Englisches Seminar

PD Dr. Kathy-Ann Tan

In the summer semester of 2019 and winter semester of 2019/20, I will be substituting the Chair of American Studies (Prof. Dr. Heike Paul) at FAU Erlangen.



Current Project:

The Aesthetics of Decoloniality: Relationality, Temporality and Affect

Selected Publications:


Reconfiguring Citizenship and National Identity in the North American Literary Imagination, 1850 – 2010. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2015.
The Nonconformist’s Poem: Radical “Poetics of Autobiography”  in the Works of Lyn Hejinian, Susan Howe and Leslie Scalapino. Trier: WVT. Mosaic: Studien und Texte zur amerikanischen Kultur und Geschichte, 2008.
Edited Volumes
Home: Concepts, Constructions and Contexts. Eds. Kathy-Ann Tan and Cecile Sandten. CHAT - Chemnitzer Anglistik/Amerikanistik Today. Trier: WVT, 2015.
Peer reviewed Articles and Book Chapters
“Decolonial Aesthetics, Indigeneity and Queer(ing) Settler Colonialism”. Biopolitics – Geopolitics – Life: Settler Colonialisms and Indigenous Presences. Eds. Rene Dietrich and Kerstin Knopf. Durham: Duke University Press, 2019. In Print.
“Grim Americana: Poverty, Precariousness and the Ties of Female Kinship in Winter’s Bone”. Representing Poverty in the Anglophone Postcolonial World. Eds. Verena Jain-Warden und Barbara Schmidt- Haberkamp. Representations & Reflections Reihe. Göttingen: V&R unipress / Bonn University Press, 2019. In Print.
“The Green Screen: Eco-nationalism, Ecophobia and Hollywood Cinema”. Viruses and Weeds: Ecopoetics After Postmodernism. Eds. Cordula Lemke & Jennie Wawrzinek. Trier: WVT, 2015. 215 – 235.

“Language Poetry”. A History of American Poetry: Contexts – Developments – Readings. Eds. Oliver Scheiding, René Dietrich und Clemens Spahr. Handbücher zum literaturwissenschaftlichen Studium. Trier: WVT, 2015. 355 – 366.
“Literary and Visual Cultures of New York City, 1890 – 1913”. Palimpsestraum Stadt. Eds. Winfried Thielmann, Cecile Sandten und Eike Kronshage. CHAT: Chemnitzer Anglistik/Amerikanistik Today 5. Trier: WVT, 2015. 133 – 148.
“Creating Dangerously”: Writing, Exile and Diaspora in Edwidge Danticat’s and Dany Laferrière’s Haitian Memoirs”. American Lives. Ed. Alfred Hornung. American Studies: A Monograph Series. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2013. 249 – 61.
“Curio(us) Translocations: Culturally Site-specific Interventions in Banglatown, London”. Postcolonial Translocations. GNEL/ASNEL Papers 16. Eds. Marga Munkelt, Silke Stroh, Mark Stein. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2013. 385 – 405.
“Makeshift Heterotopia(s): Tent Cities in North America”. Contact Spaces of American Culture: Localizing Global Phenomena. Eds. Petra Eckhard, Klaus Rieser, Silvia Schultermandl. Berlin: LIT Verlag, American Studies in Austria Series, 2012. 203 – 228.
 “‘All the Difficult Names of Who We Are’: Transnational Identity Politics in Chang-Rae Lee’s and Karen Tei Yamashita’s Fiction.” A Fluid Sense of Self: The Politics of Transnational Identity. Eds. Silvia Schultermandl, Sebnem Toplu. Berlin: LIT Verlag, 2010. 113-36.
“‘Caught Between Worlds’: Cultural Difference and Spatial Re-Negotiations in the Works of Zadie Smith, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Monica Ali”. Territorial Terrors: Postcolonial Literature and Theory. Ed. Gerhard Stilz. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2008. 227 – 38

“Lyn Hejinian’s Poetics of the Transpersonal: A Reading of Writing is an Aid to Memory and ‘The Guard’”. Poetry and Public Language. Eds. Tony Lopez und Anthony Caleshu. Exeter, UK: Shearsman Books, 2007. 244 – 53.
“To Catch the World/ at Pure Idea”: Structures of Order and Disorder in Jorie Graham’s Poetry”. Ideas of Order in Contemporary American Poetry. Eds. Oliver Scheiding und Diana von Fink. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2007. 97 – 114.

Selected Talks:

15.5 – 08.06.19: Keynote Lecture. Bayerische Amerika-Akademie (BAA) 11th International Summer Academy, “State Narratives in Comparative Perspective”. Nürnberg, Berlin und Regensburg.  25. Mai – 8. Juni, 2019.

13 – 16.03.19: “Civil Religion and Civil Sentimentalism: Cultural and Political Imaginaries of Order and Belonging”. Villa Vigoni, Italien.

09 - 13.01.19: “(Un–)Learning Place”. Das Neue Alphabet – Opening Days. Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) Berlin.

07.06.18: “The Archive and/in Decolonial Aesthetics”. Keynote Lecture. Bayerische Amerika-Akademie (BAA) 10th International Summer Academy, “Questions of the Archive”. Florida International University, Miami, USA.
22.02.18: “Critical Diversity and Decolonial Methodologies in the University Classroom”. The 14th Annual Globalization, Diversity and Education Conference, Washington State University, Spokane.

