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Lectures & Seminars
Summer 2017

THEORY, METHODOLOGY & INTERDISCIPLINARITY

Creating the Cold War Canon (TU Dortmund)
Voices across the Currents: The Pacific Turn in American Studies (TU Dortmund)
Comparative Politics (Ruhr-University Bochum)
The Whiteboard: Presenting Cultural Studies Research (TU Dortmund)
Taboo (Ruhr-University Bochum)

18th and 19th CENTURIES

Imagining Young America: The Early Republic in Literature, Culture, and Art (TU Dortmund)
Hermann Melville and the 19th Century (Ruhr-University Bochum)
19th Century American Sensational Culture (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Mark Twain (University of Duisburg-Essen)
U.S. Literature and Culture from the Civil War to World War II (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Comedy and Humor 1800-2017 (TU Dortmund)
U.S. Poetry: From the Page to the Stage to the Screen (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Freedom Writers: Literature and Activism (TU Dortmund)
The American Short Story and the History of Professional Authorship (TU Dortmund)
American Literature and Culture in the British Empire (TU Dortmund)
Early Modernism: From the 1890s to World War I (University of Duisburg-Essen)
Literature of the American West (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Dark, Darker, Gothic (TU Dortmund)

20th and 21st CENTURIES

Humanity during a Gray and Desolate Time of Confusion: John Steinbeck (University of Duisburg-Essen)
U.S. Literature and Culture from the Civil War to World War II (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Comedy and Humor 1800-2017 (TU Dortmund)
U.S. Poetry: From the Page to the Stage to the Screen (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Freedom Writers: Literature and Activism (TU Dortmund)
The American Short Story and the History of Professional Authorship (TU Dortmund)
American Literature and Culture in the British Empire (TU Dortmund)
Early Modernism: From the 1890s to World War I (University of Duisburg-Essen)
Nabokov's "Ada", or Ador: A Family Chronicle (TU Dortmund)
Getting Rid of Soul: the Prose of Percival Everett and Colson Whitehead (University of Duisburg-Essen)
B.S. Johnson and the Experimental Tradition (University of Duisburg-Essen)
Political Resistance in American History (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Literature of the American West (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Dark, Darker, Gothic (TU Dortmund)

MEDIA CULTURES

Introduction to Film Analysis (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Latinas and Latinos on U.S. Television (University of Duisburg-Essen)
How To Read Film (University of Duisburg-Essen)
Hollywood in the 1920s (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Complex TV: Gender, Class, and Ethnicity in Today's TV Shows (TU Dortmund)
Diskursanalysen der medialen Darstellung von Arbeit (University of Duisburg-Essen)

POPULAR CULTURES

American Gothic (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Superheroes and American Culture (Ruhr-University Bochum)
"We Didn't Start the Fire" - A Cultural Studies Approach to Billy Joel (TU Dortmund)
Coffee & Cafés - A Beverage & Its Cultural Impact (TU Dortmund)
"Take the Mic!": The Cultural Politics of Spoken Word and Slam Poetry (TU Dortmund)
Comedy, Genre, Transgression: The Simpsons and "The Treehouse of Horror" (TU Dortmund)
American Architecture: Visions, Utopia and Literary Representations (TU Dortmund)
The Fifth Element: Hip-Hop Knowledge Inside and Outside of the American Studies Classroom (TU Dortmund)
Politics and American Music (TU Dortmund)

TRANSATLANTIC & TRANSNATIONAL

Brecht in America (TU Dortmund)
Revolution: How German and American Youth Clashed with Authority in the 1960s - 1980s (TU Dortmund)
Democracy and Poetry in the U.S. and Iran: Walt Whitman and Nima Yushij (TU Dortmund)
Going Abroad: Intercultural Theory and Practice (University of Duisburg-Essen)

