Professor of American
University of Fribourg /
Department of English
Avenue de l'Europe 20
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Professor of American Literature, Université de Fribourg (Suisse), August 2006-present.
[served as Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, 1 July 2009 through 30 June 2011]
Professor of Language and Literature, North Georgia College & State University (now University of North Georgia) [Tenured], July 1, 2003 - July 31, 2006
Associate Professor of English and Department Head of Language & Literature, North Georgia College & State University, July 1, 2000 - June 30, 2003
Associate Professor of English [Tenured], Drury College (now Drury University), Springfield (Missouri), August 1997 - June 2000
Assistant Professor, Drury College, 1991-1997
Guest Appointment as Associate Instructor, English Language Institute, University of Utah, Summer School 1992
Ph. D. in English, University of Virginia, May 1991.
M.A. in English, University of
Virginia, August 1986.
"Erstes Staatsexamen" (First State Exam) in English, Catholic Theology, and Education for Gymnasium teachers (grades 5-13), University of Münster, Germany, July 1985.
Austenfeld, Thomas, and Grzegorz Kosc (eds.). Robert Lowell in Context. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. In Press. 2024.
Austenfeld, Thomas, and Aurélie Zurbrügg (eds.). Who Tells Your Story? SPELL 42. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter. In Press. 2023.
Austenfeld, Thomas (ed.) Robert Lowell in a New Century: European and American Perspectives. Rochester, N.Y.: Camden House (an imprint of Boydell & Brewer), 2019.
Austenfeld, Thomas (ed.). Katherine Anne Porter's Ship of Fools: New Interpretations and Transatlantic Contexts. Denton: University of North Texas Press, 2015.
Austenfeld, Thomas, Jens Herlth, Dimiter Daphinoff (eds.). Terrorism and Narrative Practice. Münster: Lit Verlag, 2011.
Austenfeld, Thomas (ed.). Critical Insights: Barbara Kingsolver. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2010.
Austenfeld, Thomas (ed.). Kay Boyle for the Twenty-First Century: New Essays. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2008.
Austenfeld, Thomas. American Women Writers and the Nazis: Ethics and Politics in Boyle, Porter, Stafford, and Hellman. Charlottesville and London: University Press of Virginia, 2001.
Co-editor, with Veronica Alfano (Macquarie University) of the series Anglophone Lyric Poetry and Poetics (Lexington Books, a division of Rowman & Littlefield).
Articles / Chapters / Bibliographies (inverse chronological order)
Articles and Chapters
Conference Presentations and Public Lectures (inverse chronological order)
1. “Edgar Lee Masters and the Power of Pathos.” IAUPE Conference Rome, Italy, July 11-14, 2023.
2. "Poetry is Tuning!" Poetry. Experience. Attention. The International Network for the Study of Lyric Conference, Oslo, Norway, June 6, 2023.
3. "Form and Voice: Contemporary Poets and Musical Conventions." Panel "Poetry from the Page to the Ear," organized by Thomas Austenfeld, American Literature Association Annual Conference, Boston, MA, May 26, 2023.
4. "History, Theory, and Anglophone African Literature": Guest Lecture for Prof. Julia Straub's lecture, "Writing the 21st-Century: Perspectives on Contemporary Anglophone Literature," Fribourg, May 4, 2023.
6. "Teaching Southern Literature Today." One-day workshop at the Liceo Cantonale di Mendrisio, February 17, 2023.
7. Journée d'études, séminaire de l'Agrégation, Aix-Marseille University, Aix-en-Provence, France, January 12, 2023. Lecture and discussion: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender is the Night.
8. T.S. Eliot and The Waste Land: Modernism a Hundred Years Onwards." Guest lecture University of Bern, upon invitation by Prof. Thomas Claviez, April 12, 2022.
9. “African Anglophone Literature: History, Theory, and Teaching Practice.” One-day workshop at the Scuola Cantonale di Commercio, Bellinzona, February 25, 2022.
10. "Teaching Southern Literature Today: A Workshop." Palacky University, Olomouc, November 4, 2021 (online).
11. "A Poem and Its Voices: 'Memories of West Street and Lepke' by Robert Lowell." CUSO Workshop: “Working with Poetry” directed by Julia Straub and Gabriele Rippl, University of Fribourg, June 11, 2021.
12. "American Sestinas: A Century of Aesthetic Paradoxes." Presented at the conference Contrainte créatrice : la fortune littéraire de la sextine dans le temps et dans l’espace, directed by Marion Uhlig. University of Fribourg, May 19, 2021.
13. "Title/Abstract/Thesis: How to Prepare Your Dissertation for the Academic Market of Ideas." Guest lecture to doctoral seminar in Foreign Language Department at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, upon invitation by Prof. Francesco Rognoni, May 4, 2021 (online).
14. "Recent African American Women Poets: Tracy Smith, Natasha Trethewey, Claudia Rankine." Guest Lecture upon invitation by Prof. Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet, University of Lausanne, April 27, 2021 (online).
15. "Katherine Anne Porter and Kay Boyle: Expatriate Women Writers." Guest lecture upon invitation by Prof. Sandra Spanier, Pennsylvania State University, March 31, 2021 (online).
16. “’a swamp // where graves had been. I recall’: Natasha Trethewey’s Monumental Work of Memory.” Doing Southern Studies Today conference, January 13, 2021. Humboldt University Berlin (online).
17. Respondent to Keynote Address by Prof. David Caplan, "On Erasure," Conference New Poetries—New Poetics?, University of Konstanz, February 14-15, 2020.
18. "Amerikanische Literatur nach 1945: Weltmacht, Protest, Vietnam, Vielfalt." Ringvorlesung First Came America. Volkshochschule Zürich, 5. Februar 2020.
19. "Between Lyric and Epic: The Challenge of Walt Whitman." Guest Lecture, Universität Trier, January 22, 2020.
20. "What Poets Do With History: Derek Walcott’s Omeros and the Battle of the Saint(e)s." Guest Lecture, Muhlenberg Center at Martin-Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg, January 14 and 15, 2020.
21. Convocation Address: "Spots of Time and Ice Cream Sundaes." Franklin University 50th Anniversary Convocation, September 27, 2019, at Franklin University, Sorengo (Lugano), Switzerland.
22. "Impersonating Poems: The Lyric's Voice Between Speaker and Audience." International Society for the Study of Lyric (INSL) Conference, Lausanne, June 4, 2019.
23. "Life Studies at Sixty." American Literature Association Conference, Boston, May 25, 2019.
24. "Rhetorical Appeal in Kay Boyle's Poetry: The Place of Pathos." American Literature Association Conference, Boston, May 24, 2019.
25. "Victorious Figures of Bravado: Lowell's Pathos." British Association of American Studies Conference, Brighton, April 25, 2019.
26. "Pathos in the Poetry of Kay Boyle: Channeling Emotion in 20th-century Protest Poetry." SAAS Conference, Salamanca, April 9, 2019.
27. "Confessional Poetry and The Cold War." American Studies Week, University of Flensburg, December 3, 2018.
28. "Pathos: The Genre of Poetic Address." SANAS conference Lausanne, The Genres of Genre, November 2, 2018.
29. "'To prepare a face': Faces in 20th-century Literature and Philosophy." Australian Literary Studies Association, Canberra, July 4, 2018.
