Kindlers Literatur Lexikon. Ed. Heinz-Ludwig Arnold. Third Edition. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2009. 17:384-387.

„Michael Wigglesworth: The Day of Doom.“ Kindlers Literatur Lexikon. Ed. Heinz-Ludwig Arnold. Third Edition. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2009. 17:423-424.

"Introduction." Transnational American Memories. Ed. Udo J. Hebel. Media and Cultural Memory 11. Berlin/New York: De Gruyter, 2009. 1-9.

"In Lieu of an Epilogue: Whereto American(ist) Memory Studies?" The Merits of Memory: Concepts, Contexts, Debates. Ed. Hans-Jürgen Grabbe and Sabine Schindler. Heidelberg: Winter, 2008. 389-395.

"Sites of Memory in U.S.-American Histories and Cultures." Cultural Memory Studies: An International and Interdisciplinary Handbook. Ed. Astrid Erll and Ansgar Nünning. New York: de Gruyter, 2008. 47-60. Also in: A Companion to Cultural Memory Studies. Ed. Astrid Erll and Ansgar Nünning. New York: De Gruyter, 2010. 47-60.

"From 'Tangible Republic' to Imperial Spectacle: The Hotel Worlds of Steven Millhauser's Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer." Intercultural America. Ed. Alfred Hornung. Heidelberg: Winter, 2007. 285-307.

"'Not Really a Comedy': Donald Margulies's Dinner With Friends as a Scaring Game of Marital Entropy and Suburban Discontent." Comedy and Gender. Ed. Helge Nowak. Heidelberg: Winter, 2007. 183-197.

[with Christine Moreth-Hebel] "Bilder von Amerika im Dialog: Interpikturale Projekte im Englischunterricht." Der fremdsprachliche Unterricht 41.87 (2007): 38-44.

"Breaking Through the 'Suburban Wasteland': Transgression as Affirmation of the Self in Joyce Carol Oates's Expensive People." (1991). Contemporary Literary Criticism: Volume 228. Ed. Jeffrey W.Hunter. Detroit, MI: Thomson-Gale, 2007. 296-305.

"'You are only a plaything': Elizabeth Wongs Einakter China Doll." Der fremdsprachliche Unterricht 41.85/86 (2007): 23-31.

[with Wolfgang Hallet] "Staging Women's Lives: Short Plays im Englischunterricht." Der fremdsprachliche Unterricht 41.85/86 (2007): 4-10.

"Preface: Amerikastudien / American Studies at 50." Amerikastudien/American Studies 50.1/2 (2005): 7-9.

"American Suburbia: History, Ideologies, Visual and Literary Representation." Visual Culture in the American Studies Classroom: Proceedings of the U. S. Embassy Teacher Academy 2003. Eds. Udo J. Hebel and Martina Kohl. Vienna: RPO, 2005. 183-216.

"Amerikabilder in der deutsch-amerikanischen Malerei und Fotografie." Good-Bye Bayern, Grüß Gott America: Auswanderung aus Bayern nach Amerika seit 1683. Ed. Margot Hamm, Michael Henker, and Evamaria Brockhoff. Augsburg: Haus der Bayerischen Geschichte, 2004. 85-90.

"Survival Without Seasickness: Cotton Mather's Miniature Anthology of Sea Deliverance Narratives in Magnalia Christi Americana." The Sea and the American Imagination. Ed. Klaus Benesch, Jon-K Adams and Kerstin Schmidt. Tuebingen: Stauffenburg, 2004. 15-36.

"Performing the Spectacle of Technology at the Beginning of the American Century: Steven Millhauser's Martin Dressler." Science, Technology, and the Humanities in Recent American Fiction. Ed. Peter Freese and Charles B. Harris. Essen: Blaue Eue, 2004. 317-341. Also in: The Holodeck in the Garden: Science and Technology in Contemporary American Fiction.  Ed. Peter Freese and Charles B. Harris. Illinois State University: Dalkey Archive Press, 2004. 192-211.

[with Christine Moreth-Hebel] "The Pictorial Turn and the Teaching of American Cultural Studies: Repositioning the Visual Narrative of Norman Rockwell's Freedom from Want (1943)." Text, Kontext und Fremdsprachenunterricht. Ed. Dagmar Abendroth-Timmer, Britta Viebrock, and Michael Wendt. Kolloquium Fremdsprachenunterricht 16. Frankfurt: Lang, 2003. 187-201.

 "The Rise and Fall of New England Forefathers' Day as a Site of National American Memory." Sites of Memory in American Literatures and Cultures. Ed. Udo J. Hebel. Heidelberg: Winter, 2003. 141-192.

"Introduction (With a Selected Bibliography)." Sites of Memory in American Literatures and Cultures. Ed. Udo J. Hebel. Heidelberg: Winter, 2003. vii-xxxii.

"Advocating a 'Peaceable Condition': On Rhetorics of Peace and Order in Seventeenth-Century New England." American Studies and Peace. Ed. Dorothea Steiner and Thomas Hartl. Frankfurt: Lang, 2001. 127-136.

"Historical Bonding With an Expiring Heritage: Revisiting the Plymouth Tercentenary Festivities of 1920/21." Celebrating Ethnicity and Nation: American Festive Culture from the Revolution to the Early Twentieth Century. Ed. Geneviève Fabre, Jürgen Heideking and Kai Dreisbach. New York: Berghahn, 2001. 257-297.

"Forefathers' Day Orations, 1769-1865: An Introduction and Checklist." Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society 110.2 (2000): 377-416.

"William Bradford." Metzler Lexikon amerikanischer Autoren. Ed. Bernd Engler and Kurt Müller. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2000. 86-88.    

"John Cotton." Metzler Lexikon amerikanischer Autoren. Ed. Bernd Engler and Kurt Müller. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2000.  150-152.    

"Increase Mather." Metzler Lexikon amerikanischer Autoren. Ed. Bernd Engler and Kurt Müller. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2000.  439-441.    

"Mary Rowlandson." Metzler Lexikon amerikanischer Autoren. Ed. Bernd Engler and Kurt Müller. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2000.  585-587.    

 "John Winthrop." Metzler Lexikon amerikanischer Autoren. Ed. Bernd Engler and Kurt Müller. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2000.  737-739.    

"'A Stranger in a Strange Land': Some Account of the Fore Part of the Life of Elizabeth Ashbridge (1774) and the (Inter)Cultural Inscription of American Autobiographical Writing." Early America Re-Explored: New Readings in Colonial, Early National, and Antebellum Culture. Ed.  Klaus H. Schmidt and Fritz Fleischmann. New York: Lang, 2000. 183-200.

"New England Forefathers' Day Celebrations Between the American Revolution and the Civil War." Ceremonies and Spectacles: Performing American Culture. Ed. Teresa Alves et al. Amsterdam: VU University P, 2000. 111-143.

"The Negotiation of Puritan New England and Some Seventeenth-Century Origins of an American Rhetoric of Cultural Contradistinction." Negotiations of America's National Identity. Ed. Roland Hagen­büchle and Josef Raab. Tübingen: Stauffenburg, 2000. 1:95-136.

"The Forefathers' Day Celebrations of 1802 and the Enactment of Federalist Constructions of the American Republic." The Construction and Contestation of American Cultures and Identities in the Early National Period. Ed. Udo J. Hebel. Heidelberg: Winter, 1999. 303-330.

"'A Proper Recollection of These Things': New England Fore­fathers' Day Orations 1769-1820 and the National Consecration of a Colonial Past." Remembering the Individual/Regional/ National Past. Ed. Waldemar Zacharasiewicz. Tübingen: Stauffenburg, 1999. 31-58.

[with Christine Moreth-Hebel] "Vom Intertext zum Internet: Intermediale Literaturinterpretation – Carson McCullers' The Ballad of the Sad Café und Ambrose Bierce's 'Chicka­mauga'." Der fremdsprachliche Unterricht: English 32.34 (1998): 42-47.

"Early African American Women Playwrights (1916-1930) and the Remapping of Twentieth-Century American Drama." Arbeiten aus Anglistik und Amerikanistik 21 (1996): 267-286.

"'The Whole Evanescent Context'?: Möglichkeiten und Grenzen synchroner Kulturpoetik am Beispiel von Sinclair Lewis' Main Street (1920)." Literaturwissenschaftliches Jahrbuch 37 (1996): 261-282.

"'Sweet World of Motherhood'?: Angelina Weld Grimkés Rachel (1916) - Afroamerikanisches Melodrama zwischen artistischer Innovation und politischer Propaganda." Amerikastudien/ American Studies 41 (1996): 239-263.

"'Superior in Unity and Economy'? Produktivität, Komplexität und Konventionalität einer gattungsüberschreitenden Wirkungsstruktur amerikanischer Einakter seit Eugene O'Neill und Susan Glaspell." Kurzformen des Dramas: Gattungspoetische, epochenspezifische und funk­tionale Hori­zonte. Ed. Winfried Herget and Bri­gitte Schultze. Tübingen: Francke, 1996. 285-314.

"Sanctioned Images: Court Orders, Legal Codes, Synodal Resolutions, and the Cultural Contestation of Seventeenth-Century Puritan New England." The Historical and Political Turn in Literary Studies. Ed. Winfried Fluck.[REAL: Yearbook of Research in English and American Literature 11] Tübingen: Narr, 1995. 43-74.