GENDER & RACE & DIVERSITY

American Feminisms (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Feminism and Popular Culture (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Women-in-Science: Feminism in Carl Djerassi's Science-in-Literature (TU Dortmund)
Black Lit Matters: Toni Morrison (TU Dortmund)
Queer Identities (Ruhr-University Bochum)

URBAN NORTH AMERICA

Reading and Writing the City (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Urban Imaginaries (University of Duisburg-Essen)
Arrival City: Working with Refugees in an Urban Context (TU Dortmund)
Violence in the City (University of Duisburg-Essen)

Lectures & Seminars
Winter 2016/17

THEORY, METHODOLOGY & INTERDISCIPLINARITY

American Studies: Areas, Approaches, Methods (University of Duisburg-Essen)
Intercultural Theory and Practice (University of Duisburg-Essen)
Comparative Politics (Ruhr-University Bochum)
The Whiteboard: Presenting Cultural Studies Research (TU Dortmund)
Literature in Translation and Retranslation (TU Dortmund)
Mediators and Middle-Men: Authorship as Collaboration (TU Dortmund)
The Freedom to Read: Banned Books in America (TU Dortmund)
The Apocalypse in American Culture (Ruhr-University Bochum)
The Concept of Freedom in American Culture (Ruhr-University Bochum)

19th CENTURIES

US Romanticism (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Whitman 1855: Translation as Interpretation (TU Dortmund)
"Passage to more than India": Walt Whitman and Meena Alexander (TU Dortmund)
Walt Whitman and the Arab World (TU Dortmund)
Annotating Walden: Cultural and Critical Context (TU Dortmund)
The Great White Whale in American Literature and Culture (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Tales of Sin and Sorrow – American Romantic Short Stories (TU Dortmund)
American Literature and Culture: Beginnings to the Civil War (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Infamy in the Air: Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Political Essays (TU Dortmund)
The Sentimental Tradition in the Nineteenth Century (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Melodrama as Genre and Mode 1800 - 2016 (TU Dortmund)
Identity, Othering, Passing in Comedy from 1800 until Today (TU Dortmund)

20th & 21st CENTURIES

Decades of Triumph and Trouble: 1920s to 1940s (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Melodrama as Genre and Mode 1800 - 2016 (TU Dortmund)
Identity, Othering, Passing in Comedy from 1800 until Today (TU Dortmund)
Beautiful and Beatific: The Beat Generation (TU Dortmund)
21st Century African-American Writers: Pearl Cleage (TU Dortmund)
"Passage to more than India": Walt Whitman and Meena Alexander (TU Dortmund)
9/11 in American Literature and Culture (University of Duisburg-Essen)

MEDIA CULTURES

American Photography (Ruhr-University Bochum)
The Great White Whale in American Literature and Culture (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Melodrama as Genre and Mode 1800 - 2016 (TU Dortmund)

POPULAR CULTURES

The Great White Whale in American Literature and Culture (Ruhr-University Bochum)
The Apocalypse in American Culture (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Functions of Sound and Music in Contemporary Film (TU Dortmund)
The Bible in America (TU Dortmund)
From "Joy to the World" to "Bah, humbug!": Approaches to Xmas (TU Dortmund)
America's First Ladies in Political and Popular Culture (Ruhr-University Bochum)

TRANSATLANTIC & TRANSNATIONAL

Building Nations, Building National Literature: Germany and the USA (TU Dortmund)
Homeland/Heimat: Exploring "Home" in Contemporary American and German Literature (TU Dortmund)
American Literature and Culture in Southeast Asia (TU Dortmund)
Walt Whitman and the Arab World (TU Dortmund)

GENDER & RACE & DIVERSITY

Afro"Your Body Is a Battleground": Women's Bodies in American Culture (Ruhr-University Bochum)
America's First Ladies in Political and Popular Culture (Ruhr-University Bochum)
21st Century African-American Writers: Pearl Cleage (TU Dortmund)
Mexican American Literature (University of Duisburg-Essen)
The Harlem Renaissance (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Writing Reality: Representing Race during the Harlem Renaissance (Ruhr-University Bochum)
The Rough South (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Building Walls in Our Texts: Border Studies and the Representations of the Border between the US and Mexico (TU Dortmund)

