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Dr. Thomas Dikant

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Department of Literature

Researcher

Address
Lansstr. 7-9
Room 303c
14195 Berlin

Office hours

I no longer work at the FU, but it is still possible to contact me via email.

4/2017-3/2020                          

Visiting Assistant Professor, Literature Department at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

 

10/2015-3/2017                          

Postdoctoral Fellow Paid Direct, Department of English, University of Chicago

 

10/2013- 9/2015                        

Postdoctoral Fellow, Graduate School of North American Studies, John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

 

10/2012-9/2013                        

Lecturer, Institute for English and American Studies, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main


4/2009-9/2011                         

Lecturer, Literature Department at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Free University Berlin

"On Consequences: Law, Action, and the American Novel, 1870-1930" (funded by the DAAD, 2015-17)

Monograph

 Landschaft und Territorium: Amerikanische Literatur, Expansion und die Krise der Nation, 1784-1866 (Landscape and Territory: American Literature, Expansion, and National Crisis, 1784-1866). Paderborn: Fink, 2014.

Reviewed (in English) in Amerikastudien / American Studies 61:1 (2016), Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 64:2 (2016): 235-238.

Peer Reviewed Articles

 “’Shedding a Little Ink’: Melville’s Victorian War Poetry.” Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies 21.3 (2019): 115-132.

 “Settler Colonial Statistics: Jefferson, Biopolitics, and Notes on the State of VirginiaEarly American Literature 54:1 (2019): 69-96.

 “‘The Spectre of Uncertainty’: Chance in Bellamy’s Utopian Fictions.” Amerikastudien/American Studies 60:4 (2015): 417-434.

 “Melville’s Battle-Pieces and the Environments of War.” ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance 60:4 (2014): 495-532.

Book Chapters

“Poetry at War: Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, and Stephen Crane.” In Handbook of American Poetry. Ed. Sabine Sielke. Berlin: De Gruyter (in preparation)

“‘Oracle of the Law’: Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.’s Legal Futurism.” In Law and Culture: Methods, Concepts, Approaches. Ed. Peter Schneck. Berlin: De Gruyter (accepted).

“Die Politik des Perfektionismus” (“The Politics of Perfectionism”). In Happy Days: Lebenswissen nach Cavell (Happy Days: Know-How of Life after Cavell), edited by Kathrin Thiele and Katrin Trüstedt. Paderborn: Fink, 2009: 187-191.

Online Publications

“Helen Levitt: 10 Photographs.” PhiN: Philologie im Netz 25 (2003): 1-30. http://www.fu-berlin.de/phin/phin25/p25t1.htm

Reviews

Beyond the Civil War Hospital: The Rhetoric of Healing and Democratization in Northern Reconstruction Writing, 1861–1882, by Kirsten Twelbeck. Anglia: Journal of English Philology (forthcoming)

Review of Enemies of All Humankind: Fictions of Legitimate Violence, by Sonja Schilling, ZAA/Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik (forthcoming)

Review of Surveyors of Customs: American Literature as Cultural Analysis, by Joel Pfister. Amerikastudien/American Studies 63.1 (2018)

Review of American Literary Geographies: Spatial Practice and Cultural Production 1500 - 1900, by Martin Brückner and Hsuan L. Hsu (eds.). Amerikastudien/American Studies 55:1 (2010): 165-167.

 

Translations

Martin Harries. “Das Ende einer Trope der Welt” (“The End of Trope for the World”). In Theatrum Mundi: Die Metapher des Welttheaters von Shakespeare bis Beckett ( ‘If Then the World a Theatre Present’: Revisions of the Theatrum Mundi Metaphor in Early Modern England), edited by Björn Quiring. Berlin: August Verlag, 2012: 61-87, from the English.

Andreas Höfele. “Porträts der Hydra: Das Theater und die vielköpfige Menge” (“Portraits of Hydra: Theatre and the Many-headed Multitude”). In Theatrum Mundi: Die Metapher des Welttheaters von Shakespeare bis Beckett ( ‘If Then the World a Theatre Present’: Revisions of the Theatrum Mundi Metaphor in Early Modern England), edited by Björn Quiring. Berlin: August Verlag, 2012: 191-217, from the English.