"'The Events of that sad Catastrophe, Anno 1692'": A Note on Contemporary Representations of the Salem Witchcraft Persecutions." Die Salemer Hexenverfolgungen: Perspektiven-Kontexte-Repräsentationen 1692-1992. Ed. Winfried Herget. Trier: WVT, 1994. 263-275.

"The Epic Core of David Rabe's Streamers: A Case of Brechtian Conventions in Contem­porary American Drama." Literatur in Wissenschaft und Unterricht 26 (1993): 203-212.

"'Amerika ist keine Wüste, kein Paradies': Zur Repräsentation kultureller Alteritäten in Negationen, dargestellt an Beispielen aus der deutschen Amerikaliteratur der ersten Hälfte des 19. Jahrhunderts." Amerikastudien/American Studies 38 (1993): 203-221.

[Abstr. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 4. Mai 1994, S N5]

"Der amerikanische New Historicism der achtziger Jahre: Bestandsaufnahme einer neuen Orthodoxie kulturwissenschaftlicher Literaturinterpretation." Amerikastudien/American Studies 37 (1992): 325-347.

"Towards a Descriptive Poetics of Allusion." Intertextuality. Ed. Heinrich F. Plett. Berlin: de Gruyter, 1991. 135-164.

"Breaking Through the 'Suburban Wasteland': Transgression as Affirmation of the Self in Joyce Carol Oates's Expensive People." Arbeiten aus Anglistik und Amerikanistik 16 (1991): 13-29.

[with Winfried Herget] "Sentimentality: A Selected Bibliography of Critical Studies." Sentimentality in Modern Literature and Popular Culture. Ed. Winfried Herget. Tübingen: Narr, 1991. 273-312.

"'Platitudes and Prejudices and Sentimentalisms': F. Scott Fitzgerald's This Side of Paradise and Sentimental Popular Culture." Sentimentality in Modern Literature and Popular Culture. Ed. Winfried Herget. Tübingen: Narr, 1991. 139-153.

"Edna St. Vincent Millay: Das lyrische Werk." Kindlers Neues Literatur Lexikon. Vol. 11. München: Kindler, 1990. 686-688.

"Introduction." Intertextuality, Allusion, and Quotation: An International Bibliography of Critical Studies. Bibliographies and Indexes in World Literature 18. New York: Greenwood, 1989. 1-19.

[with Christine Moreth-Hebel] "'The Music Says It All': Eine landeskundliche Unterrichtseinheit zu den sechziger Jahren in Amerika." Praxis des neusprachlichen Unterrichts 34 (1987): 134-143.

"Ernest Hemingways A Farewell to Arms in der Sekundarstufe II: Ein Unterrichtsmodell." Praxis des neusprachlichen Unterrichts 32 (1985): 230-239.

"'The Moon That Never Rose': The Final Passage of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby Revisited." Literatur in Wissenschaft und Unterricht 18 (1985): 237-257.

[Abstr.: American Literature 58 (1986): 692-693.]


reviews

for American Studies:

Zimmermann, Andrew. Alabama in Africa: Booker T. Washington, the German Empire, and the Globalization of the New South. Princeton: Princeton UP, 2010. In: American Studies 52.2 (2012):138-139.

for Politische Studien:

Mauch, Christoph, and Kiran Klaus Patel, eds. Wettlauf um die Moderne: Die USA und Deutschland 1890 bis heute. München: Pantheon, 2008. in: Politische Studien 60/424 (2009): 84-86.

for Amerikastudien/American Studies:

Hagood, Taylor. Secrecy, Magic, the One-Act Plays of Harlem Renaissance Women Writers. Columbus, OH: The Ohio State UP, 2010. In: Amerikastudien/American Studies 55.4 (2010):762-764.

Kremp, Werner, and David Sirakov, eds. Globaler Gesang vom Garten der Freiheit: Anglo-amerikanische Populärmusik und ihre Bedeutung für die US-Außenpolitik. Trier: wvt, 2008. in: Amerikastudien / American Studies 54.4 (2009): 693-695.

Emory Elliott. The Cambridge Introduction to Early American Literature: New York: CUP, 2002.
in: Amerikastudien / American Studies 50.4 (2005): 658-660.

Peter Freese, Ed. Viewfinder.  in: Amerikastudien 50.1/2 (2005): 340-345.

Wilhelm Greiner. "Bei euch in Amerika - bei uns in Europa": Kurt Tucholskys Amerikabild. Hildesheim: Olms-Weidmann, 1994. in: Amerikastudien 41.1 (1996): 147-150.
in: Amerikastudien 41.1 (1996):147-150.

Monika Hoffarth. Martin Luther King und die amerikanische Rassenfrage: Stereotypenkorrektur und humanitäre Erziehung durch literarische Rezeption. Anglo-amerikanische Studien Vol. 2. Frankfurt: Lang, 1990. in: Amerikastudien 36.4 (1991): 577-579.

for Literaturwissenschaftliches Jahrbuch:

Zapf, Hubert, ed. Amerikanische Literaturgeschichte. Stuttgart: Metzler, 1996. in: Literaturwissenschaftliches Jahrbuch 39 (1998): 399-404.

for Anglistik:

Zacharasiewicz, Waldemar. Das Deutschlandbild in der amerikanischen Literatur. Darmstadt: WBG, 1998. in: Anglistik 12.1 (2001):170-172.

for Literatur in Wissenschaft und Unterricht (im folgenden LWU):

Encyclopedia of Literature and Criticism. Ed. Martin Coyle et al. London: Routledge, 1991. in: LWU 28.3 (1995): 241-242.

Hubert Zapf. Kurze Geschichte der anglo-amerikanischen Literaturtheorie. München: Fink, 1991. in: LWU 28.2 (1995): 153-155.

Hans Christoph Buch. Die Nähe und die Ferne: Bausteine zu einer Poetik des kolonialen Blicks. Frankfurt: suhrkamp, 1991. in: LWU 27.4 (1994): 304-305.

Luise Sanders. Nationales Selbstverständnis in Historiographie und literarischer Fiktion: Nathaniel Hawthorne und das Geschichtsbild seiner Zeit. Giessen: Hoffmann, 1990. in: LWU 27.3 (1994): 209-211.

Bernard Asmuth. Einführung in die Dramenanalyse. Third Edition. Stuttgart: Metzler, 1990. in: LWU 27.3 (1994): 212-213.

Nation and Narration. Ed. Homi K. Bhabha. London: Routledge, 1990. in: LWU 26.4 (1993): 328-329.

New Essays on A Farewell to Arms. Ed. Scott Donaldson. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1990. in: LWU 26.4 (1993): 325-326.

Invitation to Literature. Ed. Joachim Baldus, Liesel Hermes, and Heinz Mathias Meltzer. Berlin: CVK, 1990. 2 Vols. in: LWU 26.1 (1993): 71-73.

David Halliburton. The Color of the Sky: A Study of Stephen Crane. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1989. in: LWU 25.4 (1992): 394.

Hans-Jürgen Weckermann. Die Figur des Enthusiasten in der amerikanischen Erzählliteratur. Berlin: de Gruyter, 1988. in: LWU 25.1 (1992): 104-105.

Thomas Myers. Walking Point: American Narratives of Vietnam. New York: Oxford UP, 1988. in: LWU 24.4 (1991): 363-364.

Die literarische Übersetzung: Stand und Perspektiven ihrer Erforschung. Ed. Harald Kittel; Einl. Armin Paul Frank. Berlin: Schmidt, 1988. in: LWU 24.4 (1991): 353-354.

Heinz Kimmerle. Derrida zur Einführung. Hamburg: Soka, 1988. in: LWU 24.3 (1991): 261.

Lexikon der Weltliteratur, Band I: Biographisch-bibliographisches Handwörterbuch nach Autoren und anonymen Werken. Third Edition. Ed. Gero von Wilpert. Stutt­gart: Kröner, 1988. in: LWU 24.2 (1991): 161-163.

Berlin: Literary Images of a City. Ed. Derek Glass, Dietmar Rösler, and John J. White. Berlin: Schmidt, 1989. in: LWU 24.2 (1991): 175-176.

Julie Newman. John Updike. London: Macmillan, 1988. in: LWU 24.2 (1991): 180-181.

Art Berman. From the New Criticism to Deconstruction: The Reception of Structuralism and Post-Structuralism. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1988. in: LWU 24.1 (1991): 80-81.

Winfried Fluck. Theorien amerikanischer Literatur. Konstanz: Universitätsverlag, 1987. in: LWU 23.4 (1990): 382.

New Essays on Uncle Tom's Cabin. Ed. Eric J. Sundquist. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1986. in: LWU 23.3 (1990): 287-288.

Eileen T. Bender. Joyce Carol Oates: Artist in Residence. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1987. in: LWU 23.2 (1990): 194.

Annegret Wemhöner. "The Deeper Levels of Life and the Sense of Time and Place": John Cheevers Romanwerk zwischen Romance und Novel of Manners. Amsterdam: Grüner, 1988. in: LWU 23.1 (1990): 89-90.

John Garraty, Aaron Singer und Michael Gallagher. American History. Revised Edition. New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1986. in: LWU 22.4 (1989): 373-374.

Richard M. Ludwig und Clifford A. Nault, ed. Annals of American Literature 1602-1983. New York: Oxford UP, 1986. in: LWU 22.3 (1989): 284.

