Prof. Dr. Florian Sedlmeier



Lansstr. 7-9
Raum 303c
14195 Berlin


Wednesday 4:00 - 5:00 pm

Curriculum Vitae

September 2015-Januar 2016
Gastprofessor, Department of English, Brandeis University

Seit April 2015
W1-Juniorprofessur (Beamter auf Zeit) für nordamerikanische Literatur, JFKI

März 2015
erfolgreiche Zwischenevaluation

April 2012-März 2015
W1-Juniorprofessur (Beamter auf Zeit) für nordamerikanische Literatur, JFKI

Postdoc, Fachbereich Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Paris-Lodron-Universität Salzburg

Dr. phil. in amerikanischer Kultur und Literatur, Paris-Lodron-Universität Salzburg.
Titel der Dissertation: Rereading Literary Form: Transpositions, Paratexts, and Postethnic Literature around 2000 (Betreuung: Prof. Dr. Ralph J. Poole, Prof. Dr. Peter Schneck, Prof. Dr. Gabriele M. Schwab)

Universitätsassistent, Fachbereich Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Paris-Lodron-Universität Salzburg (Lehrstuhl: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ralph J. Poole)

Research Associate, Department of Comparative Literature, University of California, Irvine, USA (Betreuung: Prof. Dr. Gabriele M. Schwab)

Doktorand am DFG-Graduiertenkolleg "Die Figur des Dritten," Universität Konstanz

Magister Artium in Amerikastudien, Germanistik, und Soziologie, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München


Stipendien und Preise

Juni 2014
Konferenzförderung, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), für die Konferenz “Forms and Practices of Narrating”, John F. Kennedy Institute, FU Berlin, June 5-7, 2014. (mit Laura Bieger)

Fulbright-Preis für die beste Dissertation in Amerikastudien in Österreich

September 2010
Federal Assistance Award, Amerikanische Botschaft in Wien, Teilnahme an der SSASAA-Konferenz "To Honor Emory Elliott: American Literary History in a New Key," Salzburg Global Seminar

Juni-Juli 2009
Forschungsstipendium, Kultur- und Gesellschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Universität Salzburg, Teilnahme an der 33. Sitzung der School of Criticism and Theory, Cornell University

April 2006-August 2008
Dissertationsstipendium, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Graduiertenkolleg "Die Figur des Dritten," Universität Konstanz.

March-April 2006
Bibliotheksstipendium, John-F.-Kennedy-Institute für Nordamerikastudien, Freie Universität Berlin

Sommersemester 2016

    • 32200 Seminar (BA)
      Introduction to Literary Studies II
      Do 10:00-12:00
      203 Seminarraum (Lansstr. 7 / 9)
    • 32216 MA Colloquium Literature/Culture
      Fr 12:00-14:00
      203 Seminarraum (Lansstr. 7 / 9)
    • 32217 Enlightenment Trajectories: Continuities and Ruptures (MA, with Christian Lammert)
      Do 18:00-20:00
      319 Seminarraum (Lansstr. 7 / 9)

Von Prof. Sedlmeier betreute Arbeiten

Dissertation (laufend)

Engwer, Sabine: Writing the African American Nation: Notions of Folk, Volk, and Nation in the Literature of the Nadir.

M.A.-Arbeiten (abgeschlossen)

Ciufoletti, Teresa: The Authorial Persona and the Ethics of Listening in Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five.

Gabriel, Florian: Barbary Captivity, Abolitionism and the Public Sphere in the Early Republic.

Muth, Xenia: The Short Story Cycle in North American Literature: The New Genre and Its Narrative Structures of Identity in Margaret Atwood’s Moral Disorder.

Nötling, Florian: Decoloniality and Arab American Literature: Epistemic Disobedience on Mohja Kahf's The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf.

Sharma, Anke: Intertextuality in David Foster Wallace’s “Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way” and John Barth’s “Lost in the Funhouse.”

Soxberger, Josef Michael: “Why does the perfect rational, in its own time, often sound like mumbo-jumbo?” Tracing Ishmael Reed’s Agenda in Flight to Canada.

Current Research Project

The Conditions of the Field Imagination: Realism and William Dean Howells

Against the backdrop of a renewed interest in the institutional conditions of contemporary literature, my book project positions the closing decades of the nineteenth century as the moment when the nexus between literature and institution first surfaces as a concern in the U.S. I identify the emergence of a field imagination and I argue that it centers on the shifting signifier “realism” and the signature “William Dean Howells.” Reading three formats of criticism (interview, editorial, review), the first part of the project explores the conditions of this field imagination, as it constitutes itself from within an accelerated and diversified industrial print capitalism that necessitates its imagination in the first place. Looking at three literary genres (novel, one-act play as farce, novella), the second part examines the consequences of reading for a field imagination; it redefines the poetics of Howells’s realism as a self-archiving one, which manifests itself in the iteration of characters across the confines of individual works. While the first part offers an analysis of the sociology of literature, or the social and institutional dimensions of literary production, the second part probes the conditions of a literary sociology, or the literary dimension of the social.

