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North American Literary and Cultural Studies

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Prof. Dr. Astrid Fellner

Professor of North American Literary and Cultural Studies

Building A 5.3, room 2.18

Phone: +49 - (0)681 - 302 - 2330

E-Mail:  fellner(at)mx.uni-saarland.de

Please direct all questions concerning general information, classes and exams to: amerikanistik(at)mx.uni-saarland.de

Office hour during semester: Wednesday, 1-2 p.m.

Prof. Fellner's office hours will take place online or in person (depending on preferences and availability). You need to register in advance via amerikanistik[at]mx.uni-saarland.de.


Research and Teaching Interests

  • North American Literatures and Cultures (in particular: Early American literature, 20th-century American literature, U.S. Latino/a literature, Canadian literature)
  • Body Studies
  • American Popular Culture
  • Gender Studies
  • Border Studies

Betreute Staatsexamens-, Bachelor-, Master- und Magisterarbeiten

Betreute Dissertationen


Habilitation (post-doctoral degree) University of Vienna, Venia Docendi for American Studies (2006)

Dr. Phil. (Ph.D.) University of Vienna, Austria (1999)

Visiting Fellow at the University of California at Irvine (1997)

Erasmus Student at the University of Trieste, Italy (1992-93)

Fulbright Scholar at the University of Texas at Austin, TX (1990-91)

Mag. Phil. (MA) University of Vienna, Austria (1992)


Professional Experience and Teaching Positions

Chair of North American Literary and Cultural Studies, Saarland University (since October 2009)

Dean of Studies (Studiendekanin) Philosophical Faculty, Saarland University (since Oct. 2020)

Vice President for European and International Relations, Saarland University (October 2014 - February 2017)

Visiting Scholar at Hong Kong Polytechnic University (WS 2013/14)

Principal Investigator within the international research training group "Diversity: Mediating Difference in Transcultural Spaces" (Saarland University, Trier University and Université de Montréal)

Distinguished Visiting Austrian Chair in the Forum of Contemporary Europe and Visiting Professor in the Dept. of Comparative Literature at Stanford University (2008/09)

"Privatdozentin" (Associate Professor) of American Literature and Culture in the English and American Studies Department at the University of Vienna (2006-2009)

Appointment as Adjunct Professor of English at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois (2008)

Assistant Professor at the Dept. of English and American Studies at the University of Vienna (1993-2006)

Visiting Scholar at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, MA (2003-2005)

Guest Docent at the University of Freiburg/Breisgau (SS 2001)



Fellowship "The 'Other' Border: Canada and the United States" awarded by the IFUSS Center for the Transnational Study of the U.S., spent as a Resident Fellow at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign (Feb./March 2018)

Recipient of an Erwin-Schrödinger-Fellowship awarded by the Austrian Research Funds (FWF); spent at the Univ. of Massachusetts at Amherst and the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, MA.

Theodor Körner Fonds Research prize for the project 'Bodily Sensations' (2005)

Siemens Prize for Best Dissertation in American Studies in Austria in 1999

Fulbright Scholarship at the University of Texas at Austin (1990)


Professional Activities

President of the Austrian Association for American Studies (2010-11)

Scientific advisory board for the AGPRO Research Prize (since 2008)

Founder and Editor of the series "American Studies in Austria" together with Hanna Wallinger and Klaus Rieser (since 2003)


Selected Publications



Articles / Book Reviews (selected):

