Seminar für Englische Philologie

Prof. Andrew S. Gross

Professor of North American Studies

Teaching at the University of Göttingen since 2015. Previously Andrew Gross held positions at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (2012-2015), at the John F. Kennedy Institute, Free University of Berlin (2004-2012), and at the University of California, Davis (1993-2004).

Education
  • Habilitation, Fachbereich Philosophie und Geisteswissenschaften, Freie Universität Berlin, 2012
  • Ph.D., English with designated emphases in American literature and critical theory, University of California, Davis, 2001.
  • M.A., English, University of California, Davis, 1995.
  • B.A., summa cum laude, double major in English and philosophy, University of Arizona, 1993.

Research

Andrew Gross' areas of interest include travel literature and tourism, representations of the Holocaust, modernist poetry, and the cultural history of the Cold War.  He is currently researching literary representations of liberalism in texts that go back to the eighteenth century.


Recent Publications

Books

The Pound Reaction: Liberalism and Lyricism in Mid-Century American Literature. Heidelberg: Winter, 2015.

  • European Association of American Studies (EAAS) Rob Kroes Book Award for 2014.
  • Reviews by Grzegorz Kość, Polish Journal for American Studies 10 (2016): 231–33; Radu Vancu, American, British, Canadian Studies Journal 27.1 (Dec 2016): 150-56; Astrid Franke, Amerikastudien/American Studies 62.2 (2017).

With Susanne Rohr: Comedy, Avant-Garde, Scandal: Remembering the Holocaust after the End of History. Heidelberg: Winter, 2010.

  • Reviewed by Kornelia Freitag, Anglia 130.1 (April 2012), and Holli Levitsky, Polish Journal of American Studies 5 (2011): 193-96

Dissertation: "The Changing Shape of the American Landscape: Travel, Corporate Expansion, and Consumer Culture, 1845-1945."


Edited Volumes and Journal Issues

With Ulla Haselstein and MaryAnn Snyder-Körber (eds.).  The Pathos of Authenticity (Heidelberg: Winter, 2010). (Reviewed by Paul Giles, The Journal of American Studies 44 [2010]: 804-05; Miles Orvell in Amerikastudien 56,1 [2011]).

With MaryAnn Snyder-Körber (eds.). Trauma’s Continuum: 9/11 After a Decade. A special issue of Amerikastudien/ American Studies 55.3 (2010).


Selected Articles and Chapters

  • “W.D. Snodgrass’ The Fuehrer Bunker: Confession, Memory, and the Personification of History” in Entangled Memories, eds. Julia Lange and Marius Henderson. Heidelberg: Winter, 2017. 69-96.
  • “American Innovations: A Conversation with Rivka Galchen and Joseph O’Neill” in Knowledge Landscapes North America, eds. Christian Kloeckner, Simone Knewitz, Sabine Silke.  Heidelberg: Winter, 2016. 289-300.
  • “Poetry and Politics: Ezra Pound, Poetry Awards, and the Liberal Defense of Lyricism,” Telos 170 (Spring 2015):  168-89.
  • “Pound, Peripatetic Verse, and the Postwar Liberal Aesthetic” in Walking and the Aesthetics of Modernity:  Pedestrian Mobility in Literature and the Arts, eds. Klaus Benesch and François Specq.  New York:  Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. 253-266.
  • “Commerce and Sentiment in Tales of Barbary Encounter: Cathcart, Barlow, Markoe, Tyler, and Rowson.” The European Journal of American Studies 9.2 (Summer 2014).
  • “Post-Apocalyptic Prophecy:The Book of Eli's Vision of a Forgotten Future” in The Post-2000 Film Western, eds. John Leo, Marek Paryż.  New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.  191-206.
  • “Goldwater’s Phoenix: Individualism, Suburbia, and the Idyll of the Apocalypse” in Revisiting The Sixties:  Interdisciplinary perspectives on America’s Longest Decade, eds. Laura Bieger and Christian Lammert. Frankfurt am Main: Campus, 2013. 165-184.
  • “What Chabon Remembers: Terrorism, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, and Nations without Borders” in Beyond 9/11:  Transdisciplinary Perspectives on Twenty-First Century U.S. American Culture, eds. Christian Kloeckner, Simone Knewitz, Sabine Sielke.  Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2013. 289-302.
  • “Individualism, W. H. Auden’s The Age of Anxiety, and the Group” in Transnational American Studies, ed. Udo J. Hebel.  Heidelberg: Winter, 2012. 207-228.
  • “DEATH IS SO PERMANENT: DRIVE CAREFULLY. European Ruins and American Studies ca. 1948” in Re-Framing the Transnational Turn in American Studies, eds. Winfried Fluck, Donald E. Pease, John Carlos Rowe, Winfried Fluck. Hanover, New Hampshire:  Dartmouth College Press, 2011. 72-96.
  • “Lyricism and Liberalism, or Karl Shapiro’s Elegy for Identity.” Journal of Modern Literature 34.3 (Spring 2011): 1-30.
  • With co-author Michael Hoffman, “Passions of Grief: Corporeality and Obscenity in the Early Representations of the Holocaust” in Projecting Words, Writing Images: Intersections of the Literary and the Visual in American Cultural Practice, eds. John Leo, Marek Paryż.  (Newcastle Upon Tyne:  Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011). 209-234.
  • With co-author Michael Hoffman, “Holocaust Pornography: Obscene Films and Other Narratives.” Polish Journal for American Studies (Vol. 4, 2010).  75-93.
  • With co-authors Ulla Haselstein and MaryAnn Snyder-Körber, Introduction to The Pathos of Authenticity (Heidelberg:  Universitätsverlag Winter, 2010).  9-31.
  • “It Might Have Happened Here: Real Anti-Semitism, Fake History, and Remembering the Present” in Amerikastudien/American Studies 55.3 (2010):  409-427.(German American Studies Association Best Article Award 2010)
  • With MaryAnn Snyder-Körber, “Trauma’s Continuum—September 11th Reconsidered.”  Introduction to Trauma’s Continuum, a special issue of Amerikastudien/ American Studies 55.3 (2010):  369-384.
  • “’After Auschwitz’: Adorno, Postmodernism, and the Anti-Aesthetic” in The Holocaust, Art, and Taboo: Transatlantic Exchanges on the Ethics and Aesthetics of Representation, ed. Sophia Komor, Susanne Rohr (Heidelberg: Winter, 2010). 205-225.


