Dr. Heike Schwarz


Wiss. Mitarbeiterin

Telefon: +49 821 598-5767
Raum: D 4065
Sprechzeiten: Mittwoch 11:30-12:30 Uhr. Emailvoranmeldung


Feriensprechstunden am 28.02.18 und 07.03.18

zu den regulären Zeiten.


"Border Stories: Narratives of Peace, Conflict and Communication", GAPS Summer School 2015 at the University of Augsburg, September 7-11 2015 (with Beate Greisel, Tanja Konrad, Senta Sanders)


Interessen und Forschungsschwerpunkte

  • American Literature (16th century to the present), CanLit
  • Early 21st century New Literature
  • Ecocriticism, Environmentalism and Literature, Ecopsychology
  • Psychiatry and Literature
  • Medical Humanities
  • Dis/Ability Studies, Pathographies
  • Neurological and Neurodegenerative Diseases in Literature and Fiction (Dementia Studies)
  • Animal Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Cultural Studies, Popular Culture, (Green) Consumer Culture
  • Graphic Novels

  • Member of Editorial Review Board for Disability Studies Quarterly (DSQ)
  • Member of the Advisory Board for Ecocritical Theory and Practice Series, Lexington

Current Research Projects:

Forget the Forgetting: Alzheimer´s Disease Narratives and Graphic Memoirs (AT) Habilitationsprojekt

Green Nostalgia, Green Neurosis: Concepts of Ecopsychology and "Ecopsychopathology" in American Literature and Art (AT)





Beware of the Other Side(s): Multiple Personality Disorder and Dissociative Identity Disorder in American Fiction. American Culture Studies. transcript: Bielefeld, 2013.


Link to Transcript


This interdisciplinary study examines the still vivid phenomenon of the most controversial psychiatric diagnosis in the United States: multiple personality disorder, now called dissociative identity disorder. This syndrome comprehends the occurrence of two or more distinct identities that take control of a person's behavior paired with an inexplicable memory loss. Synthesizing the fields of psychiatry and the dynamics of the disorder with its influential representation in American fiction, the study researches how psychiatry and fiction mutually shaped a mysterious syndrome and how this reciprocal process created a genre fiction of its own that persists until today in a very distinct self-referential mode.



M.A. Amerikanistik, Politikwissenschaften und Philosophie

M.A. mit der Arbeit: "A Timetravel Towards Identity: Time and Identity in A Time of Our Singing by Richard Powers and Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides"