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Willkommen am Lehrstuhl Amerikanistik. Im Menü links finden Sie ausführliche und aktuelle Informationen zu Studium, Lehre und Forschung. Unsere Mitarbeiterinnen stehen in ihren Sprechstunden jederzeit für persönliche Beratung zur Verfügung; wenden Sie sich insbesondere an die Studienberaterinnen für das Fach Amerikanistik, Dr. Ina Batzke und Milena Krischer.


Neue Buchveröffentlichung: Undocumented Migrants in the United States. Life Narratives and Self-representations. (Batzke 2019)

Undocumented Migrants

Whilst many undocumented migrants in the United States continue to exist in the shadows, since the turn of the millennium an increasing number have emerged within public debate, casting themselves against the dominant discursive trope of the "illegal alien," and entering the struggle over political self-representation. Drawing on a range of life narratives published from 2001 to 2016, this book explores how undocumented migrants have represented themselves in various narrative forms in the context of the DREAM Act and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) movement.

By reading these self-representations as both a product of America's changing views on citizenship and membership, and an arena where such views can potentially be challenged, the book interrogates the role such self-representations have played not only in constructing undocumented migrant identities, but also in shaping social borders. At a time when the inclusion and exclusion of (potential) citizens is once again highly debated in the United States, the book concludes by giving a potential indication of where views on undocumented migration might be headed. This interdisciplinary exploration of migrant narratives will be of interest to scholars and researchers across American Literary and Cultural Studies, Citizenship Studies, and Ethnic and Migration Studies.


Neue Buchveröffentlichung: Narrating Citizenship and Belonging in Anglophone Canadian Literature (Sarkowsky 2018)

Narrating Citizenship

This book examines how concepts of citizenship have been negotiated in Anglophone Canadian literature since the 1970s. Katja Sarkowsky argues that literary texts conceptualize citizenship as political “co-actorship” and as cultural “co-authorship” (Boele van Hensbroek), using citizenship as a metaphor of ambivalent affiliations within and beyond Canada. In its exploration of urban, indigenous, environmental, and diasporic citizenship as well as of citizenship’s growing entanglement with questions of human rights, Canadian literature reflects and feeds into the term’s conceptual diversification. Exploring the works of Guillermo Verdecchia, Joy Kogawa, Jeannette Armstrong, Maria Campbell, Cheryl Foggo, Fred Wah, Michael Ondaatje, and Dionne Brand, this text investigates how citizenship functions to denote emplaced practices of participation in multiple collectives that are not restricted to the framework of the nation-state.


Neue Buchveröffentlichung: Symbolism. An international annual of critical aesthetics. (Ahrens, Kläger, Stierstorfer 2018)

Special focus: "Cranes on the Rise" - Functions of Metaphor in Autobiographical Writing (Sarkowsky)

Symbolism

This special issue of Symbolism: An International Annual of Critical Aesthetics explores the various functions of metaphor in life writing. Looking at a range of autobiographical subgenres (pathography, disability narratives, memoirs of migration, autofiction) and different kinds of metaphors, the contributions seek to ‘map’ the possibilities of metaphor for narratively framing an individual life and for constructing notions of selfhood.


Internationale Konferenz: Tragedy in American Drama and Theater: Genre - Mediality - Ethics (1.-3. Juni 2017)

Zu weiteren Informationen gelangen Sie hier.

poster - Tragedy


Neue Buchveröffentlichung: Zones of Focused Ambiguity in Siri Hustvedt's Works: Interdisciplinary Essays (Hartmann, Marks, Zapf)

Zones


Neue Buchveröffentlichung: Handbook of Ecocriticism and Cultural Ecology (Zapf)

handbook


Neue Buchveröffentlichung: Literature as Cultural Ecology: Sustainable Texts (Hubert Zapf)

Media of Literature as Cultural Ecology

Drawing on the latest debates in ecocritical theory and sustainability studies, Literature as Cultural Ecology: Sustainable Texts outlines a new approach to the reading of literary texts. Hubert Zapf considers the ways in which literature operates as a form of cultural ecology, using language, imagination and critique to challenge and transform cultural narratives of humanity's relationship to nature. In this way, the book demonstrates the important role that literature plays in creating a more sustainable way of life. Applying this approach to works by writers such as Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville, William Faulkner, Toni Morrison, Zakes Mda, and Amitav Ghosh, Literature as Cultural Ecology is an essential contribution to the contemporary environmental humanities. - See more here.

