Englisches Seminar

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Janine Schwarz

Research Fellow

Janine Schwarz is a PhD candidate and assistant professor at the American Studies Department. Her dissertation project focuses on domestic noir, a current trend and genre in crime fiction whose beginnings are commonly traced back to Gillian Flynn’s bestseller Gone Girl (2012). More specifically, she investigates the construction and definition of this genre, for example through paratextual material, as well as the different versions of womanhood and feminism negotiated in the texts, scrutinizing how they both confirm and subvert patriarchal ideology. Previously, she has worked as Grant Manager and Project Administrator of the EU COST Action “Comparative Analysis of Conspiracy Theories (COMPACT)” and as a research assistant at the department. She completed her state examination in English and Latin in October 2017 and April 2018, respectively, with her final thesis titled “John Adams in a New Light? The Representation of the Second President in Poetry of the Early American Republic and the Eponymous HBO Series.” Her research interests include American literature and culture from the 18th century to the present, crime fiction, the representation of U.S. presidents from Washington to Lincoln, film and television studies, including reality TV studies, popular culture, and feminist studies.


Current Project
  • “There’s No Place Like Home”: Domestic Noir Fiction (working title, PhD-thesis)

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Literary Studies” (winter term 2022/23)
  • “Introduction to Literary Studies” (summer term 2022)
  • “Menstruation in American Literature and Culture” (winter term 2021/22)
  • "Southern Gothic" (summer term 2021)
  • “American Poetry from Wheatley to Whitman” (winter term 2020/2021)
  • “Crime Fiction” (summer term 2020)
  • “Hollywood Cinema” (winter term 2019/2020)
  • “Representations of John Adams” (summer term 2019)
  • “Introduction to Literary Studies” (winter term 2018/2019)

Conference Talks


  • “Blaming the Mother: New Momism and Failed Matriarchy in Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects.” Captivating Criminality 8: “Crime Fiction, Femininities and Masculinities,” University of Bamberg, 2 July 2022.