URBAN NORTH AMERICA

Urban Culture, Society and Space (University of Duisburg-Essen)
9/11 in American Literature and Culture (University of Duisburg-Essen)
America’s War on Drugs: A Cultural Examination of Its Use and Abuse (TU Dortmund)

Lectures & Seminars
Summer 2016

THEORY, METHODOLOGY & INTERDISCIPLINARITY

Narratology: Current Approaches (University of Duisburg-Essen)
Basis Aesthetic Elements of American Literature (Ruhr-University Bochum)
The Whiteboard: Presenting Cultural Studies Research (TU Dortmund)
Embodiment, Perception, and Critical Practice (Ruhr-University Bochum)
American Architecture: Visions, Utopia, and Literary Representations (TU Dortmund)
Painting America: Art and American Studies (TU Dortmund)
Illness, Medicine and the Body in American Culture (TU Dortmund)
Urban Planning and American Culture (TU Dortmund)
Trans & Cis: Textual Transgression and Construction of Gender (TU Dortmund)
Critical Approaches to American Popular Culture: From Folk Culture to Mass Culture to Global Culture Constructions of Race and Ethnicity (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Disability Studies: Cultural Representations and Autobiographical Texts (Ruhr-University Bochum)
(Anti)-Urbanity in North America (University of Duisburg-Essen)

19th CENTURIES

Urban Temptations: City Life in Nineteenth-Century American Literature (Ruhr-University Bochum)
The City in 19th Century American Literature (University of Duisburg-Essen)
Early American Oratory: Free Speech and Self-Possession (TU Dortmund)
Setting the Stage: Early American Drama (University of Duisburg-Essen)
Literature in Times of Crisis: The American Civil War through Reconstruction (TU Dortmund)
Emerson Abroad: English Traits (TU Dortmund)
Walt Whitman: Translation as Interpretation (TU Dortmund)
Walt Whitman's 1855 Leaves of Grass (TU Dortmund)
Walt Whitman & Emily Dickinson (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Into the American Century: From the Gilded Age to the End of World War I (University of Duisburg-Essen)

20th & 21st CENTURIES

19th and 20th Century American Drama and Theater (TU Dortmund)
Into the American Century: From the Gilded Age to the End of World War I (University of Duisburg-Essen)
Narratives of Struggle: American Literature of the 1940s (TU Dortmund)
The End is Near: Dystopian and Apocalyptic Fiction in Germany and the United States since 1918 (TU Dortmund)
Vladimir Nabokov: The Major Novels (TU Dortmund)
Toni Morrison (University of Duisburg-Essen)
The End of America? Crises, Threats, and Paranoia in the United States (TU Dortmund)
"The Worst Day" - Representations of 9/11 in US Culture (Ruhr-University Bochum)
New York in Contemporary Fiction: Labyrinth, Cosmopolis, Palimpsest (University of Duisburg-Essen)

MEDIA CULTURES

Comedy on Television (TU Dortmund)
Quality Television in a Transatlantic Perspective (TU Dortmund)
Screening the 'Real': Documentary Cinema (TU Dortmund)
Todd Haynes, Douglas Sirk and Rainer Werner Fassbinder: Melodrama between the United States and Europe (TU Dortmund)
Reading Film and Television (Ruhr-University Bochum)
U.S. Literary Classics on Screen (Ruhr-University Bochum)
The Financial Crisis in American Visual Media (TU Dortmund)
Nuclear Was Yesterday: Modern Families on American Television (University of Duisburg-Essen)

