Teaching and Research News


Dear All,

In this section here, I would like to keep you posted about my teaching and my research. I will also regularly update my office hours and provide you with announcements.

Teaching NEWS: all Übungsgrades from the winter semester have been submitted via Ecampus. Should your plans with regard to writing a term paper until the end of April change, please notify me and I will finalize your Übungsgrade as well. Please check Moodle for specific guidelines (Paper Meeting), when writing your term paper.

Office hrs: My office hrs in the summer semester will take place on Thursdays from 9:00-10:30 (Zoom or via my office phone number). Please schedule an appoinment via email beforehand.

Course Announcements (SoSe 2021): Please sign-up in Moodle once you have received the login info from me via email (i.e. after the official registration is completed). All courses, including the lecture, are online courses. I will also reach out to students from the “Ahab and Leadership” seminar in the second week of April as you will have the chance to work with honors students from Prof. Don Dingledine’s Moby-Dick and Leadership course at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Mo 2-4
BA/MA/MED Lecture (Cultural Studies USA / Literature USA)
(prerequisite: Grammar BM)
US Literature and Culture from the Civil War to WW II

Fr 10-12
MA/MED Seminar/Übung (Cultural Studies USA / Literature USA)
Ahab: Leadership in American Literature, Film and other Media

Tue 4-6
MA/MED Seminar/Übung (Cultural Studies USA / Literature USA)
From “The Sheik” to “The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf”: Representations of Muslim Identities in U.S. Film and Literature

Introduction/Aufbaumodul (prerequisite: Grammar BM)
Introduction to Cultural Studies (US), Gruppe F

Research News: I am thrilled to have an article titled “Teaching Melville Through the Lens of Popular Culture” forthcoming in the new Wiley-Blackwell A Companion to Herman Melville, edited by Wyn Kelley and Christopher Ohge. Also in preparation is a special issue for NALANS on Narratives, Melville and Media (Issue Editors: M. Zeki Çıraklı & Martina Pfeiler) And, despite our difficulties of traveling etc. and although moving to ZOOMLAND for most of our scholarly activities, I am excited to be presenting at the 1st CLAM Conference (https://www.clam-icla.com) in early July organized by the University of L’Aquila in Italy. The paper is titled: “Transcoding Moby‐Dick: Historicizing Herman Melville’s Global Popularity.”

And, a bit more into the future: My paper proposal “Denouncing and Censoring Ahab: Melville’s Creative Resistance to U.S. Hegemonic Whaling Culture“ has been accepted for the Annual Conference of the American Studies Association (ASA) in San Juan, Puerto Rico (scheduled for Oct. 7-10, 2021). It is part of the international panel “Cultures of Denunciation – Defamation, Canceling, and Creative Resistance in Nineteenth Century American Literature” (Organizers: Stefan Brandt and Alexandra Urakova). (https://www.theasa.net).

A couple of more research projects and collaborations are underway. I will keep you posted and wish you all the best for all of your research projects as well!

Stay well,

Martina Pfeiler

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