  • “Grenze und Ästhetik: Repräsentationen von Grenzen in den kulturwissenschaftlichen Border Studies.” Handbuch Grenzforschung. Ed. Maria Klessmann, Dominik Gerst, Hannes Krämer. Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2020. pp. 436–456.
  • “‘What’s Home Gotta Do With It?’ Reflections on Homing, Bordering, and Social Distancing in COVID-19 Times.” Bordering in Pandemic Times: Insights into the Covid-19 Lockdown. Ed. Christian Wille and Rebekka Kanesu. Borders in Perspective UniGR-CBS Thematic Issue 4 (2020): 89-94. https://doi.org/10.25353/ubtr-xxxx-b825-a20b
  • Together with Joachim Frenk. “Grenzziehungen / Grenzüberwindungen: (Re-) Präsentationen von Grenzen in Nordamerika und im Vereinigten Königreich.” Europaforschung interdisziplinär. Beiträge zur 1. und 2. „Europa-Ringvorlesung“ des Europa-Kollegs CEUS der Universität des Saarlandes (Saarbrücker Beiträge zur Europaforschung 2). Ed. Tiziana Chiusi and Anne Rennig, Alma Mater, 2020, pp. 35–47.
  • “‘What’s Home Gotta Do With It?’ Reflections on Homing, Bordering, and Social Distancing in COVID-19 Times.” BorderObs Blog. http://cbs.uni-gr.eu/en/resources/borderobs
  • “Counter-Mapping Corporeal Borderlands: Border Imaginaries in the Americas.” Geographien der Grenze. Ed. Florian Weber, Christian Wille, Beate Caesar, Julian Hollstegge. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 2020. 287-300.
  • “Grenzen/Körper/Flucht: Ästhetische Aushandlungen von Grenzen in Europa und Nordamerika.” Fluchtraum Europa: Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven. Ed. Patricia Oster-Stierle and Christoph Vatter. Baden-Baden: Nomos: 2020. 271-289.
  • “Globale Fluchtgeschichten in transmediterranen und transatlantischen Grenzräume.” Fuga – Confine – Integrazione / Flucht - Grenze – Integration. Ed. Natalie Roelens, Dieter Heimböckel, Christian Wille. Bielefeld: transcript, 2020. 47-64.
  • With Machtheld Venken, et.al. “Border-Making and Its Consequences: A Global Overview.” Eurasia Border Review 10.1 (2019): 59-69.
  • "'To Live in the Borderlands Means …':  The Transcultural Poetics of Lee Maracle." Le Canada: une culture de métissage / Transcultural Canada. Ed. Paul Morris. Québec: Presses de l’Université Laval, 2019. 109-126.
  • "1968 in Amerika: Protestbewegungen, Counterculture und Acid Tests." 1968: Literatur und Revolution. Ed. Singh Sikaneder. Hannover: Wehrhahn Verlag, 2019. 263-281.
  • "Another Map, Another Modernity: Living Borders and Peripheral Modernity in Guillermo Verdecchia's Fronteras Americanas." Modernities and Modernization in North America. Ed. Ilka Brasch and Ruth Mayer. Heidelberg: Winter, 2018. 207-224.
  • "The Politics of (Dis-)location: Queer Migration, Activism, and Coalitional Possibilities." Together with Eva K. Nossem. 'The Politics of Location': Feminist and Queer Spaces within Global Contexts. Ed. Margaret Breen and Katerina Kitsi-Mitakou. Gramma/Γράμμα: Journal of Theory and Criticism. 2018. 61-77.
  • "Resisting the Dominant Anglo-American Discourse: Political Activism and the Art of Protest." Together with Claire M. Massey. Routledge Handbook of Chicana/o Studies. Ed. Francisco Lomelí, Denise Segura, and Elyette Benjamin-Labarthe. London: Routledge, 2018. 373-382.
  • "USA: Geschlechterforschung von Women's to Queer Studies." Handbuch Interdisziplinäre Geschlechterforschung. Geschlecht und Gesellschaft, vol. 65. Ed. Beate Kortendiek, Birgit Riegraf and Katja Sabisch. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 2018. DOI: doi.org/10.1007/978-3-658-12500-4_145-1.
  • "Bordertexturen als transdisziplinärer Ansatz zur Untersuchung von Grenzen. Ein Werkstattbericht." Together with Sebastian Weier, Joachim Frenk, Daniel Kazmaier, Eva Michely, Christoph Vatter, Romana Weiershausen and Christian Wille. Berliner Debatte Initial, Special issue Komplexe Grenzen 29 (2018): 73-83.
  • "'We Are Going to Go Gaga Together': Celebrity Culture, Affective Encounters, and 'American' Pop Culture in Germany." (Pop) Cultures on the Move: Transnational Identifications and Cultural Exchange Between East and West. Ed. Astrid. M. Fellner, Tetiana Ostapchuk and Bärbel Schlimbach. Saarbrücken: Universaar, 2018. 35-47.
  • "Introduction: (Pop) Cultures on the Move." Together with Tetiana Ostapchuk and Bärbel Schlimbach. (Pop) Cultures on the Move: Transnational Identifications and Cultural Exchange Between East and West. Ed. Astrid. M. Fellner, Tetiana Ostapchuk and Bärbel Schlimbach. Saarbrücken: Universaar, 2018. 7-13.