30. "American Poetry: Pleasure, Pathos, Prosody." Invited Guest Lecture at the University of Klagenfurt. Austria. January 10, 2018.
31. "The Pathos of Modernist Poems." Lecture given at a Symposium to honor Prof. Hans Bak on the occasion of his retirement, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands, December 15, 2017.
32. "A Plea for Pathos: Recovering an Essential Paradigm for the Lyric." Situating Lyric Conference, Boston University, June 7-11, 2017.
33. "Gestures of Faith in Contemporary American Poetry." Presented at the conference Spiritual Networks: Religion in Literature and the Arts, 1700 to the Present, University of Halle-Wittenberg, May 18-10, 2017.
34. "Self-surveillance: Conscience and Control in Dave Eggers' The Circle." Closing Presentation in the series ÜberwachungsRäume / Spaces of Surveillance, a lecture series at the University of Flensburg, Germany, January 30, 2017.
35. "An Ecocritical Approach to Robert Lowell." American Literature Association Conference, San Francisco, May 26, 2016.
36. "South Pacific: Love, War, Orientalism, and Tolerance." Lecture on the occasion of a Swiss European Mobility visit to the Department of American Studies, Radboud University Nijmegen, December 3 and 4, 2015.
37. "Reassessing the Age of Lowell." American Studies Colloquium Series at the American Studies Center, University of Warsaw, Poland, November 12, 2015.
38. "Giving 'The Age of Lowell' its Due." American Literature Association Conference, Boston, May 23, 2015.
39. "Robert Lowell and the History of Poetic Self-Revelation." Distinguished Professors' Lecture Series, Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland, March 27, 2015.
40. "Katherine Anne Porter and the Problem of Europe." Guest lecture as part of the SEFOC program, Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic, March 19, 2015.
41. "Robert Lowell and the Age of Identitarian Poetry." Guest lecture, University of Uppsala, February 18, 2015.
42. "American Poetry: History, Developments, How and Why to Teach it." Continuing Education Workshop to the English Teachers of the Kantonsschule Baden, March 5, 2015.
43. "'to braid her hair for the journey home': Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah." Guest lecture in Professor Hans Bak's class on North American Fiction, Radboud University Nijmegen, December 4, 2014.
44. "Bibliography in a Digital Age: (Re)covering Kay Boyle." Faculty Colloquium talk, English Department, Radboud University Nijmegen, December 4, 2014.
45. "Lowell's Dolphin: Shame, Guilt, and the Fate of Confessional Poetry." SANAS conference, Basel, November 21-22, 2014.
46. "Confess--disclose--proclaim: The Trope of Self-revelation in American Poetry Since the Sixties." SEFOC Conference at Palacky University, Olomouc, October 17, 2014.
47. "Kay Boyle Scholarship: Trends and Opportunities." American Literature Association Conference, Washington, DC, May 22, 2014.
48. "Catholicism in the United States: History, religious practice, social place." Guest Lecture in the Dept. of Sociology, University of Fribourg, October 17, 2013.
49. "Memoir, not Autobiography: Lowell's Self-Articulation Reexamined." A presentation in two forms. Thirty minute-version: Editorial Institute, Boston University, October 30, 2013. Twenty-minute-version: PAMLA Conference, San Diego, November 2, 2013.
50. "The Drama of Staging a Lyrical Moment: An Introduction to the Work of Dana Gioia." 2013 Triennial Conference of IAUPE, The International Association of Professors of English, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, July 16-20, 2013.
51. "Occasional Poets: Kay Boyle and Katherine Anne Porter." Alternative Modernisms Conference, Cardiff University, May 16-17, 2013.
52. "Transposing the Key: Tracking the Confessional Voice from Poetry to Memoir and Beyond." The Poetics and Politics of Crossing in the U.S.: 11th Conference of the Spanish Association of American Studies, University of La Laguna, Tenerife, March 20-22, 2013.
53. Keynote Lecture: "Fleeing, Flying, Staying, Leaving: Escape and Ecology in American Literature." Conference In Fuga, Catholic University of Milano, Italy, March 1, 2013.
54. ERASMUS visit to the University of Salamanca, February 20-22, 2013. Presentation to graduate students and faculty: "Library and Database Research Using Remote Catalogues."
55. ERASMUS visit to Aix-Marseille University, Aix-en-Provence, France, December 6-7, 2012. Presentations: (a) "American Pastoral: Intertextuality and 'the past undetonated'" to a class of Agrégation students. (b) "A Question of Voice: Lowell, Didion, and literary history" to LERMA, Laboratoire d’Études et de Recherche sur le Monde Anglophone, at Aix-en-Provence.
56. "Foer the Love of Schulz! An Archaeological Reading of Tree of Codes." In Search of the Lost Original: Comparative Perspectives on Bruno Schulz (1892-1942). Conference at the University of Fribourg, November 30, 2012.
57. ERASMUS visit to University of Rome "Tor Vergata," Rome, Italy, November 22-23, 2012. Presentations: (a) "Emily Dickinson: Context, Scholarship, Philology." (b) "Library and Database Research Using Remote Catalogues."
58. Guest Lecture / guest instructor: "Love Medicine as part of contemporary American Literature." Radboud University Nijmegen, October 17, 2012.
59. Keynote Lecture: "Whatever Happened to the Confessional Voice in American Poetry?" ELLE Conference, Partium Christian University, Oradea (Romania), September 15, 2012.
60. Roundtable contribution, "Celebrating 50 years of Katherine Anne Porter's Ship of Fools." American Literature Association Conference, San Francisco, May 25, 2012.
61. "Transatlantic Literary Journeys." Narrenschiff / Ship of Fools. A Transatlantic Encounter. Conference at the University of Fribourg, directed by Thomas Austenfeld, May 11-12, 2012.
62. "Nobody's Nation: What Remains of Multiculturalism in American Literature?" Tertium Datur: Hybridisierung, Synkretismus, Créolité. Interdisziplinäres Kolloquium Universität Fribourg, April 20, 2012.
63. "The Last Report: Louise Erdrich between Communities—A Comparative Analysis." Native America: Indigenous Self-Representation in Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. Conference at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, February 24-25, 2012.
64. ERASMUS visit to Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy, February 9-11, 2012. Presentations: (1) "Library and Database Research Using Remote Catalogues." (2) "Robert Lowell's Life Studies and the Obsession with Cleanliness."
65. "Robert Lowell in the Bathroom." Mid-Twentieth-Century Poets and Cultural Change. PAMLA Conference, November 6, 2011, Scripps College, Claremont, CA.
66. "European Perspectives on the American West." Invited Lecture, California State University Bakersfield, November 3, 2011.
67. "Looking for 'Siegfried': Generation Without Farewell and the Life Story of a German Journalist." American Literature Association Conference, Boston, May 28, 2011.
68. "Recollection and Revolution: Katherine Anne Porter and Kay Boyle as Poets." American Literature Association Conference, Boston, May 28, 2011.
69. "Mule and Wagon vs the Dixie Limited: Transportation in Flannery O'Connor." SAUTE Conference, Bern, May 7, 2011.
70. "Violence in American History, Literature, and Culture." Invited Lecture, Partium Christian University, Oradea (Romania), April 15, 2011.
71. "Terrorism as Satire: America's Tacky Empire and Chuck Palahniuk's Pygmy." Presented at the conference "Terrorism through the Lens of Literary Epistemology: Historical Imagination and Narrative Practice," University of Fribourg, December 3, 2010.