See here for a more detailed description.


The Postethnic Literary: Reading Paratexts and Transpositions around 2000, Berlin and New York: de Gruyter, 2014.

With Clemens Peck. Kriminalliteratur und Wissensgeschichte.  Bielefeld: transcript, 2015.

With Eric Erbacher and Nicole Maruo-Schröder. Rereading the Machine in the Garden: Nature and Technology in American Culture. Frankfurt and New York: Campus. 2014.

With Ralph Poole and Susanne Wegener. Hard Bodies. Berlin et al.: LIT, 2011.


Articles and Chapters

“Ralph Ellison, Literary History, and the Picaresque.” In: Aliyyah Abdur-Rahman (Hg.), African American Literature in Transition: The 1950s. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017. (commissioned)

 “On the Conditions of the Field Imagination: Realism and William Dean Howells.” In: Frank Kelleter und Alexander Starre (Hg.), Projecting American Studies: Essays on Theory, Method, and Practice. Heidelberg: Winter, 2016/17. (accepted)

 “Kunst als allegorische Geheimsprache und die Poetik der seriellen Sequenz in Don DeLillos Falling Man.” In: Uta Degner und Martina Wörgötter (Hg.), Literarische Geheim- und Privatsprachen. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2016. (in print)

“Die Allegorie in der postkolonialen Literatur und Literaturtheorie.” In: Ulla Haselstein (Hg.). Allegorie. DFG Symposion 2014. Berlin und Boston: de Gruyter, 2016. 528-556. 

“Eindeutigkeit und Ähnlichkeit, Bruch und Kontinuität: Mark Twains Pudd’nhead Wilson.“ In: Clemens Peck und Florian Sedlmeier (Hg.). Kriminalliteratur und Wissensgeschichte: Genres – Medien – Techniken. Bielefeld: transcript, 2015. 79-112.

“Einleitung: Kriminalliteratur und Wissensgeschichte.“ (mit Clemens Peck) In: Clemens Peck und Florian Sedlmeier (Hg.). Kriminalliteratur und Wissensgeschichte: Genres – Medien – Techniken. Bielefeld: transcript, 2015. 7-27.

"Zu den Bedingungen einer Poetik des Vorläufigen: Theatralität und Absorption, Bedeutung und Praesenz in Gertrude Steins 'Plays'." Zur Ästhetik des Vorläufigen. Skizze – Entwurf – Probe. Hg. Thomas Hochradner. Heidelberg: Winter, 2014. 131-149.

"Introduction: Rereading The Machine in the Garden" (mit Eric Erbacher und Nicole Maruo-Schröder). In: Eric Erbacher, Nicole Maruo-Schröder und Florian Sedlmeier (Hg.). Rereading the Machine in the Garden: Nature and Technology in American Culture. Frankfurt/M. und New York: Campus, 2014. 7-41.

"Against Totality: Reading for Intermedial Constellations." Journal of Literary Theory 7.1-2 (2013): 64-85.

"The Cool Touch of Things: Libertarian Economics, Complex Simplicity, and the Emergence of the Tactile Erotic." Is It Cause It's Cool? Affective Encounters with American Culture. Ed. Astrid M. Fellner, Susanne Hamscha, Klaus Heissenberger, Jennifer Moos. Wien: LIT Verlag, 2013. 273-293.

"Cover und Transparenz: Die US-Fernsehserie Glee." Coverstrategien in der Popularmusik nach 1960. Hg. Joachim Brügge. Freiburg i. Br.: Rombach, 2013. 229-243.

"Problems of Historicizing and Practices of Reading: Ralph Ellison's Three Days Before the Shooting..." Revisiting the Sixties. Interdisciplinary Perspectives on America's Longest Decade. Ed. Laura Bieger and Christian Lammert. Frankfurt/M. and New York: Campus, 2013. 217-236.

"(Re-)Staging Venice: William Dean Howells's Intermedial Flânerie." PhiN: Philologie im Netz Supplement 5 (2012): 101-127.

"Rereading Literary Form: Paratexts, Transpositions, and Postethnic Literature around 2000." Journal of Literary Theory 6.1 (2012): 213-233.

"Hollywood Hard Bodies: The Cinema of Kathryn Bigelow and the Alliance of Neoconservatism and Neoliberalism." Hard Bodies. Ed. Ralph Poole, Florian Sedlmeier, Susanne Wegener. Berlin et al.: LIT, 2011. 139-173. (with Susanne Wegener)

"Hybridität und Dritter Raum im Kontext von Inter-Disziplinarität und postkolonialer Theoriebildung." PhiN: Philologie im Netz 55 (2011): 40-51.