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North American Literary and Cultural Studies

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Dr. Svetlana Seibel

North American Literary and Cultural Studies

Building A 5.3, room 2.15
E-mail: svetlana.seibel[at]uni-saarland.de
Phone: +49 681 302 3323


Courses Taught


  • Introduction to Cultural Studies - North America
  • Fan, Fantastic, Fantasy: The Fantastic in Contemporary Popular Culture
  • Westward We Go! The Literatures of the American and Canadian Wests (with Prof. Dr. Astrid M. Fellner)

Introduction to Media Studies

  • Fantastic Metropolis: Urban Narratives in Contemporary North American Television
  • Geek Feminism and American Television

Undergraduate Seminars

  • Sing, Goddess: Feminist Reimaginings of Classical Narrative Tradition
  • Dracula in America, America in Dracula: The Transatlantic (Un)Life of a Legend
  • Writing California: John Steinbeck’s California Fictions
  • “A Native Vampire! That Is So Cool!”: Contemporary Indigenous Genre Fiction in North America
  • Salem and Beyond: Historical Witch Trial in North American Literature 
  • Narrative of Science in Literature 
  • Diversity and Genre

Cultural Studies

  • “If This Is Your Land, Where Are Your Stories?”: (Self-)Representation of Native Peoples in North America
  • “For the Dead Travel Fast”: Vampires in Contemporary American Literature


Book Chapters

“What Do You Write?”: Science Fiction, Genre Expectations, and Indigenous Writing in Drew Hayden Taylor’s alterNatives.” Morris, Paul (ed.). Métissage au Canada / Transcultural Canada. Québec: Presses de l’Université Laval, 2019. 127-145.

“‘Making Our Move’: Kanadische Indigene Pop Musik als Protestmedium.” Länderbericht Kanada. Ed. Ursula Lehmkuhl. Bonn: Bundeszentrale für Politische Bilding, 2018. 188-189.

“Transborder Storyscapes: Literary Textures of the Pacific Northwest.” Bordertextures: A Complexity Approach to Cultural Border Studies. Eds. Christian Wille, Astrid M. Fellner, and Eva Nossem. Transcript Verlag, 2022. Forthcoming.   

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

“Thinking in Connections: A. A. Carr’s Eye Killers and F. W. Murnau’s Nosferatu.” The Transmedia Vampire: Essays on Technological Convergence and the Undead. Ed. Simon Bacon. Jefferson: McFarland, 2021. 134-145.

“Conflict and Complexity: Humanist and Spiritualist Discourses in Anne Rice’s The Vampire Armand.” All Around Monstrous: Monster Media in Their Historical Contexts. Ed. Verena Bernardi and Frank Jacob. Wilmington: Vernon Press, 2019. 45-70.

“Radical Relating: Vampirism as a Utopian State in Black Atlantic Women’s Vampire Fiction.” US American Expressions of Utopian and Dystopian Visions. Ed. Saskia Fürst, Yvonne Kaisinger, Ralph Poole. Vienna: Lit, 2017. 101-119.

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

“‘Fleshy Stories’: Towards Restorative Narrative Practices in Salmon Literature.”  Global Indigenous Literature and Climate Change, special issue of Transmotion: An Online Journal of Postmodern Indigenous Studies, Spring 2022, eds. David Carlson and Martín Premoli. Forthcoming.

“‘Forget What Disney Tells You’: Redressing Popular Culture in Elle-Májiá Tailfeathers’ A Red Girl’s Reasoning.” Indigenous Literary Arts of Truth and Redress, special issue of Studies in Canadian Literature/Études en Littérature Canadienne, 46.2 (2021), eds. Michelle Coupal, Allison Hargreaves, and Svetlana Seibel, pp. 234-255. 

(with Michelle Coupal and Allison Hargreaves) “Introduction: Literary Creative Practices as Sites of Redress.” Indigenous Literary Arts of Truth and Redress, special issue of Studies in Canadian Literature/Études en Littérature Canadienne, 46.2 (2021), eds. Michelle Coupal, Allison Hargreaves, and Svetlana Seibel, pp. 5-20. (not peer-reviewed)  

“Shards of the Glass Ceiling: Women’s Leadership and Corporations in SF Television.” Recherches Germaniques HS 17 (2022), special issue Humains, plus qu’humains, posthumains: Nouveaux questionnements de la science-fiction actuelle, edited by Anne-Sophie Hillard and Catherine Repussard. DOI: https://doi.org/10.4000/rg.8245 (open access). 

“‘There’ll Be Another Song for Me’: The Significance of the Orpheus Myth in Angel’s ‘Orpheus.’” Let’s Go to Work: The Legacy of Angel, special issue of Slayage: The Journal of Whedon Studies 17.2 (50), Summer/Fall 2019Ed. Stacey Abbott and Simon Brown, pp. 48-76.

Encyclopedia and Handbook Entries

“Aaron A. Carr.” The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 July 2019.

“Anne Rice.” Contemporary Literary Criticism, vol. 510, edited by Jennifer Stock. Farmington Hills: Gale, 2022, pp. 219-263.

(in preparation) “Eye Killers.” The Literary Encyclopedia, The Literary Dictionary Company Ltd.

Edited Collections and Special Issues

IndigePop: Contemporary Indigenous Popular Culture. W.T. (Co-edited volume with Dr. Kati Dlaske; in preparation)

Indigenous Literary Arts of Truth and Redress. A Special Issue of Studies in Canadian Literature/Études en Littérature Canadienne (SCL/ÉLC) journal, 46.2 (2021), guest co-editor with Michelle Coupal and Allison Hargreaves. 

Invited Talks

Imagining Otherwise”: Indigenous Popular Culture and Genre Narratives in North America. NELK Research Colloquium Guest Lecture, Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main, Germany. June 25, 2020.

Indigenous Vampire Fiction. Workshop, Indigenous Comic Con 3, Isleta Resort and Casino, November 2-4, Albuquerque, New Mexico. November 2, 2018.   

“Perhaps We Too Shall Have a Trojan Ending”: Homer in der Amerikanischen Literatur. Homer und Homer-Rezeption. Saarbrücker Literaturwissenschaftliche Ringvorlesung. Festsaal des Rathauses Sankt Johann der Landeshauptstadt Saarbrücken. June 27, 2022. 

Visual Sovereignty: Jeff Barnaby’s Rhymes for Young GhoulsANG 1005 – Reading Popular Culture. Université de Montréal, Montréal, Quebec, Canada. Novermber 8, 2016.

Appointments as Board Member

Nov. 2017 – Oct. 2019 Early Career Scholar Representative, Executive Board, Indigenous Literary Studies Association (ILSA).

Visiting Lectureships

Sept. 2019 – Dec. 2019 Institute de la Communication et des Médias, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris 3, Paris, France.

Research and Teaching Interests

  • North American Literatures
  • Classical Reception Studies
  • Literatures of the Pacific Northwest
  • Women's writing
  • Indigenous Popular Culture
  • Environmental Humanities
  • TV Studies


"'Personal Totems': The Poetics of the Popular in Contemporary Indigenous Popular Culture in North America"

Current Research Project (PostDoc)

‘The Time of the Trace’: Temporal, Spatial, and Textual Poetics in American Women’s Classicist Writing (working title)

Current Project

Edited Volume IndigePop: Indigenous Popular Culture
edited by Svetlana Seibel and Kati Dlaske.



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