Aviva Köberlein

PhD Candidate

(De-)Faultlines: Poverty and Whiteness in Contemporary British and American Fiction and Film

This dissertation project investigates the interdependencies of poverty and whiteness in contemporary British and American fiction and film from an intercultural and intermedial comparative point of view. Taking the notion of white trash as a starting point, my literary and cultural analyses will shed light on the different ways white poverty is narrated and will highlight both idiosyncratic  cultural characteristics and common representational patterns in the respective texts and films. Not only will this project examine specific forms of visual and textual narration and their negotiation of the disturbing and simultaneously fascinating trope of white trash, it will also focus on questions of recognition and the way the idea of white trash has almost imperceptibly imbued discourses on poverty with crucially new meanings.

Dahlem Research School
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft