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: A Critical Examination of Youth and Nature in Contemporary Young
Adult Fiction of the Anthropocene

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 Inhalt einblenden
  • 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 Inhalt einblenden
  • “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 Inhalt einblenden
  • 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
  • Ecocriticism Research Collective, Institute of American Studies, FSU Jena
Teaching Inhalt einblenden
  • 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)
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Ernst-Abbe-Platz 8
07743 Jena
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