William Koch, ed. Adventures in English Literature. Heritage Edition. New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1980.

Kenneth Silverman and John Kuehl, eds. Adventures in American Literature. Heritage Edition. New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1980.

both in: LWU 21.1 (1988): 67-68.

Richard Martin and Dagmar Pohlenz, ed. F. Scott Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby. 2 Vols. Paderborn: Schöningh, 1984, 1986. in: LWU 20.2 (1987): 399-400.

Lothar Bredella, ed. Das Verstehenlehren einer paradoxen Epoche in Schule und Hochschule: The American 1920s. Bochum: Kamp, 1985. in: LWU 19.3 (1986): 248.

Brian Tracy and Erwin Helms, ed. American Dreams - American Nightmares. 2 Vols. TEAS 11. Paderborn: Schöningh, 1981, 1982. in: LWU 19.3 (1986): 247.

Peter Bruck, ed. The Frontier and the American West. 2 Vols. TEAS 8. Paderborn: Schöningh, 1980. in: LWU 19.3 (1986): 246-247.

Peter Freese, ed. Bernard Malamud. The Assistant. 2 Vols. TEAS 10. Paderborn: Schöningh, 1982, 1983. in: LWU 19.1 (1986): 87.


editorships / editorial boards

General Editor Amerikastudien/American Studies (48 / 2003 - 56.1 / 2011)

Editorial Board of American Studies (University of Kansas, KS, USA) (2012 - )

Co-editor of "Regensburger Arbeiten zur Anglistik and Amerikanistik" (2000 - )

Editorial Board of Media and Cultural Memory (2004 - )

Editorial Board BRNO Studies in English (2007 - )

Editorial Board:
Remembering the Individual / Regional / National Past. Ed. Waldemar Zacharasiewicz. Tübingen: Stauffenburg, 1999.
Kurzformen des Dramas in der Sekundarstufe II. Ed. for "Interdisziplinärer Arbeitskreis Drama und Theater by Winfried Herget. Mainz 1995.


Podcasts


Interviews for HR, ZDF, Deutsche Welle,  SWR, BR, Antenne Bayern, Radio Arabella (München), Radio Eins Berlin-Brandenburg as well as for local Regensburg radio stations

Lectures Conferences


conferences / lecture series

"DGfA/GAAS at Sixty" - 60th Anniversary Conference of the German Association for American Studies" (Marburg 1-3 November 2013, together with Carmen Birkle and Philipp Gassert)

"Transnational American Studies" (58th Annual Conference of the German Association for American Studies, Regensburg, 16-19 June 2011)

"Pictorial Cultures and Political Iconographies" (International Conference, University of Regensburg 23-25 April 2010, together with Christoph Wagner)

"Trust in America" (Seminar Week, Europäisches Forum Alpbach 20–26 August 2009; together with Miles Orvell, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA)

"Decision 2008: Die USA im Präsidentschaftswahlkampf" (lecture series, University of Regensburg, winter term 2008-09, in cooperation with International Politics / Prof. Dr. Stephan Bierling)

"Opening Conference Regensburg European American Forum (REAF)" (University of Regensburg, 26 May 2008)

"Iconic Britain - Iconic America" (University of Regensburg, 12-13 October 2007; together with Rainer Emig)

"Teaching American Cultures at the Beginning of a New Century" (ALP Dillingen 10-12 November 2006)

"Geschichtsunterricht und Amerikastudien: Positionen, Perspektiven, Fallstudien" (University of Regensburg, 6 July 2006)

"British and American TV Series in the EFL Classroom" (Continuing Education Conference for EFL Teachers, University of Regensburg, 19-20 May 2006, together with Rainer Emig)

"Zwischen den Welten - Tocquevilles Amerika" (lecture series, University of Regensburg, summer term 2005, in cooperation with Political Science / Prof. Herb)

"British and American Short Plays in the Classroom" (Continuing Education Conference for EFL Teachers, University of Regensburg, October 15-16, 2004, together with Rainer Emig)

"U.S. History and Politics and Visual Culture" (Tutzing,  October 2-5, 2003, in cooperation with Cultural Section / U.S. Embassy, Berlin)

"German-American Cultural Relations" (lecture series, winter term 2002/03, University of Regensburg)

"American Cultural Studies: Approaches, Perspectives, Examples" (Continuing Education Conference for EFL Teachers, University of Regensburg, November 8-9, 2001)

"Sites of Memory in American Literatures and Cultures" (Regensburg, May 11-14, 2000)

"The Construction and Contestation of American Cultures and Identities in the Early National Period" (University of Potsdam, January 23-26, 1997)

"Teaching Short Plays in EFL Classrooms" (University of Mainz, March 8, 1994; together with Winfried Herget)


papers / invited lecturers

"Athens and Rome in America: American Republicanism and the Legacies of Classical Antiquity" (University of Ferrara, Italy, 7 march 2014)

"American Visual Culture Studies, Interpictoriality, and the Power of Iconic American Pictures" (University of Eichstätt, 28 January 2014)

"Transnational Contact Zones and Sites of 'American' Memories in the German State of Bavaria - A Project in Triangulation and Cultural Mobility (Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands, 16 October 2013)

"American Studies and Transnational Visual Culture Studies" (International Conference "American Media - European Cultures", LMU Munich, 10 October 2013)

"Independence day - was die USA im Innersten zusammenhält" (Festvortrag Jahresversammlung der Freunde der Universität Regensburg, 4 July 2013)

"Retaking National Moments: Interpictoriality and Iconic Photographs of U.S. American Presidents" (International Conference "Visual Histories of the United States", Akademie für Politische Bildung, Tutzing, 8 February 2013)

"Interpictorial Clusters and the Power of 'American' Pictures" (University of Augsburg, 7 February 2013)

"Picturing Emancipations in American Visual History" (University of Ferrara, Italy, 16 October 2012)

“Transnationalizing Plymouth Rock?: The Politics of U.S. American Memory from the Nineteenth to the Early Twenty-First Century” (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain, 27 March 2012)

“Powerful Pictures and Picture Politics” (Instituto Universitario di Studi Superiori IUSS, Ferrara, Italy, 21 March 2012)

"American Studies, ‘American’ Spaces, U.S. American Ideologies” (University of Brno, CZ, 21 February 2012)

"New Perspectives in American Visual Culture Studies” (University of Brno, CZ, 20 February 2012)

“‘American’ Pictures and (Trans)National Iconographies: Mapping Interpictorial Clusters in American Studies” (International Conference “American Studies Today,” John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Free University Berlin, 4 November 2011)

"U.S. Presidents and American Spaces: Images and Ideologies" (Instituto Universitario di Studi Superiori IUSS, Ferrara, Italy, 23 June 2011)

"Framing Transitions: The Iconography of U.S. Presidential Inaugurations" (University of Potsdam, 25 January 2011)

"Teachable Moments: Iconic American Paintings and Photographs" (Teachers Conference, ALP Dillingen, 27 November 2010)

"American Studies: Trends, Developments, Perspectives" (Teachers Conference, ALP Dillingen, 26 November 2010)

“Popular Prints: American History and Culture in Iconic Paintings and Photographs” (U.S. Embassy Teacher Academy “American Popular Culture”; Bonn, 25 September 2010)

“Architectures of Identites” (U.S. Embassy Teacher Academy “American Popular Culture”; Bonn, 24 September 2010)

"'The Great Inheritance Which We Have Enjoyed’? Nationale U.S.-amerikanische Erinnerungskultur zwischen Zivilreligion und Transnationalisierung" (Ethnologisches Kolloquium, Johannes-Gutenberg University Mainz, 22 Juni 2010)

"Replacing the President: Cecil W. Stoughton’s 'Lyndon B. Johnson Taking the Oath of Office' and the Politics of U.S. American Inauguration Visuals" ("Pictorial Cultures and Political Iconographies", International Conference, Regensburg 23 April 2010)

"U.S. Presidents as Icons of American Values and Virtues" (University of Ferrara, Italy, 23 February 2010)

"Visualizing Immigration to the United States from the 1880s through the 1920s" (University of Ferrara, Italy, 22 February 2010)

"American Studies and Memory Studies: Approaches, Perspectives, Examples" (University of Marburg, 3 February 2010)

"Transnationalizing Plymouth Rock?: The Politics of U.S. American Memory from the Nineteenth to the Early Twentieth Century" (University of Göttingen, 24 June 2009)

"Transatlantic Cultures of Memory" (Bavarian American Academy International Summer School, Munich, 18 May 2009)

"Book Presentation: Einführung in die Amerikanistik/American Studies" (University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, 21 April 2009)

"Mortgaged and Vanishing Ideal? American Suburbia at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century" (University of Ferrara, Italy, 9 April 2009)

"Framing Gender Roles and Transgressive Voices: Images of Women in American Visual Art and Literature from the 17th through the 19th Century" (University of Ferrara, Italy, 7 April 2009)

"American Cultures of Memory: From Anglocentric Myth of Origin to Transnational Pluralization" (Clinton Institute for American Studies, University College Dublin, Ireland, 25 February 2009)

"Mission Impossible? Writing an Introduction to American Studies" (Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, 14 January 2009)

"Die Macht des Repertoires: Interpikturale Dialoge in der amerikanischen Malerei und Fotografie" (Lecture Series "Bilder sehen - Bildwissenschaften", University of Regensburg, 17 December 2008)

