Seminar für Englische Philologie

Dr. Florian Zappe



Research Interests


  • Poststructuralism and Critical Theory
  • Cultures of Surveillance
  • The Philosophy of Atheism
  • Theory and History of the Avant-Garde
  • Popular Culture Theory
  • History of European and American Cinema (Focus on Genre, Independent, and Experimental Film)
  • 20th and 21st Century Literature (Focus on European and American Modernism, Sub- and Counter-Cultural Literature, Postmodern Fiction)




Current Project
The Threat of Atheism and Its Metaphors (Habilitation)




University Education and Degrees

2012Dr. phil./PhD in American Studies, John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, dissertation title: "'These are the times when we no longer have the myth of escape'" – Transgression und avantgardistisches Erbe bei Kathy Acker"
2007Magister Artium (MA) in North American Studies, Comparative Literature, and Modern History, Freie Universität Berlin



Academic Employment

since 04/2014Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter / Assistant Professor of American Studies, Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen
WS 2013/14Lehrbeauftragter / Adjunct Lecturer in American Studies, Universität Hamburg
SoSe 2013 & SoSe 2014 Lehrbeauftragter / Adjunct Lecturer, "bologna.lab", Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin



Scholarships and Grants


2016 (Dec.)DAAD Travel Grant
2016 (Oct.)Visiting Scholar, Institute of English Studies, University of Warsaw ("Erasmus+" Mobility Grant)
2014 (Aug.-Sept.)Fulbright American Studies Institute "Continuing Influence of the 1930s in the U. S." (San Francisco State University)
2008-2011Elsa-Neumann-Stipendium des Landes Berlin (Dissertation Scholarship)



Publications

Monographs


  • Das Zwischen schreiben – Transgression und avantgardistisches Erbe bei Kathy
    Acker
    . Bielefeld: Transcript, 2013.
  • 'Control Machines' und 'Dispositive' – Eine foucaultsche Analyse der Machtstrukturen im Romanwerk von William S. Burroughs zwischen 1959 und 1968. Frankfurt am Main et al.: Peter Lang, 2008. (= Europäische Hochschulschriften, Reihe XIV, Bd. 444).



Edited Volume


  • (with Andrew S. Gross). Surveillance | Society | Culture. Frankfurt am Main et al.: Peter Lang. (forthcoming).



Articles


  • "(Re)Framing the Disembodied Public Enemy: The 'War on Drugs' in Contemporary Narrative Screen Media." The Enemy in Contemporary Film. Eds. Martin Löschnigg and Marzena Sokołowska-Paryż. Berlin: De Gruyter. (forthcoming).
  • "'And from this moment on, we know nothing' – Ellipsis, Epistemology and the Anti-Detective Novel." Surveillance, Society and Narrative. Eds. Christoph Bode and Betiel Wasihun. Würzburg: Ergon. (forthcoming).
  • "Conservative Exorcisms: On William F. Buckley Jr.’s Anti-Liberal Crusade and the Demon of Atheism." American Studies Journal. Special Issue "Cultures of US-American Conservatism." Eds. Susann Köhler and Andrew S. Gross (forthcoming).
  • "Introduction." (with Andrew S. Gross). Surveillance | Society | Culture. Eds. Florian Zappe and Andrew S. Gross. Frankfurt am Main et al.: Peter Lang. (forthcoming).
  • "Redeeming VICE(S)? – VICE Media als 'gemanagtes' Popkulturphänomen." Managing Popular Culture? Zur Entstehung des Populären zwischen Emergenz und Strategie. Eds. Lioba Foit and Martin Zierold. Berlin and Münster: Lit-Verlag. (forthcoming).
  • "The Other Exceptionalism — A Transnational Perspective on Atheism in America." Polish Journal of American Studies 12 (Spring 2018) (Special Issue "Transnational American Studies Here and Now." Eds. Agniezka Graff, Karolina Krasuska and Ludmiła Janion). 75-88.
  • "The Addict's Ethics of Failure – Resistance to Ambition in the Photographic Work of Larry Clark." The Failed Individual. Eds. Katharina Motyl and Regina Schober. Frankfurt am Main: Campus, 2017. 205-222.
  • "'When Order is Lost, Time Spits': The Abject Unpopular Art of Genesis (Breyer) P-Orridge." Unpopular Culture. Eds. Martin Lüthe and Sascha Pöhlmann. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2016. 129-145.
  • "'The Caligarian Works of a New Film Discovery' – Das Echo des performativen Expressionismus im amerikanischen Experimentalfilm der 1920er und 30er Jahre." Expressionismus 2 (2015). 47-55.
  • "In the Generic Interzone – On the Liminal Character of William S. Burroughs' 'Routines.'" Liminality and the Short Story: Boundary Crossings in American, Canadian and British Writing. Eds. Jochen Achilles and Ina Bergmann. London: Routledge, 2015. 63-74.
  • "Vom Dilettantismus des Killers – Inkompetentes Töten als Quelle des Lächerlichen in Chris Morris' Four Lions und Takashi Miikes Visitor Q." Mord und Totlach. Eds. Christian Hoffstadt, Melanie Möller, Sabine Müller. Bochum and Freiburg: Projektverlag, 2014. 67-78.