72. "Parallel Lives: Kay Boyle, Tamara de Lempicka, and Cool Modernism." SANAS joint conference with AAAS Innsbruck, November 12, 2010.
73. "Pigs, Ghosts, and a Ship of Fools: Modernist American Women Writers and Totalitarian Europe." SAGVL Conference "Autoritäre Moderne / Modernité et Autorité" in Fribourg, Switzerland, October 8-9, 2010.
74. "The Voice of the Academic Writer: Nonfiction Essays and the Question of Authority." Conference of the European Association of English Studies (ESSE) in Torino, Italy, August 25, 2010.
75. "Transcontinental Hemingway." International Hemingway Conference Lausanne, Switzerland, June 29, 2010.
76. "The Age of Lowell and the Discontinuities of American Poetry." Invited Guest Lecture, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Brescia, Italy, March 20, 2010.
77. "Information Literacy for Ph.D. students." Invited Guest Lecture, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano, Italy, March 18, 2010.
78. "'Drowning is not so pitiful': Matchimanito Lake as historical, therapeutic, and demiurgic locale in Louise Erdrich's work." Spanish Association for American Studies Conference, Barcelona, April 2, 2009.
79. "Between Homage and Autobiography: Learning and Teaching in David Levin's Exemplary Elders (1990) and Frank McCourt's Teacher Man (2005)." Academic Autobiography Conference, Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona, March 28, 2009.
80. "Rosicky's Neighbors: Values, Virtues, and the Contingency of Criticism." Invited Guest Lecture, English Department of the University of Bern, Switzerland, March 9, 2009.
81. "Genre, Voice, Identity: Nonfiction Prose and the Personal Essay." Swiss Society of General and Comparative Literature, University of Fribourg, March 7, 2009.
82. "Arthur Miller's The Misfits: The Last Frontier of the West." University of Lausanne English Department, December 5, 2008.
83. "Rosicky's Neighbors: Values, Virtues, and the Contingency of Criticism." English Department of the University of Arizona, Tucson AZ, November 21, 2008.
84. "Locked Up Underground: Kay Boyle and Prisons." Biennial Conference of the Swiss Association of North American Studies, Crêt-Bérard, November 15, 2008.
85. "Teaching Lowell Beyond the Alps: A Multilingual Approach to Imitations." American Literature Association Conference, San Francisco, May 23, 2008.
86. "Four Visions of America: Beyond the Unum." Biennial EAAS (European Association of American Studies) Conference, Oslo, May 11, 2008.
87. "Rosicky's Neighbors: Values, Virtues, and the Contingency of Criticism." Antrittsvorlesung / Leçon Inaugurale, University of Fribourg, April 30, 2008.
88. "The Fret of Modernism: The Discourse of Fear in American Culture, 1917-1941." Miroirs de la Peur. Journée d'Etude / Tagung, University of Fribourg, October 12, 2007.
89. "A Happy Naturalist? Jeremy Bentham and the Cosmic Morality of The Octopus." American Literature Association Conference, Boston MA, May 2007.
90. "Playing the Prodigal: Walcott's Variations on a Biblical Parable." "The Caribbean Unbound" Conference, Franklin College, Lugano, Switzerland, March 31, 2007.
91. "Sensations: The Hypertrophy of Aesthetics in Philip Roth's Everyman." Biennial Conference of the Swiss Association of North American Studies, Geneva, November 11, 2006.
92. "The Spinet and the Coffin: Katherine Anne Porter and the Art of Music." American Literature Association Conference, San Francisco, CA, May 26, 2006.
93. "Negotiating Frontiers in Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain." VIIIth Conference on "European Culture," Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona (Spain), October 20, 2005.
94. "'Will the real Louise Erdrich please stand up?' Unearthing German heritage and culture in The Master Butchers Singing Club." American Literature Association Conference, Boston MA, May 27, 2005.
95. "Walcott's Omeros: Starting a New World." 20th Century Literature Conference, Louisville KY, February 24-26, 2005.
96. "Reluctant Modernism: Hugo von Hofmannsthal and Spanish Baroque Culture." Ninth Conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas, Pamplona (Spain), August 3, 2004.
97. "Research Projects Exploring Connections between Spanish and Austrian Literature." Presented at "Into the Classroom: Incorporating Faculty Seminars and Teaching Abroad into the Curriculum." March 12-13, 2004, Clayton College and State University.
98. "Spanish Baroque and Austrian Modernism in Hugo von Hofmannsthal." 20th Century Literature Conference, Louisville KY, February 26-28, 2004.
99. "Giving Everyone a Voice: Translating von Hofmannsthal's Jedermann" at a Special Session, "World Poetry in Translation" at SAMLA, Atlanta GA, 14-16 November, 2003.
100. "'Our Cleopatra': Peter Taylor, Katherine Anne Porter, and Southern Identity" at the American Literature Association Conference, Cambridge MA, May 23, 2003.
101. [with Tanya Bennett] "Begin Here: Introducing African-American Literature into General Education" at Kennesaw State University's conference "Stepping Up to the Plate: Best Practices in Diversity Education," April 26, 2003.
102. "Peter Taylor's A Summons to Memphis: Duty Ethics and American Individualism." 20th Century Literature Conference, Louisville KY, February 27 – March 1, 2003.
103. "American Women Writers in Europe." Invited Theme Day Lecture, Drury University, Springfield MO, February 20, 2003.
104. Introductory Speaker at NGCSU Faculty Retreat: "Why Should We Care About Ethics?" Black Mountain Lodge, Dahlonega GA, Sept. 13, 2002.
105. "Shifting the Ground of Responsibility: The two versions of Rita Dove's The Darker Face of the Earth." 20th Century Literature Conference, Louisville KY, February 21-23, 2002.
106. "Memories of Heidelberg: Stafford's Multiple Selves and the Negotiation of Collusive Guilt." SAMLA, Atlanta GA, November 9-11, 2001.
107. "Ron Hansen's Women: Politics, Religion, Sexuality." Western Literature Association Conference, Omaha NE, October 17-21, 2001.
108. "Ethical Criticism and Porter's Voice." American Literature Association Conference (Katherine Anne Porter Society), Cambridge MA, May 24, 2001.
109. "Generation Without Farewell: Kay Boyle's Ethical Assessment of Germany." 20th Century Literature Conference, Louisville KY, February 22, 2001.
110. "Teaching Values through Western haecceitas: Western Stories, Lived Experience, Ethical Models." "Spiritual Frontiers" Conference at Brigham Young University, Provo UT, March 30-April 2, 2000.
111. "Language as a Tool of Honesty." (Workshop: Language as a Tool). Sixth Conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas, Haifa (Israel), August 1998.
112. "Travellers, Not Tourists: The Trope of Travel as Acculturation." (Workshop: Perceptions of the Arts and Texts of the Twentieth Century). Sixth Conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas, Haifa (Israel), August 1998.
113. "'Fear in a Handful of Dust': Foreigners Experience the West in Barbara Kingsolver’s The Bean Trees." Western Literature Association Annual Meeting, Albuquerque NM, October 15-19, 1997.
114. "Thomas Wolfe and Katherine Anne Porter: Two Americans Discover Their Democratic Roots." International Thomas Wolfe Conference, Munich (Germany), May 23-25, 1997.
