Amanda Halter, M.A.


Since 05/2020 

Research Associate in American Studies, FSU Jena

since 09/2019 

PhD Candidate in American Studies, FSU Jena

Working Title: "Reading Environmental Violence: The Ecopedagogical Potential of Contemporary US-American Young Adult Fiction"

since 2019 Adjunct Lecturer in American Studies, FSU Jena

Leave Replacement: Research Associate in American Studies, FSU Jena

2016-2018 Student Assistant for Editorial Work, Institute of Social Geography, FSU Jena
2016-2017 Student Assistant, Institute of English and American Studies, FSU Jena

M.A. English and American Studies, FSU Jena

“The EcoBildungsroman: Coming of Age in Narratives of Ecological Crisis”


English Language Arts Teacher, Bronx Prep Middle School, Bronx, New York, USA


B.S. Adolescent English Education, Nyack College, Nyack, New York, USA

2009-2011 A.A. General Studies, Laramie County Community College, Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA

Highschool Diploma, East High School, Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA

Publications and Research Interests

Editorial Work
  • Felgenhauer, Tilo and Karsten Gaebler, eds. Geographies of Digital Culture. Abingdon: Routledge, 2018.
  • Gruber, Eva and Caroline Rosenthal, eds. Gained Ground: Perspectives on Canadian and Comparative North American Studies. Rochester: Camden House, 2018.
Talks & Guest Lectures
  • "'Re-Drawing' Nature: The Environmental Imagination in Contemporary Picturebooks." Invited guest lecture in the seminar "Bilderbücher in der Grundschule," University of Potsdam, 26.09.2022.
  • “Addressing a Failing US Environmental Education: The Potential of Young Adult Anthropocene Fiction.” Annual DGfA Meeting: Political Education & American Studies, University of Tübingen, June 9-11, 2022.
  • “At the Center of the Storm: A Critical Analysis of Adolescence in Young Adult Eco-Fiction.” Workshop on Constructions of Adolescence, Hosted by Technische Universität Dresden, virtual, 16.07.2021.
  • “Crises, Chasms, and Unlikely Collectives: Growing Up in Contemporary Young Adult Eco-Dystopian Fiction.” International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts: Climate Change and the Anthropocene, virtual, 20.03.2021.
  • “’Maybe it was the end of the world- that world’: An Examination of Hope in Young Adult Eco-Dystopian Fiction of the Anthropocene.” 31st Annual Mardi Gras Graduate Student Conference: Uncertain Futures: Exploring Ambiguities, Hopes and Anxieties, Louisiana State University, virtual, 10.02.2021.
  • “Ecocriticism and Young Adult Literature: Texts as Expressive Agents for Change.” Guest Lecture, Nature Writing and Ecocriticism Lecture Series, Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, 21.01.2021.
  • "The Bildungsroman in the Anthropocene: Reading Narratives of Formation in the New Epoch." Regional Colloquium of American Studies. 25.10.2019, Halle, DE.
Research Interests
  • Children’s and Young Adult Literature
  • Ecocriticism
  • The Anthropocene in Literature and Culture
  • Adaptation Studies: Film, Literature, and Popular Culture
  • Literature Between the Wars and The Lost Generation
Affiliations, Memberships, and Academic Networks
  • Children's Literature Association (ChLA)
  • Ecocriticism Research Collective, Institute of American Studies, FSU Jena
  • German Association of American Studies (DGfA/GAAS)
  • Young Adult Studies Association (YASA)
  • Adaptation: Literature to/from Film and Beyond (WiSe 2022)
  • The Environmental Imagination in Children's Picturebooks (University
    of Erfurt, SoSe 2022)
  • Introduction to Literary Studies II (SoSe22, WiSe 21/22)
  • Wild Things: Children's Culture and Ecocriticism (SS 2021)
  • Young Adult Literature (WS 2020/21)
  • Gatsby(s) on the Silver Screen (WS 2020/21)
  • Revisions of the Bildungsroman in Anglophone Literature and Culture (WS 2019/20)
  • The Lost Generation (WS 2018/2019)
  • The American Bildungsroman (SS 2018)
Amanda Halter
Raum 623
Ernst-Abbe-Platz 8
07743 Jena