Research in the American Studies Division

Research in the American Studies Division ranges across US-American history, from the revolutionary era to contemporary subjects. The divison places a strong focus on the study of Modernity, particularly the literature, film, periodicals, and illustrative arts in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Other strong fields of inquiry include studies of gender, feminism, popular culture and seriality, contemporary literature, and the literature of the early Republic.

Teaching in the American Studies division is research-guided and project oriented, as exemplified in projects such as "Blogging the Election" (directed by Dr. Abigail Fagan), which students continue using the title "Blogging Beyond the Election," or the student podcast coordinated by Felix Brinker. The project was part of the Independent Studies module of the Master of Advanced Anglophone Studies program. 

Individual Projects

Ilka Brasch. "Book Culture and Places of Democracy in the Early Republic (working title)" (Habilitation/ second book project)

Abigail Fagan. "Disciplinary: Reconsidering the colonial university in the post-diversity era." (working title)

Annabel Friedrichs. "Imagining Change: Visual and Textual Representations of Femininity in Mass and Avant-Garde Magazines, 1880-1920" (Dissertation)

Florian Groß. "Negotiating Creativity in Post-Network Television Series" (Dissertation) 

Ruth Mayer. "Multiplication: Modernity, Mass Culture, Gender" (Forschungsprojekt mit Lilean Buhl und Sabrina Czelustek)

Ruth Mayer. "Contingency and Contraction: Modernity and Temporality in the United States, 1880-1920" (research project with Felix Brinker and Annabel Friedrichs) 

Bettina Soller. "Fan Fiction Writing: Collaborative Processes and the Performance of Authorship. Towards a Conceptualization of Categories" (Dissertation)

Anna-Lena Oldehus. "Queering Guilt: Love and Identities in Contemporary Literature" (Dissertation)

Katerina Steffan. "Vulnerable Bodies: Anger and Sorrow in New England Puritanism" (Dissertation)