PD Dr. Stefanie Schäfer



Marie Curie Individual Fellowship, Universität Wien, Projekt TACOMO (Transnational Cowgirl Mobilities)


2020  Visiting Professor of American Studies, Augsburg University (chair Prof. Katja Sarkwosky)
2018-2019 Visiting Professor of American Studies (esp. culture) FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, (chair Prof. Heike Paul)

Habilitation at FSU Jena, venia legendi: North American Literature and Culture, Yankee Yarns: Storytelling and the Invention of the National Body in 19th-Century American Culture (under contract with Edinburgh UP, publication date: 2021)

2017 Pro Chance A1 Förderlinie der FSU Jena zur Steigerung der Berufungsfähigkeit
2015-2016 parental leave
2015 „good practice“-award in teaching, Prorektorat Lehre, FSU Jena
2012-2013 research fellowship, John W. Kluge Center, Library of Congress, Washington DC; funded by a DAAD Postdoc-scholarship
2010-2020 assistant professor of American Studies, FSU Jena (chair Prof. Caroline Rosenthal)
2007-2010 research assistant English Literature and Culture, Ruprecht-Karls University of Heidelberg (chair  Prof. Vera Nünning)
2006-2009 Dr. phil. (Anglistik/English), Ruprecht-Karls Universität Heidelberg, Dissertation: Just the Two of Us: Self-Narration and Recognition in the Contemporary American Novel (Trier, WVT, 2011)
1999-2005 MA and state teacher’s degree, English and French Philologies, Trier University and University of Minnesota

Publications and Research Interests

Publications Inhalt einblenden

Select Recent Publications

  • Yankee Yarns: Storytelling and the Invention of the National Body in 19th-Century US Culture (monograph, accepted for publication, Edinburgh Critical Studies in Atlantic Literatures and Cultures, Edinburgh UP, 2021)
  • Esi Eudygan: Washington Black. Kindlers Neues Literaturlexikon. 3rd rev. ed. Stuttgart [et al.]: Metzler, 2009. Update 2019.
  •  "Geraldine Brooks." The Encyclopedia of American Fiction 1980-2020. Ed. Patrick O’Donnell, Stephen Burn and Lesley Larkin. Blackwell/Wiley Online 2019 (forthcoming).
  •  "Knots and Knowledges: The Canadian West, Settler Colonial Intimacies, and Aritha Van Herk’s Calgary Stampede". ZKS Zeitschrift für Kanada-Studien (forthcoming)
  • "Black Womanhood in Popular Culture", Open Culture Studies (1) 2018, special issue, co-edited with Katharina Gerund.
  •  "Revisioning and Rewriting American History in Geraldine Brook’s March (2005), James McBride’s The Good Lord Bird (2013), and E.L. Doctorow’s The March: A Novel (2006)." The American Novel in the 21st Century: Cultural Contexts--Literary Developments--Critical Analyses. Eds. Michael Basseler and Ansgar Nünning, Trier: WVT 2019. (with Felix Haase)
  • “Rebecca Solnit: Men Explain Things To Me. (Essays)." Kindlers Neues Literaturlexikon. 3rd rev. ed. Stuttgart [et al.]: Metzler, 2009. Update 2018.
  • "‘The Importance of Being the First‘: Bürgerrechte, black womanhood und die Ära Obama im Film Hidden Figures Unerkannte Heldinnen (2016).“ Der Fremdsprachliche Unterricht Englisch 153 (2018): 45-48. (with Charlott Falkenhagen)
  • “Marooning James Bond: Cleopatra Jones, Blaxploitation and the Imperial Mystique.” Anglistentag 2017: Proceedings. Ed. Katharina Böhm, Jochen Petzold and Anne-Julia Zwierlein. Trier: WVT, 2018, 227-238.
  • “Portrait: Die Calgary Stampede.” Länderbericht Kanada. Hg. Ursula Lehmkuhl. Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, 2018.
  • (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.
Talks & Guest Lectures Inhalt einblenden
  • “Teaching Critical First Lady Studies”. Sponsored Session for Committee on Gender and Sexuality: Creative Pedagogical Forms for Feminist Thought. ASA American Studies Association annual meeting, Baltimore, November 12-15, 2020.
  • “Im Osten nichts Neues? German American Studies in East and West Germany.“ Panel chair and round table organization, GAAS/DGfA annual meeting 2020, Heidelberg, June 4 , 2020.
  • “Power and Sentiment: First Ladies and the Cult of Domesticity.” Guest lecture, FAU Erlangen, May 14, 2020.
  • “History reloaded? Eternal girlhood in the afterlives of Annie Oakley.“ Guest lecture, Mainz University, January 31, 2020.
  • “Cowboys all! Settler colonialism and the invention of tradition at the Western spectacle.“ Guest lecture, Mainz University, January 30, 2020.
Research Interests Inhalt einblenden
  • Transnational and Comparative North American Studies, Canadian Studies
  • Mobility Studies and Gender Studies
  • Critical First Lady Studies
  • The Yankee in US national culture
  • North American Western myths and settler colonial studies
  • Storytelling, self-narration, autobiography theory and narrative theory
  • Teaching literature in the university classroom
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