POPULAR CULTURES

Contemporary American Genre Fiction (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Critical Approaches to American Popular Culture: From Folk Culture to Mass Culture to Global Culture Crime Without Frontiers – Crime Fiction in Different Cultures (TU Dortmund)
A History of the Future: Science Fiction in American Culture (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Mapping Hip-Hop Culture in Germany: The Ruhr Valley (TU Dortmund)
One Man's Heaven, Another Man's Hell: Popular and Literary Representations of Small-Town Life in Postwar German and American Culture (TU Dortmund)
Hipsters in American Culture (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Culinary Citizenship: Americans and their Foodways (Ruhr-University Bochum)
American Music (University of Duisburg-Essen)

TRANSATLANTIC & TRANSNATIONAL

An Asian Tiger in the Transatlantic World: Singapore between the United States and Europe (TU Dortmund)
German and European Cultural History in a Transatlantic Context (TU Dortmund)
I Get the Urge for Going: Transatlantic Modes of Mobility and Their Cultural Significance (TU Dortmund)
American Music (University of Duisburg-Essen)

GENDER & DIVERSITY

Afropolitan (U.S.) Literature (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Passing (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Constructions of Race and Ethnicity (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Researching Migration (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Trans & Cis: Textual Transgression and Construction of Gender (TU Dortmund)
US Ethnic Literatures (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Diaspora Writing in the United States (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Disability Studies: Cultural Representations and Autobiographical Texts (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Nuclear Was Yesterday: Modern Families on American Television (University of Duisburg-Essen)

URBAN NORTH AMERICA

The City in 19th Century American Literature (University of Duisburg-Essen)
Urban Temptations: City Life in Nineteenth-Century American Literature (Ruhr-University Bochum)
American Architecture: Visions, Utopia, and Literary Representations (TU Dortmund)
One Man's Heaven, Another Man's Hell: Popular and Literary Representations of Small-Town Life in Postwar German and American Culture (TU Dortmund)
Urban Planning and American Culture (TU Dortmund)
(Anti)-Urbanity in North America (University of Duisburg-Essen)
New York in Contemporary Fiction: Labyrinth, Cosmopolis, Palimpsest (University of Duisburg-Essen)
Made in Detroit, Translated in Dortmund: Motor City Poetry (TU Dortmund)
"The Worst Day" - Representations of 9/11 in US Culture (Ruhr-University Bochum)

Lectures & Seminars
Winter 2015/16

THEORY & METHODOLOGY

The Whiteboard: Presenting Cultural Studies Research (TU Dortmund)
Class Matters in American Culture (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Perception, Embodiment and Culture (Ruhr-University Bochum)
American Childhoods (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Poetological Poetry (University of Duisburg-Essen)
Documentary Poetics: Concepts and Practices, from Walt Whitman to Kenneth Goldsmith (TU Dortmund)
The "Journey of Life" in Selected American Fictions (University of Duisburg-Essen)
The Word and the Weird: Fiction and the Human Mind (University of Duisburg-Essen)

19th CENTURY & ITS LEGACY

"Back to Normalcy": Nachkriegszeiten in der Geschichte der Vereinigten Staaten (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Celebrating Individualism: Whitman, Emerson, Thoreau (TU Dortmund)
Democratic Superheroes? Emerson's “Representative Men” (TU Dortmund)
WWWW: Wordsworth, Whitman, and Transatlantic Romanticism (TU Dortmund)

20th CENTURY

"Back to Normalcy": Nachkriegszeiten in der Geschichte der Vereinigten Staaten (Ruhr-University Bochum)
The American Century. Die USA im 20. Jahrhundert (Ruhr-University Bochum)
American Literature and Culture After World War II (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Roaring Twenties: Die USA in der Zwischenkriegszeit (Ruhr-University Bochum)
The Beat Generation (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Vladimir Nabokov and the Art of Fiction (TU Dortmund)
The 1970s in American Culture, Literature, Art, Film, Music, Fashion and Politics (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Postmodern American Fiction (Ruhr-University Bochum)