115. "Mirandas Abroad: Two Girls of the Golden West Meet the Nazis." Western Literature Association, Lincoln NE, October 2-5, 1996.
116. "Memory, Literature, and European Nation States." Fifth Conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas, Utrecht (Netherlands), August 19-24, 1996.
117. "Porter's Totalitarianism Revisited." Katherine Anne Porter Society at the American Literature Association's Annual Conference in Baltimore, MD, May 27-30, 1995.
118. "Problems of Regional Identity: Katherine Anne Porter as Western Writer." Western Literature Association Conference, Salt Lake City, October 5-8, 1994.
119. "'O Bella Roma': Robert Lowell's Religious Imagination in the Nineteen-Fifties." LeMoyne Forum on Religion and Literature, Syracuse (New York), October 15-17, 1993.
120. "The Necessary Imagination: European Writers Encounter the West." Western Literature Association Conference, Wichita (Kansas), October 7-9, 1993.
121. "Under the Microscope: Porter and Steinbeck Dissect Humanity." Northeastern MLA Conference in Philadelphia, March 1993.
122. "Day by Day: Lowell's Poetic Eschatology." Southeastern Conference on Christianity and Literature, New Orleans, 4-6 February 1993.
123. "From Mexico to Germany: Katherine Anne Porter and Politics." International Katherine Anne Porter Conference at Baylor University (Waco, TX), 14-16 May 1992.
· Lecture: American Literature, 1865-1914
· Seminar: Realism and Naturalism
· Proseminar: The Western
· Lecture: American Literature, 1914-1945
· Seminar: American Expatriate Writers
· Proseminar: Modernist Identities in T.S. Eliot's "The Waste Land"
· Lecture: American Literature, 1945-Present
· Seminar: Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop
· Proseminar: Louise Erdrich
· Lecture: Early American Literature through 1836
· Seminar: The Nation and the Self: Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin
· Proseminar: Arthur Miller, Selected Plays
· Lecture: American Renaissance, 1836-1861
· Seminar: Wicked Books and Wicked Witches: Melville and Hawthorne
· Proseminar: Nature, Nation, Self: Emerson's Essays
· Research Colloquium
· Lecture: Machines, Gardens, Factories: American Literature in the late 19th Century
· Seminar: Studies in Determinism: Crane, Dreiser, Norris
· Proseminar: Willa Cather, Selected Novels
· Research Colloquium
Fall 2009 (Dean's teaching reduction)
· Lecture: Transcontinental Hemingway
· Research Colloquium
Spring 2010 (Dean's teaching reduction)
· Seminar: San Francisco in History, Literature, and Politics (co-taught with Dr. Catherine Bosshart)
· Research Colloquium
Fall 2010 (Dean's teaching reduction)
· Lecture: American Poetry since the Age of Lowell
· Seminar: Derek Walcott: Periphery and Center
Spring 2011 (Dean's teaching reduction)
· Lecture: American Fiction since 1960
· Seminar: John Updike’s Rabbit Tetralogy as Social History of the United States
· Research Sabbatical
· First-Year Module Lecture: An Overview of American Literary History
· Proseminar: Introduction to Literary Studies
· Proseminar: The Western
· Research Colloquium
· Lecture: Early American Literature: Columbus to Emerson
· Proseminar: American Essays from Ralph Waldo Emerson to Joan Didion
· Seminar: 20th-century American Poetry, Part One: From Masters & Robinson to Lowell & Bishop
· Lecture: American Literature 1836 – 1914
· Proseminar: American Memoirs and Life Writing since 1989
· Seminar: Visions of the West: Wallace Stegner to Sherman Alexie
· Research Colloquium
· Lecture: American Literature 1914 – 1945
· Proseminar: Literary Theory
· Seminar: 20th-century American Poetry, Part Two: From the mid-sixties to the present
· Research Sabbatical (Dean's compensation)
· First-Year Module Lecture: Introduction to Literary Studies
· Proseminar: Introduction to Literary Studies
· Seminar: The American South
· First-Year Module Lecture: An Overview of American Literary History . Tradition and Innovation in American Drama (World Literature Part IV)
· Proseminar : Introduction to Literary Studies
· Seminar : Expatriate Autobiographies
· Lecture: American Prose Fiction in the Third Millennium
· Proseminar: The Art of the Essay
· Seminar: Women's Lives in Turn-of-the-Century Novels: Crane, Chopin, Dreiser, Wharton, Cather
· Lecture: History of American Poetry: Whitman's Legacy
· Proseminar: Freedom and Form in American Modernist Poems
· Seminar: Writing New York
Pre-semester: BA/MA seminar and excursion. Creative Writing New York
· Lecture: Nineteenth-Century Prose Fiction: Poe, Hawthorne, Melville and Twain
· Proseminar: Fictions of Communities: Cisneros, Morrison, Boyden
· Seminar: Dark Visions: The Scarlet Letter and Moby-Dick
· Lecture: History of American Poetry: Dickinson’s Legacy
· Proseminar: Southern Literature and Poverty: Theroux, Faulkner, Ward
· Seminar: Robert Lowell – The Centennial Seminar
· Research Sabbatical
· Lecture: A Survey of American Literature, Part II (Intro class)
· Proseminar: Introduction to Literary Study
· Seminar: Foundational Documents of American Democracy
· [University of Berne] Lecture: American Poetry and Culture
· Lecture: Social Justice Debates in American Literature
· Proseminar: Becoming a Reader and Scholar of American Literature I
· Seminar: Pathos and the American Tradition
· Lecture: American Autobiographies
· Proseminar: Becoming a Reader and Scholar of American Literature II
· Seminar: Women's Lives in Naturalist Fiction: Crane, Chopin, Dreiser, Wharton, Cather
· Lecture: Three American Epics: Song of Myself, The Waste Land, Omeros
· Proseminar: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Writer and Activist
· Seminar: Walt Whitman at 200: Leaves of Grass and Prose Works
· Lecture: American Drama
· Proseminar: Becoming a Reader and Scholar of American Literature I
· Seminar: African American Women Poets
· [University of Berne] Lecture: American Drama
· Lecture: Survey of American Literature (Intro module class)
· Proseminar: Becoming a Reader and Scholar of American Literature II
· Seminar: Music and the American Novel
· Lecture: The Forgotten Nineteen-Thirties
· Proseminar: Democracy in America?
· Seminar: American Memoirs and Life Writing since 2000
· Lecture: Survey of American Literature (Intro module class)
· Proseminar: Rhetoric and Narrative in American Fiction
· Seminar: (with Prof. Julia Straub) Modernism Centennial: Poetry
· Lecture: Six Great Debates in 19th-century America: Expansion, Indigeneity, Slavery, Gender, War, Industrialization
· Proseminar: Contemporary North American Drama
· Seminar: American Modernism in Prose
· Lecture: Survey of American Literature (Intro module class)
· Proseminar: Scorn not the Sonnet!