Reviews




Talks, Conference Papers and Panel Chairs


  • "'It's what's outside the frame that's scary': Visual Weirdness in the Work of Matthew Barney", (International Conference "The American Weird: Ecologies & Geographies", April 12-14, 2018, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen)
  • "The Parisian Spectre in Ferlinghetti’s Famously Nonfamous Novel Her", (6th Annual Conference of the European Beat Studies Network "Paris Interzone: The Transcultural Beat Generation (Collaboration, Publication, Translation)", September 20-22, 2017, The University of Chicago Center in Paris)
  • "'It all moves like a dance to unheard music' – Performative Expressionism and the First American Film Avant-Garde" & Chair of the Panel "Modern Women I" (Conference "Modernisms and Modernities East, West and South: Comparing Literary and Cultural Experiences", July 19-22, 2017, Fudan University, Shanghai)
  • "William F. Buckley, Jr. and the Question of Atheism", (International Conference "Cultures of US-American Conservatism", February 9-12, 2017, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen)
  • "Watching the Watchers Watch: Surveillance, Knowledge and the Epistemological Benefits of Art", (Internationale Vortragsreihe "Spaces of Surveillance – Überwachungsräume", January 16, 2017, Universität Flensburg)
  • "Surveillance Culture and the Lifelogged Self – A Critical Posthumanist Intervention", ("Surveillance, Form, Affect – An International, Multidisciplinary Conference", December 7-9, 2016, The Education University of Hong Kong)
  • "The Other Exceptionalism: A Transnational Perspective on the Question of Atheism in America" & Chair of the Panel "Pop Politics, Pop Economy, Pop Society: Representations of Social, Historical and Economic Issues in Popular Culture" (Annual Conference of the Polish Association of American Studies "Transnational American Studies", October 27-29, 2016, University of Warsaw)
  • "The Addict's Ethics of Failure – Reflections on the Photographic Work of Larry Clark", (Conference "The Failed Individual", November 12-14, 2015, Universität Mannheim)
  • Chair of the Panel "Mediality in Literature", (Conference "Literature and Media Theory: Mediality - Materiality - Cultural Technique", March19-21, 2015, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen)
  • "Lifelogging, Sousveillance and the Position of the (Post)human Subject", (Workshop "Posthumanist Interfaces of the Networked Self", 61st Annual Conference of the German Association for American Studies (DGfA) "America after Nature: Democracy, Culture, Environment", June12-15, 2014, Universität Würzburg)
  • "The Failure of Regression – Reading Pier Paolo Pasolini with Kathy Acker", (Conference "Pier Paolo Pasolini between Regression and Failure", May 9-10, 2014, Université Paris-Sorbonne)
  • "Redeeming VICE(S) – On the development of VICE media as a 'managed' popcultural Phenomenon",(Popkongress 2014 "Managing Popular Culture -- Zwischen Emergenz und Strategie" (6. Jahrestagung der AG Populäre Kultur und Medien der Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft (GfM)), January 30 - February 01, 2014, Karlshochschule International University, Karlsruhe)
  • "Staging the Abject – The 'Unpopular' Art of Genesis Breyer P-Orrdige", (Conference "Unpopular Culture", October 31 - November 03, 2013, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
  • "In the Generic Interzone – On the Liminal Character of William S. Burroughs' 'Routines'", (International Conference "Liminality and the Short Story", March 07-10, 2013, Universität Würzburg)
  • "'Who gives a shit about how your mother died or if you have a real father' – The Radical Subversion of Oedipal Familialism in the Novels of Kathy Acker", (11th Annual Students and Graduate Conference "Playing House – Shifting Paradigms of Family and Kinship", November 15-17, 2012, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)



