Prof. Dr. Kornelia Freitag

Full Professor and Chair of American Studies

Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Lehrstuhl für American Studies
D-44780 Bochum
Raum: GB 5/133
Telefon: +49-234-32-25052
E-Mail: Kornelia.Freitag@rub.de


Biography

married, 2 children

1981 State examination English/Russian

1981-2002 Assistant professor Universität Potsdam

1985 Dissertation

2001 Habilitation venia legendi American Literature and American Culture

1992/93 and 1997/98 Visiting und Associate Scholar, Stanford University

2002 Chair of American Studies, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

2005-2007 Vice Dean School of the Humanities (Fakultät für Philologie), RUB

2007-2009 Dean School of the Humanities (Fakultät für Philologie), RUB

SoSe 2010 Visiting Scholar, University of Washington, Seattle

2010-2014 Speaker of the Humanities in the Executive Board der Ruhr-University Research School

2012-2014 Deputy Member / Member of the XIII. / XIV. Senat of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum

SoSe 2015 Visiting Scholar, University of Washington, Seattle

Since 2015/16 Vice Rector for Academic Affairs and Faculty Development

Selected Publications

Monograph:

Cultural Criticism in Women’s Experimental Writing: The Poetry of Rosmarie Waldrop, Lyn Hejinian and Susan Howe. Heidelberg: Univ.-Verlag Winter, 2006.

Editions:

Recovery and Transgression: Memory in American Poetry. Cambridge Scholars: Newcastle upon Tyne, 2015.

Freitag, Kornelia, with Brian Reed. Locating Asian American Poetry. Colloquy. ARCADE. Stanford University. 17 August 2015. 

together with Brian Reed. Modern American Poetry: Points of Access. Heidelberg 2013.

Apocalypse Soon: Religion and Popular Culture in the United States. [MasteRResearch] Münster: LIT, 2011.

together with Jeanne Cortiel, Christine Gerhard and Michael Wala. Religion in the USA. Univ.-Verlag Winter: Heidelberg, 2011.

together with Katharina Vester. Another Language: Poetic Experiments in Britain and North America. Münster: LIT, 2008.

“A Rosmarie Waldrop Feature.” How2 8.1 (2002) 

Articles

"Transnatioanl U.S. Literature. Manhattan Music by Meena Alexander." Urban Transformations in the U.S.A.: Spaces, Communities, Representations. Ed. Julia Sattler. Bielefeld: transcript, 2016. 131-162.

"'Eurydice': Agha Shahid Ali's Poetry of Memory." Recovery and Transgression: Memory in American Poetry. Ed. Kornelia Freitag. Cambridge Scholars: Newcastle upon Tyne, 2015. 209-221.

"Introduction." Recovery and Transgression: Memory in American Poetry. Ed. Kornelia Freitag. Cambridge Scholars: Newcastle upon Tyne, 2015. 1-17.

Freitag, Kornelia. "Meena Alexander in Whitman's Country." In: Locating American Poetry. Ed. Kornelia Freitag and Brian Reed. Colloquy. ARCADE. Stanford University. 17 August 2015. 

"American Post-War Poetry: Theodore Roethke's 'The Lost Son' and Elizabeth Bishop's 'At the Fishhouses.'" A Handbook of American Poetry: Contexts – Developments – Readings. WVT Handbücher zum literaturwissenschaftlichen Studium. Ed. René Dietrich, Oliver Scheiding, and Clemens Spahr. Trier: WVT, 2015. 261-274.

"Down in the Treme: Televising Man-made Disaster in the New Millenium." After the Storm: The Cultural Politics of Hurricane Katrina. Eds. Simon Dickel and Evangelia Kindinger. Bielefeld: transcript, 2015. 61-78.

"No Aging in India, or why Herr K. turned pale." Crossroads in American Studies: Transnational and Biocultural Encounters. Ed. Frederike Offizier, Marc Priewe, and Ariane Schröder. Heidelberg: Winter, 2015.

"Contemporary Indian-American Poetry: At the Crossroads of Cultures.” Modern American Poetry: Points of Access. Brian Reed and Kornelia Freitag (eds). Heidelberg 2013.175-194.

with B. Reed, "Introduction: How to Read." Modern American Poetry: Points of Access. Brian Reed and Kornelia Freitag (eds). Heidelberg 2013. 7-16.

“Von ‚Passage to India‘ zu ‚Ashtamudi Lake’: Indisch-amerikanische poetische Räume ‚In Whitman’s Country.’” Comparatio 3.1 (2011): 39-73.

“In God We Trust: Religion and Culture in the United States.” Ed. Kornelia Freitag. Apocalypse Soon: Religion and Popular Culture in the United States. [MasteRResearch] Münster: LIT, 2011.

