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Welcome to my website!

I am an American Studies scholar, currently working at the University of Vienna. In my research and teaching I focus on the cultural and creative intersections that take place between literature, media, and the arts.

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I believe that it is only through social interactions and self-reflective dialogue across & beyond national and institutional borders that we can strive for our best potential as scholars, students, and artists.

BIO: I hold the position of senior researcher and vice PI in the FWF and ERC-funded project Poetry Off the Page (PI Assistant Prof. Dr. Julia Lajta-Novak).

From October 2016 – September 2021 I taught as interim commissionary chair in American Studies (Kommissarische Lehrstuhlvertretung Amerikanistik; Englisches Seminar) at Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany.

In November 2017, I completed my Habilitation at TU Dortmund University in Germany, where I received the venia legendi in American Literary and Cultural Studies with a Habilitation-thesis titled Ahab in Love: The Creative Reception of Moby-Dick in Popular Culture (in preparation for publication).

Previously, I have taught as Assistant Professor of American Studies at TU Dortmund University, where I completed my PhD summa cum laude with a thesis titled Poetry Goes Intermedia: U.S.-amerikanische Lyrik des 20. und 21. Jahrhunderts (2010). I held the position of guest lecturer at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, USA (2005-2006), and as Visting Assistant Professor in the American Studies Department at Radboud University in Nijmegen, Netherlands (2009/2010), teaching seminars in the MA and BA program. I was Visiting Researcher at Harvard University and at the Melville Society Archive in New Bedford (March 2012), at Emory University (Aug 2005-May 2006), Oglethorpe University, Georgia State University and at SUNY New Paltz (July-Aug 2000).

I received my Mag. phil. summa cum laude with a thesis titled Sounds of Poetry: Contemporary American Performance Poets (2003) at the University of Graz, Austria, and I have also studied at Roehampton University in London (ERASMUS WS 1999/2000) and at Texas A&M (Summer School August 1997).

My research and teaching interests include:

  • U.S. American Literature, Cultural Studies, and Media Studies: from the 19th to the 21st centuries
  • U.S. Poetry (incl. performance poetry, poetry slams, poetryfilms, E-poetry)
  • Herman Melville, Moby-Dick
  • Transnational Studies and Transcultural Studies
  • Popular Culture, Visual Culture, Sound Studies
  • Adaptation Studies and Reception Studies
  • Digital Archives and Digital Databases
  • Identity Politics (‘race’/ethnicity, class, gender; intersectionality)

If you are interested in collaborating across and beyond cultural and institutional borders, please send an email to: martina.pfeiler@univie.ac.at


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