CV

Welcome to my website

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

In 2017 I completed my Habilitation at TU Dortmund, 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.

Cartoon Art by Farzaneh Ehsani Moayed

I believe that it is only through social interactions and self-reflective dialogues acoss 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.

Previously, I have worked and 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, and as Assistant Professor in the American Studies Department at Radboud University in Nijmegen, Netherlands.

I was a Visiting Researcher at Harvard University and at the Melville Society Archive in New Bedford, Emory University and at SUNY New Paltz. 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:

  • US Literary Studies, Cultural Studies, Media Studies: from the 19th to the 21st centuries
  • Herman Melville, Moby-Dick
  • Popular Culture and Visual Culture
  • Adaptation Studies and Reception Studies
  • US American Poetry (incl. performance poetry, poetry slams, poetryfilms, E-poetry)
  • Digital Archives and Digital Databases
  • Identity Politics

If you are interested in collaborating across and beyond cultural and institutional borders, feel free to contact me at: martina.pfeiler@rub.de

http://www.es.rub.de/personal.php?id=156



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