"Konzeptionen und Bilder des Präsidenten der USA" (University of Regensburg, 18 November 2008)

"Recent Research in U.S.-American Memory Studies" (University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, 14 October 2008)

"American Studies in Germany: Histories, Issues, Perspectives" (University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, 13 October 2008)

"German-American Relations in the Presidential Election Year 2008" (University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 10 October 2008)

"Visualizing and Displaying U.S.-American Memories and Counter-Memories" (University of Ferrara, Italy, 16 April 2008)

"Collective Identities and Usable Pasts in Harlem Renaissance One-Act Plays" (University of Ferrara, Italy, 15 April 2008)

"Amerika, du hast es besser…: Die USA – eine Nation ohne Geschichtsbewusstsein?" (Actus academicus, University of Regensburg, 8 December 2007)

"Icons of U.S.-American Civil Religion" (University of Regensburg, 12 October 2007)

"U.S.-American Sites of Memory between Consensus and Contestation" (University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, 30 August 2007)

"U.S.-American Sites of Memory between Consensus and Contestation" (University of Cape Town, South Africa, 29 August 2007)

"U.S.-American Civil Religion: Panacea for a Pluralistic Society or Outdated National Memory Kitsch?" (University of South Africa UNISA, Pretoria/Tshwane, South Africa, 28 August 2007)

"Zukunftsperspektiven der American Studies" (University of Vienna, 21 June 2007)

"The United Suburbs of America in Contemporary U.S. American Literatures and Cultures" (University of Vienna, 21 June 2007)

"Die U.S.-amerikanische Zivilreligion: Nationaler Kitsch oder Erfolgsrezept einer multiethnischen Gesellschaft" (Actus Academicus, Regensburg, 13 November 2006)

"Recent U.S. American Fiction and Drama: Survey and Recommendations for the EFL Classroom" (ALP Dillingen, 12 November 2006)

"Major Developments in American Studies and the Teaching of American Cultures" (ALP Dillingen, 10 November 2006)

"Amerikanische Geschichte in Bildern: Historische Momente und ihre Visualisierung von Kolumbus bis 9/11" (University of Regensburg, 6 July 2006)

"American Suburbia in Alf and Desperate Housewives" (University of Regensburg, 19 May 2006)

"'Not Really a Comedy': Donald Margulies's Dinner with Friends as a Scaring Game of Marital Entropy and Suburban Discontent" (Symposium "Comedy and Gender", Regensburg, 11-12 February 2006)

"Twentieth-Century American One-Act Plays" (Akademie für Lehrerfortbildung, Dillingen, 5 July, 2005)

"Memory and Beyond" (International Conference "Merits of Memory: Uses and Abuses of a Concept", Martin-Luther-University of Halle-Wittenberg, 24-26 June, 2005)

"Contemporary American Drama and Theater" (American Studies Conference / U.S. Embassy, Berlin, 6 May, 2005)

"American Arts in the German EFL Classroom" (American Studies Conference / U.S. Embassy, Berlin, 5 May, 2005)

"One-Act Plays on African American History by Harlem Renaissance Playwrights" (Munich, 7 March, 2005)

"Amerikastudien / American Studies" (Workshop of International American Studies Journal Editors; ASA Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, 12 November, 2004)

"(Re)Viewing American Presidents" (Regensburg, 2 November, 2004)

"The Search for Authenticity in Contemporary American Ethnic Short Plays: The Examples of Luis M. Valdez' Los Vendidos (1967) and Elizabeth Wong's China Doll (1991)" (University of Regensburg, 16 October, 2004)

"Twentieth-Century American One-Act Plays: Historical Survey, Genre Conventions, Major Representatives and Trends" (University of Regensburg, 15 October, 2004)

"American Suburbia: History, Ideologies, Representations" (Akademie für Lehrerfortbildung, Dillingen, 6 July, 2004)

"American Fiction Since the Early 1990s" (Akademie für Lehrerfortbildung, Dillingen, 15 April, 2004)

"American Studies and / in the Future EFL Classroom: Issues, Theses, Controversies" (Akademie für Lehrerfortbildung, Dillingen, 15 April, 2004)

"My Midwestern Epidaurus: Jeffrey Eugenides's Middlesex." (Universität Regensburg, 21 January, 2004)

"From Plymouth to Sacramento: The Politics of Commemorating New England Forefathers' Day" (University of California, Riverside, CA, 20 October 2003 / University of California, Irvine, CA, 21 October 2003)

"From 'Tangible Republic' to 'Imperial Spectacle': The Hotel Worlds of Steven Millhauser's Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer" (Clark University, Worcester, MA, 15 October 2003)

"American Suburbia in Contemporary Photography/Painting, TV Series/Movies, and Literature" (Conference 'U.S. History and Politics and Visual Culture', Tutzing, 3 October 2003)

"Survival Without Seasickness: Cotton Mather's Miniature Anthology of Sea Deliverance Narratives in Magnalia Christi Americana," (University of Mainz, 23 June 2003)

"Performing Spectacular Technology at the Beginning of the American Century: Steven Millhauser’s Novels and Short Stories" (International Conference "Science, Technology, and the Humanities in Recent American Fiction," University of Paderborn, 14 May 2003)

"Visual Culture Studies and the Teaching of American Cultural History" (Teacher Training Seminar / Studienseminar Regensburg, 22 January 2003)

"The Rise and Fall of an Immigrant’s Imperial Spectacle at the Dawn of the American Century: Steven Millhauser's Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer" (University of Jena, 17 January 2003)

"The Rise and Fall of an Immigrant’s Imperial Spectacle at the Dawn of the American Century: Steven Millhauser's Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer" (International Symposium 50 Years of Mainz American Studies – “Intercultural America,” University of Mainz, 13 December 2002)

"Complicating the ‘American Dream’: Samples from Contemporary American Literature (Joyce Carol Oates, Steven Millhauser, David Guterson, Donald Margulies) and Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century American Visual Culture" (Akademie für Lehrerfortbildung, Dillingen, 21/22 November 2002)

"You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet? American Cultural History in Paintings and Photographs" (Akademie für Lehrerfortbildung, Dillingen, 3 April 2002)

"Three Tall Plays: Edward Albee's Three Tall Women, Margaret Edson's W;t, Donald Margulies' Dinner With Friends" (Anglistisch-Amerikanistisches Literaturgespräch, University of Regensburg, 23 January 2002)

"Historical Moments: A Visual Approach to American Cultural History" (Continuing Education Conference, University of Regensburg, 9 November 2001)

"Space, Spectacle, and the Limits of Theatricalization in Steven Millhauser's Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer" (International Conference "From Landscape to Technoscape," University of Bayreuth, 11 October 2001)

"Kulturwissenschaften und/als Erinnerungswissenschaften" (University of Bayreuth, 19 July 2001)

"Staging Counter-Memories: African American Women Playwrights of the 1920s and 1930s and the Pluralization of American History" (Germersheim, 11 June 2001)

"Memory Studies and/as Cultural Studies" (Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO, USA, 28 March 2001)

"Outside Views and Inside Insights: German American Images in Changing Historical Con­texts" (Tarleton State University, Stephenville, TX, USA, 23 March 2001)

"A Text Divided?: American Civil Religion Between the Revolution and the Civil War" (Tarleton State University, Stephenville, TX, USA, 22 March, 2001)

"'Salutary Lessons of Americanism': The Rise and Fall of New England Forefathers' Day" (Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USA, 21 March, 2001)

"'Salutary Lessons of Americanism': The Rise and Fall of New England Forefathers' Day" (Karl Dietz Memorial Lecture, University of Mainz, 14 December, 2000)

"Daring Voices in the Wilderness: Colonial American Women Writers from Plymouth Rock to Independence Hall" (University of Salzburg, 15 November, 2000)

"Researching the Memorial Politics of New England Anniversaries in the Context of German American Studies" (American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, MA, 24 October, 2000)

"Michael Cunningham and His Pulitzer Prize Novel, The Hours: An Introduction" (German-American Institute Regensburg, 20 February, 2000)

"Advocating a 'Peacable Condition': Rhetorics of Peace and Order in Seventeenth-Century Puritan New England" (Annual Convention of the Austrian Association for American Studies, Salzburg, 6 November, 1999)

"'Mock Feast of the Pilgrims': New England Forefathers' Day Celebrations and the Politics of a Usable (?) Puritan Past in the Early National Period." (University of Hamburg, 5 January, 1999)

"New England Forefathers' Day Celebrations Between the American Revolution and the Civil War" (EAAS-Conference "Ceremonies and Spectacles: America and the Staging of Collective Identities", Lisbon, 6 April,1998)

"New England Anniversary Celebrations and the Power of Festive Culture in the Early National Period." (University of Würzburg, 13 February, 1998)

"African American Women Playwrights and the Politics of Collective Memory " (Uni­ver­sity of Innsbruck, 19 November, 1997)

"'A Stranger in a Strange Land': Some Account of the Fore Part of the Life of Elizabeth Ashbridge (1774) and the (Inter)Cultural Inscription of American Autobiography" (University of Regensburg, 18 July, 1997)

"Letters from New England: Communicating Collective Identities in Seventeenth-Century Transatlantic Correspondence" ("Technology and American Culture," Annual Convention of the German Association for American Studies, Freiburg, 22 May, 1997)

"'Always Acting as if in the Presence of Canonized Forefathers': The Plymouth Anniversary Celebrations of 1802" (International Symposium ”The Construction and Contestation of American Cultures and Identities in the Early National Period,” Potsdam, 26 January, 1997)

"'A Stranger in a Strange Land': Some Account of the Fore Part of the Life of Elizabeth Ashbridge (1774) and the Conventions of American Autobiography" (University of Kassel, 6 December, 1996)

”‘Some Difference Between Themselves and Others’: Identity and Alterity Constructions in Puritan New England and Some Origins of an American Rhetoric of Cultural Contra­distinction” (International Symposium ”The Unfolding of America’s National Identity,” Eichstätt, 10 October, 1996).

