Seminar für Englische Philologie

Stephanie Sommerfeld MA

Professional Experience

since 09/2016 Lecturer, English Department, Göttingen University

05/2013-09/2016 wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin/Assistant, English Department, American Studies Division, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg

09/2012-02/2013 Lecturer, English Department, American Studies Division, Göttingen University

09/2006-08/2012 wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin/Assistant, English Department, American Studies Division, Göttingen University

03/2005-05/2008 Editorial Team, American Literature Section, Kindlers Neues Literatur-Lexikon

10/2005-08/2006 Lecturer, English Department, American Studies Division, Göttingen University

09/2003-09/2005 Research Assistant, English Department, American Studies Division, Göttingen University

05/2001-02/2003 Freelance Writer, Trends&Fun, Göttingen (local magazine)

01/2001-02/2002 Stage Director, Theater im OP, Göttingen


Education

07/2005 1. Staatsexamen: German Studies (M.A. equivalent), Göttingen University

12/2004 1. Staatsexamen: British/American and French Studies (M.A. equivalent), Göttingen University

03/2000 TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certificate
(New World Teachers, San Francisco)

Administration

06/2010-07/2012 Member of the Advisory Board for the Bachelor Degree in English Philology

11/2006-07/2012 Safety Representative (Department of English)

2006 Member of the Search Committee for the Heyne-Professorship for American Studies and Media Studies, Universität Göttingen


Fellowships/Grants

10/2009 Susan Jaffe Tane Travel Grant

10/2009 GSGG Travel Grant for the Third International Edgar Allan Poe Conference (Philadelphia)

12/2008 GSGG Travel Grant for the 124th Annual MLA Convention (San Francisco)

09/2007 Fulbright American Studies Institute 'American Values, Contested Values' (San Francisco)

07/2006 Poe Studies Association Travel Grant

09/1999-06/2000 Education Abroad Program Fellowship, University of California, Santa Barbara

Teaching

2016/2017 Using Cultural Theories (HS, Göttingen)

2014 American Sublimities (Göttingen)

Technology, Landscapes, Texts: Edgar Allan Poe's Tales and Antebellum Culture (Oldenburg)

Interdisciplinary Research Group "Narration and Media" (Oldenburg)

2013/14 Introduction to the Study of American Literature and Culture (Göttingen)

Into the Wilderness: "Vacant" Places in American Literature (Oldenburg)

Interdisciplinary Class "Transmediales Erzählen--Erzählen transmedial" (Oldenburg)

2013 Hypermediacy and Seriality (HS, Oldenburg)

2013 Introduction to American Cultural History I

2012/2013 Introduction to the Study of American Literature and Culture

2011/12 Introduction to American Cultural History I

2011 The Sentimental Novel in America

Auguste Dupin, Sherlock Holmes, and Seriality (Edinburgh Summer School)

2010/2011 Introduction to the Study of American Literature and Culture

The Great Awakening and Evangelical Rhetoric

Drama, Performance, and Adaptation: The Theater as a Place for Learning Foreign Languages (taught with Adrian Haack)

2010 Cultural Studies I: Introduction to American Cultural History (two courses)

2009/2010 Introduction to the Study of American Literature and Culture

2009 Mark Twain's American Vernacular

2008/09 Romanticism and Reform: U.S. Literature from the Jacksonian Era to the Civil War

2008 Charles Brockden Brown's Wieland; or The Transformation: An American Tale

2007/08 Cultural Studies I: Introduction to American Cultural History

2007 Cultural Studies I: Introduction to American Cultural History

2006/07 Cultural Studies I: Introduction to American Cultural History (two courses)

2006 Introduction to the Study of American Literature and Culture

2005/06: Introduction to the Study of American Literature and Culture

Encounters with the Sublime: Emerson and Poe

Conference Papers

"Poe's Posthumanism and the Modern Condition." The Fourth International Edgar Allan Poe Conference (New York City, February 26 - March 1, 2015)

"A Sense of Belonging: The Physical Materialities of McSweeney's." PCA/ACA National Conference (Washington, D.C., March 27-30, 2013)

"Sherlock Bond and the Deerstalker." Interdisciplinary Conference Remake/Remodel: New Perspectives on Remakes, Film Adaptations and Fan Productions (University of Göttingen, June 30-July 2, 2010)

