|10/2018 - 2022||PhD Student at Graduate School of North American Studies at Freie Universität Berlin|
|10/2014 - 11/2017||
Freie Universität Berlin, John-F.-Kennedy-Institute, Master of Arts in North American Studies (Literature and Culture).
Thesis on David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King and its links to Eva Illouz’s concept of “Emotional Capitalism”.
|08/2015 - 05/2016||Indiana University (Bloomington), Direct Exchange/DAAD|
|10/2010 - 10/2014||Freie Universität Berlin
Bachelor of Arts in German and English Philology as well as North American Studies (Literature and History)
Thesis on the discourse surrounding the “neuro-novel” and a German–language equivalent in Thomas Melle’s Sickster.
|09/2012 - 01/2013||Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
First supervisor: Prof. Dr. James Dorson
Second supervisor: Prof. Dr. Ulla Haselstein
Third supervisor: Prof. Dr. Sabine Schülting
My dissertation project focuses on a recent shift in contemporary American literature: Signified through an increased focus on (and trust in) inter-subjective communication, numerous literary texts by authors such as Jennifer Egan, Tao Lin, and David Foster Wallace engage with questions of subjecthood, interiority and (un)reliable communication. This regained interest in language’s connecting abilities, revealed in what I propose to call their texts’ “aesthetic of intimacy”, stands in clear contrast to the playful and ironic challenge of human subjectivity—and, indeed, of language’s representational capacity in general—in canonical works of postmodern literature. Furthermore, I argue, it resonates with today’s shifting communicative standards in private and professional contexts.
As scholars propose various labels to categorize these texts and debate whether they should be thought of in terms of, for example, posthumanism or a contemporary form of ‘revised’ humanism, I suggest to extend this discussion through a New Historicist reading that highlights the texts’ embeddedness in contemporary capitalism’s network of social, cultural and political forces. Given the links between the communicative emphasis of the concerned texts and the demands of individual emotional management in a period shaped by neoliberal paradigms of perpetual self-rationalization, I argue that sincerity and similar affective constellations performed in and by these texts should not be accepted as ahistorical sentiments. Instead, I analyze them as forms of “emotional labor” (Hochschild) against the backdrop of the interdisciplinary turn to affect (e.g. Berlant, Ngai), reader-response criticism (Iser’s Rezeptionsästhetikrespectively), the genealogy of emotional norms and practices (Stearns), and sociological insights into today’s processes of (affective) subjectification (Sennett, Illouz).
|2018||Book Review: “Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South, by Talitha L. LeFlouria.” The Black Scholar, vol. 48, no. 2, 2018, pp. 69-72.|
|2017||Book Review: “A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life, by Allyson Hobbs.” The Black Scholar, vol. 47, no. 2, 2017, pp. 73-76.|