Recent Academic Conferences and Presentations

  • “Hannah Arendt, Statelessness, and Her Two Reading Publics.” To be delivered at the annual convention of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), UCLA, 29 March to 1 April 2018.
  • “The Anecdote of the Jar.” Conference in Honor of Ulla Haselstein: "Exemplary Singularity: Fault Lines of the Anecdotal." John F. Kennedy Institute, Free University of Berlin, 1-3 February 2018.
  • “Refugee Blues: Hannah Arendt and the Problem of Statelessness.” Delivered to the symposium Women in U.S.‑American Politics, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, 25-27 September 2017.
  • “Generating Value: Ezra Pound and the (Other) Modernist Lyric (Conrad Aiken),” DGfA (German Association of American Studies) annual convention, 9 June 2017.
  • “Pastoral Conservatism and the Liberal Aesthetic,” presented to the Cultures of US-American Conservatism conference, University of Göttingen, 12 February 2017.
  • “Liberal Cosmopolitanism: Free Trade, the Marketplace of Ideas, and Emerson's Relation to Germany,“ presented to the Cosmopolitanism Ringvorlesung, University of Potsdam, 10 Nov. 2016.
  • Antrittsvorlesung: “Debt, Innovation, and the Aesthetic of Austerity,” Aula, Wilhelmsplatz, University of Göttingen, 19 October 2016.
  • “The Encumbrance of the New: Debt, Innovation, and the Aesthetics of Austerity.” Symposium: The Aesthetics of the New, John F. Kennedy Institute, Berlin, 28-29 October 2016.
  • Invited Keynote, conference "Entangled Memories: Remembering the Holocaust in a Global Age, University of Hamburg, 9-11 October, 2014.
  • Invited Paper at the conference Searching for Culture, to be held at the Arts Centre of Placky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic, 16-17 October 2014.
  • “Joel Barlow and James Leander Cathcart: Barbary Captivity and Waging War for Peace.” Presented to the biennial convention of the European Association of American Studies (EAAS), The Hague, 3-6 April, 2014.
  • “Detective Fiction, Counterfactuals, and the Holocaust: Altering History for Memory’s Sake.” Presented at Touro College Berlin, 25 October 2013.
  • “Pound, Peripatetic Verse, and the Postwar Liberal Aesthetic,” presented to The Art of Walking: Pedestrian Mobility in Literature, Philosophy, and the Arts from the 18th Century to the 21st, at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, 9-11 October 2013.
  • “Commerce and Conversion: The Clash of Civilizations in Barbary Captivity Narratives.” American literature colloquium at FAU Erlangen, 5 February 2013.
  • “Literature of the Barbary Wars: Commerce, Piety, and the Apostasy of Race.” Presented to the Amerika-Institut of the LMU München, 17 January 2012.
  • “Idylls of the Apocalypse: Goldwater and the Conservative Revolution of the 1960s.” Ringvorlesung The Sixties—America’s Longest Decade, at the John F. Kennedy Institute, FU Berlin, 12 December 2012.
  • “Goldwater in Phoenix: How Popular Conservatism Rose from the Ashes of an Unsuccessful Presidential Campaign.” Conference "Electoral Cultures: American Democracy and Choice," Amerika Haus Munich, 1-4 November 2012
  • “Post-War American Poetry.” Invited lecture, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, 5 July 2012.
  • “Commerce and Conversion: The Clash of Civilizations in Barbary Captivity Narratives.” American literature colloquium at FAU Erlangen, 5 February 2013.
  • “Literature of the Barbary Wars: Commerce, Piety, and the Apostasy of Race.” Amerika-Institut of the LMU München, 17 January 2012.
  • “The Yiddish Policemen’s Union and 9/11.” U.S. State Department Sponsored Guest Lecture, Universität Saarbrücken. 12 January 2012.
  •  “Michael Chabon’s The Yiddish Policemen’s Union: Violence, Detection, and the Politics of Memory after 9/11.” John F. Kennedy Institute Lecture Series: 9/11 and its Consequences. 16 November 2011.
  •  “Auden’s Sense of History,” keynote address, conference Literary Dimensions: Reading Time and Space, at the Maria Curie Sklodowska University in Lublin, Poland, 22-24 September 2011.
  •  “What Chabon Remembers: Terrorism, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, and Jews without Ethnicity,” conference "9/11—Ten years Later, Looking Ahead," University of Bonn, 8-11 September 2011.
  • “Feast and Famine in Early Accounts of Thanksgiving,” International Club of the Freie Universität Berlin, FU Clubhouse, 24 November 2010.
  • “Youth and the Young Nation in Thomas Paine,” Conference of the European Association of American Studies, Dublin, 26-29 March, 2010.
  • “The Sin Prior to Lowell’s Confession: Poetry Leading to Life Studies,” English and American literature department, University of Paderborn, 8 December 2010.