"Romantic Irony, Deconstruction, and the Romantic Sublime." The Third International Edgar Allan Poe Conference: The Bicentennial (Philadelphia, October 8-11, 2009)

"Faith in Fiction(s): Poe and Transcendental Homelessness." Congreso Internacional: Edgar A. Poe-Doscientos Años Después (Albacete, Spain, February 3-6, 2009)

"Echoes of Modernity, Conquests of Acoustic Space: Noise in Poe." 124th Annual MLA Convention (San Francisco, CA, December 27-30, 2008)

"'I Care Not from What Source These Disasters Have Flowed': Vigilence and Virtue in Mettingen." Sixth Biennial Conference of the Charles Brockden Brown Society (Dresden, Germany, October 9-11, 2008)

"Fitzgerald's Poe-esque Leeches." Ninth International F. Scott Fitzgerald Conference (London, England, July 8-14, 2007)

"Don't Swallow! Race, Gender, and Xenophobia on Sex and the City's Menu." 28th Annual Meeting of the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (Albuquerque, NM, February 14?17, 2007)

"Supreme Fictions of Sublimity in Poe." Taste, Vision, Transcendence: Sublimity 1700-1900 (University of Sussex, England, January 5, 2007)

"Rivaling 'This Pomp of Purple and Gold': The Technological Simulation of the Sublime in Poe's 'The Domain of Arnheim'." Poe Studies Association, Ralph Waldo Emerson Society, Nathaniel Hawthorne Society: Transatlanticism in American Literature: Emerson, Hawthorne, and Poe (Rothermere American Institute, Oxford University, England, July 13-16, 2006)

"Self-Reliance: Domestic and Transatlantic Perspectives on the Exhaustion of an American Idea." IASA, Second World Congress: Americas? Worlds and the World's Americas (University of Ottawa, Canada, August 18-20, 2005)

Invited Talks

"'America Launches Pop Art to Colonize Europe'! Euro-American Relations and the Avant-Garde." Erasmus Mundus M.A. Program Euroculture (University of Göttingen, October 9, 2008)


Conference Organization, Chairs, and Responses

Coordinator of the DIVERSITAS Summer School 2013 (Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, 5.-13. Juli 2013)

Chair: Panel "Contemporary American Literature" 43rd Annual National Conference of the Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association (PCA/ACA) (Washington, D.C., March 27-30, 2013)

Organization, Chair, and Response: Section "Why TV?" of the Roundtable Discussion with Jason Mittell (Middlebury College). Student Responses by Martin Gerecht, Alexander Niedziolka, Cathrin Sprenger, and Leonie Unger. Großer Seminarraum der Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen (University of Göttingen, November 29, 2011)

Conference Organized in Cooperation with Dorothea Schuller: "Discourse, Dreams, Delusion: The Enlightenment and the Gothic in Transatlantic Perspective," Undergraduate Conference, (University of Göttingen, July 4-5, 2008)

Chair: Panel "Dream Factories and Cinematic Realities: Fitzgerald and Film." Ninth International F. Scott Fitzgerald Conference (London, England, July 8-14, 2007)


Affiliations

Poe Studies Society (PSA)
German Association for American Studies (DGfA)
Modern Language Association (MLA)
Graduiertenschule für Geisteswissenschaften Göttingen (GSGG)

Publications

"The Posthumanist Technological Sublime as Cultural Technique: Poe's "The Man That Was Used Up." Cultural Technique and Literature. Spec. Issue of ZAA. Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik: A Quarterly of Language, Literature and Culture. Eds. Susanne Bayerlipp, Ralf Haekel, and Johannes Schlegel. Forthcoming 2018.

"The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym." The American Novel of the Nineteenth Century. Ed. Christine Gerhardt. Handbooks of English and American Studies. Berlin and New York: DeGruyter. Forthcoming 2017.