  • "'What Goes on in the Coffin': Border Knowledges in North American Literature." Together with Susanne Hamscha. Critical Epistemologies of Global Politics. Ed. Sebastian Weier and Marc Woons. Bristol: E-International Relations Publishing, 2017. 171-181. http://www.e-ir.info/2017/06/01/edited-collection-critical-epistemologies-of-global-politics/
  • "Camping Indigeneity: The Queer Politics of Kent Monkman." The Dark Side of Camp Aesthetics – Queer Economy of Dust, Dirt, and Patina. Ed. Franziska Bergmann, Ingrid Hotz‐Davis, and Georg Vogt. New York: Routledge. 2017. 156-176.
  • "'Hanging on': Mohawk Sovereignty and the Art of Failure." The Failed Individual: Amid Exclusion, Resistance, and the Pleasure of Non-Conformity. Ed. Katharina Motyl and Regina Schober. Frankfurt: Campus Verlag, 2017. 182-197.
  • "Fluchträume – Räume der Flucht." Villa Europa 8 (2017): 11-12.
  • "Trans Television Culture: Queer Politics, Gender Fluidity, and Quality TV." Identitades Televisivas en Proceso. Ed. M. Isabel Menéndez Menéndez. Special Issue of Oceánide. Revista de la Sociedad Española de Estudios Literarios de Culture Popular 9 (2017). http://oceanide.netne.net/articulos/art9-3.pdf
  • "Introduction: Rethinking Gender in Popular Culture in the 21st Century." Together with Marta Fernández-Morales. Rethinking Gender in Popular Culture in the 21st Century: Marlboro Men and California Gurls. Ed. Astrid M. Fellner, Marta Fernández-Morales, and Martina Martausová. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2017. 1-8.
  • "Terror und die Sprache der Folter: Krieg und Frieden in der amerikanischen Literatur." Erkundungen zwischen Krieg und Frieden. Ed. Manfred Leber and Sikander Singh. Saarbrücken: Universaar, 2017. 243-256.
  • "Что тревожит Америку: современная сексуальность и биополитика переселенческого колониализма." ("Unsettling America: Modern Sexuality and the Biopolitics of Settler Colonialism"). Naukovi pratsi: naukovo-metodychny zhurnal (The Scholarly Papers: Scholarly and Methodical Journal) 271.259, Petro Mohyla Black Sea National University, 2016. 35-39.
  • "'Subaltern Knowledges in the Borderlands:' Drawing the Sexual Boundaries of the Early United States." Hemispheric Encounters: The Early United States in a Transnational Perspective. Ed. Gabriele Pisarz-Ramiréz and Markus Heide. Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2016. 203-220.
  • "Recovering Queequeg's Body: Performing Alterna(rra)tives in the Borderlands." Performing Ethnicities, Performing Gender: Transnational Perspectives. Ed. Bettina Hofmann and Monika Mueller. New York: Routledge, 2016. 53-68.
  • "'Solitary, Neglected, Despised': Cruel Optimism and National Sentimentality." Together with Susanne Hamscha. Women's Narratives of the Early Americas and the Formation of Empire. Ed. Mary McAleer Balkun and Susan C. Imbarrato. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. 157-170.
  • "Chicano/a Poetry: Rodolfo 'Gorky' Gonzales and Lorna Dee Cervantes." A History of American Poetry: Contexts – Developments – Readings. Ed. Oliver Scheiding, René Dietrich, and Clemens Spahr. WVT – Handbücher zum literaturwissenschaftlichen Studium. Band 19. Trier: WVT, 2015. 427-441.
  • "Gender Überall!? Eine Beobachtung und viele Fragen. Zur Einleitung." Gem. mit Anne Conrad und Jennifer J* Moos. Gender Überall!? Beiträge zur interdisziplinären Geschlechterforschung. St. Ingbert: Röhrig Verlag, 2014. 13-15.
  • "Introduction: Is American Culture Popular Because It's Cool? - Or Is It Cool Because It's Popular?" With Susanne Hamscha, Klaus Heissenberger and Jennifer Moos. Is It 'Cause It's Cool? Affective Encounters with American Culture. Ed. Astrid M. Fellner, Susanne Hamscha, Klaus Heissenberger and Jennifer Moos. Wien: LIT Verlag, 2014. 9-22.
  • "The Flavors of Multi-Ethnic North American Literatures: Language, Ethnicity and Culinary Nostalgia." Culinary Linguistics: The Chef's Special. Ed. Cornelia Gerhardt, Maximiliane Frobenius and Susanne Ley. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2013. 241-260.
  • "Mondlicht und Magnolien: Südstaatenklassiker von Margaret Mitchell, William Faulkner und Toni Morrison." Klassiker Neu Lektüren: Saarbrücker Literaturwissenschaftliche Ringvorlesungen 3. Ed. Ralf Bogner and Manfred Leber. Saarbrücken: Universaar, 2013. 211-228.
  • "Networlds: Localizing Silicon Valley." With Eugen Banauch and Susanne Hamscha. Contact Spaces of American Culture: Globalizing Local Phenomena. Ed. Petra Eckhard, Klaus Rieser and Silvia Schultermandl. Wien: LIT Verlag, 2012. 229-244.