· Seminar: Who Tells Your Story? Narrative, Authorship, Authority
· Lecture: History of American Poetry
· Proseminar: American Essays—Art and Voice, Part One: Beginnings to 1950
· Seminar: Regionalism—the West and the South [with Dr. Aurélie Zurbrügg]
· Lecture: Short Stories: A National Art Form
· Proseminar: American Essays—Art and Voice, Part Two: 1950 to the Present
· Seminar: Milton in America
· Lecture: Survey of American Literature (Intro module class)
· Proseminar: Violence and the American Novel
· Seminar: How to read American Poems (with Journée d'études with Profs. Uhlig and Müller)
· Lecture: American Self-Deception and Self-Renewal
· Proseminar: Louise Erdrich
· Seminar: TBA
Theses supervised at the University of Fribourg (chronological order)
Completed (B.A., M.A., “License”)
B.A. Theses since 2007 (and comprehensive oral exams, beginning 2017)
1. Mathilde Waeber, "Blackness and / as Social Construction in Zora Neale Hurston and Nella Larsen," BA 2007
2. Eric Miller, "Scarlett and Blanche: An Evolution of the Southern Belle," BA 2007
3. Ivana Plechaty, "Carl Gustav Jung in Saul Bellow's Herzog and Henderson the Rain King, BA 2007
4. Maribel Bueno, "Anishinaabe Spirituality in Louise Erdrich's Works," BA 2008
5. Martin Häsler, "To Alter Destiny--an Irresolvable Quest [Kurt Vonnegut]," BA 2008
6. Francesca Sartore, "Cities and Sewers in Baudelaire and Eliot," BA 2008
7. Alexis Wilson, "Literary Characteristics of American Contemporary Comic Books," BA 2008
8. Santiago Cruz Petersen, "Form and Effect of Whitman's 'Song of Myself,'" BA 2009
9. Cinzia Minervini Jordan, "Riding Towards Freedom: Moral Responsibility in the Work of Arthur Miller," BA 2009
10. Emmanuelle Bourguet, "Hopelessness in the Plays of Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams," BA 2009
11. Karine Antille, "Patriarchy, Women’s solidarity and their impact on inter-sexual relationships in Gloria Naylor’s The Women of Brewster Place and The Men of Brewster Place," BA 2009 (supervised by Dr. Weik von Mossner)
12. Pierre Defferrard, "Childhood in the Deep South: Influence of family, friends and society on Huck Finn, Scout Finch and Richard Wright," BA 2010
13. Niklas Fischer, "New Orleans vs. Chicago: Two Types of Carnival in Nelson Algren's A Walk on the Wild Side and The Man With the Golden Arm," BA 2010
14. Dana Antonioli, "Violence in Bastard Out of Carolina, Coming of Age in Mississippi, and Desert Flower," BA 2010
15. Julia Bachmann, "Bebop influence on the conceptualisation of time in Jack Kerouac’s On the Road," BA 2010 (supervised by Dr. Weik von Mossner)
16. Åsa Semple, "Religious and Moral Decay in The Great Gatsby," BA 2010 (supervised by Dr. Weik von Mossner)
17. Thomas M. Meier, "Science and Entertainment in Contemporary Ecological Films," BA 2010 (supervised by Dr. Weik von Mossner)
18. Fabio Gramegna, "Madness in Edgar Allan Poe's Tales: 'The terror of the soul'," BA 2010
19. Jeremy Gremaud, "Edgar Allan Poe’s, Mark Twain’s and Ambrose Bierce’s Satire: The Effect of the Civil War on the 'Ritualized Attack' Against Society’s Ignorance," BA 2011
20. Christian Keist, "The Representation of History and Time in the Black Arts Movement’s Drama and the Influence of the Nation of Islam," BA 2011
21. Aurélie Morard, "'Unsilencing' the Outcast. From Postcolonial to Global Literature," BA 2012
22. Nora Studer, "Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar and Charles Bukowski's Ham on Rye: The reciprocal influence of the protagonists' disorder/disease and their estrangement," BA 2012
23. Veronica Sergi, "How do unreliable narrators contribute to the reader's aesthetic awareness?", BA 2013
24. Jessica Saillen, "The survival of American Indian traditions in James Welch’s Fools Crow and Louise Erdrich’s The Bingo Palace," BA 2013
25. Nadja T. Camesi, "A Tough Guy--The Male Hero in Western and Hard-boiled fiction," BA 2013
26. Fanny Maendly, "Manhood Behind Bars: An Analysis of Malcolm X's Autobiography and Ernest J. Gaines's A Lesson Before Dying," BA 2013
27. Anita Pervanic, "Joan Didion: Home of Words," BA 2013
28. Loïc Obertüfer, "Obsession and Madness in Narrating Wieland, Pym, and Ethan Frome," BA 2013
29. David Schwery, "Black Politicians and Their Speeches," BA 2013
30. Anne-Laure Boéchat, "Gender Determination in Hemingway's The Garden of Eden," BA 2013
31. Patrick Puzdrowski, "Women in Edgar Allan Poe's Short Stories," BA 2014
32. Preethy Alex, "Troy Maxson: An Interconnected Collective. A Lacanian Analysis of August Wilson's Fences," BA 2014
33. Nathalia Schweizer, "Postwar Youth in J.D. Salinger's Franny and Zooey and The Catcher in the Rye," BA 2014
34. Valentin Bruegger, "American Expatriate Writing: Framing the Paris Moment," BA 2014
35. Mélanie Balet, "Aspects of the Gothic in Horace Walpole, Charles Brockden Brown, and Edgar Allan Poe," BA 2015
36. Zita Buess-Watson, " Native Americans in Western Literature and Art," BA 2015
37. Charlène Minster, "Catherine in The Garden of Eden: An Analysis Applying Feminist Criticism and Psychoanalytical Criticism," BA 2015
38. Mélanie Voyame, "A Structuralist Analysis of Three Detective Novels," BA 2015
39. Michèle Cirelli, "Justice and Power in Young Adult Fiction: An Analysis of The Giver, The Hunger Games, and To Kill a Mockingbird," BA 2015
40. Diana Helfer, " Crying for a Vision: The Lives and Visions of Margery Kempe and Black Elk," BA 2015 (co-supervised with Prof. Elisabeth Dutton)
41. Aurélie Zurbrügg, "Whitman's 'Crossing Brooklyn Ferry' and Crane's The Bridge: A Journey Into a New Era," BA 2015
42. Lorenzo Ghiggia, "A Farewell to Arms and For Whom the Bell Tolls: Ernest Hemingway's War Novels Seen through the Eyes of Two Soldiers in Love," BA 2016
43. Clelia Alberici, "The Female Character in Young Adult Novels," BA 2016
44. Fabienne Eberhard, "Thornton Wilder beyond Our Town," BA 2017
45. Celine Scheidegger, "Nature in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter and The Blithedale Romance," BA 2017
46. Amélia Godel, "Women Characters in F. Scott Fitzgerald's Works," BA 2017
47. Arusa Chughtai, "On Hybridity: The Millennial Muslim," BA 2017
48. Marie Gaspoz, "African American Women's Self-actualization Within the Black Community," BA 2017
49. Patricia Machado Soares, "Imperfections Beneath Suburban Life: A close reading of The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit and Revolutionary Road," BA 2017
50. Baptiste Arnoux, "The Experience of Expatriation and its Consequences on Personality in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah and Ernest Hemingway's A Moveable Feast," BA 2017