"Miranda July, The First Bad Man." Kindlers Literatur Lexikon (Online Supplement). Ed. Heinz Ludwig Arnold. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2016. (forthcoming)

"Marilynne Robinson, Lila." Kindlers Literatur Lexikon (Online Supplement). Ed. Heinz Ludwig Arnold. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2015.

mit Mark Bischoff: "Dramentext, Theatertext, Film: Kritisches Inszenieren, Media Literacy und Konkretisierungsprozesse in Inszenierungen von Susan Glaspells Trifles (1916)." Handbuch Dramendidaktik und Dramenpädagogik. Ed. Wolfgang Hallet und Carola Surkamp. Trier: WVT, 2015. 241-266. Print.

"Mat Johnson, Pym." Kindlers Literatur Lexikon (Online Supplement). Ed. Heinz Ludwig Arnold. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2014.

"Jeffrey Yang, An Aquarium." Kindlers Literatur Lexikon (Online Supplement). Ed. Heinz Ludwig Arnold. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2014.

"From the Romantic to the Textual Sublime: Poesque Sublimities, Romantic Irony, and Deconstruction." Deciphering Poe. Ed. Alexandra Urakova. Bethlehem, PA : Lehigh UP, 2013. 75-85. Print.

"Post-Kantian Sublimity and Mediacy in Poe?s Blackwood Tales." Theory Mad Beyond Redemption. Ed. Sean Moreland, David Zane Shaw, and Jonathan Murphy. Spec. issue of The Edgar Allan Poe Review (2012). 33-49. Print.

"Nature Revisited: Postironic Sublimity in Dave Eggers." The Sublime Today: Contemporary Readings in the Aesthetic. Ed. Gillian B. Pierce. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012. 67-101. Print.

"Post-Kantian Sublimity and Mediacy in Poe's Blackwood Tales." Theory Mad Beyond Redemption. Ed. Sean Moreland, David Zane Shaw, and Jonathan Murphy. Spec. issue of The Edgar Allan Poe Review (2012). 33-49.

"Sherlock Bond, the Deerstalker and Remediation." Film Remakes, Adaptations and Fan Productions: Remake/Remodel. Ed. Kathleen Loock and Constantine Verevis. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. 45-66.

"Rev. of Ideas of Order: Ethics and Topos in American Literature by Boris Vejdovsky." Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 59.2 (2011): 204-05.

"Marilynne Robinson, Home." Kindlers Literatur Lexikon (Online Supplement). Ed. Heinz Ludwig Arnold. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2010.

"Steven Millhauser, Dangerous Laughter." Kindlers Literatur Lexikon (Online Supplement). Ed. Heinz Ludwig Arnold. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2010.

"The Sublime's Invasion of Ellisonland." Edgar Allan Poe: Doscientos años después. Ed. Beatriz González-Moreno and Margarita Rigal-Aragón. Cuenca: Ediciones de la Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, 2010. 141-154.

Rev. of Der Sündenfall der Nachahmung: Zum Problem der Mittelbarkeit im Werk Emersons by Jan Stievermann. Anglistik: International Journal of English Studies 20.1 (March 2009): 225-227.

"George Fitzhugh, Cannibals All! or, Slaves without Masters" (Vol. 5, 540), "Iceberg Slim, Pimp" (Vol.15, 274-5), Steven Millhauser, Martin Dressler (Vol. 11, 300-1 ), "Edgar Allan Poe, Das erzählerische Werk" (Vol. 13, 113-117), "Edward A. Pollard, 'Black Diamonds'" (Vol. 13, 136), "Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping" (Vol.13, 762-3), "J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye" (Vol. 14, 293-4), "Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms" (Vol. 7, 344-5), "Standing Bear, My People the Sioux and Land of the Spotted Eagle" (Vol. 15, 514-5). Kindlers Literatur Lexikon. Ed. Heinz Ludwig Arnold. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2009.

11 additional revised and co-authored articles and biograms for Kindlers Literatur Lexikon. Ed. Heinz Ludwig Arnold. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2009.

"Edgar Allan Poe, 'Das erzählerische Werk'." Grusel- und Schauergeschichten. By Edgar Allan Poe. Trans. Gisela Etzel. Frankfurt a.M.: Fischer, 2009. 191-201.

"Edgar Allan Poe, 'Das erzählerische Werk'." Der Untergang des Hauses Usher und andere Erzählungen. By Edgar Allan Poe. Trans. Gisela Etzel. Frankfurt a.M.: Fischer, 2008. 171-181.