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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.

Foto: WILKE

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.

I currently hold the position of senior researcher and vice PI in the FWF and ERC-funded project Poetry Off the Page. We are creating an oral history of spoken word in the UK and Ireland and are working on a team book on British Literary History and the Spoken Word (1965-2020). My specific research interests are historcizing and analyzing poetry slams from the 1990s to the 2020s as polyvocal poetic expressions, popular realms and as part of creative and social outreach programs.

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 and British Poetry (incl. performance poetry, poetry slams, poetryfilms, E-poetry)
  • Herman Melville, Moby-Dick
  • Legacies and New Trajectories in Analyzing Literature
  • 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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