  • "Introduction: Corporeality and Textuality in U.S. Latino/a Cultural Production." Body Signs: The Latino/a Body in Cultural Production. Wien: LIT Verlag, 2011. 9-19.
  • "Subversive Bodily Acts: The Photography of Laura Aguilar." Body Signs: The Latino/a Body in Cultural Production. Wien: LIT Verlag, 2011. 151-167.
  • "Fronteras Americanas: Guillermo Verdecchia's Canadian Border Texts." A Fluid Sense of Self: The Politics of Transnational Identity. Eds. Silvia Schultermandl and Sebnem Toplu. Berlin: LIT Verlag, 2010. 231-245.
  • "'At Last Lost in Paris': A Canadian View on the Avant-Garde Paris of the 1920s." Rive Gauche: Paris as a site of avant-garde and cultural exchange in the 1920s. Eds. Mettinger, Elke, Margarete Rubik and Jörg Türschmann. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2010. 311-330.
  • "'A Compleat Body of Divinity': Visions of Sexuality and the Body in Puritan New England." A Full-Bodied Society. Ed. Logie Barrow and the late François Poirier. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 2010. 33-43.
  • "Translating Toronto on a Bicycle: Dionne Brand's What We All Long For and the Challenges of Urbanity." Transcultural Spaces: Challenges of Urbanity, Ecology and the Environment in the New Millennium. Ed. Stefan Brandt, Frank Mehring. REAL: Yearbook of Research in English and American Literature. Narr: Tübingen, 2010. 231-244.
  • "Is It all About the Dough?: Paris Hilton in Austria." Almighty Dollar: Papers and Lectures from the Velden Conference. Ed. Banauch, Eugen, Simone Puff, and Heinz Tschachler. American Studies in Austria. LIT Verlag, 2010. 237-254.
  • "Introduction: Making the Body, Making America." With Stefan L. Brandt. Making National BodiesCultural Identity and the Politics of the Body in (Post-)Revolutionary America. Ed. Astrid M. Fellner and Stefan Brandt. Mosaic. Trier: WVT. 1-8.
  • "Making Columbia: Bodily Representations of 'America.'" Making National Bodies: Cultural Identity and the Politics of the Body in (Post-) Revolutionary America. Ed. Astrid M. Fellner und Stefan Brandt. Mosaic. Trier: WVT, 2010. 25-40.
  • "Performing Cultural Memory: Scenarios of Colonial Encounter in the Writings of John Smith, Cabeza de Vaca, and Jacques Cartier." Transnational American Memories. Ed. Udo J. Hebel. Berlin and New York: de Gruyter, 2009. 33-58.
  • "Teaching American Studies as Cultural Studies." With Klaus Heissenberger. Exploring Spaces: Practices and Perspectives. Ed. Dorothea Steiner und Sabine Danner. Wien: LIT Verlag. 29-51.
  • "Transhemispheric Visions, Border Studies and the Literatures of the Americas." Exploring Spaces: Practices and Perspectives. Ed. Dorothea Steiner und Sabine Danner. Wien: LIT Verlag. 251-277.
  • "The Wounded Male Body: Cecile Pineda's Face." SKASE: Journal of Literary Studies. 1.1 (2009): 62-74.
  • "'Zerstückelter Körper-Zerrissenes Geschlecht': Eine kulturelle Topographie des queeren Körpers in rezenter U.S. amerikanischer Literatur." With Susanne Hamscha. Körpermetaphern als Geschlechtsmetapher. Ed. Marlen Bidwell-Steiner. Innsbruck: StudienVerlag, 2009. 25-44.
  • "'On the Equality of the Sexes': Geschlechterdebatten im ausgehenden 18. Jh. in den USA." Querelle des Femmes Vol. 3. Ed. Friederike Hassauer. Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, 2008. 365-378.
  • "Crossing Borders, Shifting Paradigms: New Perspectives on American Studies." Arbeiten aus Anglistik und Amerikanistik 2008 (33:1). 21-46.
  • "The Gendered Nature of Liberty in the Early United States." Freiheit und Geschlecht - Offene Beziehungen, Prekäre Verhältnisse. Ed. Marlen Bidwell-Steiner und Ursula Wagner. Innsbruck: StudienVerlag. 2008. 123-137.
  • "Talking Home: Transnational Ethnicity in Writings by U.S. American and German Women of Color." Voices: San Antonio College Multicultural Journal (2006), 51-62.
  • "Body for Body: The Repulsive and Eroticized Bodies of Djuna Barnes." The EmBodyment of American Culture. Ed. Maureen Devine, Michael Draxlbauer, and Heinz Tschachler. Münster: LIT Verlag, 2005. 141-154.