Englisches Seminar

Lisa Spieker, M.A.

Research Fellow

Lisa Spieker is a research fellow at the American Studies Department at Tübingen University. Her Ph.D. thesis analyzes confessional mental illness pathographies and the literary strategies and narrative structures authors use to negotiate the concepts of madness, stigma and regimes of truth.

She received her B.A. in English Studies, Political Sciences and Sociology at Bonn University, her M.A. in American Studies at Tübingen and spend the academic year of 2015/16 as an exchange lecturer at Yale University. She has taught introductory and advanced seminars in literary studies including classes on American Confessionalism, illness narratives as well as literary and cultural representations of madness and psychiatrists. Further research interests include medical humanities, popular culture and sexuality studies.

Address: Wilhelmstr. 50, 72074 Tübingen

Office: Room 559

Phone: (+49) (0)7071-29-72355

Fax: (+49) (0)7071-29-5132

Email: lisa.spiekerspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de



Writing Madness: The Negotiation of Madness, Stigma, and Regimes of Truth in Confessional Mental Illness Pathographies (working title; PhD thesis)



“’It’s a gift…and a curse": The making of mental illnesses in contemporary television” (currently in print)



"Kinky and Traumatized – The Dangerous Lover in Contemporary Urban Fantasy Novels." PCA/ACA National Conference, 24 March 2016, Sheraton Hotel Seattle, WA. Reading.

"Confession 2.0: Intimacy and Resistance in Online Confessional Discourse." MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory, 8 September 2016, University of Manchester. Presentation.



ZP (as part of the PS II Literature)