Georg Drennig

Academic Experience

Before becoming a PhD candidate in the 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 (forthcoming)
  • “Eminem Rejects Ruin Porn: Imported from Detroit as a Construction of Motor City ‘Cool’.” Is It ‘Cause It’s Cool: Affective Encounters with American Culture, eds. Astrid M. Fellner, Klaus Heissenberger, Susanne Hamscha and Jennifer Moos. Wien: LIT, 2013 (forthcoming).
  • "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 and Multivocality in Anglo-American Cultures (forthcoming).


Academic Titles


ARUS Doctoral Candidate