Welcome to the American Studies Section of the English Department!
|Prof. Babette B. Tischleder: Fellow of the Karla Scherer Center at the University of Chicago|
During the winter term, Babette B. Tischleder is on leave (Forschungssemester) and will conduct research at the University of Chicago. Prof. Eric Slauter has welcomed her as a Fellow of the Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture. She is working on a project on "Life Forms of the Nonhuman from the Early Cinema to the Digital Age." In December she gave a talk at the Institute for Advanced Study of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. On January 16, she will give a lecture in Chicago, presented by the Karla Scherer Center: "Earth According to Pixar: Picturing Obsolescence in the Age of Digital (Re)Animation."
|Reform: BA and MA degree programs (starting in the fall 2014)|
At the beginning of the winter semester 2014/15, new study regulations for our BA and MA degree programs will be in place. Please click here for further information and also check our website for possible updates in the course of the next few weeks.
Please note that there will be two information meetings outlining the changes in the BA degree program and the implications for students. These will take place on 24 September 2014 (12:00; SEP Medienraum) and 06 October 2014 (12:00, SEP Medienraum) . Contact the degree coordinator, Dr. des. Vanessa Künnemann, in case of further questions.
|Recently Published: The Literary Life of Things|
Babette B. Tischleder's The Literary Life of Things: Case Studies in American Fiction is out now. Please visit the publisher's webpage: Campus
International distribution by University of Chicago Press.
Engaging a great range of American literature from Harriet Beecher Stowe and Edith Wharton to Vladimir Nabokov and Jonathan FranzenThe Literary Life of Things illuminates scenes of animation that disclose the aesthetic, affective, and ethical dimensions of our entanglement with the material world. For more details, please see here.
|Conference "Cultures of Obsolescence in North America: Aesthetics, Materiality, History"|
The conference, hosted by the English Department and the Lichtenberg Kolleg, took place in June 2013 in the Historic Observatory at Göttingen. It started with a keynote by Prof. Bill Brown of the University of Chicago on the topic of "The Obsolescence of the Human." Please see the conference website for pictures and more details.
|Student Exchange Program with the University of Central Oklahoma|
A new exchange program with the UCO in Edmond, Oklahoma, is in its second year. Each academic year, up to three Göttingen students are given the opportunity to take part in an exchange of one to two semesters. The program is open to all students of the SEP. More information is available online or by contacting Marleen Knipping, M.A.
|New Books by Our Faculty|
To find out about publications written or edited by members of the American Studies section of the English Department, please click here. Books published recently include The Literary Life of Things: Case Studies in American Fiction (Babette B. Tischleder), Is It Cause It's Cool? Affective Encounters with American Culture (ed. Susanne Hamscha, Astrid M. Fellner, Klaus Heissenberger, and Jennifer Moos), and The Fiction of America: Performance and the Cultural Imaginary in Literature and Film (Susanne Hamscha).
|Our Degree Programs|
Prospective students interested in our B.A. or M.A. program "American Studies" can find detailed information on the curriculum, our research, and course offerings in this special section of our website. For individual counseling on the application process, course selections, and career opportunities, please contact Dr. des. Vanessa Künnemann.