”African American Women Playwrights and the Theatrical Representation of Slavery” ("The American South,” Annual Convention of the German Association for American Studies, Würzburg, 30 May, 1996)

"Early African American Women Playwrights: Between Political Propaganda and Dramatic Innovation" (John F. Kennedy-Institute, Free University of Berlin, 17 January, 1996)

"A Proper Recollection of These Things": New England Fore­fathers' Day Orations (1769-1820) and the National Conse­cration of a Usable Past" (Catholic University Eichstätt, 27 November, 1995)

"A Proper Recollection of These Things": New England Fore­fathers' Day Orations (1769-1820) and the National Conse­cration of a Usable Past" ("Remembering the Individual, Regional, National Past," Annual Convention of the Austrian Association of American Studies, Vienna, 18 November, 1995)

"Dramatizing Race Conflicts: Early Plays by African American Women (1916-1930)" (First International Intensive Program of the American Studies ERASMUS-Group, Mainz, 12 July, 1995)

"'The Fight for Life and Liberty': Early Plays by African American Women (1916-1930) and the Re­mapping of Twentieth-Century (African) American Drama" (University of Frankfurt, 30 June, 1995)

"'The Fight for Life and Liberty': Protest Plays by African American Women and the Re­mapping of Twentieth-Century (African) American Drama" (University of Freiburg, 20 June, 1995)

"Towards a Cultural Poetics of Historical Moments" (Technical University Dresden, 21 April, 1995)

"'The Whole Evanescent Context'?: Cultural Poetics and Sinclair Lewis's Main Street" (Uni­ver­sity of Potsdam, 20 January, 1995)

"Sanctioned Images: Legal and Synodal Prescriptions and the Rhetorical Contestation of Puritan New England in the Seventeenth Century" ("The Historical and Political Turn in Literary Studies: A Symposium in Honor of Ursula Brumm", John F. Kennedy-Institute, Free University of Berlin, 19 November, 1994)

"Nathaniel Hawthorne und Herman Melville" (Rheingau Summer School "Meister der ameri­kanischen Erzählkunst," Schloss Reichartshausen, 31 August, 1994)

"Ökonomie und Signifikation in amerikanischen Einaktern" (Lecture Series "Kurz­formen des Dramas"; Interdisciplinary Research Group "Drama and Theater," Uni­versity of Mainz, 16 May, 1994)

"F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and the New American Studies" ("Teaching The Great Gatsby", Amerika Haus Stuttgart, 6 November, 1993)

"Puritans and Others: Competing Images in Seventeenth-Century New England" (Mather House/Harvard University, 19 March, 1993)

"F. Scott Fitzgerald in Germany: Beating Against the Cur­rents?" (First International F. Scott Fitz­gerald Con­ference, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, 24 September, 1992)

"German-American Relations: History, Mutual Images, Current Issues" (Heimvolkshochschule Schloß Dhaun, repeatedly 1989-1995)

"'Breaking Through the Suburban Wasteland': Transgression as Rebellious Affirmation in Joyce Carol Oates's Expensive People" (Fourth Annual Mainz-Dijon Symposium "Trans­gression and the World of Fiction," 18 June, 1989)

"F. Scott Fitzgerald's This Side of Paradise: An Intertextual Assault on Popular Senti­mentality" (Inter­national Symposium "Sentimentality in Modern Literature and Popular Culture," Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik, 27 March, 1987)

"Medien und Unterrichtsmaterialien zum Thema und Möglichkeiten ihrer Umsetzung" (SIL-Conference "Amerikanische Literatur des 19. Jahrhunderts im Englischunterricht der Sekun­darstufe II, Kaiserslautern, 19 February, 1987)

"The German Educational System: Continuity and Change" (Heimvolkshochschule Schloß Dhaun, repeatedly 1985-1990)


workshops / panels

"American Studies and the Bologna Process in Europe" (Annual Convention of the American Studies Association, Washington, DC, 22 November 2013)

"American Studies Across Borders - American Studies in Germany" (American Studies Department, University of Kansas, USA, 19 November 2013)

"Internationalization and International Outreach" ("DGfA/GAAS at Sixty" - 60th Anniversary Conference of the German Association for American Studies, Marburg 3 November 2013)

"The Politics of Transnational Publishing" (Annual Convention of American Studies Association, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 15 November 2012)

“Meeting of the Editors of International American Studies Journals and Publication Series” (Annual Convention of American Studies Association, Baltimore, MD, 21 October, 2011)

Moderation of Panel "Buchvorstellung Stephan Bierling: Geschichte des Irakkriegs" (University of Regensburg, 8 December, 2010)

"Remapping Youth: Adolescence as Neoliberal Experience" (Annual Convention of American Studies Association, San Antonio, TX, 20 November, 2010)

"American Studies: Global Contexts, Changing Fields" (Annual Convention of American Studies Association, San Antonio, TX, 19 November, 2010)

"Meeting of the Editors of International American Studies Journals and Publication Series" (Annual Convention of American Studies Association, San Antonio, TX, 19 November, 2010)

"American Suburbia" (BAZ Munich Teachers Program, 7 May, 2010)

"Exporting American Dreams" (Annual Convention of American Studies Association, Washington, D.C., 7 November, 2009)

"Meeting of Editors of International American Studies Journals" (Annual Convention of American Studies Association, Washington, D.C., 6 November, 2009)

""Amerika, Du hast es besser?" German Education and the Americanization of the Academy" (Annual Conference of the German Association for American Studies (DGfA), Jena, 7 June, 2009)

"Inauguration 2009" (together with Prof. Bierling and Prof. Depkat, University of Regensburg, 20 January, 2009)

"Wissenschaftliche Wahlnacht: U.S. Presidential Election 2008" (4 November, 2008, with Prof. Dr. Stephan Bierling and Prof. Dr. Volker Depkat)

"Meeting of Editors of International American Studies Journals" (Annual Convention of American Studies Association, Albuquerque, NM, 17 October, 2008)

"Amerikas Amerika: Kleine Geschichte Kaliforniens" (University of Regensburg, together with Stephan Bierling, 7 November, 2006)

"Business Meeting of Editors of International American Studies Journals" (Annual Convention of American Studies Association, Oakland, CA, 13 October, 2006)

"Business Meeting of Editors of International American Studies Journals" (Annual Convention of American Studies Association, Washington, D.C., 4 November, 2005)

"Wissenschaftliche Wahlnacht: Presidential Elections 2004" (Thon-Dittmer-Palais, 2 November, 2004, in cooperation with Prof. Stephan Bierling, Political Science, University of Regensburg)

"Welches Amerikabild vermitteln wir im Englischunterricht?" (FMF-Conference Passau, 11 October, 2003)

"Amerikanische Außenpolitik 1917 – 2003" (University of Regensburg, July 7, 2003; together with Stephan Bierling)

Moderator of Panel Discussion "The American Myth(s) Revisited" (Continuing Education Conference, U.S. Embassy; Berlin/Potsdam, May 9-12, 2002)

Session at International Conference "From Landscape to Technoscape" (University of Bayreuth, 11 October, 2001)

"The Meaning of Boundaries in Culture and Politics" (International Conference "Transnational America," Bavarian American Academy, Munich, June 22-24, 2000)

"Dramatic Liberations" (CAAR-Conference "Black Liberation in the Americas," Münster, March 18-21, 1999)

"(Trans)Formations of Cultural Identity in the English-Speaking World" (University of Mainz, July 7-8, 1995)

"50 Jahre Amerikaner in Rheinland-Pfalz/Americans in Rhine­land-Palatinate since World II" (Ramstein Air Base, March 17-19, 1995)

Teaching and Theses

Theses

Teaching

Theses


BA theses

2013

  • The United States Supreme Court and Judicial Review in Selected Cases
  • Staging Weddings in Contemporary American Movies

2012

  • Religion in Disney Princess Movies
  • Rolling Home: Bob Dylan's Artistic Journey to the New World Utopia
  • Daughters as Victims in Joyce Carol Oates's NovelsThem and We Were the Mulvaneys

2011

  • Between Story and Reader: Reading the Book Covers of Romance Novels
  • "True Story": An Intertextual Analysis of Selected How I Met Your Mother Episodes
  • Inherited (Dis-)Placement -- Identity and Place in Dionne Brand's What We All Long For
  • Changing Representations of American Suburbia in U.S. American TV Series Since the 1950s

2010

  • Critical Regionalism in Romantic Hollywood Comedies
  • “We will not tire, we will not falter, we will not fail”: Reasserting Trust in the United States after 9/11
  • Segregation and Music in Nothing But a Man
  • The American Thanksgiving Tradition in Selected American TV Series
  • Visualizing a National Farewell: Paul Fusco’s RFK Funeral Train

2009

  • The Internet Presentation of Barack Obama - A Critical Analysis

2008

  • Challenging the Architecture of Consent: The National Museum of the American Indian on the Washington Mall as Defiance of U.S.-American Civil Religion?