Conference & Workshop Organization


  • Workshop "Rumor, Gossip, and Reputation in the American Counter/Public Sphere", 65th Annual Conference of the German Association for American Studies (DGfA) "American Counter/Publics", May 24-27, 2018, John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin (organized in cooperation with Pierre-Héli Monot).
  • International Conference "The American Weird: Ecologies & Geographies", April 12-14, 2018, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (organized in cooperation with Julius Greve), Conference Homepage
  • International Conference "Surveillance | Society | Culture", February 26-28, 2016, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (organized in cooperation with Andrew S. Gross), Conference Homepage



Memberships


  • German Association for American Studies (DGfA)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft (DGAVL) / German Association for Comparative Literature
  • Research Network "Surveillance Studies.org"
  • AG Populärkultur und Medien in der Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft (GfM)
  • European Beat Studies Network (EBSN)




Teaching

Current Courses


  • Introduction to Film and Media Studies (WS 18/19)
  • Introduction to the Study of American Literature and Culture (WS 18/19)
  • Cultural History and Rhetoric: Skeptics in "God's own Country" - The History of Freethought in American Culture (WS 18/19)
  • Film Noir (PS, WS 18/19)
  • American Naturalism (HS, WS 18/19)



Past Courses at the University of Göttingen:


  • Punk, Porn, Postmodernism - The Literature of Kathy Acker (PS, SoSe 2018)
  • American Gothic Then and Now: Tropes, Traditions, Transformations (PS, SoSe 2018)
  • Metamovies: Films about Cinema (PS, SoSe 2018)
  • Cultural History and Rhetoric: American Exceptionalism (SoSe 2018)
  • "We've all got the disease" - The Cinema of David Cronenberg (PS, WiSe 17/18)
  • Warhol's Worlds (PS, WiSe 17/18)
  • Introduction to Film and Media Studies (WS 17/18)
  • Introduction to the Study of American Literature and Culture (WS 17/18)
  • "...but I've seen the film"-- Literary Works and their Cinematic Adaptations (PS, SoSe 17)
  • Cultural History and Rhetoric: The Roaring Twenties (SoSe 17)
  • Cinema's Sexualities: The Cultural Politics of Desire in American Film (PS, SoSe 17)
  • Pre-Code Hollywood: Cinema's Golden Age of Immorality (PS,WS 16/17)
  • Cultural History and Rhetoric: Counterculture(s) (WS 16/17)
  • Introduction to Film and Media Studies (WS 16/17)
  • Introduction to the Study of American Literature and Culture (WS 16/17)
  • Experimental Film (PS, SoSe 16)
  • Cultural History and Rhetoric: Skeptics in "God's own Country" - The History of Freethought in American Culture (SoSe16)
  • The American Short Story: From Poe to the Present (PS, SoSe 16)
  • Introduction to the Study of American Literature and Culture (WS 15/16)
  • Advanced Cultural History and Rhetoric: American Exceptionalism - A Cultural History of an Idea (WS 15/16)
  • Introduction to Film and Media Studies (WS 15/16)
  • Research and Professional Skills (SoSe 15)
  • Advanced Cultural History and Rhetoric: Radical Rhetoric(s): Political Extremism in America from the Revolution to the Present Day (SoSe 15)
  • Reading the City (PS, WS 14/15)
  • David Lynch - Multimedia Artist (PS, WS 14/15)
  • Advanced Cultural History and Rhetoric: American Avant-Garde(s) (WS 14/15)
  • The American Postmodern Novel (PS, SoSe 14)
  • Directed Reading Course: From the Early Republic to the Late Nineteenth Century (SoSe 14)



Past Courses at other academic institutes:


  • Punk, Porn, Postmodernism – The Literary World of Kathy Acker (WS 13/14; American Studies/English Department, Universität Hamburg)
  • 'Wir wollen immer artig sein...' – Subcultures in Berlin (SoSe 2013 & SoSe 2014; "bologna.lab", Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)