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Dr. Magdalena Pfalzgraf

North American Literary and Cultural Studies

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

Magdalena Pfalzgraf is a research associate at the department of North American literary and Cultural Studies at Saarland University, Saarbrücken, and an adjunct faculty member at the New English Literatures and Cultures (NELK) subdivision at Goethe University Frankfurt. Her PhD (Goethe University, supervised by Frank Schulze-Engler and Astrid Erll) explores mobility dynamics in anglophone Zimbabwean literature in the post-2000 period. Magdalena is an active member of several academic associations and groups such as the African Literature Association, where she served as the graduate caucus secretary, the Postgraduate Forum Postcolonial Narrations, GAPS, ReOTi, and volunteered as committee member for the Studienstiftung and Studienwerk Villigst. 

At Saarland University, Magdalena has been involved in the interdisciplinary CEUS Project “Fluchtraum Europa” and in the research group “Kampfbegriff Aufklärung”. She is currently consolidating a second PhD/Habilitation on colonial and postcolonial literary engagements with music.


Research Interests

  • Zimbabwean literatures in English
  • Southern African literatures in English
  • Transculturality
  • Border studies
  • Mobility, Movement, and Migration in Literature
  • Music & Musical instruments in literature



Mobility in Contemporary Zimbabwean Literature in English. Crossing Borders, Transcending Boundaries. London: Routledge, 2021.

=> Magdalena’s monograph has been reviewed in the Journal of the African Literature Association:  Cuthbeth Tagwirei (2022): Mobility in contemporary Zimbabwean literature in English: crossing borders, transcending boundaries, Journal of the African Literature Association,
DOI: 10.1080/21674736.2021.2020560





Articles (peer reviewed), Book Chapters, and Other

"Chapter 7: Transcontinental Migrations to the West" has been included in the Directions and Provocations in African Studies 2022. Refreshed for 2022, this collection explores key areas of interest and relevance in African Studies. From migration policy in Morocco, to traditional authority in Eswatini, mobile telephony in Kenya, and community-based football clubs in Lagos, the highlighted articles traverse disciplines and themes. Browse these contributions to investigate new perspectives on Africa: its cultures, economies, politics, challenges, and opportunities.
Follow this link to open the chapter: shorturl.at/gAKS6

“Rural-Urban Migration in Two Ghanaian Novels:  Benjamin Kwakye’s The Sun by Night  and Amma Darko’s The Housemaid.” Seasons of Migration to the South: Literatures of Intra-African Migrations. Ed.  Rebecca Fasselt and Aghogho Akpome. London: Routledge. Accepted. Forthcoming 2020. 

“Flânerie in Valerie Tagwira’s The Uncertainty of Hope.” Tydskrif vir Letterkunde 58.2 (2021): 18-28. https://doi.org/10.17159/tl.v58i2.8403

“Walking Cities, Conquering Pavements. Foreword”. Tanaka Chidora. Because Sadness Is Beautiful? Poems. Harare: Mwanaka Media and Publishing, 2020.

“Representations of White Zimbabwean Mobilities in Recent Anglophone Fiction Graham Lang’s Lettah’s Gift (2011) and Ian Holding’s Of Beasts & Beings (2010).” Mobility and Minorities in Africa. Ed. Michele Carboni and  Giovanni Sistu. Rome: Aracne, 2019, 235–257. 

Anastasijevic, Silvia; Magdalena Pfalzgraf; Hanna Teichler. “Moving Centers & Traveling Cultures: Readings in Contemporary Anglophone Literatures”. Moving Centers & Traveling Cultures. Special Issue of Kairos. A Journal of Critical Symposium 4.1. (2019). Hrsg. diess.1-8. http://kairostext.in/Introduction

Moving Centers & Traveling Cultures. Special Issue of Kairos. A Journal of Critical Symposium 4.1. (2019). Hrsg. von Anastasijevic, Silvia; Magdalena Pfalzgraf; Hanna Teichler.

“Micropolitics of Modernity.” Keywords in Transcultural English Studies. Department of English and American Studies, Goethe University Frankfurt, May 2017. 

“A Hundred Years After: The View from the Train as a Glimpse into a Lost Idyll in Edward Thomas’s ‘Adlestrop’ (1917).” Discourses of Mobility – Mobility of Discourse. The Conceptualization of Trains, Cars and Planes in 19th- and 20th-Century Poetry. Ed. Peter Wenzel and Sven Strasen. Trier: WVT, 2010. 71-79

Awards and Grants

  • Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst (Villigst Academic Foundation)

Doctoral Scholarship, (Jan 2016 – Oct 2018)

  • Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) (German Academic Exchange Service)

Travel Grant for research in Harare and Dar es Salaam, Oct – Dec 2014

  • Friedrich Wilhelm Award for outstanding thesis, RWTH Aachen, 2012
  • Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes/German Academic Foundation

Scholarship, 2008 – 2011

Research Trips

Harare, Zimbabwe, June 2016 (Villigst travel grant)

University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Nov – Dec 2014 (DAAD travel grant)

University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Sep 2014 – Nov 2014 (DAAD travel grant)