2007

  • Stereotypes of Germans in The Simpsons
  • Internet Presentations of Alcatraz

2006

  • Amadeo Richardson's Heimweh nach Selb - A German-American Relation
  • Gendered Voices in Selected American Slave Narratives

2005

  • 'Clash of the Old and the New World: Indian Immigrants in the United States – Extent and Consequences of
  • Cultural Intermix in Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake and Interpreter of Maladies
  • Obesity as a Topical Issue in Selected American News Magazines
  • Ernest Hemingway's Women on the Screen: The Case of A Farewell to Arms
  • A Comparative Analysis of German and Irish Immigrant Letters from 18th- and 19th-Century America

2004

  • Presidential Politics and Religion in Selected German and American Newspapers
  • Images of Florida in German Guide Books

2003

  • Female Self-Determination in Selected Short Stories by Kate Chopin

2002

  • Katharine Anne Porters negatives Deutschlandbild in ihrem Roman Ship of Fools
  • Narratives of Homing and Healing in Contemporary Native American Fiction

2001

  • Dichotomien in Linda Hogans Solar Storms, vor dem Hintergrund des Ecocriticism und Ecofeminism

MA theses

2014

  • Press Images of German and American First Ladies during the Second Half of the 20th Century

2013

  • European and U.S. American Newspaper Coverage of Civil Rights Protest Actions in Alabama in the 1960s 
  • Gender Roles and Social Conventions in Richard Yates's Revolutionary Road: From Novel to Film
  • The Tea Party Movement and 'Conservative' American Tradition

2012

  • American Jeremiad Rhetoric and Traditions in 2008 and 2012 Presidential Campaign Speeches

  •  African American Women in U.S. American Commercials Since the 1990s

2011

  • Media Representation of Hawaiian Immigration and Immigrant Cultures

2010

  • Bilingual Education in the Toppenish, WA School District: Policies, Application, Obstacles, Best Practices
  • African Americans in Selected Vietnam War Movies

state exam / magister theses

2013

  • Talking Turkey: Visual Representations of American Thanksgivings From the Pilgrims to President Obama
  • Lyrical Representations of Non-Heterosexual Male Identities in the American Broadway Musicals Falsettos (1992) by William Finn and Rent (1996) by Jonathan Larson
  • Bob Dylan - An American Icon: A Visual Analysis of Semiotic Processes in Barry Feinstein's Real Moments
  • Visualizing Social Criticism in Bobcat Goldthwait's Film God Bless America
  • "In What Universe?" An Intertextual Analysis of The Big Bang Theory
  • The Emancipation of Fairy Tales: An Analysis of Once Upon a Time in Regard to Gender and Psychology
  • The First Family in Official White House Photographs (2008-2012)

2012

  • Representations of Feminity in Songs and Videos of Female Hip Hop Artists
  • American Ideologies and Identities in Music Videos
  • No Idea is Original: How Sampling is Challenging Our Music Culture
  • Pocahontas: The Evolution of an American Myth and National Narrative from John Smith to Walt Disney
  • Abraham Lincoln in American National Iconography and Collective Memory
  • Die Berichterstattung über das US-Militär und den Truppenübungsplatz Hohenfels in der Lokalpresse in den Jahren 1990 bis 2011 am Beispiel des Neumarkter Tagblatts
  • The Depiction of Women in Songs of the Rolling Stones Between 1965 and 1978
  • Visualizing Migration in Shaun Tan's Graphic Novel The Arrival
  • Showing the Unshowable: David Cronenberg's Naked Lunch
  • Medicalization and Power: The Representation of Medicalized Maternal Bodies in Contemporary Popular Films 
  • Street Art in New York
  • American High School and College Basketball in Selected American Movies
  • American Barbecue Culture and Its Regional Diversity in the United States and in Germany

2011

  • Come on Over for Dinner: The Ideological, Sociological, and Cinematographic Significance of the Dining Room in American Suburbia
  • The Virtualization of Boston’s Freedom Trail and the Construction of American Identity
  • Mexican American Education in The Lemon Grove Incident
  • Chinese or American: The Search for Ethnic Identity in Amy Tan’s The Bonesetter’s Daughter and Gish Jen’s Mona in the Promised Land
  • American Ethnic Pluralism and Professional Baseball
  • The Glocalization of Homarus Americanus and the Maine Myth
  • Chicano Identity Constructions and Re-Constructions in Selected Movies
  • Women: New and Traditional – Representations of Women in Selected Articles and Profiles of The New Yorker from 1925 to 1933
  • The Civil Rights Movement 1955-1964 in Freedom and Protest Songs
  • Liberty Bell: A Short History of an American Icon
  • The United Border-Lines of Disney’s Pocahontas: Gender and Race and Their Intersectionality in the Animated Feature
  • Lands of Milk and Mucus: Utopian and Dystopian Traditions in Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood (2009) and T.C. Boyle’s A Friend of the Earth (2000)
  • "Hunger is nothing if not a void": Hunger and Eating in Siri Hustvedt’s What I Loved and Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections

2010

  • Research Policies in the U.S. and Europe: Political, Economic, Cultural Perspectives
  • Justice and Court Corruption in American Fiction and Film
  • In the President We Trust: Visual Representations of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, George W. Bush, Barack Obama
  • Racial Satire in Selected Sketches by Dave Chapelle
  • Race Relations and Music in Nothing But a Man (1964) and Do the Right Thing (1989)
  • Literary Inspiration Across the Atlantic: The New Negro of the Harlem Renaissance and the New African of the Sophiatown Renaissance
  • "and everything's going to the beat...": "The 'Iconization' of Jack Kerouac
  • Roads in American Photography: From FSA Photography to New Topographics

2009

  • The Representation of Evangelicals in Jesus Camp (2006) and God's Next Army (2006)
  • Female Pursuits in Toni Morrison’s Paradise and Love
  • Helter Skelter and The Family: Literary Representations of the Manson Murders
  • Dodging the Draft or Searching for a ‘New America’? Representing Vietnam Draft Evaders in Canada
  • Texts Without Boundaries: Disclosing the Heterogeneous Space of Fanfiction
  • Louis Farrakhan and Political Dissent in the Nation of Islam Between the ‘Second Resurrection’ and 9/11
  • Racing Sexuality and Engendering Power: Black Female Sexuality and Identity in Twentieth-Century Fiction
  • The Pursuit of Happiness in a Paradise Lost: Mira Nair's Namesake and Wes Anderson's Darjeeling Limited

2008

  • Gender Relation in the Sitcom Friends
  • Beautiful Suburbia?: A Close-Up of American Beauty
  • The Adaptation of Graphic Novels: Sin City and The Crow
  • Wilderness Revisited: An Intertextual Analysis of Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild
  • Cultural Landscapes in Alistair Cooke’s Letters from America, 1946-1960
  • Discontinuous Reality/ies in Thomas Pynchon’s Against the Day
  • Displaying Men and Women: The Playboy Magazine and the Gender Roles of the American 1950s
  • "Woman Who Walks Like a Man": Roles of Women in Selected Western Movies of the 1990s
  • The History and Culture of North Dakota’s Germans and the Portrayal of Their Lives in Selected Fictional and Non-Fictional Literature by German North Dakotans
  • "To Show America to the Americans": The Iconicity of the Midwest During the Great Depression as Represented in Regionalist Art and FSA Photography
  • U.S.-Venezuelan Foreign Relations and Venezuelan Politics in U.S. Media
  • Iconographies of the National Guitar: Visual Representations of Guitars and Guitar Players in American Culture
  • Immigrant Experiences as Represented in Photographs by Lewis W. Hine and Augustus F. Sherman, 1890-1924

2007

  • Taking Their Anger to the Stage: Amiri Baraka's Slave Ship und Luis Valdez's Quinta Temporada
  • The Blithedale Romance, Sanctuary, and The New York Trilogy
  • Gender Issues in Movie Comedies of the 1930s
  • "Married to the Job": Female Secretaries in U.S.-American Motion Pictures
  • The Transformation of Violence in the Western Genre: Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch
  • Towards an Alternative Past: Edward P. Jones's The Known World and the Rewriting of History
  • The Forgotten War: Sites of (National) Korean War Commemoration in the United States and the Republic of Korea
  • American Ideologies and Traditions in the Work of Charles Bukowski
  • Representations of Native Americans in the Paintings of an Emerging U.S. American Nation
  • Ray Charles as a Prototypical Jazz Musician in the Movie Ray
  • The Presentatio of Violence in Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers
  • Foreign Policy in The West Wing
  • Dissent in Selected Landmark Decisions of the Surpreme Court of the United States
  • The Representation of Motorcycles and Bikers in American Literature and Culture from the 1940s through the 1980s

