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Lectures in American Studies: New Trends and Developments

The lecture series is generously supported by the Dean's Office at KU Eichstätt and the Bavarian American Academy in Munich.


(University of Osnabrueck, Germany)

"The Discourse of Human Rights and the Native American Historical Novel of the 1990s"

January 10, 2018, 12-2 pm, KGA-302

My conjoined reading of the debates about indigenous human rights that took place in the United Nations in the 1990s and two Native American historical novels published in the United States around the same time reveal that Native American literary production has been deeply inflected by international law. Robert Conley's Mountain Windsong: A Novel of the Trail of Tears (1992), I argue, needs to be read as a critique of the idea that Native American rights can be secured from within the United States' legal order. Through the jarring juxtaposition of historical legal documents and a romantic plot, the novel deconstructs the idea of domestic law as an agent of change and introduces the language of human rights as an alternative framework of Native resistance. Diane Glancy's Pushing the Bear: A Novel of the Trail of Tears (1996) engages with the question of whether indigenous rights can be realized within the context of a human rights regime that puts the individual center stage. On closer scrutiny, the novel opens up an alternative way of thinking about the relationship between individual and groups rights. It thereby contributes to closing the theoretical gap between individual and group rights, which stymied indigenous rights debates considerably and which has bred indigenous skepticism about the usefulness of international law in the fight for Native rights.



(University of Delaware, Newark, DE, USA/University of Graz, Austria)

"Polluted Luxuries: Consumer Resistance, the Senses of Horror, and Abolitionist Boycott Literature"

May 17, 2017, 6-8 pm, KGA-206

Polluted luxuries, stained consciences, shuddering senses—these were compelling reasons to abstain from the products of slave labor which, in 1836, at the time of Elizabeth Margaret Chandler’s writing, already proliferated in an expanding American market. Writers such as Elizabeth Margaret Chandler, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, and John Greenleaf Whittier imagined a world of goods haunted by the touch of enslaved laborers - goods which in turn haunted consumers. By parsing out the language of abolitionist boycott literature alongside its historical and material cultural moment, this talk will examine the ways in which abolitionist literature posits a very literal and as yet unaccounted for version of material relations. Those material relations, it seems, collapse the boundaries between consumer and producer, self and other, in ways that have horrific, haunting implications for market society, then and now.



(SUNY Albany, NY, USA/FRIAS, University of Freiburg, Germany)

"Body Images: Phantom Limbs, Spirit Photography, and the Civil War"

June 14, 2017, 6-8 pm, KGA-206

Past Talks

Winter Term 2015/16



(New York University/Gastdozent "Aisthesis. Historische Kunst- und Literaturdiskurse" KU Eichstätt)

"Undone by Death? Umrisse einer Poetik nach Darwin: Dante, Eliot, Kafka"

--im Rahmen des Fakultätskolloquiums der SLF und in Zusammenarbeit mit Aisthesis--

October 21, 2015



Summer Term 2015


Prof. TOBIAS BÖS (University of Notre Dame, IN, USA)

„Der größte Schriftsteller unserer Zeit“ – Thomas Mann im Amerika der Zwischenkriegsjahre

--in Kooperation mit der Germanistik und den Europastudien--

June 9, 2015


Prof. LAURA MURPHY (Loyola University New Orleans, LA, USA)

"Will the New Frederick Douglass Please Stand Up: Modern Slavery and the New Slave Narrative"

June 2, 2015


Prof. HAL CRIMMEL (Weber State University, UT, USA)

"Writing Water in the American West"

May 5, 2015



Summer Term 2014


Prof. ED FOLSOM (The University of Iowa, IA, USA)

"'Whoever you are holding me now in hand': Walt Whitman's Invention of the Erotics of Reading" - Guest Lecture and Workshop

July 28, 2014


Prof. MICHAEL KIMMAGE (The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., USA)

"Monumental America"

June 17, 2014


Prof. TAYLOR HAGOOD (Florida Atlantic University, FL, USA)

"Disability, Identity, and the United States South"

May 20, 2014



Winter Term 2013/14


Prof. UDO HEBEL (President, University of Regensburg, Germany)

"American Visual Culture Studies, Interpictoriality, and the Power of Iconic American Pictures"

January 28, 2014


Prof. JULIA LEYDA (Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan/Free University Berlin, Germany)

"Breaking Bad, Social Media, and Fan-Generated Texts"

December 10, 2013


Prof. GEORGE BLAUSTEIN (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

"On the Genealogy of Jokes: Humor and History in Mark Twain"

November 28, 2013



Summer Term 2013


Prof. BILLY STRATTON (University of Denver, CO, USA)

"Buried in Shades of Night: Contested Voices, Indian Captivity, and the Legacy of King Philip's War"

July 3, 2013


Prof. MICHAEL WUTZ (Weber State University, Ogden, UT, USA)

“Jhumpa Lahiri's Unaccustomed Earth and the Archaeology of the Postcolonial”

June 5, 2013


Prof. KIRBY FARRELL (University of Massachusetts/Amherst, USA)

“The Magic Circle and the Beyond: Psychic Topography and the Structure of Texts”

--in cooperation with English Literature--

June 4, 2013


Dr. JAN D. KUCHARZEWSKI (University of Hamburg, Germany)

“The Capacity for Wonder: Science and Fiction in the Novels of Richard Powers”

May 29, 2013


Prof. BARRETT WATTEN (Wayne State University, Detroit, USA)

“dOCUMENTA 13 as Global Archive”

May 22, 2013


Prof. PHIL TIEMEYER (Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, USA)

“Plane Queer: What We Can Learn From the Male Flight Attendant”

May 15, 2013