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


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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.


Edited Books

Border Stories: Narratives of Peace, Conflict and Communiaction. With Beate Greisel, Tanja Konrad, Senta Sanders. Peter Lang: Frankfurt (in print for March 2018).

Madness in the Woods: Representations the Ecological Uncanny. With Tina Pusse and Rebbeca Downes. Essay collection (in preparation for summer 2018)


"Un|natural Habitats: Environmentalism and Environmental Distress Syndrome in Canadian Comics". Canadian Ecologies. (in preparation)

"The Flock: The Autobiography of a Multiple Personality". Disability Reader. (in preparation)

"Tod Browning: Freaks". Große Werke des Films. Eds. Günter Butzer und Hubert Zapf. Band 2. Tübingen: Francke Verlag. (erscheint 2018)

"Introduction". Border Stories: Narratives of Peace, Conflict and Communication. With Beate Greisel, Tanja Konrad, Senta Sanders. Peter Lang: Frankfurt, 2017. 7-11.

"Cultural Displacement, Multiple Selves, and Psychological Border Crossing in Hualing Nieh’s Mulberry and Peach: Two Women of China". Border Stories: Narratives of Peace, Conflict and Communication. With Beate Greisel, Tanja Kondrad, Senta Sanders. Peter Lang: Frankfurt, 2017. 185-200.

"Wilderness was the laboratory...": Wilderness Phantasmagoria as Remedy in the American and Canadian Environ-Mental Novel. From Ego to Eco: Imagining Ecocentrism in Literature, Film and Philosophy. Ed. Tina Pusse. Rodopi, spring 2017.

"Wounds That Can(not) Be Wholly Cured: Ecopsychology, Solastalgia and Mental Sustainability in J.R.R. Tolkien´s The Lord of the Rings". Binding them all: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on J.R.R. Tolkien and His Works. Eds. Monika Kirner-Ludwig et al. Walking Tree Publication, 2017. 139-168.

"We have different selves over the course of a life, but even all at once": Duality, Double-Consciousness, and Multiplicity in Siri Hustvedt´s Novels. Essays on Siri Hustvedt. Eds. Johanna Hartmann, Christine Marks, Hubert Zapf. DeGruyter, 2016. 389-408.

"'I used to know the words': Woody Allens Blue Jasmine als psychopathologische, ambivalente Antiheldin." helden. heroes, héros. E-Journal des Heroischen. Sonderforschungsbereich 948 „Helden – Heroisierungen – Heroismen. Band 3.1 (2015): 105-118.

"Fritz Lang: M - Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder". Große Werke des Films. Eds. Günter Butzer und Hubert Zapf. Band 1. Tübingen: Francke Verlag, 2015. 39-60.

Apocalyptical Chimeras and Hybrid Creatures: Ecopsychological Readings of Posthuman(inmal) Angst from 16th Century Europe to Contemporary American Art. (in preparation)

"Nothing is static...": Norman Bates, Tyler Durden, and the Pop Culture of Multiple Personality Disorder. Ed. Lawrence Rubin. Miami/Florida. (forthcoming)

"Who knows what it´s to be like me?": The Ambiguity of Empathy with Pedophiles in Recent Novels and Films. (completed/under review)

Thou Shalt (Not) Kill: Environmental Ethics, Ecotage and Egotage in T.C. Boyle´s When the Killing´s Done. Environments and Ethics. (completed)

"Leave the Grass!": Urban Gardening as Civil Disobedience in American EcoCulture. (in preparation)

"Is anyone seeing this?": Schizophrenia, Paranoia, and Hallucination as Shared Visions in Contemporary American Film (in preparation)

"Who are We? Where are We?: Eco-Psychological Readings of Henry David Thoreau and Chuck Palahniuk."  Reading Nature: Cultural Perspectives on Environmental Imagery. Conference Proceedings. Madrid: Franklin Institute, 2011. 105-112.


Dietmar Schloss (ed.). Civilizing America: Manners and Civility in American Literature and Culture. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2010. Rezension erschienen in Anglia 2010 128(2). 348-351.

Carmen Birkle and Johanna Heil (eds.) Communicating Disease: Cultural Representations of American Medicine. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter. Rezension erschienen Anglia 2015 133(1). 216-221.

Serenella Iovino und Serpil Oppermann (eds.) Material Ecocriticism. Indiana: University Press, 2014. Alexa Weik von Mossner (ed.) Moving Environments: Affect, Emotion, Ecology, and Film. Waterloo,Ca: Wilfrid Laurier University Press. Doppelrezension erschienen in Anglia 2018 136 (1). 229-235.


"The Flock: Autobiography of a Multiple Personality" In: Disability Studies Reader (erscheint 2018)