Drawing on the latest debates in ecocritical theory and sustainability studies, Literature as Cultural Ecology: Sustainable Texts outlines a new approach to the reading of literary texts. Hubert Zapf considers the ways in which literature operates as a form of cultural ecology, using language, imagination and critique to challenge and transform cultural narratives of humanity's relationship to nature. In this way, the book demonstrates the important role that literature plays in creating a more sustainable way of life. Applying this approach to works by writers such as Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville, William Faulkner, Toni Morrison, Zakes Mda, and Amitav Ghosh, Literature as Cultural Ecology is an essential contribution to the contemporary environmental humanities. - See more at: http://www.bloomsbury.com/us/literature-as-cultural-ecology-9781474274654/#sthash.rci2vBGZ.dpuf
Drawing on the latest debates in ecocritical theory and sustainability studies, Literature as Cultural Ecology: Sustainable Texts outlines a new approach to the reading of literary texts. Hubert Zapf considers the ways in which literature operates as a form of cultural ecology, using language, imagination and critique to challenge and transform cultural narratives of humanity's relationship to nature. In this way, the book demonstrates the important role that literature plays in creating a more sustainable way of life. Applying this approach to works by writers such as Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville, William Faulkner, Toni Morrison, Zakes Mda, and Amitav Ghosh, Literature as Cultural Ecology is an essential contribution to the contemporary environmental humanities. - See more at: http://www.bloomsbury.com/us/literature-as-cultural-ecology-9781474274654/#sthash.rci2vBGZ.dpuf

Literature as Cultural Ecology

Sustainable Texts

Literature as Cultural Ecology

Sustainable Texts


Neue Buchveröffentlichung: Literary Visuality in Siri Hustvedt's Works: Phenomenological Perspectives (Hartmann)

Literary visuality


Neue Buchveröffentlichung: Censorship and Exile (eds. Hartmann / Zapf)

Censorship and Exile

This volume focuses on the interrelations between the experience of exile and mechanisms of censorship. In the phenomenon of censorship the intersections and reciprocal tensions of the cultural and political spheres become drastically apparent. Literature as a form of cultural expression reacts to and criticizes ideological premises of certain political contexts. It thus represents a counter-discourse to processes of canonization that are prescribed and violently put into action by oppressive political regimes. Within the respective political contexts, people who demanded liberties such as freedom of speech or artistic freedom often found themselves forced into exile or internal emigration. The present volume focuses on these continuities and discontinuities, on commonly shared features as well as the heterogeneous manifestations of exile literature(s) in the face of practices of censorship and the repression of free speech and artistic freedom in Germany, the US and beyond. The collection comprises contributions that shed light on the interrelation of censorship and exile from comparative, historical, political, and creative perspectives.

Zu einer Rezension des Sammelbands gelangen Sie hier.


Neue Buchveröffentlichung: American Studies Today (eds. Fluck / Redling / Sielke / Zapf)

The volume explores the state of contemporary American Studies in the light of recent developments and currently emerging perspectives of research. Featuring contributions by leading American Studies scholars from the German-speaking world, the collection of essays represents a broad spectrum of thematic, theoretical and methodological approaches that constitute major research agendas within current American Studies. It also includes contributions by renowned colleagues from the U.S. which provide a transatlantic framework of scholarly debate. In line with the original, dialogic conference format, the volume is organized around central topics covered by main papers and shorter response papers. While the essays position American Studies in Germany in its transnational contexts, they also highlight its distinct contribution to the global field of American Studies in the early 21st century.


Forschungsnetzwerk "Environmental Crisis and the Transnational Imagination"

Unter Leitung von Dr. Timo Müller läuft 2015 ein vom DFG gefördertes wissenschaftliches Netzwerk an, das sich mit den Wechselwirkungen zwischen Umweltkrise und Transnationalisierung und vor allem mit der Rolle imaginativer Texte in diesen Zusammenhängen beschäftigt. Weitere informationen hier.

Zu weiteren Informationen, insbesondere des Lehrstuhlforschungs-schwerpunkts "Environmental Humanities" gelangen Sie hier.


Siri Hustvedt zum wiederholten Mal Gast am Lehrstuhl Amerikanistik

Nach ihren Besuchen 2011 und 2013 war die amerikanische Gegenwartsautorin Siri Hustvedt nun schon zum dritten Mal zu Gast am Lehrstuhl Amerikanistik der Universität Augsburg. Während Ihres Aufenthalts gab sie einen Workshop mit Studierenden und las im Kleinen Goldenden Saal aus ihrem Roman The Blazing World, der dieses Jahr in deutscher Übersetzung erschienen ist. Vor Ihrer Lesung fand ein Empfang im Fürstenzimmer des Augsburger Rathauses statt, währenddessen Siri Hustvedt von Hermann Köhler, dem Bildungreferenten der Stadt Augsburg, und von Prof. Dr. Sabine Doering-Manteuffel herzlich begrüßt wurde und sich ins Goldene Buch der Stadt Augsburg eingetragen hat.

Zu Bildern ihres Besuchs 2013 gelangen Sie hier.

Zu Bildern ihres Besuchs im Juni 2015 gelangen Sie hier.


Buchveröffentlichungen am Lehrstuhl

 Weitere Bücher und Links

 

English and American Studies

Martin Middeke, Timo Müller, Christina Wald, Hubert Zapf, Hgg., English and American Studies: Theory and Practice

Amerikanische Literaturgeschichte

Hubert Zapf, Hg., Amerikanische Literaturgeschichte, 3. Auflage

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Timo Müller, Michael Sauter, Hgg., Literature, Ecology, Ethics

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Hubert Zapf, Hg., Kulturökologie und Literatur: Beiträge zu einem transdisziplinären Paradigma der Literaturwissenschaft

 


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