Institute of English Languages and Literatures

Research Projects

Ongoing Dissertations

Bremen, Benedict von. Two-Way Streets and Einbahnstraßen: Debates about NATO Defense Cooperation in the 1970s. (Schild)

Brunck, Fighting "the Evil Scourge of Terrorism": From 'Jewish Terrorism' to 'Islamic Terrorism' in the United States, 1940-2017 (Butter) Dissertation handed in: 18.12.2018

Bühner, Jennifer. Re-writing Difference: Abjection, Becoming-Woman and a New Ethics of Difference in Urban Fantasy Fiction (Franke)

Fritsch, Melanie. John Brown: The Construction of an African-American Icon (Engler)

Fuss, Jessica. Making an American Hero: The Heroization of Chesley B. Sullenberger and the Concept of Heroism in Post- 9/11 America (Butter)

Gunkel. Christian. Green Consumerism in the U.S. – Challenges and Chances for Contemporary Environmentalism (Franke)

Köhler, Tamara. Tackling Taboo Topics: Mental Health and Suicide Representation in Young Adult Fiction and Adaptations (Butter)

Kopp, Luvena. ‘Fight The (Symbolic) Power!’: Hidden Forms of Domination in the Films of Spike Lee (Franke)

Kruse, Julia. Amerikanische und Sowjetische Photographie: Von der Avantgarde zur Propaganda (Franke)

Luther, Katharina. From Roots to Cosmos: A New Materialist Poetics of Contemporary British and Canadian Poetry (Franke & Hotz-Davies)

Nyberg, Ferdinand. Temperate Regions: Space, Threat, and Antebellum American Temperace (Franke)

Obute, Anthony. Toxic Paradise: Ecology, Politics, and Literature of the Niger-Delta (Franke)

Raible, Albrecht. Survival of Anticommunism in American Politics during the 1960s & 70s (Butter)

Schanze (geb. Olbing), Nina. Beyond Reader Expectations: Cognitive Poetics and the Literature of American Modernism (Engler)

Schwarz, Janine, Domestic Noir Fiction (Butter)

Spieker, Lisa. Writing 'Madness:' Stigma, Self-fashioning, and 'Truth' in 'Mental Illness' Pathographies (Franke) Dissertation handed in: 24.01.2019

Suck, Thorsten. Die Rekonstruktion der Vergangenheit in den Holocaust-Comics von Art Spiegelman, Joe Kubert und Pascal Croci (Engler)

Thiem, Annika: 20th-Century Ghost Stories by Women (Butter)

Wirth (geb. Stolpe), Annika. Gulf War Captivity Narratives (Butter)

Completed Dissertations

Buhr, Stephan. Infinite Possibilities Die Zweite Generation des Transzendentalismus und die Idee einer Universalreligion (Engler) Completed: 23.02.2015

Chaitas, Lilian. A Poetics of Experiment: The Experimental Impulse in Post-World War II American Poetry (Engler) Completed: 17.09.2014

Dopffel, Michael. Facts, Fictions and Functions in Early Modern Anglo-American Ghost Narratives (Bauer M. & Stievermann) Completed: 25.01.2019

Duda, Sebastian. Formen und Funktionswandel der Wiederholung – dargestellt anhand von Texten aus der Protomoderne, Moderne und Postmoderne (Engler) Completed: 2009

Fauser-Löffler, Bettina. Erzählte Gefühle. Die Verhandlung von Emotionskonzepten in der amerikanischen Erzählliteratur zwischen 1850 und 1910 (Engler) Completed: 07.04.2017

Hirschfelder, Nicole. Oppression as a Process A Figurational Analysis of the Case of Bayard Rustin (Franke) Completed: 27.03.2013

Hirt, Stefan. A Pop-Cultural Career. American Representations of Adolf Hitler (Engler) Completed: 10.07.2012

Hoffmann, Lukas. "I Am True of Heart - You Are True of Heart" Eggers, Lethem, Wal/ace et al.: Postironic Nonfiction's Appeal to Its Reader (Franke) Completed: 06.03.2015

Hohenstein, Svenja. Girl Warriors: Feminist Revision of the Hero's Quest in Contemporary American Culture (Butter) Completed: 27.06.2018

Kutschbach, Christine. Capturing the Literariness of Life: Undecidability in Bharati Mukherjee’s Writing (Engler) Completed: 05.12.2011

Narmann, Ruth. Sunzi Reloaded. Untersuchung zur Appropriierung fernöstlicher Diskursformationen in der amerikanischen Populärkultur am Beispiel der Kunst des Krieges (Engler) Completed: 27.02.2012

Roering, Johanna. Krieg bloggen: Soldatische Kriegsberichterstattung in digitalen Medien (Tonn) Completed: November 2011

Susanka, Thomas. Fotografie, Medium und Bildung Rhetorischer Perspektive am Beispiel von James Nachtwey (Tonn) Completed: 12.07.2012

Thalmann, Katharina. 'A Plot to Make Us Look Foolish': The Marginalization of Conspiracy Theory since the 1950s (Butter) Completed: 08.12.2017

Wielk, Henrike. Zwischen Inszenierung und Projektion: Zur Auflösung des Ikonenbegriffs in der postmodernen Populärkultur am Beispiel Madonnas (Engler) Completed: 21.12.2012

Habilitations

Clark, Thomas. "Tocquevillian Moments. Die transatlantische Suche nach einer republikanischen Moderne" (Dippel, Universität Kassel) Completed: 02.06.2014

Hirschfelder, Nicole. The Gaze and Catastrophes (AT) (Franke)

Klaiber, Isabell. Shared Minds: Collaborative Fiction in the U.S. from the 19th Century to Online Writing Projects (AT) (Engler)

Tan, Kathy-Ann. "Re-Configuring Citizenship: Nationhood and Post-national Imaginaries in North American Prose, 1850–2010" (Engler) Completed: 09.07.2014