Dr. Florian Freitag

Assistant Professor (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter)


Research Interests

Comparative North American Studies; Transnational American Studies; Popular Culture; Regionalism; Intermediality; Periodical Studies (see http://portal.volkswagenstiftung.de/search/projectDetails.do?ref=89563); Theme Park Studies (see http://www.aesthetische-eigenzeiten.de/blog/themenparks/); Performance Studies


Current Teaching (WS 2016/17)

Modernist Fiction and Poetry in the U.S. and Canada (PS)

Translating The Octopus for the New Yorker Volkszeitung (HS)


Selected Publications

(see the full list of publications here)


The Frenchness of New Orleans: Explorations in Popular Culture, 1875-2015. (in preparation)

The Farm Novel in North America: Genre and Nation in the United States, English Canada, and French Canada, 1845-1945. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2013. Print. [Reviews: Polish Journal of American Studies 8 (2014); Zeitschrift für Kanada-Studien 35 (2015); British Journal of Canadian Studies 28 (2015); Dalhousie Review 59.1 (2015); Canadian Review of Comparative Literature/Revue Canadienne de Littérature Comparée 43.2 (2016); Steinbeck Review 13.1 (2016)]


(co-ed., with Filippo Carlà, Sabrina Mittermeier, and Ariane Schwarz) Time and Temporality in Theme Parks. Hanover: Wehrhahn, 2017. Print.

(co-ed., with Jutta Ernst) Transkulturelle Dynamiken: Aktanten - Prozesse - Theorien. Bielefeld: Transcript, 2015. Print. [Reviews: New German Review 27.1 (2016)]

(co-ed., with Kirsten Sandrock) Transnational Approaches to North American Regionalism. Spec. issue of European Journal of American Studies 9.3 (2014). http://ejas.revues.org/10368. Web.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

“Critical Theme Parks: Dismaland, Disney, and the Politics of Theming.” (accepted for publication by Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies)

“‘Like Walking into a Movie’: Intermedial Relations between Disney Theme Parks and Movies.” (accepted for publication by The Journal of Popular Culture)

“Rencontres américaines: English-French Relations in Kate Chopin’s Short Stories and the Cultural Work of Local Color Fiction.” Amerikastudien/American Studies 58.3 (2013): 409-26. Print.

“Weltgeschichte as Heilsgeschichte: Typology in Mary Rowlandson’s and Jérôme Lalemant’s Captivity Narratives.” Canadian Literature 213 (2012): 100-115. Print.

Invited Book Contributions

“Autotheming: Themed and Immersive Spaces in Self-Dialogue.” A Reader in Themed and Immersive Spaces. Ed. Scott A. Lukas. Pittsburgh, PA: ETC, 2016. 141-49. Print.

“Displacement and Dispossession: The Plantation Regime as a Disaster Discourse in Rosalyn Story's Wading Home (2010).” Ten Years after Katrina: Critical Perspectives of the Storm's Effect on American Culture and Identity. Ed. Mary Ruth Marotte and Glenn Jellenik. Lanham: Lexington, 2015. 129-51. Print.

“Regionalism in American and Canadian Literature.” The Palgrave Handbook of Comparative North American Literature. Ed. Reingard M. Nischik. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. 199-218. Print.


“Review: Jason Arthur, Violet America.” Journal of American Studies 50.1 (2016): 270-72. Print.


Upcoming Conference Talks and Panels

03/2017 “Enlisting the Farmer for the Socialist Cause: The Pionier’s Translation of Frank Norris’s The Octopus.” (NE MLA)

06/2017 “The Future That Never Was Is Finally Here: Revisiting Modern Futures in Disney’s Tomorrowlands.” (DGfA)

06/2017 (with Filippo Carlà-Uhink) “The Contingencies of Affects: Comparative Approaches to Themed Commercial Spaces.” (ISCH)

07/2017 (with Filippo Carlà-Uhink) “Feedback Loops of Disneyfication: From Theme Parks to Urban Spaces and Back.” (Architecture et Tourisme)

09/2017 “Dead Men Tell No Tales: New Orleans Square und das Dark Heritage von New Orleans.” (Villa Vigoni)



11/2006 – 01/2011 Doctoral Student in the Department of Literature at the University of Konstanz, Germany

01/2009 – 04/2009 Visiting Scholar at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada

10/2000 – 11/2005 Student of English and French at the University of Konstanz, Germany

09/2002 – 06/2003 Exchange student in the Department of American Studies at Yale University in New Haven, CT.

10/1998 – 10/2000 Student of English and French at the University of Konstanz, Germany