Georg Drennig


Georg Drennig no longer works for the Department of Anglophone Studies. Please contact Beate Mrugalla (

Biographical Information:

Before becoming a staff member at the department and a PhD candidate in the University of Duisburg-Essen's ARUS program, Georg Drennig studied North American Studies at the University of Vienna, Austria, and Georgetown University, U.S. In his dissertation, he works on Environmental Imaginaries of Vancouver and the cultural production of space, trying to trace the development of Vancouver’s current self image as a “Green City.” 
His main academic interests are spatially-turned Cultural Studies, “stone-kicking-realist” Ecocriticism, and discourses of urbanity in culture and their intersection with material reality and urban planning.



•     "Otherness and the European as Villain and Antihero in American Comics." Comics as a Nexus of Cultures, eds. Mark Berninger and Gideon Haberkorn. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2010. 127–39.

•     "Making Home: Tactics of Place-Making in Joy Kogawa’s Obasan." Social and Cultural Interaction and Literary Landscapes in the Canadian West, eds. Waldemar Zacharasiewicz and Fritz Peter Kirsch. Wien: Facultas, 2010. 243–47.

•     “Cities of Desire: Ecotopia and the Mainstreet Cascadia Imaginary.” Transcultural Spaces: Challenges of Urbanity, Ecology, and the Environment. REAL – Yearbook of Research in English and American Literature 26 (2010), eds. Stefan L. Brandt, Winfried Fluck and Frank Mehring. 145–58.

•     “Challenges to the Spatial Order: Smashed: Smashed Windows in Do the Right Thing and the Battle of Seattle.” Contact Spaces of American Culture, eds. Petra Eckhard, Klaus Rieser, and Silvia Schultermandl. Wien: LIT, 2012. 189–201.

•     “Fallujah Manhattan Transfer: The Sectarian Dystopia of DMZ.“ Placing America: American Culture and Its Spaces, eds. Michael Fuchs and Maria-Theresia Holub. Bielefeld: transcript, 2013. 75–89.

•     “Taking a Hike and Hucking the Stout. The Troublesome Legacy of the Sublime in Outdoor Recreation.”Culture Unbound 5 (2013): 551-568.

•     “Eminem Rejects Ruin Porn: Imported from Detroit as a Construction of Motor City ‘Cool’.” Is It Cause Its Cool: Affective Encounters with American Culture, eds. Astrid M. Fellner, Klaus Heissenberger, Susanne Hamscha and Jennifer Moos. Wien: LIT, 2013. 161-179.

•     "From the City Upon a Hill to the Streets of Gotham: Beatrice Rappaccini, Poison Ivy and the Collapse of an Imagined Center." Ex-centric Narratives: Identity, Multivocality and Cross-Culturalism, eds. Smatie Yemenedzi-Malathouni, Tatiani G. Rapatzikou and Eleftheria Arapoglou. Bethesda, MD: Academia Press, 2014. 41-58.



Introductory Seminar "A Survey of British Literature"

Literary Seminar "Canada and the Great War: Remembering World War One in Canadian Literature"

Cultural Studies Seminar "Destroying New York City: Apocalyptic Urbanity before September 11th"

Literary Seminar "What is Nature?"




•     “Wie hat graue Eule die Biber gerettet?” Canadian Studies lecture at “Kinderuni 2010,” University of Vienna.

•     “Wie schützt ein kanadisches Sandwich die Umwelt?” Canadian Studies lecture at “Kinderuni 2011,” University of Vienna

•     “Vancouver, das utopische Imaginäre, und ein Stoffsackerl.” Winning presentation at the 2nd Science Slam Vienna. Accessible at

•     “Vancouver’s ‘Greenest City Initiative’ and the Power of the Cultural Imaginary.” Winning presentation at the “Science Slam on Sustainable Cities” at the European Forum Alpbach Built Environment Symposium. Alpbach. (Aug. 30 2013)