51. Noella Tinguely, "The Impact of Domestic Ideologies on the Slave Mother's Self-Identity in Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave-Girl (1861) and Toni Morrison's Beloved (1987)," BA 2017
52. Kathrin Schütz, "Who am I? – Loss of Control and Personal Space Through the Environment in Dystopian Fiction," BA 2017
53. Samuele Ramelli, Comprehensive Oral Exam, BA 2017
54. Méline Murisier, "Between Dystopia and Uchronia: A Shift in Reality. Perspectives on the Totalitarian State in Three American Novels," BA 2017
55. Justine Salvadori, "John Fante and the Italian-American Myth of Assimilation in Wait Until Spring, Bandini; The Brotherhood of the Grape and West of Rome," BA 2017
56. Olivia Stettler, Comprehensive Oral Exam, BA 2017
57. Kevin Maillard, "Frederick Douglass – The Self-Taught Slave Who Became an Accomplished Writer," BA 2017
58. Laura Muehlebach, Comprehensive Oral Exam, BA 2017
59. Leandra Hörler, "Truth and Lying in Four Plays by Arthur Miller," BA 2018
60. Anna Borella, "The American Justice System on Trial: Confronting the Role of Race and Class," BA 2018
61. Andrea Leu, "Violence and Identity in Native American Literature: Joseph Boyden's The Orenda and Sherman Alexie's Indian Killer," BA 2018
62. Anna Vestermark Caccia, "Displaced and Misplaced: Cultural Syncretism and Plural Identities in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's The Thing Around Your Neck," BA 2018
63. Elsa Berset, "The Madman as Hero in Jack Kerouac's On the Road," BA 2018
64. Fabienne Widmer, "Constructed Masculinity in Junot Diaz's 'The Silence: The Legacy of Childhood Trauma,' The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and This Is How You Lose Her," BA 2018
65. Julie Beytrison, Comprehensive Oral Exam, BA 2018
66. Patrick de Azevedo, Comprehensive Oral Exam, BA 2019
67. Sanida Meša, Comprehensive Oral Exam, BA 2019
68. Jessica Turpin, Comprehensive Oral Exam, BA 2019
69. Mylène Schuwey, Comprehensive Oral Exam, BA 2019
70. Claudia Jenrich, "Depression in Recent Young Adult Novels: The Memory of Light and All the Bright Places," BA 2019
71. Martina Piffaretti, "Abuse and Objectification of African American Women in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Written by Herself and The Color Purple," BA 2019
72. Jeannette Widmer, Comprehensive Oral Exam, BA 2019
73. Talena Zbinden, Comprehensive Oral Exam, BA 2019
74. Zofia Brunner, Comprehensive Oral Exam, BA 2019
75. Blerina Hoti, Comprehensive Oral Exam, BA 2020
76. Maria Martinovic, Comprehensive Oral Exam, BA 2020
77. Barbara Rossi, Comprehensive Oral Exam, BA 2020
78. Vanessa d'Antino, Comprehensive Oral Exam, BA 2020
79. Andrea Lehmann, Comprehensive Oral Exam, BA 2020
80. Blerina Abdula, Comprehensive Oral Exam, BA 2020
81. Justine Dubail, Comprehensive Oral Exam, BA 2020
82. Elisa Zaccaria, Comprehensive Oral Exam, BA 2020
83. Katja Andlauer, Comprehensive Oral Exam, BA 2020
84. Madeleine Antille, Comprehensive Oral Exam, BA 2020
85. Océane Page, Comprehensive Oral Exam, BA 2020
86. Lisa Dusina, "Hawthorne, Baum, and Miller: Witchcraft and Utopia in Selected American Texts," BA 2020
87. Léa Ducrest, "How can a black immigrant woman feel equally at home in two different places?," BA 2020
88. Antonio Pedro Fangueiro Pires, Comprehensive Oral Exam, BA 2020
89. Benedita Lucau, Comprehensive Oral Exam, BA 2020
90. Myriam Miraoui, Comprehensive Oral Exam, BA 2020
91. Anna Tedeschi, Comprehensive Oral Exam, BA 2020
92. Noemie Jeannet, “Social justice and capitalism in literature: The Grapes of Wrath and The Jungle,” BA 2021
93. Yanik Brawand, Comprehensive Oral Exam, BA 2021
94. Damien Elsig, Comprehensive Oral Exam, BA 2021
95. Celia Arnold, Comprehensive Oral Exam, BA 2021
96. Alina Müller, Comprehensive Oral Exam, BA 2021
97. Sophie Jacquier, "Controlling Sex, Reproduction and Motherhood in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Sheri S. Tepper’s The Gate to Women’s Country and Louise Erdrich’s Future Home of the Living God," BA 2021
98. Sofia Vassere, "The Oxygen Man" as a Double Bildungsroman," BA 2021
99. Jeremy Wright, Comprehensive Oral Exam, BA 2021
100. Gioja Weibel, Comprehensive Oral Exam, BA 2021
101. Maurizio Vannetti, Comprehensive Oral Exam, BA 2021
102. Francisca Domingues dos Santos (advised by Aurélie Zurbrügg), " Creating Identity: Jazz Features in Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man and Toni Morrison’s Jazz," BA 2021
103. Noemi Aebli (advised by Aurélie Zurbrügg), "Social and Hierarchical Structures in American Alternate Histories. An Analysis of Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle and Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America," BA 2021
104. Joanne Waeber, "The Art of Immersive Storytelling in Taylor Swift and F. Scott Fitzgerald," BA 2021
105. Hervé Pollet, “Edith Wharton’s Critique of New York High Society in The House of Mirth and The Age of Innocence: Fashion, Gender Roles, and Money in the Gilded Age,” BA 2022
106. Marine Bussard, "The Representation of Hurricanes Okeechobee and Katrina in Literature," BA 2022
107. Emma de Reyff, "Examining the Challenges to Black Femininity in Nella Larsen’s Passing and Jessie Redmon Fauset’s Plum Bun," BA 2022
108. Giosuè Rocco Antorini, “Space and Place in Contemporary Mexican Immigration Novels: a Literary-Geographical Analysis of Signs Preceding the End of the World and American Dirt,” BA 2023
109. Inès Baltic, “Identity of California Women in Joan Didion’s Fiction. An analysis of female characters in Run River and Play It as It Lays,” BA 2023
110. Muriel Amstutz, “Police Brutality and Systemic Racism against African Americans in American Literature,” BA 2023
M.A. Theses & License Mémoires
1. Sina Lenherr, "Back to the Reservation: Three Male Character in their Search for Identity in Selected Novels by Louise Erdrich," License 2007
2. Lenka Curdova, "The Family Conflict: Three Plays of Eugene O'Neill," License 2008
3. [external advisor] Anne Jobin [Université de Neuchâtel], "Shifting Identities: Mixedbloods in Native American Literature," License 2008
4. Helen Walker, "The Inescapable Past: Form, Family and Denial in Arthur Miller's Plays All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, and The Price," MA 2008
5. Sabine-Anna Marro, "Two Turn-of-the-Century California Novels: María Amparo Ruíz de Burton's The Squatter and the Don and Frank Norris's The Octopus -- 'Novels with a Purpose'?," MA 2008. Recipient of the 2008 SANAS Teaching Travel Award.
6. Naomi Hasler, "The Portrait of a New Woman? How Margaret Fuller's political ideology and Henry James's fictional reality clash," MA 2008. Winner of the Prize for Equality and Gender Research of the University of Fribourg 2010.