20.02.18: “Language, Place, Memory: Toward a Decolonial Poetics in Canadian Literature”. Vortrag an der Universität Konstanz, im Rahmen des Berufungsverfahrens der W3-Professur für Amerikanistik.
16.09.17: “Black Liberation and the Paradox of Political Engagement: a Conversation with Frank B. Wilderson. “Klassensprachen: Klasse, Klassenkampf, Krise, Katastrophe, Kolonialismus”, District Berlin.
10.06.18: “Queer Expatriation and/in Modernist Writing”. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Amerikastudien 2017: ““Modernities and Modernization in North America”. Leibniz Universität Hannover.

25.01.17: “Rupture/Rejection, Temporality and the Black Radical Tradition in Literature and Art”. De/localizing Literature Workshop. Friedrich Schlegel Graduiertenschule, FU Berlin.

22.07.16: Postcolonial Othellos: Shakespeare Revisions, Race and the Trappings of History”. Vortrag an der HU Berlin, im Rahmen des Berufungsverfahrens der W2-Professur für Anglistik/Amerikanistik mit Schwerpunkt in Postcolonial Studies, 22. Juli, 2016.

26.02.16: “Experiencing Decolonial Aesthetics: Performance, Affect, Visual Perception”. Decolonizing the Academy Conference, University of Edinburgh.

21.01.2016: “Challenging the Neo-colonial: Corporeality and Affect in Queer and Feminist Performance”. Eingeladener Vortrag, Gender Ringvorlesung: Feministische Perspektiven, Professorinnenprogramm, Universität Rostock, 21. – 22. Januar 2016

04.11.15: “Queer Times, Queer Affect; or, the Cultural Politics of Emotion”. Invited Lecture, California State University Fullerton, USA.

20.10.15: “Decolonial Aesthetics in/and Performance Art: Perceptions/Cognition, Affect, Empathy”. Invited Lecture, University of California, Irvine, USA.

18.08.15: “Queer Ecologies and the Postnational”. Vortrag im Rahmen des Workshops "Nation in the Age of Environmental Crisis", DFG- Wissenschaftliche Netzwerk zu "Environmental Crisis and the Transnational Imagination", Universität Augsburg.

26.06.15: ““Decolonial Aesthetics, Indigeneity and Queer(ing) Settler Colonialism” Biopolitics – Geopolitics – Sovereignty – Life: Settler Colonialisms and Indigenous Presences in North America Conference, Universität Mainz.

29.05.15: “The Limits of Identification and the Body in Pain: Gender, Illness and Affect in Angela Ellsworth’s Feminist Collaborative Performances”. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Amerikastudien (DGfA) 2015, Universität Bonn.

22.01.15: “Gender (Trouble) and Intercultural Communication in the Humanities: An American Studies Perspective”. Eingeladener Vortrag im Rahmen der Ringvorlesung “Geschlecht in der Krise”, Technische Universität Chemnitz.

10.12.14: “Critical Race Theory: Re-thinking Race in a ‘Post-Racial’ Era”. Institut für Anglistik, Amerikanistik und Keltologie, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms- Universität Bonn, 10. Dezember 2014.

05.12.14: “Crisis, New Regionalisms and the Future of Cultural Studies in Europe”, Roundatable Discussion with Lawrence Grossberg et al., Department of Intercultural Mediation and Communication, University of Milan, Italy.

31.10.14: “From the Muckrakers to the Ashcan School: Literary and Visual Cultures of New York City, 1890 – 1913”. Vortrag am Seminar für Anglistik und Amerikanistik der Universität Flensburg im Rahmen des Berufungsverfahrens der W3-Professur für Amerikanistik.
09.07.14: “Strategies of Subversive Humor: Irony, Parody and Satire in Early America (1708 – 1784)”. Habilitationsvortrag, Fachbereich Neuphilologie, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen.

10.05.13: “Gentrification and Multiculturalism: Contested Spaces in Fictions of the North American Metropolis”. Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für die Neuen Englischsprachigen Literaturen (GNEL): “Re-Inventing the Postcolonial (in) the Metropolis”, Technische Universität Chemnitz.
02.05.13: “Narratives of Unhoming, Displacement and Relocation: The Caribbean Canadian Community in Nova Scotia, Canada”. Institut für Amerikanstik, Universität Regensburg.

02.06.12: "Creating Dangerously: Writing, Exile and Diaspora in Edwidge Danticat’s and Dany Laferrière’s Haitian Memoirs”, Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Amerikastudien 2012: “American Lives”, Universität Mainz.

22.06.11: “‘Feeling American’: Affective Citizenship and Philip Roth’s American Trilogy”, Vortrag am John-F.-Kennedy-Institut für Nordamerikastudien, Freie Universität Berlin, im Rahmen des Berufungsverfahrens der W1- Juniorprofessur in Literatur.

08.12.10: “Re-orienting Canadianness”: Diasporic Citizenship in Caribbean Canadian Prose and Poetry”, Invited Lecture, English Department, University of Maryland, College Park, USA.

19.11.10: “Contested/ing Citizenship in Caribbean Canadian Women’s Writing”. Invited Lecture, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, 19. November 2010.

01.07.10: “Queer Citizenship in Caribbean Canadian Literature”. Studium-Generale-Reihe “Queere Theoriebildung heute: Grundlagen und aktuelle Forschungsfelder”, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen.

23.10.09: “Makeshift Heterotopia(s): Tent Cities in North America”. Jahrestagung der Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Amerikastudien (AAAS): “Contact Spaces of American Culture: Localizing Global Phenomena”, Universität Graz.

28.03.09: “Shifting the Border, Straddling the Line – Border Culture and Identity Politics in Karen Tei Yamashita’s Tropic of Orange”. Jahrestagung der American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA): “Global Languages, Local Cultures”, Harvard University, USA.