2006

  • Whiteness in Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • Memorializing 9/11: Space, Memory, and the Reconstruction of Ground Zero
  • Devastation and Despair in Hollywood Action Thrillers before and after 9/11
  • A Darker or a Whiter Shade of Brown? Models of Identity in Three Texts by Chicano Authors
  • "Es ist doch in allen Dingen besser als wie bei euch": Nineteenth-Century German Women's Immigration to the United States as Described in Personal Letters
  • Proslavery Ideology in American Cartoons, 1820s-1850s
  • Promise or Doom: Los Angeles in Rock Songs during the 1980s and 1990s
  • The Greek Experience in the U.S.: Nicolas Gage's A Place for Us
  • German-American Relations and the Sister City Partnership Tempe, AZ - Regensburg
  • Celuloid Indians: Native Americans on the Screen with Special Consideration of Dances with Wolves and Skins
  • "A Hyphen That Bridges and Separates" - An Interpretation of Selected Second Generation Korean-American Fiction
  • 7th Heaven - An American TV Familiy as a Contemporary Role Model
  • The American Christian Right and Global Human Rights
  • American Suburbia in Desperate Housewives
  • The Stepford Wives in Fiction and Film
  • Nancy Reagan – Playing an Iconic First Lady
  • The American West in Brokeback Mountain
  • Art Spiegelman at The New Yorker: From Maus to In the Shadow of No Towers
  • "Looking Backward – Looking Forward": Male Myth of the Land and New Womanhood in American Women's Travel Writing
  • The Slave Family: An Analysis of Slave Family Life on the Basis of Federal Writers' Project Interviews with Ex-Slaves
  • Sex and the City - Provocation or Reality TV
  • "Pleasantville" - a Society between Ethics and Progress
  • Crash Fiction - Car Accidents in Selected American Novels of the Twentieth Century
  • Commercials and Cultural Politics - Representations of Women in American  Magazine Advertisements of the 1950s

2005

  • More Than a Century of Happily Serving Whites: The Filmic Representation of African American Women as Mammies
  • Sisters in Crime: A Study of Three Contemporary Female American Series Detectives
  • The Depiction of the American Revolution in Roland Emmerich's The Patriot
  • Joyce Carol Oates's Suburban Fiction from the 1960s through the 1980s
  • Indian Immigrants in the United States and Their Representation in Indian-American Fiction
  • 'Until They Are Home' – Defining American Military Heroism
  • American Documentary film of the 1930s: Pare Lorentz's The Plow That Broke the Plains
  • The Age of Innocence: From Page to Screen
  • From Angst to Adultery: Recent American Suburban Fiction
  • Dinner with Friends on the Screen - A Critical Analysis of the Movie Adaptation of Donald Margulies' Play
  • Fusing the Different - Contemporary Black Slam/Performance Poets between Tradition and Innovation
  • Redefinition of African American Women in Francis Harper's Minnie's Sacrifice and Iola Leroy or Shadows Uplifted and in Pauline Hopkins's Contending Forces: A Romance Illustrative of Negro Life North and South
  • Hispanics on the Hollywood Screen
  • Alf's Suburbia: An Analysis of Selected Episodes
  • Images of the USA in Selected German Newspapers after 9/11 and during the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq
  • Spike Lee's Malcolm X: An African American Version of History
  • The Legacies of the Vietnam War and Their Portrayal in the Movie Hamburger Hill
  • American Women and American Culture of the 1950s in Mona Lisa Smile
  • Irish-American Immigration in 18th and 19th Century Letters

2004

  • The Body in Early Cyberpunk Fiction
  • German Images of the American Presence in Upper Palatinate from 1945 to 1955
  • "Breaking the Chains" - Female Resistance in Hannah Craft's The Bondswoman's Narrative
  • Native American Life and Culture in Sherman Alexie's Novels: Reservation Blues and Indian Killer
  • The Free Trade Area of the Americas in the Public and Political Controversy since the Late 1990s
  • The American Civil War in Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain
  • The Representation of Suburban America(ns) in Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections and Sam Mendes's American Beauty
  • "Narratives of a New Belonging": The Politics of Memory and Identity In Contemporary American Ethnic Literatures
  • African-American Urban Identity Represented in Film - The Example of John Singleton's Boyz N the Hood
  • T. Coraghessan Boyle's The Tortilla Curtain - an Exposure of the American Dream?
  • Canada and Quebec - a Difficult Relationship in Hugh MacLennan's Two Solitudes and Roch Carrier's La Guerre, Yes Sir!
  • Hollywood's History? - Alan Parker's Mississippi Burning
  • Writing towards a Chicana Identity in Sandra Cisneros' The House on Mango Street, Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories, and Caramelo
  • The Boston Irish Famine Memorial: Finding the Mirror in the Monument
  • Representations of Native Americans in Movies of the 1990s
  • Pulitzer Prize Novels of the 1990s: Readings in Subversion and Containment
  • Limitation and Transgression in Selected Novels of Louisa May Alcott, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps and Elizabeth Drew Stoddard

2003

  • Kunst und Geschichte: Jacob Lawrence interpretiert die 'Great Migration'
  • On the Way to Mastery:Sarah Orne Jewett’s Deephaven and Kate Chopin’s At Fault
  • T.C. Boyle’s Theme Park Reality of the American Dream in Budding Prospects and The Road to Wellville
  • The Representation of Chinese America in Gish Jen's Works
  • An Interfigural Interpretation of Michael Cunningham's The Hours
  • The Representation of African American Women in the Film Adaptation of Gloria Naylor's The Women of Brewster Place
  • Sexuality and Control in Hollywood Psychothrillers of the 1980s and 1990s
  • Searching for Identity in Selected Novels of  Paul Auster
  • The Civil War in Confederate Women's Personal Narratives
  • From The Job to Main Street and Babbit: Women Characters in Sinclair Lewis's Early Works
  • Magical Realism in Chicano Literature: A Study of Three Selected Novels
  • Chinese-American Encounters in the Writings of Amy Tan and Sui Sin Far

2002

  • Tragedy and Transformation - T. S. Garp and Win Berry in John Irving's The World According to Garp and The Hotel New Hampshire
  • Politics in Pictures: The 2000 Presidential Elections in German Editorial Cartoons and Caricatures
  • Competing Images of the United States in the Essays of Octavio Paz
  • You Haven't Seen the Village Until You've Seen the Cherry Lane: The Cherry Lane Theatre as an Off-Broadway Playhouse
  • Jewish Life and Religion in Chaim Potok's The Chosen and My Name Is Asher Lev
  • 'I am going to do America' - Eine kritische Betrachtung von Indianern, Cowboys und Soldaten in der Kunst Frederic Remingtons
  • Tramps like us - Bruce Springsteen's Musical Visions of America
  • Engendering the Nation in Selected Plays by Early American Women Writers
  • The Representation of Post-World War II Germany in The Washington Post, January 1946 through April 1946
  • Reading First Glimpses: An Interpretation of Selected Early American Nature Writings
  • Mutterfiguren in der Dramatik der Harlem Renaissance
  • Identität und Vergangenheit in Toni Morrisons Song of Solomon und Amy Tans The Hundred Secret Senses
  • Formen und Funktionen der Gesellschaftskritik in Mark Twains A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
  • Another Fragment of Life: Krankheit und Sterben im amerikanischen Drama der neunziger Jahre
  • The Representation of  Men and Women in the Late 19th-Century Ranching Industry in Texas Literature
  • Harlem Renaissance Female Playwrights and the Staging of African American Women's Histories

2001

  • Monumental Contestations: Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial
  • Los Angeles: Read the City - Read the Text
  • Folk Roots and Mythic Wings: Tradition and Narrative Continuity in Buchi Emecheta's The Slave Girl and Toni Morrison's Beloved
  • The Black Experience Drama of Ed Bullins
  • Nationalism in Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Painting
  • Football in Selected Works of Contemporary American Fiction
  • Female Identity in Alice Munro's Short Fiction
  • The Portrayal of the Vampire in Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles
  • Italian Americans in Literature: Christ in Concrete (Pietro DiDonato), The Fortunate Pilgrim (Mario Puzo), and Mount Allegro (Jerre Mangione)
  • Atmosphere in Different Media: F. Scott Fitzgerald's  The Great Gatsby as Novel and Film
  • Engendered Visions in Toni Morrison's Paradise and Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale
  • Doomed to The Abyss of Solitude or Getting Ready for War?: Female Portraits in the Works of Kate Chopin and George Washington Cable
  • Joseph McElroy's Luckout Cartridge as Systems Novel
  • William Dean Howells' A Hazard of New Fortunes and Immigration
  • Kohärenz in Louise Erdrichs Love Medicine

2000

  • Imitation of Life - Simulation, Madness and Identity in Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho
  • All things Obey to Money - Environmental Concerns during the Gold Rush
  • Blood and Longing: Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain and Cormac McCarthy's All the Pretty Horses and American Historical and Regional Fiction of the 1990s
  • The Interplay of Realism and Sentimentalism in Rose Terry Cooke's Fiction
  • Die Frau in der Arbeitswelt: Selbsterfahrung, Anpassung und Gesellschaftskritik. Eine Studie am Beispiel von Fanny Ferns Ruth Hall und Louisa May Alcotts Work. A Story of Experience
  • Das dystopische Ich: Identität und Individualität im dystopischen Roman des 20. Jahrhunderts
  • Verwendung von Klischees und Stereotypen und deren Auswirkungen auf das Deutschlandbild in den Romanen Ship of Fools von Katherine Anne Porter, The Cannibal von John Hawkes und Slaughterhouse-Five von Kurt Vonnegut
  • The American Dream of the Self-Made Man Revisited: Steven Millhauser's Martin Dressler - The Tale of an American Dreamer and E.L. Doctorow's Ragtime
  • The Abyss of Solitude: Kate Chopin's Women
  • Formen und Funktion von Identität in Toni Morrison's Sula, Song of Solomon und Paradise
  • Auf den Spuren der Mütter: Weibliche Identitätssuche in der ethnischen Literatur der USA am Beispiel von Linda Hogan's Solar Storms, Edwidge Danticat's  Breath, Eyes, Memory und Elizabeth Ehrlich's Miriam's Kitchen
  • Rape in Selected Twentieth-Century African American Novels: Pauline Hopkins: Contending Forces; Ann Petry: The Street; Alice Walker: Meridian; Gloria Naylor: The Women of Brewster Place

