Research & Teaching Profile
20th and 21st Century American Literature and Culture, U.S. Cultural and Intellectual History, Film and TV, Science Fiction, Graphic Novels, Digital Humanities
In den folgenden Forschungsclustern bin ich aktiv:
Audio and Visual StudiesIn the vibrant, ever-expanding field of visual culture and sound studies, our department focuses on four clearly defined areas. A research project funded by the BMBF and co-directed by Alexander Dunst, "Digital and Cognitive Approaches to Graphic Literature" explores graphic novels and comics from a Digital Humanities perspective. Jarmila Mildorf leads a project called "Audionarratology," investigating the interface of narrative and sound. Several projects located at the department investigate the history of photography, in its American context (Christoph Ribbat) and in the UK (Merle Tönnies). Finally, Hollywood cinema, transnational film, and visual culture constitute central research and teaching areas in the department (Alexander Dunst, Christina Flotmann, Alexandra Hartmann, Christoph Singer, Sara Strauß, Miriam Strube).
Cultural and Intellectual HistoryThe fields of cultural and intellectual history examine the development of cultural practices and thought in the past and their significance for our present, while expanding the study of history and culture beyond the boundaries of traditional disciplines in the humanities. Current research in these fields within the English department focuses on a diverse array of topics, stretching from the mid-nineteenth to the late twentieth century across the United States and Europe. They include the development of sports and foodways, book-length studies in the history of technology and the Cold War, as well as the philosophical movement known as pragmatism. Faculty members active in this area of research are:
Medical HumanitiesThe interdisciplinary field of the medical humanities studies the experience of illness and its cultural meaning across different historical epochs and media. It adds a distinctive humanities perspective to clinical practice and the medical and biological sciences, offering an emphasis on human expression and subjectivity frequently marginalized in these fields. Current research in the medical humanities within the English department focuses on the cultural and intellectual history of psychiatry and psychology during the Cold War era, as well as narratives of illness and disability in twentieth-century and contemporary literature and culture. Faculty members active in this area of research are:
NarratologieDie Narratologie befasst sich im engeren Sinne mit den Strukturen literarischer Erzählungen (klassische Narratologie) und im weiteren Sinne mit narrativen Strukturen in anderen Gattungen wie Drama oder Lyrik, sowie mit nicht-literarischen Erzählungen und Formen und Funktionen des Erzählens in verschiedenen Medien (postklassische Narratologien). In unserem Institut gibt es narratologische Forschungsschwerpunkte in den Bereichen