7. Julie Hoogewoud, "Beyond Minimalism: Silence as Narrative Strategy in the Fiction of Raymond Carver," MA 2009
8. Laura Tschanz, "The Importance of Knowing One's Past in Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye and Tar Baby," MA 2009
9. Mauro Ciresa, "Investigation in Edgar Allan Poe's Detective Tales," MA 2009
10. Eric Miller, "Adams and Jefferson: True Friends or Friendly Foes?" MA 2009
11. Mélanie Baillifard, "Literary Responses to Indian Policies from 1800 to 1840. From Poetical Justification to Real Protest," MA 2009
12. Stefania Russo, " The Poetry of Phillis Wheatley as the Anti-Slavery Campaign of a Black Woman in Revolutionary America ," MA 2010
13. Roberta Vaghi, "Magical Realism in Selected Novels by Toni Morrison," MA 2010
14. Elisa Burri Monnard, "Women’s Lives in Essays and Stories in Godey’s Lady’s Magazine," MA 2010
15. Mathilde Waeber, "American Indian Cultural Identity and the Search for Affection in James Welch’s Winter in the Blood and The Death of Jim Loney and Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony," MA 2010
16. Francesca Massei, "Women in the Gothic Narratives of Matthew G. Lewis and Charles Brockden Brown," License 2010
17. Luzia Wicki, "Shockingly Wealthy: The High as a Way of Life," License 2010
18. Ola Madhour, "Degeneration and the 'Lost America" in Henry James's Roderick Hudson and Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises," MA 2011
19. Alexis Wilson, "Magic in Chicano Magical Realism," MA 2011
20. Claudia Furrer, "Sociolinguistic Concepts and Literary Analysis: The Outsider Protagonist in Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood and John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces," MA 2011
21. Julia Bachmann, "F. Scott Fitzgerald's 'The Jelly-bean,' Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, and all that Jazz," MA 2012
22. Emmanuelle Bourguet, "Courageous Souls: The Portrayal of Women in Chopin's The Awakening and Wharton's Summer," MA 2012. Recipient of the 2012 SANAS Teaching Travel Award.
23. Jeremy Gremaud, "Canadian, Female and Individual Identities in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, Cat's Eye and Alias Grace," MA 2012
24. Carine Maffli, "The Legacy of Satan: A Reading of Melville's Ahab in the Light of Milton's Satan, MA 2012
25. Cinzia Minervini Jordan, "Being and Becoming: A Reading of Arthur Miller's Focus and The Crucible in the Light of Giorgio Agamben," MA 2012
26. Ryan Kopaitich, "Narrating Postmodernism: A Study of Two Postmodern Novels," MA Comparative Literature 2012
27. Andrea Meier, "Marginal Communities and Ethnic Conflicts in Selected Novels by Louise Erdrich and Toni Morrison," MA 2012
28. Lawrence Faulstich, "War as a Prism of 20th-century American Identity," MA 2013
29. Nathalie Codina, "Emily Dickinson's Poetics and Weltanschauung," MA 2014
30. Jessica Meier, "Ecofeminism and Dualisms in Terry Tempest Williams," MA 2014
31. Céline Sidler, "The American Dream's Mythology in Three Immigrant Women's Novels," MA 2014
32. Rekik Scholler-Mekonnen, "Speculative Encounters: Negotiating Survival and Kinship in Octavia Butler's Kindred and Dawn," MA 2014
33. Alain Wider, "Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Hybrid Poet," MA 2014
34. Robert Zenhäusern, "The Conversion Paradox: New World Christianity and African Spirituality in Selected Slave and Neo-Slave Narratives," MA 2014
35. Biljana Vuchovska, "The Value of Green Visions: Environmental Philosophy in Walden, Ecotopia and The Word for World is Forest," MA 2014
36. Åsa Semple,"From Abasement to Strength: Gender Identity in Toni Morrison's Sula and Paradise," MA 2014
37. Sibylle Lüthi, "Representational Affirmation: Examining Sherman Alexie's Struggles with the Language of Authenticity," MA 2015
38. Valeria Cruz Petersen Rast, "'A wild night and a new road': From Death to Poetics in Emily Dickinson's Poetry," MA 2015
39. James Violette, "The Judge and the Boy: Violence and Holiness in Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian and The Road," MA 2015
40. Fanny Maendly, "Female Protagonists in Slave and Neo-Slave Narratives: Jacobs, Williams, and Butler," MA 2015
41. Anne-Laure Boéchat, "Land, Gender, and Ethnicity in Willa Cather's Characters," MA 2015
42. Patrizia Zanella, "'universal mirrors that are my eyes': The Gaze in Louise Erdrich," MA 2015
43. Olivia Oberson, "The Challenges of Nonconformity: Communities in Jewett's The Country of the Pointed Firs, Chopin's The Awakening, and Wharton's The House of Mirth," MA 2015
44. Maria Teresa Delgado, "Switzerland as an In-Between State in F. Scott Fitzgerald's Tender is the Night, Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms, and Selected Short Stories," MA 2015
45. Jessica Saillen, "The Influence of Mixed-race Identity in American Literature Through Three Perspectives: Native American, African American and Hispanic," MA 2015
46. Tania Pannatier, "Double Consciousness. Mixed-race women characters in William Wells Brown, Charles Waddell Chesnutt, and Nella Larsen," MA 2016
47. Loïc Obertüfer, "Tennessee Williams's Dramatic Development: The Magic Tower, The Purification, The Glass Menagerie & Suddenly Last Summer," MA 2016
48. Edith Carron, "Lily Bart and Gertrude Stein: Contrasting Two Modernist Performances," MA 2016
49. Preethy Alex, "The Third Continent -- the Domestic Space of Malayali Americans and Bengali Americans in the United States," MA 2016
50. Andrew Niemann, "Finding Meaning in the Everyday: Understanding Nicholson Baker's The Mezzanine through William James," MA 2016
51. Anita Pervanic, "'layers of violence and tenderness wrapped like bulbs': The Southern Grotesque and Ideal Femininity in the Fiction of Eudora Welty and Carson McCullers," MA 2016
52. Simon Weisskopf, "Bob Dylan. The Poet Who Aged in Public," MA 2016
53. Patricia Fux, "Demystifying the Lost Generation: A Collection of Data," MA 2016
54. Sabie Zenku Baftiri, "Ambiguous Mother(hood) in Sylvia Plath's Poetry and Prose," MA 2017
55. Sharon Reidy Miller, "Is Eleanor Roosevelt's Portrayal of Women Both Honest and Truthful?", MA 2017
56. Melis Öner, "'You're Not the Indian I Had in Mind': Self-Representation versus Stereotypes in Sherman Alexie and Thomas King," MA 2017
57. Alicia Szüts, "Women and the Holocaust: A Double Victimization," MA 2017
58. Noémie Fragnière, "Struggling Female Artists in Selected Novels by Louisa May Alcott, Kate Chopin and Willa Cather," MA 2017
59. Nathalia Schweizer, "Female Authenticity in American Literary Naturalism," MA 2017
60. Michèle Cirelli, "Contrasting Critical Approaches to Wharton, Fitzgerald and Dos Passos," MA 2017
61. Célia Germanier, "The Blues as Musical Legacy of African-American History," MA 2017¨
62. Cynthia Staehlin, "Representing Terrorism in Hersey's Hiroshima, DeLillo's Falling Man and Updike's Terrorist," MA 2017
63. Mirella Arimondi, "Power and Behavior in Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, Butler's Kindred and Eggers's The Circle," MA 2017
