PD Dr. habil. Stefanie Schäfer
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PD Dr. phil. habil. Stefanie Schäfer is assistant professor (wissenschaftliche Assistentin) of American Studies at Friedrich-Schiller Universität Jena.
She studied English and French in Trier and Minneapolis and received her M.A. and state teacher’s degrees from the University of Trier in 2005 with a thesis on Beat literature. She holds a PhD in English Literature from the University of Heidelberg (2009) and received her habilitation/venia legendi on North American Literature and Culture from the Friedrich Schiller University Jena in 2017. Her second book, "Yankee Yarns. Storytelling and the Invention of the National Body in 19th-Century American Culture", examines the performance of white American masculinity in the Yankee figure.
Her research interests include auto/biographies and self-narration, cultural mobilities, gender and identity performance and popular culture in literature and film in the US and Canada. She has co-edited books on contemporary subjectivity, teaching 9/11 literature, and on impostors in North American Culture. Dr. Schäfer is the recipient of a DAAD post-doc scholarship, a research fellowship at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, Washington DC and the FSU scholarship for young female researchers (30 000,- Euro).
She is currently co-editing a special issue on “Black Womanhood in Popular Culture” for Open Culture Studies (fall 2018) and preparing a research project on female cowboys in the transnational North American West.
Most Recent Publications
(Re-Publication:) “‘Recognition Is a Form of Agreement:’ The Workings of Self-Narration in The Catcher in the Rye and Invisible Man.” (American Studies/Amerikastudien 57.4, ed. Winfried Fluck (2012). 603-636) will be republished in Harold Bloom (ed.), The Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger. Modern Critical Interpretations, Chelsea House, 2017.
“Phenomenal Woman: Michelle Obama’s Embodied Rhetoric and the Cultural Work of Fashion Biographies.” Amerikastudien/American Studies 60.2/3 (2015): 235-254, peer-reviewed.
“The Calgary Stampede through a Cultural Studies Perspective: A Teaching Project.” In: Cultural Studies, Critical Methodologies 16.1 (2016): 48-57. Special issue on the Calgary Stampede, ed. Brian Rusted (with Caroline Rosenthal), peer-reviewed.
“Plantation Spaces and the Black Body: Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained as Maroon Narrative.” Black Studies Papers 1.1 (2014): 167-187, peer-reviewed.
- Transnational and Comparative North American Studies
- Gender in popular culture and film
- Storytelling, self-narration, autobiography theory and narrative theory
- 19th century literature and the writings of John Neal
- Black femininities
- North American Western myths
- → Student Excursion to the Calagary Stampede (Canada), July 2013
- Teaching literature in the university classroom
"(Trans)National Counter/Publics and the Politics of Humor in US Culture", Panel chair, DGfA/GAAS annual meeting, FU Berlin, May 24-27, 2018.
"Von Michelle zu Melania. Mode, Feminismen, und First Ladies in den USA." DAI Nürnberg, April 18, 2018.
"Cowgirldom on the Move: The Transnational Performances of Annie Oakley", EBAAS meeting of the European Association of American Studies, London, April 4-7. 2018.
"Outlaws in the Americas", Panel chair, Association of Inter-American Studies Bi-Annual meeting, Coimbra, Portugal, March 22-24. 2018.
“The Canadian West as Spectacle: Aritha van Herk’s Stampede West(ern)s”. GKS Jahrestagung/Annual meeting of the Association of Canadian Studies in German-speaking Countries, Grainau, February 16-18, 2018.
„Uncle Sam und der Bald Eagle: Die USA als nationale Figur bei Thomas Nast“. öffentlicher Vortrag auf Einladung des Thomas Nast Vereins Landau, Stadtbibliothek Landau (Pfalz), September 7, 2017 (in German). | Invitation Flyer (PDF)
“The Canadian West as Spectacle: Aritha van Herk’s Stampede West(ern)s”. Conference paper. GKS Jahrestagung/Annual meeting of the Association of Canadian Studies in German-speaking Countries, Grainau, February 16-18, 2018.