GENDER & DIVERSITY

"A Peculiar Institution": Das Problem der Sklaverei in den USA im 19. Jahrhundert (Ruhr-University Bochum)
African American Language and Culture (Ruhr-University Bochum)
A Black Experiment: The Harlem Renaissance and 20th-Century African American Culture (TU Dortmund)
African Americans and Humor: From Blackface Minstrelsy to Sitcoms (TU Dortmund)
One Way Ticket to Freedom - The Great Migration in American Literature and Culture (TU Dortmund)
Immigration to the United States (Projektkurs im Programm Forschendes Lernen) (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Chicano/a Literature (Ruhr-University Bochum)
A Medial History of Gender Dichotomies since 1800 (TU Dortmund)
Stories of Herself: Autobiographies and Memories by American Women (TU Dortmund)
Poetry is Not a Luxury: Women, Poetry and the United States (TU Dortmund)

GENRES

Poetological Poetry (University of Duisburg-Essen)
Documentary Poetics: Concepts and Practices, from Walt Whitman to Kenneth Goldsmith (TU Dortmund)
WWWW: Wordsworth, Whitman, and Transatlantic Romanticism (TU Dortmund)
Poetry is Not a Luxury: Women, Poetry and the United States (TU Dortmund)
Global Poetry (Ruhr-University Bochum)
The "Journey of Life" in Selected American Fictions (University of Duisburg-Essen)
The Word and the Weird: Fiction and the Human Mind (University of Duisburg-Essen)
Postmodern American Fiction (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Vladimir Nabakov and the Art of Fiction (TU Dortmund)
Remediation: Genres on Television (TU Dortmund)

POPULAR & MEDIA CULTURES

Digital Literature (Ruhr-University Bochum)
From Indymedia to Patch Media: Local and Participatory Elements in U.S. Online News (TU Dortmund)
Machine People from Automatons to Cyborgs, 1800-2015 (TU Dortmund)
A Medial History of Gender Dichotomies since 1800 (TU Dortmund)
For the First Time in Forever: Critically Analyzing Disney (TU Dortmund)
The Brüder Grimm in the New World: The Role German Fairy Tales in American Culture Play (TU Dortmund)
The Devil's Bargain: Faust in American Culture (TU Dortmund)
Remediation: Genres on Television (TU Dortmund)

SOCIETY & AMERICAN CULTURE

Class Matters in American Culture (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Urban Culture, Society and Space (University of Duisburg-Essen)
Holy Ghost Machine Guns? American Televangelists (TU Dortmund)
9/11 in American Literature and Culture (University of Duisburg-Essen)
The Burden of Expectations: A Relational View of the Obama Presidency (TU Dortmund)

TRANSATLANTIC, TRANSNATIONAL & INTER-AMERICAN STUDIES

Global Poetry (Ruhr-University Bochum)
The Brüder Grimm in the New World: The Role German Fairy Tales in American Culture Play (TU Dortmund)
The Devil's Bargain: Faust in American Culture (TU Dortmund)
WWWW: Wordsworth, Whitman, and Transatlantic Romanticism (TU Dortmund)
Immigration to the United States (Projektkurs im Programm Forschendes Lernen) (Ruhr-University Bochum)

URBAN NORTH AMERICA

Urban Spaces vs. Rural Landscape in U.S. Culture (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Urban Imaginaries (University of Duisburg-Essen)
The Public Works: Writing and the American City (TU Dortmund)
Urban Culture, Society and Space (University of Duisburg-Essen)
City of Steel: Pittsburgh in Literature and Film (TU Dortmund)
The Windy City: Chicago in Literature and Popular Culture (TU Dortmund)

Lectures & Seminars
Summer 2015

THEORY & METHODOLOGY

American Studies: Theories and Practice (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Beyond Post-Structuralism (Ruhr-University Bochum)
The Space of the Mind: Adaptations and American Studies (Ruhr-University Bochum)
The Whiteboard: Presenting Cultural Studies Research (TU Dortmund)
Star Systems: Astronomy and the Historical Relations of Literature and Science (TU Dortmund)
American Studies: Areas, Approaches, Methods (University of Duisburg-Essen)