64. Aurélie Zurbrügg, "'I just wanted to go home': Toni Morrison's Quest For the Ideal Home in Her Fiction," MA 2017
65. Elisa Pagliaro, "'I can't believe what you say, because I see what you do': James Baldwin's Phenomenological Ethics," MA 2018
66. Marie Budon, "Journey into the Dark: Emily Dickinson's Gothic Imagination," MA 2018
67. Valentin Brügger, “Vanishing Points: Escape and Separation in the Early Works of Jane & Paul Bowles,” MA 2019
68. Michelle Riedberg, “Authentic Depiction or Wishful Projection: Children in Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Alcott’s Little Women,” MA 2019
69. Samuele Ramelli, “A Mirroring of Mankind’s Fears Through American Dystopian Literature,” MA 2019
70. Amélia Godel, “’This life is a life of vicissitude’: Nineteenth-century American Women’s Letters, Between Duty and Disillusionment,” MA 2019
71. Marie Gaspoz, “’I am a stranger to myself and a stranger now in this strange land.’ The Immigrant Experience in the United States Through Three Contemporary Narratives,” MA 2019
72. Nora Rickli, "'To See What Is. … Possible.' Reproductive Freedom in Contemporary Speculative Fiction," MA 2019
73. Camille Merkofer, "Living the Ideal Life in American Suburbs and German Dörfer: An Analysis of Richard Yates' Revolutionary Road, Jeffrey Eugenides' The Virgin Suicides, Juli Zeh's Unterleuten, and Arno Camenisch's Ustrinkata," MA 2019
74. Christopher Bignasca, "Bob Dylan: The Leader Who Did Not Want to Be Followed," MA 2019
75. Fabienne Eberhard, "Changing the Rules of the Game: A Literary Investigation of Social Systems of Oppression From Slavery to Mass Incarceration," MA 2020
76. Anna Caccia, "'Two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings': Blackness and Americanness in Contemporary African American Memoirs," MA 2020
77. Jonathan Modesti, "Wronged and Oppressed Identities: Abuse and its Effects on Women Characters in Stephen King's Carrie, Gerald's Game, and Big Driver," MA 2020
78. Anna Borella, "Making a Movement: Pathos and Social Justice in Novels by Harriet Beecher Stowe and Charles Chesnutt," MA 2020
79. Céline Scheidegger, "Performing Personalities: Women on View in Selected Novels by Wharton, Cather, Yezierska and Larsen," MA 2020
80. Valentina Prati, "Social Justices Debates in Chicana Literature: Castillo, Chávez and Cisneros Reinterpreting Anzaldúa," MA 2020
81. Laura Carnal, "A Century of African American Identity: Wallace Thurman, Lorraine Hansberry, Danzy Senna & Ta-Nehisi Coates," MA 2020
82. Milena Calcagni, "Advancing Socialism through Literary Advocacy in the United States: Engagement and Failure," MA 2020
83. Simon Metry, "'Who shall say where the one ends, and the where the other begins?' Plagiarism and Literary Influence around Edgar Allan Poe," MA 2020
84. Noëmi Werthmüller, "The power of orality and literacy in Margaret Atwood's dystopian novels The Handmaid's Tale and The Testaments," MA 2021
85. Prisca Genilloud, "Immigration in the United States: A Comparison of Immigrants' Experiences in The Jungle, My Ántonia, Hunger of Memory and Jasmine," MA 2021
86. Isabella Bianchi, "Maya Angelou the Womanist, or How a Phenomenal Woman Comes into Being," MA 2021
87. Alida Savio, "The Representation of Black Women in Contemporary Literature," MA 2021
88. Simona Suardi, "The Good in the Bad: Dysfunctional Families in American Literature. Dorothy Allison's Bastard Out of Carolina (1992), Jeannette Walls's The Glass Castle (2005) and Trevor Noah's Born a Crime (2016)," MA 2021
89. Matthias Calderari, "Living on the Hyphen: Biculturalism and Latinidad in Esmeralda Santiago's When I Was Puerto Rican (1994) and Almost a Woman (1999), Julia Alvarez's How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents (1991) and Cristina García's Dreaming in Cuban (1992)," MA 2021
90. Patrick Correia de Azevedo, "Masculinity, Race, and Queerness in Tarell Alvin McCraney's Plays," MA 2021
91. Andrea Leu Escobar, “Travel Literature, The Other and Patagonia. An Analysis of Bruce Chatwin’s In Patagonia, Paul Theroux’s The Old Patagonia Express, Luis Sepúlveda’s Patagonia Express and Mempo Giardinelli’s Final de Novela en Patagonia,” MA 2022
92. Elsa Berset, “Narratives of Moral Uncertainty: Joseph Conrad’s Lord Jim and Toni Morrison’s Beloved,” MA 2022
93. Jeannette Widmer, "Feminism and Afropolitanism in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah," MA 2022
94. Vanessa d'Antino, "Invisibility, Blackness and Whiteness in Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, James Baldwin's The Fire Next Time and Ta-Nehisi Coates's Between the World and Me, MA 2022
95. Justine Dubail, "Misogyny and the Myth of Masculinity: Portrayal of Women in Hip Hop Lyrics," MA 2023
96. Svetlana Nikolic, "Identity Issues in the Theatre of David Henry Hwang," MA 2023
97. Maéva Uldry, "Orphan Girls in Early Twentieth-Century Children's Fiction. A comparative analysis of Alice Hegan Rice's Lovey Mary (1903), Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin's Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1903), L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables (1908) and Alice B. Emerson's Ruth Fielding at Sunrise Farm or What Became of the Raby Orphans (1915)," MA 2023
98. Sophie Jacquier, “An Intersectional Approach of Mutual Unknowability and Orality Between Mother and Daughter in American Literature: Toni Morrison, Natasha Trethewey, Louise Erdrich and Amy Tan,” MA 2023
99. Michèle Wermeille, “Impossible Choices and Muted Voices. Female Agency and Abortion in Four American Novels from 1917 to 2017,” MA 2023
Mariacristina Natalia Bertoli. The Mirror, the Cup and the Crystal. Iconic Implications of Disappearance and Representation in the American Tradition of Riddle Poetry. (October 2012)
Martin Moling. "Shake, Rattle and Write": Rock Music in American Fiction Writing, 1966-2011. (October 2013)
Ola Madhour. "Knowledge of Necessity": Maternal Origins in Elizabeth Bishop's Epistemological Quest. (June 2015)
Patrizia Zanella. The Border-Crossing Fiction of Louise Erdrich, James Welch, Tomson Highway, and Thomas King. Supported by a Doc.CH grant from the SNSF. (October 2019)
Mariam Taha, Literary Environmental Studies and the Representation of Urban Environments in Selected Novels. Co-tutelle with Cairo University, Egypt. (June 2022)
Aurélie Zurbrügg, The Message on the Wall. The Wall as a Medium in Public Art and Contemporary Fiction. (February 2023)
Rachael Franke. "Is It Black and White?: Portrayals of Mothers in Contemporary US American Novels."
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Honors & Awards
Various Activities at Drury College / University, 1991-2000
Earlier Awards and Recognitions
Teaching Experience - North Georgia College & State University 2000-2006
Teaching Experience - Drury University 1991-2000 (formerly Drury College)
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