Info for Beginners: American Studies

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American Studies (Amerikanistik)

In American Studies, we are dealing with the many narratives Americans have developed to explain their identity, conflicts, and dreams. Stories like those of the West or the Melting Pot have been told many times from varying points of view by the groups making up American society, including Native Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, or Hispanic Americans. We are interested in the perspectives of gender and sexuality as well as transatlantic and global networks. The stories we study take many forms: historical and contemporary, literary, oral, and visual, high brow and popular. We study migration, the American South, comic books, as well as U.S. presidencies and are organizing student exchanges to the U.S. This leads to diversity in our research and classes where you will often meet students from the States, but also American instructors.

Professors
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  • Prof. Dr. Randi Gunzenhäuser
  • Professor of American Studies
  • E-Mail: randi.gunzenhaeuser@udo.edu
  • Academic interests:
    • 19th-century literature, arts and theater
    • Popular cultures since 1800
    • Video games
    • Media and the city
    • Gender studies
    • Masculinity studies
    • Function of skin in US-American texts
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  • Prof. Dr. Walter Grünzweig
  • Professor of American Studies
  • E-Mail: walter.gruenzweig@udo.edu
  • Academic interests:
    • 19th-century literature and culture
    • Walt Whitman
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    • Transatlantic literary & cultural relations
    • Literary translation
    • International Education


Teaching Staff
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  • Dr. Sibylle Klemm
  • E-Mail: sibylle.klemm@udo.edu
  • Academic interests:
    • African-American literature
    • Atlanta studies
    • Cold War
    • Transatlantic cultural exchange
    • Intercultural exchange
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  • Laura Kost, M.A.
  • E-Mail: laura.kost@udo.edu
  • Academic interests:
    • American literary and cultural narratives
    • Sports in popular culture
    • LGBTQ* representation in America
    • Spoken word and slam poetry
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  • Katharina Wood, M.A.
  • E-Mail: katharina.wood@udo.edu
  • Academic interests:
    • Cultural history of green building
    • Green economy; green economies
    • Urban studies
    • African American studies
    • Latinx literatures and cultures


Visiting Lecturers from the US
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  • Patrick Brown, PhD
  • University of Iowa
  • E-Mail: patrick.brown@udo.edu
  • Academic interests:
    • Weimar cinema
    • Game studies
    • Media theory
    • Modernism
    • Film and militarism
    • Silent and early cinema
    • Science fiction
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  • Evan Sandsmark, M.A.
  • University of Virginia
  • E-Mail: evan.sandsmark@udo.edu
  • Academic interests:
    • Philosophy of religion
    • Philosophical theology
    • Philosophical and religious ethics
    • The Catholic intellectual tradition
    • Religion and politics
    • Narrative nonfiction, print and audio



Courses for First-Semester Students in WS 20/21
Nr. Kursbezeichnung Typ Zeit Raum DozentIn
154602 Introduction to American Literary and Cultural Studies - Group A 2 PS Mo 08:30 – 10:00 digital Grünzweig
154603 Introduction to American Literary and Cultural Studies - Group B 2 PS Mo 12:15 – 13:45 R. 3.405 Danneil
154604 Introduction to American Literary and Cultural Studies - Group C 2 PS Mo 16:00 – 17:30 R. 3.427 Laemmerhirt
154605 Introduction to American Literary and Cultural Studies - Group D 2 PS Di 08:30 – 10:00 digital Grünzweig
154606 Introduction to American Literary and Cultural Studies - Group E 2 PS Di 10:15 – 11:45 R. 3.428 Klemm
154607 Introduction to American Literary and Cultural Studies - Group F 2 PS Di 14:15 – 15:45 R. 3.405 Feier Laemmerhirt
154608 Introduction to American Literary and Cultural Studies - Group G 2 PS Mi 08:30 – 10:00 R. 3.427 Klemm
154609 Introduction to American Literary and Cultural Studies - Group H 2 PS Mi 10:15 – 11:45 R. 3.405 Ogihara-Schuck
154610 Introduction to American Literary and Cultural Studies - Group I 2 PS Do 08:30 – 10:00 R. 3.405 Sattler
154611 Introduction to American Literary and Cultural Studies - Group J 2 PS Do 10:15 – 11:45 R. 3.405 Kost
Nr. Kursbezeichnung Typ Zeit Raum DozentIn
154641 “We Didn’t Start the Fire” – A Cultural Studies Approach to Billy Joel 2 PS Mo 10:15 - 11:45 digital Eßmann
154642 Sports Narratives in American Culture 2 PS Mo 12:15 - 13:45 R. 3.237 Kost
154643 Crime Without Frontiers – Crime Fiction in Different Cultures 2 PS Di 12:15 - 13:45 digital Eßmann
154644 Moral Challenges: Controversies in American Political Thought 2 PS Mi 14:15 - 15:45 R. 3.237 Sandsmark
154645 Hindsight 19/20: Revisiting Cinema’s Roaring Decade 2 PS Mi 16:00 - 17:30 R. 3.405 Brown
154646 From Suspicion to Integration: 20th Century American Catholicism 2 PS Do 12:15 - 13:45 R. 3.237 Sandsmark
154647 Intersections/-alism: Identity and Asian American Literature 2 PS Mo 16:15 - 17:45 digital Sniezyk
154648 Civil War Monuments and Collective Memory, a Transatlantic Perspective - (nur für Angewandte Studiengänge) 2 PS Do 12:15 - 13:45 digital Meuter
154649 Intensivseminar American Studies (zugangsbeschränkt) 2 PS Mi 18:00 - 19:30 digital Gunzenhäuser & Grünzweig