”’Holding the pencil like one lonely chopstick,’ or Re-Writing the Gaze.” Orient and Orientalism in US- American Poetry and Poetics. Ed. Sabine Sielke and Christian Kloeckner. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2009 [Transcription: Cultures.Concepts.Controversies]. 299-310.

“Another Language.” Another Language: Poetic Experiments in Britain and North America. Ed. Kornelia Freitag and Katharina Vester. Münster: LIT, 2008. 3-10.

'‘And it was only later … that I learned … to reinvent my own history:’ Jessica Hagedorns Dogeaters als postkolonialer Text.” Ed. Peter Drexler and Rainer Schnoor. Against the Grain / Gegen den Strich gelesen: Studies in English and American Literature and Literary Theory. Berlin: trafo, 2004. 93-106.

“‘Faun and Nymph‘ – Nathaniel Hawthorne und die Fremde/n.“ Fremdes Begehren: Transkulturelle Beziehungen in Literatur, Kunst und Medien. Ed. Eva Lezzi and Monika Ehlers. Weimar: Böhlau, 2003. 45-56.

“Susan Howe’s Thorow(s) – The Politics of Place and Time in Postmodern Poetry.” A World of Local Voices: Poetry in English Today.Ed. Klaus Martens, Paul Morris and Arlette Warken. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2003. 124-135.

“Truth While Climbing the Stairs.“ A Rosmarie Waldrop Feature. Ed. Kornelia Freitag. How2 8.1 (2002)13.12.2011 

“‘Über die sprachliche Verfertigung der Geschlechter‘ oder: ‚Warum eigentlich Wittgenstein?‘“ Potsdamer Studien zur Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung 5.1/2 (2001): 8-19.

“‘A Woman Is Hiking’ - Grenzüberschreitungen in The Captivity and Restauration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson.” Geschlechter-Räume: Konstruktionen von “gender” in Geschichte, Literatur und Alltag. Ed. Margarete Hubrath. Köln: Böhlau, 2001. 179-193.

“Representations of Peculiar Motions - Rosmarie Waldrop’s Poethics.” The Mechanics of the Mirage: Postwar American Poetry. Ed. Michel Delville and Christine Pagnoulle. Liège: Université de Liège L 3, 2000. 285-301.

“Buying Rolls and Crossing Borders - Reading Elke Erb.” How2 1.3 (2000). 

“Decomposing American History as Cultural Analysis: Rosmarie Waldrop’s shorter american memory.” The Construction and Contestation of American Cultures and Identities in the Early National Period. Ed. Udo Hebel. Heidelberg: Univ.-Verlag Winter, 1999. 443-459.

“Die Verarbeitung des Holocaust im Comic: zur Bilderwelt des Art Spiegelman.” Jüdische Literatur und Kultur in Großbritannien und den USA nach 1945. (Jüdische Kultur, 3) Ed. Beate Neumeier. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 1998. 171-188.

“‘A pause, a rose, something on paper’ - Autobiography as Language Writing in Lyn Hejinian’s My Life.” Amerikastudien: American Studies 43.2 (1998): 313-327.

“Writing Language Poetry as a Woman: Susan Howe’s Feminist Project in A Bibliography of the King’s Book, or Eikon Basilike.” Amerikastudien: American Studies 40.1 (1995): 45-57.

Other Publications

Review: Andrew S. Gross & Susanne Rohr, Comedy – Avant-Garde –Scandal: Remembering the Holocaust after the End of History & The Holocaust, Art, and Taboo: Transatlantic Exchanges on the Ethics and Aesthetics of Representation, ed. Sophia Komor & Susanne Rohr; ANGLIA JOURNAL OF ENGLISH PHILOLO GY. 130.1 (2012): 120-126.

„Transnationalismus im Film: ‚Von wegen kalter Kaffee.‘“ Rubin Sonderheft „Global Change“ (2007): 6-11. 

with Brian Reed co-ordination of FORUM 6 “Multinationalism, Globalization, and Women’s Experimental Writing.” How2 1.5 (2001). 


Cooperative Projects:

Research Training Group: "Spaces-Communities-Representations: Urban Transformations in the United States." MERCUR Projekt Pr-2011-0050. Co-applicant.


Research Training Group: "Scripts for Postindustrial Urban Futures: American Models, Transatlantic Interventions." Volkswagen Foundation, Az 93500, 2018-2022. Co-applicant. "Pressemitteilung" 

Contact

  • Prof. Dr. Kornelia Freitag
    Lehrstuhl für American Studies
    Universitätsstraße 150
    D-44780 Bochum
    GB 5/133
  • Secretariat:
    Hildegard Sicking
    Tel.: 0234/32-28051
    Fax.: 0234/32-14418
    E-Mail: Hildegard.Sicking@rub.de
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