1999

  • Die Rolle der Frau in Carol Shields The Stone Diaries
  • Living Between Worlds: Generational Conflicts in the Asian American Fiction of Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club and Hisaye Yamamoto's Seventeen Syllables
  • Immigration Experiences and Assimilation Processes in Anzia Yezierska's Bread Givers and Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club
  • Frau und Beruf in ausgewählten amerikanischen Romanen zwischen Gilded Age und Erstem Weltkrieg
  • Repression and Response in the Novels of Gloria Naylor
  • Beth Henley's Early Family Plays: The Concept of 'Dysfunctionality' in the Theatrical Text and Cultural Contexts
  • Analyse der Frauenfiguren in Nella Larsens Quicksand (1928) und Passing (1929) und in Zora Neale Hurstons Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • Gender Relations in Gloria Naylor's Novels The Women of Brewster Place and The Men of Brewster Place

doctoral theses

completed:

Herzog, Alexandra: "'We, the Fans': Power in the Democratic Archive of Fanfiction" (June 2014)

Szlézák, Klara Stephanie: "Canonized in History: Literary Tourism at Nineteenth-Century Writers' Houses in New England" (June 2013)

Leikam, Susanne: "Framing a City in Motion: Visual Representations of Earthquakes in Late-Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century San Francisco" (October 2012)

Purucker, Martina: "The 'Monstrous Births' of Mary Dyer and Anne Hutchinson: Early Modern Interplays of Religion, Science, and Politics in the Transatlantic Sphere"(September 2012)

Schneider, Gerald: "Investigativer Journalismus in den Vereinigten Staaten und in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland: Zwischen Wiederaufbau und Wiedervereinigung" (January 2011)

Bauridl, Birgit: "Negotiating Transformations from the Liminal Sphere of Contemporary Black Performance Poetry” (July 2010)

Schmidt, Michaela: "Rose Terry Cooke: A Nineteenth-Century Writer between Realism and Sentimentalism" (April 2010)

Ehrenreich, Susanne: "Intermedial Representation of 9/11 in American and German Newspapers" (July 2009)

Schwarz-Bierschenk, Juliane: "Monumental Discourses: Sculpting Juan de Onate from the Collected Memories of the American Southwest" (November 2007)

Baumann, Ursula: "Sklavenhalter wider Willen und ein Krieg zwischen Cause und Chaos: Amerikanische Bürgerkriegsromane am Ende des 20. Jahrhunderts als Verhandlungen kultureller Erinnerung" (July 2006)

Kronenberg, Felix: "From Trade Cards to the Internet: Germans and Germany in American Advertising" (July 2006)

Gessner, Ingrid: "From Sites of Memory to Cybersights: (Re)Framing Japanese American Experiences" (July 2005)

Krause, Sascha: "The Anatomy of Resistance: The Rhetoric of Anti-Lynching in American Literature and Culture, 1892-1936" (June 2005)

Auflitsch, Susanne: "Staging Separate Spheres: Theatrical Spaces as Sites of Antagonism in One-Act Plays by American Women, 1910-1930" (Dec 2004)

Ackermann, Zeno: "'Working at Romance': Genre, Ideology, and History in Antebellum Southern Novels, 1824 - 1854" (May 2001)

work in progress:

Fackler, Katharina: "Picturing Poverty in the 1950s and 1960s"

Hirmer, Karin: "Control in American Plays of the 1990s"

Weinzierl, Florian: "Queer Performances on the American Stage"


postdoctoral theses (habilitations) in the field of American Studies

completed:

Ingrid Gessner, "Yellow Fever in U.S.-American Lliterature and Culture of the Nineteenth Century" (January 2014)

Karsten Fitz, "The American Revolution Remembered, 1830s to 1850s: Competing Images and Conflicting Narratives" (December 2006)

work in progress:

Birgit Bauridl,"Visualizing Spaces of Cultural Transfer"

Susanne Leikam, "Environmental Justice" (Working Title)


Teaching


lecture courses

"Introduction to American Studies"

"Colonial American Cultures and Literatues"

 "American Literatures and Cultures from the Beginnings through the Great Awakening"

 "American Literatures and Cultures from the Revolution to the Civil War"

 "American Literatures and Cultures from the Civil War through World War I"

 "American Literatures and Cultures from World War I to the Beginning of the Cold War"

 "American Literatures and Cultures from the Beginning of the Twentieth Century to the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century"

"A Short History of American Drama and Theater"

 "American Drama and Theater from the Beginnings through 1960"

 "American Modernisms"

 "Introduction to American Cultural Studies"

 "Modern Theories of Literature" (in cooperation with colleagues from British Studies)

 "Aspects of American Literature and Its Cultural Con­texts: An Audiovisual Presentation"


undergraduate proseminars

 "Seventeenth-Century American Literature"

 "America in Search of a Usable Past: From Puritan His­toriography to Early Nineteenth-Century Cultural Nationalism"

 "The Cultural Work of American Poetry from the American Revolution to the Civil War"

 "The Cultural Work of Nineteenth-Century American Short Stories"

 "Nathaniel Hawthorne's Twice-Told Tales"

 "Stephen Crane"

 "American Literature and Culture of the 1920s"

 "1920: Voices in American Culture"

 "American Novels of Manners and the New American Studies"

 "Colonial America in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century American Drama: John A. Stone, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Arthur Miller, Robert Lowell"

 "Eugene O'Neill: The Early Plays"

 "Twentieth-Century American One-Act Plays"

 "Recent American Drama: David Rabe, Sam Shepard, David Mamet"

 "Introduction to Contemporary American Drama"

 "German-American Cultural Relations in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century"


graduate seminars

"American Speeches"

"Trust in America“

"American Music"

"Early American Studies: Theories and Practices"

"American Women Writers: Beginnings through the Civil War"

"The Cultural Work of Nineteenth-Century American Short Stories"

"American Short Story Cycles"

"The American Novel of Manners and the New American Studies: From William Dean Howells's The Rise of Silas Lapham (1885) to Richard Ford's Independence Day (1995)"

"Modernist American Novels"

"Suburban American Fiction: John Updike, John Cheever, Joyce Carol Oates"

"Contemporary American Ethnic Women Novelists: Toni Morrison, Leslie Marmon Silko, Amy Tan"

"American Novels of the 1990s"

"Staging American Pasts / Performing American Identities: Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century American Historical Drama and Pageantry"

"American Families in Contemporary American Fiction, Drama, and Film"

"The African American Experience in Plays by African American Women"

"Twentieth-Century American Women Playwrights"

"American Drama and Theater of the 1980s and 1990s"

"Writing American Lives: Autobiographies, Collective Identities, and Cultural Studies"

"Jewish-American Immigration from the Gilded Age to the Great Depression and Its Literary Representations (Mary Antin, Abraham Cahan, Anzia Yezierska)"

"Harlem Renaissance"

"Sites of Memory in American Literatures and Cultures"

"Transnational American Memories"

"American Photographs"

"Imagining American Histories"

"American Historical and Cultural Narratives in American Visual Arts"

"Visualizations of America in Paintings and Photographs"

"U.S.-American Political and Cultural Icons"

"American Picture Politics"

"American Speeches"

"Studies in German-American Cultural Relations"

"American Suburbia in Contemporary American Literature, Photography, Movies/TV Series, and Popular Music"

"American Novels since the 1990s and Their Movie Adaptations"

"Postcolonialism/Postcolonialisme/Postcolonialismo" (interdisciplinary graduate seminar, together with French Studies Department)

"1898" (interdisciplinary graduate seminar, together with Political Science Department and French Studies Department)

"Classics of Cultural Studies" (interdisciplinary graduate seminar, together with German Department)


research seminars

"Early American Studies"

"The United States between Two World Wars (1919-1941)"

"America in the 1960s"

"Major Readings in American Studies"

"Readings in American Cultural History"

"American Studies at the End of the Century: Assessments and Perspectives"

"Recent Research in American Studies"


review courses for exam candidates

"American Literary and Cultural History Part I - Beginnings Through 1900"

"American Literary and Cultural History Part II – The Twentieth Century"

"American Literature for Exam Candidates (English as a Minor Subject)"

"Theory and Practice of Interpreting Dramatic Texts"


tutorials

"American Cultural History: A Survey in Core Texts"

"Understanding America: Readings in American Cultural History"

"American Literature, 1730-1830"

"American Literature, 1830-1880"

"American Literature on the Way Towards Modernism"

"American Literature in the First Half of the 20th Century"

"Twentieth-Century American Literature"

"Contemporary American Literature"

"Topical Issues in Contemporary America (Video-Supported)"


introductory literature course

"Introduction to English and American Literature and Culture" (repeatedly and in different versions)


courses taught at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

  German 101 (Beginners' Level Course)

  English 125 (Freshman Composition)


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