Conference Organization, Panel Chairs, Interviews
(selection)

  • Co-Organizer of conference, Cultures of US-American Conservatism, University of Göttingen, 9-12 February 2017
  • Co-Organizer of the international conference "Surveillance | Society | Culture," University of Göttingen, 26-28 February 2016 (with Florian Zappe). Introduction and paper on "Representations of Surveillance in the Twitter-Novella Black Box."
  • Introduction/Moderation: Gary Shteyngart’s reading from his memoir Little Failure, at the Literarisches Zentrum Göttingen, 30. Sep. 2015.
  • Panel Chair with Dustin Breitenwischer, “The Campus Novel,” at the DGfA annual convention in Bonn, 29-31 May, 2015.
  • Interview with and Introduction to the readings of authors Rivka Galchen and Joseph O’Neill, at the DGfA annual convention in Bonn, 29-31 May, 2015.
  • Panel chair with Karin Höpker: “Scrap, Spam, Bit Rot: the Politics and Poetics of Digital Detritus,” at the DGfA annual convention in Würzburg, 12-15 June 2014.
  • Panel Chair: “Conservative Pastoralism and the Provincial Ideal in the Cold War,” at the DGfA annual convention in Erlangen, 30 May to 2 June 2013. My own paper was called, “Conservative Pastoralism and the Liberal Aesthetic.”
  • Panel Chair, American Lives, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Amerikastudien, 31 May-3 June 2012: “Faking It: The End of History and the Rise of Memory, Identity, and Personality.” Paper delivered: “Conservatism and the Populist Self: Chambers, Nixon, Wills.”
  • Introduction/Moderation, a reading by the American author Lev Raphael, sponsored by the US Embassy at the Jewish Museum Berlin, 3 November, 2010.
  • Panel Chair, Young Americans in Literature of the Early Republic. The European Association of American Studies, Dublin, 26-29 March, 2010.
  • Respondent, Representations of the Holocaust in a Transnational Context, MLA Annual Convention, Los Angeles, CA, 6-9 January, 2011.
  • Panel Chair, The World is Not Enough: International Scholarship in the Field of American Studies, at the American Studies Association, Washington DC, 5-8 November, 2009.
  • Panel Chair, “Literary Negotiations of Change,” at the Conference of the Second Cohort of the Graduate School of North American Studies, John F. Kennedy Institute, 10-11 July, 2009.
  • Panel Chair, The World is Not Enough: International Scholarship in the Field of American Studies, at the American Studies Association, Washington DC, 5-8 November, 2009.
  • Panel Chair, “Literary Negotiations of Change,” at the Conference of the Second Cohort of the Graduate School of North American Studies, John F. Kennedy Institute, 10-11 July, 2009.