19th CENTURY & ITS LEGACY

"A peculiar people:" 19th Century American religion viewed through the lens of anti-Mormonism (TU Dortmund)
Edgar Allan Poe (University of Duisburg-Essen)
Ralph Waldo Emerson in the 21st century (TU Dortmund)
Walt Whitman and the 19th Century (TU Dortmund)
"Wonderfully like the Orientals:" Islamic Mysticism in American Romantic Literature (University of Duisburg-Essen)
Female Gothic: Dark Texts of the 19th and 20th Centuries (TU Dortmund)

GENDER & DIVERSITY

A History of North American Cultures (University of Duisburg-Essen)
Female Gothic: Dark Texts of the 19th and 20th Centuries (TU Dortmund)
Songs of Herself: American Romanticism and Women's Writing (TU Dortmund)
Pleasure and Power: The History of Sexuality in American Literature and Culture (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Queer Identities in U.S. Literature (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Native American Literature (Ruhr-University Bochum)
The African American Novel (Ruhr-University Bochum)

POPULAR & MEDIA CULTURES

Crime without Frontiers – Crime Fiction in Different Cultures (TU Dortmund)
Damn That's Funny! The (Re-)telling of Jokes and the Culture(s) of Humor at Home and Abroad (TU Dortmund)
Female Gothic: Dark Texts of the 19th and 20th Centuries (TU Dortmund)
The Western (University of Duisburg-Essen)
Genres of Intercultural Encounters: Science Fiction on Television (TU Dortmund)
History of the Sitcom: From the 1950s until Today (TU Dortmund)
Soundscapes: Aural Spaces in Literature, Film, and Computer Games (TU Dortmund)
The Cinema of Unpleasure – Feel Bad Films, New Extremity, and the Unwatchable (TU Dortmund)
U.S. Poetry Goes Intermedia (Ruhr-University Bochum)

SOCIETY & AMERICAN CULTURE

American Literature and Culture: From the Civil War to World War II (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Literature in Times of Crisis: The American Civil War through Reconstruction (TU Dortmund)
Political Poetry in the U.S. and Germany (TU Dortmund)
The Language of Nature: Words, Rhetoric and the Environment (TU Dortmund)
War in American Literature (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Failure in America: An Incoherent Cultural History (University of Duisburg-Essen)
Voices from the 1940s: Literature of the Noir Decade (TU Dortmund)

TRANSATLANTIC, TRANSNATIONAL & INTER-AMERICAN STUDIES

Konkurrenten in der Neuen Welt. Die europäische Kolonisierung Nordamerikas (Ruhr-University Bochum)
German and European Cultural History in a Transatlantic Context (TU Dortmund)
"I get the urge for going" – Transatlantic Modes of Mobility & their Cultural Significance (TU Dortmund)
Nachrichtendienstgeschichte als transatlantische Geschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts (Ruhr-University Bochum)
TRANS-lating Hip-Hop (TU Dortmund)
The United States and Germany in the early Cold War (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Work and Play in (Post-)Modern German and American Societies (TU Dortmund)
The American South in the German Imagination (TU Dortmund)
From Illness to Disease in German and American Culture and Literature (TU Dortmund)
Grounding Transnational American Studies (University of Duisburg-Essen, in cooperation with Radboud University Nijmegen, NL)
Nature’s Borders: The Literature of Cascadia (University of Duisburg-Essen)

URBAN NORTH AMERICA

Urban Imaginaries in Planning, Marketing and Urban Research: Theory and Case Studies (University of Duisburg-Essen)
Cities in Ruins: Representation of Postindustrial Decline (University of Duisburg-Essen)
Urban Catastrophe in Contemporary Screen Culture (University of Duisburg-Essen)

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