CV

Welcome to my website!

I am currently Associate Professor in American Studies at Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany. (Kommissarische Lehrstuhlvertretung Amerikanistik; Englisches Seminar).

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

In my research and teaching, I am interested in the cultural bordercrossings that take place at the intersections between literature, media, and art from the 19th to the 21st centuries.

I believe that it is only through social interactions and self-reflective dialogues across and beyond national and institutional borders that we can strive for our best potential as scholars and students of creative and mediatized expressions in a globalized world.

Cartoon Art by Farzaneh Ehsani Moayed

Previously, I have taught as Assistant Professor of American Studies at TU Dortmund University, Germany, 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 Visiting Professor of German 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).

I was Visiting Researcher at Harvard University and at the Melville Society Archive in New Bedford (March 2012), Emory University (Aug 2005-May 2006) and at SUNY New Paltz (July-Aug 2000). I completed my Mag. phil. summa cum laude with a thesis titled Sound of Poetry: Contemporary American Performance Poets (2003) at the University of Graz and have also studied at Roehampton University in London (WS 1999/2000) and at Texas A&M (Summer 1997).

My research and teaching interests include:

  • American Literature, Cultural Studies, Media Studies: from the 19th to the 21st centuries
  • American Poetry (incl. performance poetry, poetry slams, poetryfilms, E-poetry)
  • Herman Melville, Moby-Dick
  • Popular Culture and Visual Culture
  • Transnational Studies and Transcultural 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 me an email: martina.pfeiler@rub.de


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